Worship & Sermons

WORSHIP

Sunday services are held in our church sanctuary at 10:30am and are livestreamed on our YouTube channel. Advance registration is required to attend in person, and masks are required at all times in our church buildings. An outdoor 30-Minute Fellowship (weather permitting) and fellowship on Zoom follow the services.

Join us for services at 10:30am on Sundays, from the Sunday after Labor Day through Father’s Day. Experience elements of the world religions, including our Christian roots and humanism. Find inspiration in choral and instrumental music (including organ), congregational singing, a time for children, readings, an offering, and meditative silence. Hear a sermon on social justice, spirituality, dealing with life’s challenges, or other issues. The children’s choirs may sing. We may celebrate a holiday, act out a skit, hold a coming-of-age ceremony, or hear a member’s Journeys of Faith. Services end around 11:30am and are usually followed by Coffee Hour.

For a relaxed service with music from the jazz tradition, come to a Jazz Vespers. Our Christmas Eve service and Christmas Candlelight service are community traditions.

Sermons

Watch some recent sermons from Reverend Rebecca:

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When More Is Not Enough

  by Reverend Rebecca Bryan ​ How do we know when enough is enough? How can we tell if our read more

Going Out of Business?

  by Reverend Bertrand Steeves - June 19, 1994 ​ A few weeks ago, during the morning ... read more

AIM to Be Inclusive

  by Reverend Helen Murgida ​ Good morning and Welcome! If you are new to the First ... read more

Service of Remembrance

  by Reverend Rebecca Bryan ​ I have been with dying people, and the experience has often ... read more

Exchange as a Pathway to Change

  by Reverend Rebecca Bryan ​ Friends, have we forgotten one another? Tell me, in our ... read more

People of Promise

  by Reverend Rebecca Bryan ​ In her book Traveling Mercies, the author Anne Lamott tells ... read more

You’re Invited…

  by Reverend Rebecca Bryan ​ I’m sorry. I’m sorry for the pain you live in and think you ... read more

This, Vulnerability, and an Elephant

  by Reverend Rebecca Bryan ​ It has been 78 weeks since we have been together in this ... read more

Foreboding Joy

  by Reverend Rebecca Bryan ​ My friend reminded me about the concept of foreboding joy ... read more

Together We

  by Reverend Rebecca Bryan ​ “While worship is our collective act of celebration, ... read more

Joyous Attention

  Reflection by Reverend Rebecca Bryan ​ Do you believe in God? I don’t believe. I know. ... read more

Turn, Turn, Turn

  Sermon by Reverend Rebecca Bryan ​ “We’re returning! Isn’t it great!?” People everywhere read more

Refugia

  Reflection by Reverend Rebecca Bryan ​ An analysis published in the journal Proceedings ... read more

Sankofa

  Sermon by Reverend Rebecca Bryan ​ My toe just went over the finish line as I heard my ... read more

You’re on Mute

  Easter Homily by Reverend Rebecca Bryan ​ “Oh, Reverend Rebecca, you’re on mute.” ... read more

Chapel by the Sea

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan ​ I was participating in a mission-vision workshop for church ... read more

Quiet Down

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan ​ When someone you haven’t seen in ten years  appears at the ... read more

To Pledge

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan ​ My best year in college was one when I had fewer choices, ... read more

Turn and Love

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan ​ “You’re going to be preaching on nonviolence. Do you know ... read more

To Be Forgiven

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan “How free do you want to be?” is a common phrase used by those read more

The Work of Lifetimes

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan Part One: The Work of Lifetimes “Whose pain is it?” I was ... read more

Making Room for 2021

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan 2020! Oh, what a year it has been. I’m so ready for it to be ... read more

A Veteran’s Message Home

  By Lynn Kettleson Thank you. It’s a privilege to be here today in a service honoring my ... read more

The Perils of First Glances and Certainty

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan The thought came to me seemingly without provocation: “The ... read more

Self-forgiveness as a Pathway to Belonging

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan We speak often of being a welcoming congregation, open and ... read more

Listen

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan I met Stephen Pevar in 2001 when I began working as the ... read more

Love Is the Doctrine of This Church

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan   Did you ever wish you were given a rule book to life? ... read more

A Flower Inside Us All

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan   It appeared seemingly out of nowhere. We were hiking in read more

Ongoing

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan It took me five months, almost to the day, to realize that ... read more

A Walk to Remember

  By Reverend Rebecca Bryan Our reading this morning included the opening words of John ... read more

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