Worship at First Parish
We gather together in spiritual community because we need constant reminders of what matters most in life. In a world of heartbreak and dehumanization, our congregations and communities call us to our better selves. We learn to live with more wisdom, more connection, and more compassion.
Our Worship Services are weekly reflections that weave together our own thoughts and experiences with music, beauty, poetry, and words that both comfort and challenge. Our programs for all ages inspire us, and awaken us to our capacities to make a difference in our own lives and in the world.
We are inspired not just by religious sources but by the people with whom we journey: the diverse and spirited Unitarian Universalists.
“Our faith is not interested in saving your soul. We’re here to help you unfold the awesome soul you already have.” — Andrea Lerner
Special Welcome For Visitors and Newcomers
Our Sunday Morning greeters will ask you to wear a name tag and give you an Order of Service. They can assist you with large print Order of Service or Assisted Hearing Devices if needed.
Our services are about an hour in length and include music, hymns, readings, and a sermon. After the service, we invite you to join us in the Parish Hall for an informal social hour where you will enjoy some refreshments and conversation.
Our summer service time is 10 AM.
Religious education classes for preschoolers and older children are also held at 10:30 during the regular church year.. Our supervised nursery is available during the service for children three and younger.
Some Sundays our Children briefly join the Service in the Meeting House before going to the classrooms.
Several times a year, we celebrate as a community of all ages and sometimes services may be held in the Parish Hall. Those services include Ingathering Water Communion in September, Day of the Dead in the fall, Solstice in December, Animal Blessing and Passover in the Spring.
The Candlelight Christmas Eve, Easter Sunday and Flower Communion services are highlights for everyone.
Rev. Lynda Sutherland leads our weekly celebration on three out of four Sundays. Our Worship Committee works with lay-leaders and guest leaders on the other Sundays.
Our choir, directed by Olga Rogach sings three out of four Sundays. Our alternative musicians bring their talents once a month – usually a nice surprise.