Live Worship Broadcast at First Church Boston

We have aired our services on Emerson Radio WERS 88.9 FM for over 30 years. You can tune in every Sunday at 11 AM by turning your dial or visiting the WERS website and stream the broadcast live from your desktop.

In response to the COVID pandemic, we have begun  streaming live video in addition to our usual WERS audio broadcast. The details (and hopefuly, 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.

There are two easy ways two ways to donate to First Church during online services (or at any other time). Both are processed through the same secure service company (Vanco): 

(1) The DONATE button here or on our home page on website leads to a secure online Vanco payment form where you can designate the amount and purpose of the contribution.

(2) You can use text messaging on your smartphone to send a contribution that is like dropping a bill in the virtual plate. This is a germ-free way to get that familiar good feeling during the Offertory part of the online service. Text a number representing your dollar amount (5 for Lincolns, 10 for Hamiltons, 20 for Tubmans) to (617) 917-5610. The first time you do that, it will ask you to fill in credit card information that can be reused for subsequent contributions. You will receive an emailed receipt.

First Church in Boston

First Church Boston

66 Marlborough Street
Boston, MA

Sunday, May 16, 2021
Recorded May 13, 2021

  Broadcast 11:00 am to noon on WERS, 88.9FM, Vivian Borek, announcer

Streamed on Facebook @firstchurchboston, Craig Hildreth, audio and video engineer
Masha Stepanova, video editor

Dr. Robert August, Director of Music; guest musicians Robert Winkley, piano; Dolores August, flute; William Thorpe, soloist; hymns will be performed by Lily Tseng, mezzo-soprano, and Atsuko Kida, piano.

Prelude                       Serenade to a Doll (Children’s Corner)        Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
                                    Robert Winkley, piano

Opening Words                                                                                         Rev. Stephen Kendrick
Hymn # 32                  Now Thank We All Our God                                  NUN DANKET ALLE GOTT
Chalice Lighting and Tolling of the Bell                                                                Daniel Lawlor

                   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.

Time For All Ages      Daniel Lawlor

Go Now in Peace
Responsive Reading # 643  “Shout for Joy,” fromPsalm 65                                   Daniel Lawlor
Musical Meditation   “Where Restless Crowds Are Thronging”   David N. Johnson (1922-1987)

Dolores August, flute

Reading                      “Fearful Joy,” by Rabindranath Tagore                                 Daniel Lawlor

Announcements                                                                                                       Daniel Lawlor

Hymn # 106                Who Would True Valor See                                                                  MONK’S GATE

Prayer and Meditation                                                                                              Daniel Lawlor

Affirmation # 123      Spirit of Life                                                             

Sermon                      “What Are People Looking For?”                                           Rev. Kendrick

Offertory                    “Sure on This Shining Night”                            Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
                                    William Thorpe, soloist          
                                                                                                                                                                        Text Messaging Donation

You can use text messaging on your smartphone to send a contribution to the First Church offertory. Text a number representing your dollar amount (5, 10, 20, etc.) to
(617) 917-5610. You will receive confirmation by email. Thank you!

Invitation to Today’s Annual Meeting                                                                                                                   
Hymn # 29                  
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee                                               HYMN TO JOY                         

Benediction and Opening Prayer                                                                          Rev. Kendrick            

            Please note, this order of service may vary from the actual broadcast service.                                                                                                                                                                  _________________________________________________________________________

Hymn Texts, Responsive Reading, Lyrics  (5/16/21)

Hymn # 32                  
Now Thank We All Our God                                  NUN DANKET ALLE GOTT

Now thank we all our God with hearts and hands and voices,

who wondrous things hath done, in whom this world rejoices;
who from our parents’ arms has blessed us on our way
with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
with ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us;
the one eternal God, whom earth and heaven adore,
for thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.

Responsive Reading # 643  “Shout for Joy,” fromPsalm 65          

You make the outgoings of the morning and the evening to shout for joy.
            You visit the earth, watering it, making it very rich.
The great river swells with water, filling the ridges, blessing the growth of grain.
            You crown the year with your abundance,
The pastures are perfumed with dew.
            The hills deck themselves with joy
The  meadows adorn themselves with flocks.
            The valleys gown themselves with grain.
They shout for joy;
            They join in song.

Hymn # 106                Who Would True Valor See                                                                  MONK’S GATE

Who would true valor see, let them come hither;
one here will constant be, come wind, come weather;
there’s no discouragement shall make me once relent
my first avowed intent to be a pilgrim.

Whoso beset me ‘round with dismal stories,
do but themselves confound; my strength the more is.
No lion can me fright, I’ll with a giant fight,
but I shall have a right to be a pilgrim.

No word of foe or friend can daunt my spirit;
I know I at the end will life inherit.
Then fancies fly away; I’ll not fear what they say;
I’ll labor night and day to be a pilgrim.

Affirmation # 123      Spirit of Life

Spirit of Life, come unto me.
Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion.
Blow in the wind, rise in the sea;
move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice.
Roots hold me close; wings set me free;
Spirit of Life, come to me, come to me.        

Offertory                    “Sure on This Shining Night”                            Samuel Barber (1910-1981)

Sure on this shining night
Of star made shadows round,
Kindness must watch for me
This side the ground.
The late year lies down the north.
All is healed,
All is health.
High summer holds the earth.
Hearts all whole.
Sure on this shining night
I weep for wonder
Wand’ring far alone
Of shadows on the
On this shining

Hymn # 29                  Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee                                               HYMN TO JOY

Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, God of love;
hearts unfold like flowers before thee, hail thee as the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the pain of doubt away;
giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the joy of day.

All thy works with joy surround thee, earth and heav’n reflect thy rays,
stars and planets sing around thee, center of unbroken praise;
field and forest, vale and mountain, blossoming meadow, flashing sea,
chanting bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in thee.

Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blest;
wellspring of the joy of living, ocean-depth of happy rest.
Ever singing march we onward, victors in the midst of strife;
joyful music lifts us sunward in the triumph song of life.