Our Faith and Worship Services

Join us in our Church Street building or live online for worship services.  (Learn more about multi-platform worship and our COVID-19 response.)

Sunday Services

Worship services are held every Sunday morning at 10:30 am from September to June in our Sanctuary. Our services last about one hour and fifteen minutes. Lay-led services are held during the summer months. Dress is informal.

The beginning of the service includes our weekly announcements, a musical prelude, our opening rituals and chalice lighting, and a time for all ages.  Our minister, Rev. Sophia, regularly leads the service, including selected readings, a sermon, and a spoken meditation.  Several times through the church year, members of the congregation lead lay services.

Sunday worship services are also streamed live on Zoom.  Links to the service are distributed to members and friends in advance via email.  Newcomers are welcome to join us! To receive the link, send a request to office@fpwatertown.org.

Evening Vespers

These candlelit contemplative services offer quiet music, readings, and time for shared silence in our beautiful sanctuary. Candles can be lit throughout the service, and we ask that you please enter in silence.

We gather the third Tuesday of every month at 6pm and services run around 30 minutes. Attendants are welcome to begin arriving at 5:45pm to enjoy the silence of the sanctuary, as well as linger afterwards as needed.

You may join us from home by watching the service live cast on YouTube.

Past Sermons

“Witness to the Water” – September 11th, 2022

Reading - “Praise the Rain,” by Joy harjo Praise the rain; the seagull dive The curl of plant, the raven talk— Praise the hurt, the house slack The stand of trees, the dignity— Praise the dark, the moon cradle The sky fall, the bear sleep— Praise the mist, the warrior...

“To Bless the Space Between Us” – Flower Communion Sunday, June 19th, 2022

Hear these words that I offered you at our Water Ingathering back in September–the first worship service of the church year: “The thing about wells is that they are dug in community, they are tended to in community, and they are drawn from in community. When one...

“Can I Get an Amen?” – June 5th, 2022

“At its heart, I think, religion is mystical…"I have seen things…that make all my writings seem like straw." Religions start, as Robert Frost said poems do, with a lump in the throat, to put it mildly, or with the bush going up in flames, the rain of flowers, or the...

“A Brave People” – May 29th, 2022

  “We have so little faith,” Anne Morrow Lindbergh wisely writes, “we have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb. We are afraid that it will never return. We insist on...

“The Beauty of Broken Things” – May 8th, 2022

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside, our poet writes, you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing. You must wake up with sorrow. You must speak to it till your voice catches the thread of all sorrows and you see the size of the cloth. Many of you...

“To Be Present” – May 1st, 2022

Back in early fall one of our dearly loved church members Ben Jerome, gifted me with a book entitled ‘Mindfulness’ by the world renown Buddhist Joseph Goldstein who co-founded the Insight Meditation Society–maybe some of you know it. There is one in Cambridge. This...
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Upcoming Worship

Worship Service

Sunday October 09, 2022
10:30AM - 12:00PM

"A Portrait of Courage"
All around us there are beautiful portraits of courage. We experience anxiety on some level every day, and every time we affirm ourselves in the midst of that difficult moment, however minor or major, we exercise courage. May we remember, too, that self-affirmation is counterproductive if we forget to affirm each other.

About our guest minister:
A bridge-builder, Rev. Andrew Kimble is invested in sustaining collaborative partnerships between the academy and communities of moral discernment. Ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Rev. Andrew serves as minister of church and culture at the Historic Charles St. AMEC in Roxbury, MA. Additionally, Rev. Andrew’s participation in philanthropic initiatives at Boston University School of Theology helps raise financial support for the school’s scholarships, programs, and annual fund. He earned his B.A. in Philosophy from Morehouse College, the HBCU that stands on that “red clay hill” in Atlanta, GA, and his M.Div. from BU’s School of Theology, known widely as “the School of the Prophets.” An emerging scholar, Andrew teaches online mini-courses on “Embodying the Spirit of Afrofuturism” and “Reflecting with Howard Thurman” and directs STH’s Online Lifelong Learning program. He is also an educational advisor for the Trauma-Responsive Congregations project. In his free time, Andrew enjoys listening to live jazz, running outdoors, visiting the used book section in local bookstores, and spending time with family and friends.
All are welcome! 
We offer in person services (masks suggested) that are also streamed via Zoom. If you would like the Zoom link for the service, please contact office@fpwatertown.org by noon on Friday. 


Worship Service

Sunday October 16, 2022
10:30AM - 12:00PM

“To be a Soul Friend,” Rev. Sophia Lyons preaching.
We will look to Celtic wisdom this Sunday, which teaches about Anam Cara, or soul friendship, as a courageous pathway to deep, spiritual nourishment.

All are welcome! 
We offer in person services (masks suggested) that are also streamed via Zoom. If you would like the Zoom link for the service, please contact office@fpwatertown.org by noon on Friday. 


Vespers

Tuesday October 18, 2022
6:00PM - 7:00PM