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Listed below are audio recordings of selected Sunday 11:00AM services. To hear a service simply click on the red side of the audio player of the one you would like to hear. Alternatively, you can click on the .mp3 link to download the service to your computer or mobile device. Note: Due to limitations with FPC's current audio system, the sound quality for most musical segments was very poor. As such, many of these pieces have not been included. We are working on upgrading the system so that the complete services can be heard. Also, for reasons of privacy, the "Joys and Concerns" segments have been excluded. Should you have difficulty playing these recordings please contact: webadmin@fpc-stow-acton.org An RSS feed of the audio services is available here: Subscribe to FPC of Stow & Acton Services

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

One Hundred years ago the Reverend Charles W. Eliot delivered an address at Harvard Divinity School entitled, “The Religions of the Future”. This morning we will examine his predictions and focus on what are the different characteristics of a religion that will be relevant in our time and in the future. Worship will be led by, The Reverend Tom Rosiello. 

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Where we end up so often depends upon how high we set our sights. So often we can accomplish far more than we thought we could by keeping our sights set on a lofty goal.  Our Worship will be led by Rev. Tom Rosiello. Members of FPC Drums will enliven our worship and our choir will sing Randall Thompson’s wonderful setting of Robert Frost’s poem “Something Like A Star” at the 11 AM Service.

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Worship will be led by Rev. Tom Rosiello with music provided by the Parish Jazz band at both services, FPC singers at the 9 AM service and the Adult Choir at 11 AM.  We primarily remember Dr. King for his work as a leader of the movement for racial equality in this country. But that was not the only social justice issue on which Dr. King spoke out.  Particularly in the later years of his life, he spoke out against war and for all the poor in America. We will hear Dr. King’s prophetic words again and apply them to our own time. Our music will include great spirituals and songs of justice.

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

VESPER SERVICE

These words come from a text by hymn writer, Ruth Duck. In this service we will share them in a beautiful musical setting, and share our thoughts on this time of winter. This season of cold and darkness is also the season of candles, fire and increasing light. You are invited to bring a poem or short reading about the season to share.  Music will be provided by Mike Pfitzer and Sangee Kim, and will include piano, organ, and vocal solos. This is the perfect opportunity to pause and refresh your spirit in the midst of the hectic holiday season. Vespers is a monthly service of readings, sharing, candle-lighting, music and silence.  Please join us. 

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Association Sunday

We are “pulling out all the stops” for Association Sunday to celebrate the importance of being part of the Association of Unitarian Universalist churches.  Our Jazz band, drummers, and choirs will fill the service with exciting music.  Worship will be led by the Rev. Tom Rosiello with special guest preacher, the Rev. John Crestwell, a member of the UUA President’s Advisory Council.  His sermon is entitled “Why I am a Unitarian Universalist.”  He will share an inspiring story of how his faith saved his life.  This year all the proceeds raised on Association Sunday will go to support professional education and development for ministers, religious educators and musicians.  There will be a special collection taken up for this purpose. 

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

October is our Urban Ministry monthPlease see page 9 in this newsletter to learn about all the ways you can be part of that ministry.  This morning, in a rousing worship service, we will look beyond the confines of FPC and celebrate our connection to the UU Urban Ministry.  Our guest preacher will be Sam Williams Chief  Operating Officer for the Urban Ministry.  Sam will share with us the wonderful work that we as a congregation help to accomplish.

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

This morning we will draw on the Jewish High Holy Days for our inspiration.  Much of our music will be from the Jewish tradition and our youth will be performing their own adaptation of the Biblical story of Jonah and the Ninevites.  The Rev. Tom Rosiello will preach a sermon entitled "Letting Go" based on the Yom Kippur teaching that once a year we need to take stock of our lives and find ways to "let go" of past hurts, wrongs, and even our guilt of not doing what we ought to have done.  Sometimes forgiveness can be the most difficult thing asked of us. Sometimes, because of the magnitude of the wrong committed, it doesn't feel just or right to forgive.  Even forgiving ourselves is no easy task. This morning we will focus on the importance of this practice of "letting go" of rancor, hurt, and disappointment so that we can begin our lives anew.

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

In the Words of the Prophet Amos: "Let Justice Roll Down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream." This morning we will draw on the teachings of the prophets of many ages and faiths who emphasized that it was justice and righteousness that is at the heart of true religion. We will explore together the ways we at First Parish are involved in the work of justice, and how we might take that to the next step.  Our choirs will be singing and drummers playing the message of justice.  Our service will be led by the Rev. Tom Rosiello, with assistance  from our Director of Religious Education Michelle Cote, our children and youth, members of our Social Justice Task Force, and of course, our great musicians!

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

BRING A FRIEND SUNDAY

When the Dali Lama was once asked to describe his religion, he quickly responded "My Religion is very simple. My religion is kindness." Teachings of kindness and compassion are at the heart of every major world religion, but translating this teaching into practice is quite another thing.  We will explore what it could mean to live a religion of kindness. This service will also serve as an introduction to a new program being offered this year and led by Rev. Rosiello called "12 Steps to a Compassionate Life," based on Karen Armstrong's recent book by that title. The children's message will focus on the parable of the Good Samaritan. Our service will be full of music and readings about the religion of kindness from various traditions.  This would be an excellent service for a visitor to experience the breadth of Unitarian Universalism. FPC members are encouraged to bring a neighbor or a friend to the service.

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Two Sunday Services Begin

This Sunday we open wide the doors of the church to welcome all to the beginning of our new church year.To paraphrase our opening hymn: "We will gather in the spirit, harvest the power of community and with our lives kindle one flame."

In this service we will be reminded of the importance of liberal religious community. The Rev. Tom Rosiello will lead the service which will include remembrances of those who lost their lives in September 11, 2001 and prayers for peace in our world. He will deliver a sermon entitled, "Ten  Year Later." There will be a special interactive message for our children at the beginning of the service after which they will leave to begin this year’s religious education program.  Music at both services will be provided by our two new musicians, Music Director , Mike Pfitzer and pianist/organist, Sanghee Kim.  They will be joined by our Adult Choir at the 11 AM service. 

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