Rosemary Kean & Jo-Ann Kwass, FCB Social Justice Community members


August 27    
11:00am - 12:00pm

Event Type

Please join us when our 11AM morning service will raise up social justice themes, including some of those addressed at our June UU General Assembly. If there is interest, we can gather after coffee hour to share ideas, concerns, and feedback.
In September our community partner, the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, GBIO, is offering trainings on how to organize “In District Meetings” with our state reps and senators. We want to engage our electeds this fall around the GBIO Housing Justice Campaign, which is one way we here at First Church are involved in pushing to end the suffering of housing insecurity and homelessness.
FYI, the link below is to a WGBH article addressing the Massachusetts housing/ shelter crisis. It features Governor Healy’s response, a number of involved agencies, and GBIO clergyperson, Rev. Katie Cole, whose Natick congregation has been very active this summer in providing temporary housing and support to unhoused immigrants.


Order of Service

Sunday, August 27, 2023

Rosemary Kean and Jo-Ann Kwass,

members, Social Justice Community

Service Musicians: Alex Lyons, Clarinet and Tenor,

and Robert Winkley, Pianist


Prelude   Theme and Valse Triste from Hillandale Waltzes

Victor Babin (1908 – 1972)

Welcome        adapted from Lindsay Donnelly-Bullington 

Opening Words  The Task of the Religious Community

Mark Morrison-Reed

Opening Hymn          Come, Come Whoever You Are         #188

Chalice Lighting

Spirit of Life, hymn #123      


Reading “Letter To Our Better Angels”

by Sean Parker Denison


Musical Meditation  Prelude, B major Op. 32 no.11

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1872 – 1943)

Joys and Concerns

Prayer and Meditation    

Responsive Reading

“Letter From our Better Angels” by Sean Parker Denison

Hymn  Meditation on Breathing                                             #1009

Sermon  “Widening the Circle of Concern” Rosemary Kean &                                                                                                                                  Jo-Ann Kwass

Call to the Offering

Offertory  Nothing Stops Another Day (Ghost: The Musical)

Glen Ballard, David A. Stewart, and Bruce J. Rubin

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   We’ll Build a Land                           #121


Postlude   Prelude g-sharp minor, Op. 32. no. 12