Worship & Music
The congregation gathers every Sunday morning in its modern and magnificent building for thoughtful worship, singing, reflection and excellent music. Our members hold a wide variety of personal beliefs—and doubts, but join in worship together to celebrate the gift and mystery of life, to inspire creative and courageous living, and to encourage one another in spiritual growth and service to others.
“Love is the spirit of this church, and Service is its law. This is our great covenant, to dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love, and to help one another.”
On entering the church sanctuary, one leaves the secular world and comes into a sacred space of sublime beauty and contemplative quiet, a masterpiece by renowned architect Paul Rudolph. Natural light from unseen high-up windows washes down over textured concrete walls in ever changing patterns. The geometric forms of the organ at the front of the sanctuary dramatically integrate the angled planes of walls and ceilings. Being present in this space enlarges the spirit.
Music is an especially important part of worship at First Church. Under the leadership of our gifted music director, professional vocalists and musicians enrich the worship experience with excellent music from many sources ranging from classical to contemporary, from sacred chorales to lively rag-time and dramatic fanfares.
We begin Sunday worship by lighting the “flaming chalice” as a symbol of our Unitarian Universalist religious tradition and to signify our gathering in spiritual community in time and space made sacred by our presence together.