December 11, 2022
Presented by the First Parish Choir with harpist Juli Miller, Music Director Polly Oliver
Homily “Wolcum” by Rev. Dr. Stephanie May
Britten’s beloved piece presents an enchanting mix of Middle English and early Modern English texts, Gregorian chant, and an ethereal harp interlude. How does the music and the season transcend one language and one time?
From September through early June, Sunday services are held at 10:00 a.m. online and/or in person. We monitor public health guidelines for our in-person services (See our current COVID policies HERE.) Currently, we have limited capacity to attend in-person services on the second floor of the Meetinghouse (the name historically used for our church building). Online service attendance is available through Zoom. You can sign up for our weekly eblast to receive the Zoom link. You can view past services on our YouTube channel or from our sermon archive page. Services are led by a minister with participation from lay ministers and other community members, including children and youth. The hour-long service includes music, readings, meditations, and a sermon. For individuals who care to, there is an opportunity to briefly share personal matters of joy or concern. After the Sunday Service, we gather online in break-out groups for conversation and to connect with one another. This is a great way to meet our community and to learn more about Unitarian Universalism.
We also offer online and in-person programming for children during the Sunday service and invite children to be part of the service by lighting our chalice, the symbol of Unitarian Universalism. Each service also includes a story led by Kate Holland, our Director of Engagement and Exploration, another staff member, or a congregant. Middle school and high school youth have their own group programming, which include participation in some Sunday services.
If you are interested in joining our online services or programming for all ages, please sign up for our e-blasts and newsletter to receive log-in information. Or, our Sunday morning services are broadcast live on our YouTube page. The weekly Order of Service will be posted on this page on Fridays.
During the summer months, from mid-June through late August, we continue to offer services. Our summer offerings are led by volunteer or guest religious professionals and talented lay persons. See our summer schedule for more information.
The most up-to-date information about Sunday services, guest speakers, and topics, are posted on the front page of our site. For information about other activities and events at First Parish, please visit our parish calendar.
To watch, read, or listen to past sermons (both online and live), please visit our sermon archives page.
We are located in Wayland’s Town Center District, at the intersection of Routes 20 and 27/126 across from the Wayland Safety Building. Directions to 50 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA 01778
Online Donations and Weekly Offering
All unspecified donations made during the service will be used to support the programs of First Parish. Once a month we share our Sunday donations with a deserving organization. Thank you for your support!
- Give online www.uuwayland.org/donate
- Text your tax-deductible donation to 833-264-0104 (no dollar sign).
Please have your credit card available the first time you text.
- Download the Vanco Mobile Faith Engagement app (Apple) (GooglePlay)
- By check to First Parish - please indicate in the memo line "Sunday Donation - <Date and/or Share Organization>"