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Worship

Welcome! First Parish in Brookline is a caring community of people who strive to create a more loving and just world. We seek to make a place for all ages to experience and celebrate community, to teach and learn from each other in an environment guided by respect and love, and to actively work for social justice. Worship draws from many faith traditions and is collaboratively created by First Parish staff and lay leaders. We are united by a life-giving, liberatory theology, as well as a belief that the human spirit needs tending. Whoever you are, wherever you come from, you are welcome here.

At First Parish, we invite your openness to transformation of the heart, mind, and spirit. Sunday morning worship varies widely from week to week, drawing from sources as diverse as poetry, science, scriptures, and personal experience. from our living tradition and Buddhist, Earth-Centered, Humanist, Jewish, and Liberal Christian faith traditions. Music in all its forms is absolutely central to our worship.

No matter the season or belief, our worship is open to all spiritual seekers and willing participants in our community. Our goal is to create meaningful worship that challenges, affirms, and enlightens those who gather here. Sermons explore a wide variety of spiritual topics and are inspiringly human. Services invite congregational participation, and always there is time and space for meditation and reflection.

Worship Schedule

May
16
Sun
Sunday Service: Never-Ending Becoming @ Facebook Live
May 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
We are rapidly moving into an age of gender fluidity, where young people are welcomed to live their most authentic selves, in their appearance, interests, activities and, ideally, their gender expression. We’ll explore and celebrate this “never-ending becoming,” in the words of poet Andrea Gibson, that can open up new ways of self-expression for all of us, at any age. Co-created by Emily Cherry and Rev. Lisa. The service will broadcast on Facebook Live. You do not need a Facebook account.
May
23
Sun
Sunday Service: Festival of Flowers @ Facebook Live
May 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us in this celebration of beauty, human uniqueness, diversity, and community, originally created in 1923 by Unitarian minister Norbert Capek of Prague, Czechoslovakia, as a symbolic ritual to bind people together. Rev. Lisa preaching.

The service will broadcast on Facebook Live. You do not need a Facebook account.

May
30
Sun
Sunday Service: Celebrating Cape Cod Families! @ Facebook Live
May 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

For years, First Parish families spent a connecting, fun and joy-filled Memorial Day weekend at Cape Cod Sea Camps. Sadly, CCSC was yet another pandemic casualty. Still, the spirit lives on! Join us as we recreate the magic of a CCSC-style worship service and dream about new places and ways for First Parish families to connect and play together. Rev. Lisa preaching.

The service will broadcast on Facebook Live. You do not need a Facebook account.

Jun
6
Sun
Sunday Service: @ Facebook Live
Jun 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Description will be added soon closer to the date.

Please check back on Sunday morning for the Order of Service.

The service will broadcast on Facebook Live. You do not need a Facebook account.

Jun
13
Sun
Sunday Service: @ Facebook Live
Jun 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Description will be added soon closer to the date.

Please check back on Sunday morning for the Order of Service.

The service will broadcast on Facebook Live. You do not need a Facebook account.