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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.

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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.

FCB Sanctuary Live Broadcast

First Church Boston

66 Marlborough Street
Boston, MA

Sunday, August 1, 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

Guest Preacher  Rev. Aisha Ansano

Guest Musicians Robert Winkley, service musician; Ethan Bremner, tenor; 
William Thorpe, bass    
 
  

Prelude                       Sonata no. 51 in D major, Andante    Franz Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)

Opening Words        “Be Still With Me and Enter” by Rev. Marta Valentin   Rev. Aisha Ansano                                                                                                                                  
Hymn # 18                  What Wondrous Love Is This                                      WONDROUS LOVE

                       
Chalice Lighting and Tolling of the Bell                                                             Rev.  Ansano
                                      

                        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       “A Quiet Place” by Douglas Wood                                     Rev. Ansano
  
Reading                      “Expect Life”  by Elizabeth Tarbox                                         Rev. Ansano

Musical Meditation   “Total Eclipse” from Samson        George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
                                    Ethan Bremner, tenor                      

                                    Robert Winkley, pianist
                                                                                                                                               
Reading                      Night Prayer, from the New Zealand Prayer Book              Rev. Ansano

Announcements                                                                                                     

Hymn # 101                Abide With Me                                                                           EVENTIDE
                                                                                                     
Prayer and Meditation                                             
                                              Rev. Ansano                                                  
Affirmation # 1031    
Loving Kindness                                                                                    

Sermon                     “Rest is Resistance”                                                            Rev. Ansano
 
Offertory                   “Sure on This Shining Night” op. 13 no. 3   
                                                                                                    Samuel Barber (1910-1981)

                                     Ethan Bremner, tenor

                                     Robert Winkley, pianist                    

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!

 

Hymn # 1009              Meditation on Breathing
                                    Willilam Thorpe, bass

Benediction                                                                                                             Rev. Ansano
                       
Postlude                     Sonata no. 51 in D major, Presto                            Franz Joseph Haydn
   

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

Hymn Texts, Lyrics   (8/1/21)


Hymn # 18                 
What Wondrous Love Is This                                      WONDROUS LOVE

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul,

what wondrous love is this, O my soul?
What wondrous love is this that brings my heart such bliss,
and takes away the pain of my soul, of my soul,
and takes away the pain of my soul.

When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,
when I was sinking down, sinking down,
when I was sinking down beneath my sorrows ground,
friends to me gather’d round, O my soul, O my soul,
friends to me gather’d round, O my soul.

To love and to all friends I will sing, I will sing,
to love and to all friends I will sing.
To love and to all friends who pain and sorrow mend,
with thanks unto the end I will sing, I will sing,
with thanks unto the end I will sing.

Musical Meditation   “Total Eclipse” from Samson        George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

O loss of sight, of thee I most complain!

Oh, worse than beggary, old age, or chains!

My very soul in real darkness dwells!

 

Total eclipse! No sun, no moon!

All dark amidst the blaze of noon!

Oh glorious light, no cheering ray

to glad my eyes with welcome day!

Why thus depriv'd thy prime decree?

Sun, moon, and stars are dark to me.

Hymn # 101                Abide With Me                                                                           EVENTIDE

Abide with me, fast falls the eventide;

the darkness deepens; still with me abide.
When other helpers fail, and comforts flee,
help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
change and decay in all around I see:
O thou who changes not, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with thee at hand to bless;
ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still if thou abide with me.

Affirmation # 1031     Loving Kindness        

May I be filled with loving kindness. May I be well.

May I be filled with loving kindness. May I be well.
May I be peaceful and at ease.
May I be whole.

May you be filled …

May we be filled …

Offertory                   “Sure on This Shining Night” op. 13 no. 3   
                                                                                                    Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
                                    Words by James Agee

Sure on this shining night

Of starmade 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
Wandering far alone
Of shadows on the stars. 

Hymn # 1009              Meditation on Breathing

When I breathe in,

I’ll breathe in peace.
When I breathe out,
I’ll breathe out love.

Breathe in, Breathe out,
Breathe in, Breathe out