September 3    
11:00am - 12:00pm

Event Type

This service tells the story of an under-sung hero who, in the course of what he expects will be an ordinary work-day, encounters life and death, and emerges with new clarity and gratitude.  He relates his story along with instruction in how to talk like a truck driver.

The Rev. Ken Reeves, Ph.D., is an ordained minister and clinical psychologist. He has been guided by and has studied systems theory as a minister and psychologist, and has taught systems theory at theological seminaries. He has an M.Div. and served congregations for nine years. He also has a Masters in Pastoral Counseling and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.


Order of Service

Sunday September 3, 2023

Rev. Ken Reeves, guest minister

Service Musicians: Robert Winkley, pianist

and William Thorpe, bass-baritone


Prelude    Danza de la Moza Donosa (from Danzas argentinas)   Alberto Ginastera  (1916 – 1983)


Opening Words 

Opening Hymn      Come, come whoever you are, No. 188

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       From Walt Whitman

Musical Meditation  Window (2014)               William Thorpe

Joys and Concerns

Prayer and Meditation        

Sermon Hymn     Break not the circle, # 323

Sermon        “On the Big Road”                   Rev. Ken Reeves

Call to the Offering 

Offertory   Soul of a Trucker (2023)                  William Thorpe     

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   “For all that is our life”   # 128


Postlude   Danza del Viejo Boyero  (from Danzas argentinas)      Ginastera