Offered every Sunday at 10 a.m. from September through June, weekly services feature timely, thought-provoking sermons, stirring choral and instrumental music, and a high level of participation from parishioners. Each Sunday a parishioner leads a portion of the service and delivers a pastoral prayer.
The month’s services are often built around a central theme, and some Sundays include communion. Each service includes time for both spoken and silent meditation and prayer. Flowers may be given by members of the congregation in memory of a loved one. The Director of Religious Education offers a Time for all ages reflection, providing children with a transition to their church school class. (Learn more in ‘Children, Youth, & Families.’)
Special services throughout the year include Winter Solstice, Christmas Eve, Easter, and a spring coffee house hour of music. Guest ministers occasionally lead worship.
Our members and friends come to church on Sunday for many reasons: they seek a place for spiritual and intellectual contemplation, a place to find community, a diversity of backgrounds and beliefs, a space in which to celebrate joys, cope with loss, marvel at the world, and laugh together.
We record every Sunday’s service and post the sermons on our website. Listen to one of our past sermons to get a sense of our beliefs and values.
Programs and Activities
The First Parish offers a range of weekly activities, groups, small discussion groups, book groups, adult education classes, and social events. There is something for most everyone. We acknowledge that with people’s and family’s full scheduled that getting to church on a Sunday morning is not always possible. That is why we are always seeking new ways to offer opportunities to join in our community other than on just Sunday morning.
Click here to learn more about all our various programs and activities.