August 13    
11:00am - 12:00pm

Event Type

Rev. Fred Small, a singer-songwriter, environmental lawyer, and Unitarian Universalist minister, is Minister for Climate Justice at Arlington Street Church, Boston. Having served as senior minister at UU churches in Littleton and Cambridge, he left parish ministry in 2015 to devote his energies to advocating and organizing for environmental, racial, and climate justice.


Rev. Fred Small, guest minister

Sermon: “How to Love This World”

Service musicians: Robert Winkley, Pianist

Brianna Pérez, Soprano

August 13, 2023


Order of Service

Sunday, August 13, 2023

Rev. Fred Small, guest minister

Service musicians: Brianna Pérez (soprano)

and Robert Winkley (pianist)

Prelude: Adagio K. 540                             W. A. Mozart (1756-1791)


Welcome     Peter Banos


Opening Words  “Yes” by William Stafford              Rev. Fred Small


Opening Hymn        “Welcome In” by Sarina Partridge


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.




Reading   #568 “Connections Are Made Slowly” by Piercy


Musical Meditation: Simple Song (Mass)

                                            Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)


Joys and Concerns


Prayer and Meditation  By Steve Garnaas-Holmes


Sermon Reading   By Joy Harjo


Sermon Hymn  “Everything Possible” by Fred Small

Sermon “How to Love This World”                Rev. Fred Small


Call to the Offering


Offertory  Heavenly Grass (Blue Mountain Ballads)

Paul Bowles (1910-1999)



Doxology            OLD HUNDREDTH










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   “Tree of Life” by Guy Carawan


Benediction  By Mark Nepo              Rev. Fred Small


Postlude  Eine Kleine Gigue K. 575                                 Mozart