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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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First Church in Boston
ORDER OF SERVICE

First Church Boston 

66 Marlborough Street
Boston, MA
 

Sunday, February 28, 2021

  

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

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

Dr. Robert August, Director of Music; William Thorpe, soloist
  

Bells  

 

Prelude           We Celebrate the Web of Life                                  Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933)

Opening Words                                                                                          Rev. Stephen Kendrick       
                      
Hymn    #275 Joyful is the Dark  verses 1, 2, 3

 

Chalice Lighting and Tolling of the Bell                                               Rev. Stephen Kendrick                                                     

                        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.

Poem For All Ages                                                                                    Rev. Stephen Kendrick

 

Go Now in Peace                

Musical Meditation   “Love and Peace”                                                                     Tyzen Hsiao        

Lily Tseng, mezzo-soprano; Atsuko Kida, pianist

 

Reading       Selection from “Religion” by Zora Neale Hurston                                   Katie Geusz

 

Hymn           #391 Voice Still and Small       

 

Reading #469 The Spirit of Wisdom                                                                          Daniel Lawlor

 

Affirmation     #123 Spirit of Life                                                                              Robbie Pate

 

Announcements                                                                                         Rev. Stephen Kendrick

                        
Prayer and Meditation                                                                                Rev. Stephen Kendrick   
                                                                                                                                   

Sermon        Struggle, Creativity, and Imagining Racial Justice                        Daniel Lawlor                                                                                                     

Offertory         This song is intended to give hope in these COVID times written and performed                                       by Robbie Pate. 

 

Note: Our offertory collection this Sunday will be given to support the excellent work of the spiritual organization Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU). BLUU is committed expanding the power & capacity of Black UUs within our faith, providing support, information & resources for Black Unitarian Universalists, and justice-making and liberation through our faith.

 

 

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!

 

Charge                                                                                                                 Stephen Kendrick 

 

Hymn      #175    We Celebrate the Web of Life 

 

Benediction                                                                                                               Daniel Lawlor   

Postlude  Prelude and Fugue in D Major                              Johann Caspar Simon (1701-1776) 

                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                                           

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


#275 Joyful is the Dark  

 

Joyful is the dark, holy, hidden God,
rolling cloud of night beyond all naming:
majesty in darkness, energy of love,
Word-in-flesh, the mystery proclaiming.

 

Joyful is the dark, Spirit of the deep,
winging wildly o’er the world’s creation,
silken sheen of midnight, plumage black and bright,
swooping with the beauty of a raven.

 

Joyful is the dark, shadowed stable floor;
angels flicker, God on earth confessing,
as with exultation, Mary, giving birth,
hails the infant cry of need and blessing.

Hymn           #391 Voice Still and Small       

 

Voice still and small, deep inside all,
I hear you call, singing.
In storm and rain, sorrow and pain,
still we’ll remain singing.
Calming my fears, quenching my tears,
through all the years, singing. 

 

Hymn Spirit of Life, #123 

 

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.

 

Spirit of Life, come unto us.
Sing in our hearts 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 us close; wings set us free;
Spirit of Life, come to us, come to us.

 

 

Hymn      #175    We Celebrate the Web of Life 

 

We celebrate the web of life, its magnitude we sing;
for we can see divinity in every living thing.

A fragment of the perfect whole in cactus and in quail,
as much in tiny barnacle as in the great blue whale.

 

Of ancient dreams we are the sum; our bones link stone to star,
and bind our future worlds to come with worlds that were and are.

Respect the water, land, and air which gave all creatures birth;
protect the lives of all that share the glory of the earth.

 

 

 

                                                                    Keshab Chandra Sen (1838-84), adapted

 

Hymn Spirit of Live, #123

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.

 

Spirit of Life, come unto us.
Sing in our hearts 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 us close; wings set us free;
Spirit of Life, come to us, come to us.

 

Hymn # 143                 Not in Vain, the Distance Beacons 

Not in vain the distance beacons. Forward, forward let us range.
Let the great world spin forever down the ringing grooves of change;
through the shadow of the globe we sweep ahead to heights sublime,
we, the heirs of all the ages, in the foremost files of time.

 

Oh, we see the crescent promise of that spirit has not set;
ancient founts of inspiration well through all our fancies yet;
and we doubt not through the ages one increasing purpose runs,
and the thoughts of all are widened with the process of the suns.

 

Yea, we dip into the future, far as human eye can see,
see the vision of the world, and all the wonder that shall be,
hear the war-drum throb no longer, see the battle flags all furled,
in the parliament of freedom, federation of the world.

 

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.

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