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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.

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Order of Service

Sunday, January 23, 2022
Rev. Edmund Robinson, Minister

Gigi Mitchell-Velasco, Music Director

Prelude           Rhosymedre (Lovely)       Ralph Vaughan Williams

Welcome and Opening Words

Opening Hymn # 347 Gather the Spirit

Chalice Lighting

You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others.

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.


Responsive Reading # 646


Anthem          Ubi Caritas                                               Ola Gjeilo

                        Robert Winkley, piano

Sermon Reading

Sermon Hymn # 329 Life Has Loveliness to Sell   Leo W. Collins

Sermon          “The Kindness of Strangers”            Rev. Robinson

Offertory        Blue Boat Home                 setting by Peter Mayer

                        Erin Anderson, soprano

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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 # 346 Come Sing a Song With Me

Charge to the Congregation

Postlude         Hyfrydol                            Ralph Vaughan Williams