Darrah Bryans leads summer worship

Darrah Bryans leads summer worship


July 30, 2023    
11:00am - 12:00pm

Event Type

Order of Service
Sunday, July 30, 2023
Darrah Bryans, guest speaker
Service musicians: Heather Gallagher
and Larry Thomas Bell
Prelude: 1. Praeambulum J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Partita no. 5 BWV 829
Welcome and Opening Words
Opening Hymn #23 Bring Many Names
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: Miracles Larry Bell (b. 1952)
based on a poem by Walt Whitman (Op. 79 no.1)
Responsive reading #657 It Matters What We Believe
Sophia Lyons Fahs
Joys and Concerns
Centering Hymn #352 Find the Stillness
Sermon Reading An excerpt from The River Clarion
By Mary Oliver
Sermon Hymn #199 Take My Hand, Precious Lord
Sermon “What’s God Got To Do With It?” Darrah Bryans
Call to the Offering: Cradle Song L.T. Bell
based on a poem by William Blake (Op. 79 no. 2)
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 #29 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
Postlude 7. Gigue J. S. Bach
from Partita no. 5
“What’s God Got To Do With It?” 
Ministerial Intern and Candidate for Ministry, Darrah Bryans will reflect on the gods we construct through our beliefs and preconceptions about the Divine. As legislators and cultural leaders weave their faith into anti-trans and anti-LGBTQ laws and use their beliefs to ban books on topics ranging from racism to LGBTQ issues, Darrah will explore the importance of theology and why it matters what we believe.

Raised as an Episcopalian, Darrah came to Unitarian Universalism when her children were young. After volunteering for several committees in her home congregation, UU Area Church at First Parish in Sherborn, she was hired as the Membership Development and Communications Coordinator for the church. Called to parish ministry by her many years as the Membership Coordinator for her home congregation, Darrah Bryans earned her Master of Divinity from BU’s School of Theology in May 2023.

Darrah has a BA and an MA in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute for International Studies. She also holds her Papers as a Brewmaster and Maltmaster from the Bayrische Handwerkskammer, as well as a degree in Production Management from Doemens Fachakademie, the oldest private brewing school in Germany. While none of these degrees help with her ministry, they provide her with a deep well of little known facts.

When not preparing for the Ministerial Fellowship Committee or working as an intern for First Parish in Needham, UU, Darrah loves to spend time with her two nearly grown children, her husband, and the family dog. She is an avid baker, passionate gardener, voracious reader, and a big fan of walking and hiking.