Live Worship Broadcast at First Church Boston

We have aired our services on Emerson Radio WERS 88.9 FM for over 30 years. The services are broadcast every Sunday.

In response to the COVID pandemic, we have begun streaming live video for our in person worship. The details (and hopefully, production quality) will be subject to change. The streamed broadcasts will be available for viewing through links on this page on Sunday mornings at 11am.

Order of Service

Sunday, July 3, 2022
Peter Banos, Guest Preacher
Robert Winkley, Service Musician
Alex Lyons, Tenor and Clarinet

Prelude           Adagio (Piano Sonata no. 3)   
                                                    Norman Dello Joio (1913 – 2008)

Welcome and Opening Words # 419                                          

Opening Hymn  # 119  Once to Every Soul and Nation
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.


Solo                Arabesques                 Paul Jeanjean  (1874 – 1928)
                        Alex Lyons, clarinet

Responsive Reading  # 646   “Beginners,” by Denise Levertov
                                                                     led by Margaret Moody


Sermon Hymn  # 143 
Not in Vain the Distance Beacons                                                                                                    HYMN TO JOY
Sermon          “WEIRD Is Beautiful!”                         Peter Banos
Call to the Offering

Offertory        Beautiful City (Godspell)  
                                                            Stephen Schwartz (b. 1948)

                       Alex Lyons, tenor
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Doxology  # 377                                                   OLD HUNDREDTH  
Extinguishing the Chalice  # 456

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  # 121   We’ll Build a Land    CREATION OF PEACE

Charge to the Congregation

Postlude         Allegro vivo e ritmico (Piano Sonata no. 3)   
                                                                                         Dello Joio