First Church Somerville UCC
First Church Somerville UCC

Sunday Worship

Gathering Together on the Sabbath

We gather to worship God every Sunday morning at 10am. Here we find friends, pray together, confess what needs mending in our lives, hear readings from the Bible and a sermon preached with relevance and often humor. The service usually lasts a little more than an hour.

On any given Sunday, we may be singing African freedom songs, playing fiddle or gospel music, or enjoying triumphant classical music on the organ. The choir may sing a cappella, the children’s choir might sing a camp song. There may be movie clips or other media that find their way into the service to make us think and move our spirits. We will always hear a reading from the Bible and pray together the community’s prayers, while singing. We almost always have a sermon. You can read or hear an example here.

Once a month, we worship together with our children in a slightly shorter service that calls on all the senses. On other Sundays, our children join us at the time of offering toward the end of the service, sometimes with antics, as they take their own important roles in worship.

In the UCC, we celebrate two sacraments, communion and baptism. We share communion on the first Sunday of the month, and people of any age or religious preference are welcome to partake. Baptism happens quarterly, as we welcome infants, children, and adults formally into the Way of Jesus. We baptize people of all ages, from infants through the elderly, and if you have been baptized in any Christian tradition, we acknowledge and affirm your baptism as sacred and legitimate.