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 2017 summer worship season will take place from June 18th through September 10th. 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 2017 Season
Sunday, June 18th – 10am: Join us for Opening Worship, the first Sunday morning service of our Summer 2017 season. 10am
Saturday, June 24th – 7:30pm: Sundown Candlelight Service – a brief candlelight service to wind down the day – no sermon, just songs, prayer, and meditation – a great service for folks of any faith
Sunday, June 25th – 10am: Sunday morning worship with Pastor’s Brunch after church – come for worship & stay for a free brunch with the community, hosted by our Pastors
Sunday, July 2nd – 10am: Sunday morning worship, including Blessing of the Bell – our congregation’s historic Paul Revere bell has been repaired, and should be ready to ring again this day – Communion Sunday – all are welcome at the table to partake in the Eucharist
From July 9 – 30th, our Sunday morning worship services will include a four-week sermon series entitled “Faithful Resistance.” Sometimes it feels like we are powerless against the political, societal, and economic forces of this world. We may feel small and incapable of resisting such powerful problems. However, people of faith have been pushing against the “powers that be” for years, bolstered by a faith in a God that would see them through. This 4-week sermon series guides congregants through four under-appreciated, counter-cultural methods of resistance that are straight from scripture and can be powerful agents for local and global change. Come if your spirit is weary, if your heart is worried, if your mind cannot rest. Let us together consider what it means to be a person of faith resisting the status quo. Don’t worry if you can’t make the whole series; come whatever weeks you are able, and you will be most welcome.
Sunday, July 9th – 10am: Sunday morning worship, including the first sermon in the “Faithful Resistance” sermon series
Sunday, July 16th – 10am: Sunday morning worship, including the second sermon in the “Faithful Resistance” sermon series
Sunday, July 23rd – 10am: Sunday morning worship, including the third sermon in the “Faithful Resistance” sermon series
Saturday, July 29th – 7:30pm: Sundown Candlelight Service – a brief candlelight service to wind down the day – no sermon, just songs, prayer, and meditation – a great service for folks of any faith
Sunday, July 30th – 10am: Sunday morning worship, including the fourth sermon in the “Faithful Resistance” sermon series
Sunday, August 6th – 10am: Sunday morning worship, featuring Rev. Don Remick, Area Minister of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ, as our guest preacher – Communion Sunday – all are welcome at the table to partake in the Eucharist
Sunday, August 13th – 10am: Sunday morning worship
Saturday, August 19th – 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 20th – 10am: Sunday morning worship – We will worship outdoors this day, if weather permits, as today’s theme is God’s love for all of Creation, and the need for us all to work toward environmental justice and care
Sunday, August 20th – 4pm: Concert by “Kindred” – Don’t miss this concert, which will be filled with spirited Irish music thanks to the acoustic trio “Kindred.” You’ll be singing along before the afternoon is over! A free-will offering will be taken to benefit the ministries of First Parish Truro, UCC. The concert is otherwise free & open to the public, so bring a friend or two!
Saturday, August 26th – 7:30pm: Sundown Candlelight Service – a brief candlelight service to wind down the day – no sermon, just songs, prayer, and meditation – a great service for folks of any faith
Sunday, August 27th – 10am: Sunday morning worship – All-Music Sunday! – This week we will fill the service with music, singing together, listening to anthems, and learning the hidden stories behind some of our most well-known hymns.
Sunday, September 3rd – 10am: Sunday morning worship – Communion Sunday – all are welcome at the table to partake in the Eucharist
Sunday, September 10th – 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.