Alyssa Lee, guest speaker


July 23    

Event Type

Sermon: “Love In Action”
We often say love is the center of our faith. What does it mean to put that love into action? To think of love as more than a feeling, but as something that requires us to act.

Alyssa Lee just completed her Master of Divinity degree at Meadville Lombard Theological School and currently serving as ministerial intern at First Parish in Wayland. Ms. Lee practiced as an attorney and mediator for over ten years in the state of Oklahoma, primarily focusing on civil rights and employment law. Alyssa hopes to combine her passion for social justice work with her love of pastoral care and exploring the divine as she pursues parish ministry.


Order of Service

Sunday, July 23, 2023

Alyssa Lee, guest speaker

Service musicians: Karin Denison, Alto & Pianist;

Robert Winkley, pianist


Prelude Jimbo’s Lullaby; Serenade for a Doll

(Children’s Corner)

                                                        Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Welcome and Opening Words                                                

Opening Hymn  #1008 When Our Heart Is in a Holy Place

Chalice Lighting                                                                            


First Church Boston Affirmation                                           

Love is the spirit of this church, and Service its law.
This is our great covenant, to dwell together in peace,
to seek the truth in love, and to help one another.



Musical Meditation:  The Sky Above the Roof

Ralph Vaughan Williams  (1872-1958)

Responsive reading    #598 Without Hate


Joys and Concerns


Sermon Reading   An excerpt from all about love

by bell hooks

Sermon Hymn #100 I’ve Got Peace Like a River

Sermon          ”Love in Action”                       Alyssa Lee


Call to the Offering

Offertory En Bateau (Petite Suite for piano, four-hands)                                  Debussy

Doxology          OLD HUNDREDTH



Closing Hymn   No. 131 Love Will Guide Us


Extinguishing the Chalice

We extinguish this flame, but not the light of truth, the warmth of community or the fire of commitment.

These we carry in our hearts until we are together again


Closing Hymn #121 We’ll Build a Land


Postlude Dr. Gradus ad Parnassum (Children’s Corner)