Worship Services

Sunday morning weekly
11:00 am, Sanctuary (10:00 am July – Aug) 

Jazz service
There are no Jazz services currently scheduled.  Pleas stay tuned for updates.

Night Song
weekly, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary (Nov – April)

Worship is the center of our church life—we were made for the praise of God’s glory! In worship, we give thanks for God’s beauty and goodness.

We receive God’s gift of mercy. We experience God’s power to bring life from death. Worship also steeps us in practices such as hospitality, prayer, gratitude, generosity, reconciliation, healing, and silence—disciplines that help us grow us as followers of Jesus. 

Worship is focused on God, but it does not distance us from the needs and challenges of the world. As we worship God, our hearts are reshaped to care about God’s cares—justice and human solidarity. 

From a more traditional Sunday morning service whose liturgy will feel familiar to UCC Congregationalists to the quiet of Sunday evening Night Song worship to the African-American spirituals and musical (and liturgical) improvisations of our monthly Jazz service, First Church offers a diverse range of worship experiences.

Communion is offered at morning worship on the first Sunday of the month, as is traditional with many Protestant churches, as well as during other services in the liturgical calendar. After each communion service, church deacons offer healing prayer and oil-anointing to anyone who seeks that individual time and care.

We also prepare lunches on communion Sundays for the Outdoor Church, which is a ministry for homeless people in Cambridge.

Four times a year during the morning service, we offer a healing ritual, where two-person teams of ministers and lay leaders pray with individuals, who may also have oil anointing and laying on of hands if they so choose. This powerful service has proved to be a moving and inspirational blessing to our congregation and to visitors.

Annually, the church also opens its doors for a Blessing of the Animals, with cats, dogs, birds and other creatures joining us in worship (and often raising up their voices with us in “song”). Photos, toys or other symbols of animals who are at the service only in spirit are also welcomed for blessings by our ministers and lay leaders.

Our sanctuary and other worship spaces are fully accessible.  For more information about Accessibilty at First Church, please click here.

Every Sunday 11 a.m. from September to June
10 a.m. in July and August

The morning service follows a warm, welcoming, and thoughtful “...

The lively Jazz Worship at First Church features the musical stylings of Carolyn Wilkins, an accomplished jazz pianist, singer and composer...

Sundays, 7 pm in the Sanctuary 
November through April
1 hour with jazz intrumentalists 

 Sundays, 8:30...

The Outdoor Church is a church among homeless men and women in Cambridge. Its mission is to take the church to those who cannot or will not reach it on...

Regathering Sunday

On the second Sunday of September, we give thanks for our congregation’s life and gather again in covenant and community as we...

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Visit the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence to learn more about this important work!

An Act Providing Housing and Support Services for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth. The Mass Conference of the UCC supports the bill. Call Alice Kidder at (617) 276-6227 for information.