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 Sunday 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 services begins at 10:00 AM
July 14 ~ “Gimme That Ol’ Time Religion” with Caroline MacDonald
July 21 ~ “Let Go My Soul!” led by Val Nybo
July 28 ~ Safari Sunday “Playing Together” led by Rev. Lynda Sutherland (Northboro)
August 4 ~ “Living By Heart” led by Doris Tivnan
August 11 ~ Safari Sunday “Transformative Ministry” led by Rev. Alice Anacheka-Nasemann in Hudson (Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson)
August 18 ~ ”Meditation” led by Joe Zaia
August 25 ~ “Walking the Labyrinth” led by Lexi Haley & Nancy Johnson
September 1 ~ “Blessing of the Backpacks” led by Rev. Lynda Sutherland
Religious education classes for preschoolers and older children are also held at 10:30 during the regular church year, starting on September 8th. Our supervised nursery is available during the service for children three and younger during the regular church year.
The second Sunday of each month is an All-Age service Children are always welcome in the Meeting House!
Several times a year, services may be held in the Parish Hall. Those services have included a 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.