Worship at First Parish Truro
What can I expect to find in a Sunday morning worship service here?
Our Sunday morning worship services take place during the summer months at 10am. The 2019 summer worship season will take place from June 16th through September 15th.
A typical Sunday service includes live piano or organ music, sung congregational hymns, prayers, brief readings from the Bible, and a spoken sermon by one of the Pastors. If it’s a Communion Sunday (usually the first of the month), we add a service of Eucharist with bread and grape juice. Our communion table is open to everyone, without exception. Services are approximately an hour in length, and all are welcome to stay for coffee and treats afterward. Families with children and babies are very welcome to attend. We have a come-as-you-are policy, so wear whatever you’d like. You will see folks in jeans and flip-flops while others are in their “Sunday best,” and both are equally welcome. After all, it’s the Outer Cape!
Theologically, the people in our pews come from a wide variety of viewpoints, faith traditions, and backgrounds. We have “spiritual but not religious” Christians, lapsed Catholics, die-hard Congregationalists, people who grew up “Metho-Bapti-Luther-terian,” devout Humanists, questioning Atheists, and folks who (sadly) once felt the sting of rejection from a previous church because of who they are and/or whom they love. We are a church that believes Jesus was special in lots of ways, not the least of which was his ability to bring people from all walks of life and viewpoints together to worship the loving and living God. That same power to bring people together across difference exists today, and we do our level best to tap into it. Our Pastors preach the stories of the Bible, but with an eye toward their relevance today. This is a place to bring your theological questions, and to wrestle with them in community.
We understand that it can be intimidating to visit a church you’ve never attended before, but please know that our congregation welcomes all people warmly. We hope you’ll feel right at home, and that you will emerge from our services spiritually uplifted.
Summer 2019 Services
Sunday, June 16th – 10am: Join us for Opening Worship, the first Sunday morning service of our summer season. 10am
Sunday, June 23rd – 10am: Sunday morning worship
Tuesday, June 25th – 3pm: Free Youth Choir Concert with Glenn Memorial Church, visiting from Atlanta, Georgia
Sunday, June 30th – 10am: Sunday morning worship
Sunday, July 7th – 10am: Sunday morning worship – Communion Sunday – all are welcome at the table to partake in the Eucharist
Sunday, July 14th – 10am: Sunday morning worship
Sunday, July 21st – 10am: Sunday morning worship
Saturday, July 27th – 7:30pm: Annual Candlelight Service – a candle-lit service in our historic building is a great way to connect with your spirit, regardless of your faith tradition. This service will not include a sermon, but will include poetry, song, and quiet meditation.
Sunday, July 28th – 10am: Sunday morning worship
Sunday, August 4th – 10am: Sunday morning worship – Communion Sunday – all are welcome at the table to partake in the Eucharist
Saturday, August 10th – 10am: Annual Blessing of the Animals Service – Come join in this beloved annual tradition, and bring your animals to be blessed. If you do not have an animal friend to bring with you, feel free to instead bring a picture or memento of a beloved past pet, or a picture of a species of animals close to your heart.
Sunday, August 11th – 10am: Sunday morning worship
Sunday, August 18th – 10am: Sunday morning worship
Sunday, August 25th – 10am: Sunday morning worship
Sunday, September 1st – 10am: Sunday morning worship – Communion Sunday – all are welcome at the table to partake in the Eucharist
Sunday, September 8th – 10am: Sunday morning worship
Sunday, September 15th – 10am: Join us for this season’s Closing Worship and Picnic Banquet – We will worship together one last time for this summer season, then feast together on a delicious pot luck banquet. Come even if you can’t bring a dish. All are welcome and there is always more than enough food to share.