Lindsay Donnelly-Bullington leads Summer Worship


July 16    
11:00am - 12:00pm


First Church in Boston
66 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA, 02116

Event Type

Rev. Lawlor is unable to join us this Sunday.

Lindsay Donelly-Bullington is currently studying for a Master of Divinity degree at Boston University School of Theology with the goal of Unitarian Universalist ministry. From 2020 to 2022, she was on the staff of First Unitarian Church of Memphis, Tennessee, known as the Church of the River. She served as summer minister there in 2022, and with the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth through May.

Order of Service

Sunday, July 16, 2023

Lindsay Donnelly-Bullington

Service musicians: Alecia Batson

and Larry Thomas Bell


Prelude  Sonata in G major Op. 14 no. 2

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

  1. Allegro



Welcome and Opening Words                                                       


Opening Hymn    No. #202 Come Sunday


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 MeditationIn Common Things, 190 no. 2

Larry Thomas Bell (b. 1952)
based on a text by

Judson Minot Savage (1841-1918)

Responsive reading    No. 557 A Common Destiny,

by Rev. David Eaton


Joys and Concerns








Sermon Reading    by Rev. Katie McQuage Loukas


Sermon Hymn #1009 Meditation on Breathing

Sermon “Fire of Commitment”    Lindsay Donnelly-Bullington


Call to the Offering


Offertory  Memory                            Ned Rorem (1923-2022)
based on a text by

Theodore Roethke (1908-1963)


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 No. 396    I Know This Rose Will Open (x3)


Postlude Sonata in G major Op. 14 no. 2

Ludwig van Beethoven     Scherzo

  1. Allegro assai