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Sunday, 3/15

Worship Service, Sanctuary, 11:00 AM

Sunday, 3/22

Worship Service, Sanctuary, 11:00 AM

Guided meditation before church has been suspended; the parlor will still be available to anyone who wants to meditate alone.

* Denotes a non-church event, open to the public

Weather and Travel Advisories
for Sunday, March 15

This Sunday will be dry and back in the 40s.

The Red Line from Alewife to Harvard is scheduled to run normally this weekend; shuttle bus replacement is still in effect for  the Green Line D Branch between Kenmore and Newton Highlands.

No street closings or other traffic diversions scheduled.

This Week at First Church in Boston
Friday, March 13, 2020

Sunday Morning Worship

March 15, 2020
Daniel Lawlor, Ministerial Intern

"From Selma to Boston"



Music Selections

Variations on "Freu dich sehr"
Georg Böhm (1661-1733)

Musical Meditation:
O quam tu pulchra es
Alessandro Grandi (1586-1630)
Thomas Albanese, soloist


Vater unser, im Himmelreich
Georg Böhm

Fugue in C Minor, BWV 537/II
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Message from the Music Director

Dear Friends,

Given the rising number of COVID-19 cases in our region, coupled with new guidance from the Governor, the state, infectious disease experts, and our local health partners, we have made the difficult decision to suspend choir rehearsals at First Church in Boston, effective immediately. There will be no rehearsals this week, next week and possibly for a longer period. (Note that this applies also to rehearsals for the performance of Verdi's Te Deum originally planned for Easter/Music Sunday.)

We know this is disappointing, but we believe we must do so for the health and well-being of our community. This is a unique public health situation that is rapidly changing. Our hope is that if we all work together, we can reduce the spread of this virus, protect residents, especially those most vulnerable, and resume normal activities as soon as possible.


Robert August
Director of Music


Upcoming Services

Sunday, March 22, 2020
Rev. Kendrick
"When Fate Becomes Opportunity"

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Rev. Kendrick
"Repaint, Repaint!"
Richard Baydin Art and Spirit Exhibition and Celebration

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Rev. Kendrick
"People Get Ready"
Palm Sunday

Children's Religious Education

Sunday, March 15, 2020


Pastoral News / Updates and Transitions

Eileen Brewster underwent a much needed operation this Monday, and despite some worries about her ability to withstand the procedure, she seems to have come through with flying colors.  Needless to say, no one should visit her unless they feel confident that they are clear with the present virus (which we understand is a difficult thing to assess).  But we send her and her marvelous family our continued love and concern.

In case you haven't received or have lost sight of the message sent out yesterday by Rev. Kendrick and Standing Committee Chair Michael Sullivan, here is a link.

If you have pastoral updates and news you would like to share with the congregation, please contact editor Peter Banos. Even if you don't want your concern or joy in the Friday e-news, our ministers always want to hear from you.  Thanks!

News from Our Community


Social Justice News

Fair Foods

UUUM is continuing for now their Saturday morning food-packaging program, with due precautions (all to take place outdoors, with safe distances between people). However, we have decided not to send our usual group contingent from First Church this month.
Fair foods is a non-profit organization that provides surplus produce at low or no cost to those in need. If you would like to go individually to UU Urban Ministry in Roxbury to help sort, pack and distribute vegetables and fruits to the local community, the location is 10 Putnam St. Roxbury, MA 02119, a 5 minute walk from Roxbury Crossing stop on the Orange line. Parking is available onsite! 
Young Adults at First Church

The Young Adult Social Group meeting scheduled for Sunday March 15 at Life Alive has been cancelled due to the pandemic. The following scheduled meeting, April 5 at 12:45 at Clover (565 Boylston street), is still tentatively on the schedule.

Chancel Flowers
Wouldn’t it be great to have the opportunity to add beauty to the Sanctuary in honor, or in memory, of someone you love?  Or, in recognition of a meaningful event in your life?
We’d like to invite members of the congregation to offer a flower arrangement for the chancel table for Sunday worship. The person or event being honored, or in whose memory the gift has been given, will be noted in the order of service.
Those offering the flowers can either arrange for the flowers to be delivered from a florist of their choosing, or request that the office do so, and then simply write a check to cover the cost.
Please add your name and contact information to the sign-up sheet Sunday morning, along with a Sunday date that you’d like to make your gift, or simply email  
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