Join us for this special service as we celebrate Rev. Tom Rosiello's 15 years of service to our church as he prepares for retirement at the end of June. The service will recognize what Tom has given to our community, highlight how we have all grown over the last 15 years under Tom's leadership, and thank him for all he's done for us. A number of special guests and professional musicians will join the adult choir, Mike Pfitzer, and Sanghee Kim. Come send Tom off with an FPC Farewell!
Listen to Past Services
Sunday, June 4th, 2017
Sunday, May 21st, 2017
Today's services will focus on how we have built our church over the last 15 years. It is a service that will both look to the past and set the stage for the future. Tom will share some of things that were central to his ministry with us.
Sunday, May 14th, 2017
Sunday March 14, 2017
9AM in the Community Room
"Ask the Minister"
Our minister will be retiring soon and maybe there is something that you have been just dying to ask him.
Well, here is your chance! We will have a simple Mothers' Day Service and then, instead of a sermon,
Tom will respond to your questions.
11 AM in the Sanctuary
Youth Service/Coming of Age
This service will be planned and presented by our senior youth and will include the sharing of credos by the youth who are completing the Coming of Age program. We are so fortunate to have a wonderful group of youth.
Please come and celebrate and worship with them.
Sunday, April 23rd, 2017
The Rev. Tom Rosiello leading worship and preaching.
We all experience the struggle to be our authentic selves, but those folks for whom this struggle involves a transition from one gender to another face daunting challenges. Within their stories of transformation are many other stories of how their change has affected others. In the present political climate, voices of prejudice and misunderstanding are attempting to block and even take away hard-won rights for transgender folks . Affirming the equal worth and dignity of every person is fundamental to our faith and it is wonderful that we have both transgender youth and adults in our congregation, some of whom have felt comfortable enough to share their journey with us.
This winter in Mexico (perhaps not the place where you would expect this to happen) Rev. Rosiello had the opportunity to spend time and be inspired by several people who understand this journey firsthand. For more information about his experience please read his article in this issue of The Chronicle and please join us for a worship service where we learn from those stories and affirm our support for transgender folks and their families.
Sunday, April 9th, 2017
Rev. Tom Rosiello preaching
Today is Palm Sunday on the Christian calendar and the Jewish holiday of Passover begins on Monday at sundown. The stories of these holdays involve individuals who took moral stands and who spoke truth to power. Moses relentlessly demanded freedom for his people. Jesus taught that how we treat the least among us (the immigrant, the oppressed, the poor, the ill) is how we will be judged as a society. Right now in our country there is lot of talk about "freedom" that somehow seems to override the moral imperatives that Jesus taught and that are prerequisites for a "real" freedom. The cry has been, "Make America Great Again," but our conscience tells us that what we need to do is, "Make America Moral Again." The Rev. Tom Rosiello will be preaching and leading worship. Music will be provided by Mike Pfitzer, music director, and Sanghee Kim, pianist/organist with the Adult Choir singing at the 11 AM service.
Sunday, March 26th, 2017
Rev. Hank Peirce
From a sermon series on the roots of authority in our Unitarian Universalist Tradition. Hopefully this service will fit nicely with the announcement of the Search Committee.
Sunday, March 19th, 2017
Rev. Hank Peirce
There's an old joke that goes, if you find the perfect church, don't join because you'll ruin it. No church is perfect because people are not perfect, yet we strive to be communities that transform lives, and that is the important thing for us to remember.
Sunday, March 12th, 2017
Rev. Fred Small
Scientists predict that climate change will have dire consequences for humanity and the planet we inhabit. Can global warming move us to change course and build a new society grounded in justice, equity, and compassion?
A Unitarian Universalist minister, singer-songwriter, and former environmental lawyer, Rev. Fred Small is Minister for Climate Justice at Arlington Street Church, Boston. Cited by Bill McKibben as “one of the key figures in the religious environmental surge,” Fred recently left parish ministry to devote his energies to climate advocacy.
Sunday, March 5th, 2017
The Rev. Hank Peirce
It takes a village to raise a child, yet when that child has an addiction problem, finding support for the child, and for the family becomes difficult, often due to long held assumptions. The sermon will center around the Christian story of Jesus and the paralyzed man.
Sunday, February 26th, 2017
led by Hank Peirce
First Parish is overflowing with wonderful musicians and today's service will be
centered around our own jazz band. Rev. Hank and others will add some thoughts about music as a way to help us find deeper spiritual understanding.