On this weekend of Indigenous People's Day/Columbus Day, the Rev. Tracey Robinson-Harris will share the story of the Unitarian connection to the Northern Ute and consider why this history matters as part of our inheritance and our call to reconciliation.
Listen to Past Services
Sunday, October 1st, 2017
Rev. Tracey Robinson-Harris's sermon honors the spirit of the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with reflections on what it means to forgive, how it happens, and why it matters.
Sunday, September 17th, 2017
Unitarian theologian and teacher, James Luther Adams wrote, "Church is a place where you get to practice what it means to be human." Rev. Tracey Robinson-Harris's sermon explores what kinds of things we practice here and why it matters that we do.
Sunday, September 10th, 2017
Welcome back! This will be our first Sunday with Interim Minister, The Rev. Tracey Robinson-Harris. Her sermon, "Beginning in Gratitude", draws on her story of finding this faith, being saved by it, and coming to know it as both inheritance and legacy.
OPEN HOUSE FOR ANYONE WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT FIRST PARISH OF STOW & ACTON, Please come to either the first or second service, or both if you wish and then join us in our Community Room to learn more about all that First Parish Church has to offer. Tours will be available along with information on the many Programs and Groups available. We will also have a special Meet and Greet with our Interim Minister, Rev. Tracey Robinson-Harris! FPC, please bring anyone who you think might be interested, including friends and neighbors.
If you are looking to become more involved this would be a great way to become connected. All are Welcome! Please invite others to join you!
Questions? Please contact Joleen Trotta Sullivan, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, June 4th, 2017
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!
Sunday, May 28th, 2017
Today we will celebrate our beautiful Flower Communion Ritual. Please be sure to bring a cut flower or two with you to church. We will bring them all together in one bouquet symbolizing the unity in our diversity. In doing so, we will recognize the many blessings, gifts and talents we each bring to this community. In gratitude for all we receive from others in our church community we will leave with the flower that another person brought. The worship will be led by Rev. Tom Rosiello and there will be great music from our choirs and instrumentalists. This is a very meaningful service that really communicates what is at the heart of our faith tradition. If you have a friend or neighbor who you think might be interested in Unitarian Universalism, this would be a great service to invite them to attend.
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 30th, 2017
The Rev. Tom Rosiello leading worship and preaching.
Some suggest that humor itself is a spiritual practice and a good laugh is certainly good for both the body and the soul. During Rev. Tom’s 15 years as minister there have been many times of serious worship and exploration of important issues. There have been times of accomplishment, celebration, and of course some sad times. But there have also been lots of humorous times in and out of church. This morning we will journey on the lighter human side of ministry. Come and have a good laugh and enjoy the spiritual uplift of a little humor.
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.