Guest musician, Barbara Jones, will join us for a special service themed around the spiritual connections we can draw from music. Barbara will play the first movement of Schubert's Piano Sonata No. 21, D.960, and Mike Pfitzer, Director of Music, will offer a short reflection on the connection between music and our personal spirituality.
Listen to Past Services
Sunday, March 11th, 2018
Miles Davis told the guys in his band to play what they know and then play above that because that's where great things happen. Inspired by jazz and Miles' great leadership, the sermon brings this advice home to FPC. The Parish Jazz Band will play for both services. Established in 2004, The Parish Jazz Band is FPC’s contribution to local jazz in Eastern Massachusetts. The PJB plays music from the Great American Songbook (Ellington, Carmichael, Arlen, Gershwin, Rodgers, Porter), bebop (Parker, Coltrane, Davis, Gillespie) and Latin jazz (Jobim, Palmieri). Currently the PJB is seven members (five of whom are parishioners of FPC) and includes clarinet, saxophone, trombone, bass, drums, guitar and vocals. Its musical director is guitarist and charter member Michael Paladini.
Sunday, March 4th, 2018
Is there something about humans, something in us, that makes us religious? That makes us reach for something "bigger than ourselves"? Are we hardwired for religion/for that reach just as we are for language? Rev. Tracey's sermon explores these questions and suggests a purpose that calls us on, whatever the path we choose to follow.
Sunday, February 25th, 2018
On this last Sunday of the month the service will be a multigenerational one led by Michelle Cote and Rev. Tracey Robinson-Harris. More information coming soon!
Sunday, February 18th, 2018
“Try not to try,” Zen Buddhism advises its practitioners. When that does not work, Zen suggests: “Quit trying not to try.” When all else fails: “Quit quitting.” But how does not trying square with the will which declares: “I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul”? This service will explore the relationship between spirit and will, and the nature of the spiritual experience. Guest minister Rev. Ken Reeves will lead the service.
The Rev. Ken Reeves, Ph.D., is a graduate of the Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA, and has served congregations in Ohio and Delaware. He has also earned a Masters in Pastoral Counseling and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. He is currently a clinical psychologist with a therapy practice, and a consulting psychologist with the Center for Career Development and Ministry.
Sunday, February 11th, 2018
Taking inspiration from the title of the most successful single Tina Tuner ever had, the sermon explores what love has to do with faith and justice and people like us. Rev. Tracey Robinson-Harris will lead the service.
Sunday, February 4th, 2018
We celebrate this amazing community we call church and we begin our Stewardship Campaign. Everyone is asked to make a pledge of financial support to FPC for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Rev. Tracey Robinson-Harris will lead the service.
Sunday, January 28th, 2018
Chuck Collins grew up in the wealthiest 1 percent and has spent the last 30 years working on issues of racial and economic justice. He has come to appreciate the power of “coming home” and committing to place as an essential ingredient in reducing inequality and the transition to more equal and resilient communities.
Chuck Collins is the Director of IPS’s Program on Inequality and the Common Good where he co-edits Inequality.org. His latest book is Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good (Chelsea Green). He is an expert on U.S. inequality and author of several books, including the report, “Reversing Inequality: Unleashing the Transformative Potential of an Equitable Economy” (Next System Project).
Other books include: 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It. He is co-author with Bill Gates Sr. of Wealth and Our Commonwealth, (Beacon Press, 2003), a case for taxing inherited fortunes. He is co-author with Mary Wright of The Moral Measure of the Economy, a book about Christian ethics and economic life. His next book, Is Inequality in America Irreversible, will be published in March 2018 by the UK-based Polity Press. He is co-founder of Wealth for the Common Good, a network of business leaders, high-income households and partners working together to promote shared prosperity and fair taxation. This network merged in 2015 with the Patriotic Millionaires.
Sunday, January 21st, 2018
Rev. Tracey will lead the service.