United Parish


Weekly Worship

A typical worship service includes a greeting, hymns, time for participants to share their stories or concerns, a children’s message, scripture readings, silent prayer and meditation, an offering, a message for adults and instrumental music throughout. We gather after worship for snacks and conversation. This is a great time to catch up with friends, deepen our ties to each other, and get to know new friends. We hope you will join us after worship.

This Week at UPA

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February 12th Worship

Lessons: Matthew 5:21-37Message: Reconciliation This Sunday we’ll continue our reading of Jesus’ sermon on the mount almost to its end. This is the part that gets tricky, where Jesus uses as examples parts of the original law of Israel given to the people in the book of Exodus and questions its application. We will read about “an eye for an eye” and the laws of divorce and adultery. These are really difficult lessons to read because, by the end of it, we’re all feeling judged and indicted. Not to mention that, from the perspective of our modern western culture, much of what he’s saying

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Frequently Asked Questions

There is no dress code.  Most participants dress “business-casual,” but dressier clothing as well as less-formal clothing are also common.  We want you to be comfortable in worship.

No.  We are sensitive to people who want to worship anonymously and more privately.  Visitors are not asked to identify themselves.

Yes.  Not all people feel comfortable singing, standing for hymns or giving an offering.  Participants are encouraged to do only what feels comfortable and authentic in worship at UPA.

Special Ceremonies


We celebrate Holy Communion the first Sunday of the month. The meal is open to all people of all ages and denominations. Bread (or gluten-free bread) is dipped into grape juice and eaten as a reminder of the way Jesus wanted to be remembered—as the host of a great banquet of love!


We celebrate the baptism of a person of any age during a Sunday morning service. Infant baptism emphasizes God’s early adoption of us into an inheritance of joy and meaning. Older baptism emphasizes conversion and a new orientation to justice and peace. To schedule a baptism, e-mail the office Administrator Melissa, office@newtonchurch.org


The sanctuary and staff are available to members and non-members for services of marriage. Contact the Office Administrator Melissa, office@newtonchurch.org.


The sanctuary and Betty Meyer Gallery are available at no cost to members and non-members for memorial and funeral services. Contact the Office Administrator Melissa at 617-964-8516.

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