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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, March 25th, 2012

Among Unitarian Universalistst here are many different ideas about God. Some hold to traditional beliefs, others reject the notion of a god altogether and many struggle with the theological question. Even in Biblical times there were many different ideas of God.  Liberal theological scholars of recent times have offered new ideas of how the "god concept" fits within the scientific and naturalistic worldview of our time. Together we will explore the "god question." Is the concept an outdated myth for you or is there an idea of God that is relevant to your life today?  The Rev. Tom Rosiello will be preaching and leading worship.  Both services will include a children's message on this topic and our Adult Choir, under the direction of Mike Pfitzer, will be singing at the 11 AM service. 

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

This morning we will rally our forces and pull out all the stops in a celebration of a "Great Day."  We will mark the completion of our annual Stewardship Campaign and the initial phase of our Capital Campaign. This Sunday all our choirs are singing and several talented musicians will be joining us at both services. Thanks to the generosity of our members and friends, we are on our way to an exciting new year and new chapter in the life of FPC. We are very blessed. Let's Celebrate!   

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS ~ SPRING FORWARD
New Member Sunday

This is a very special Sunday. At both of our services there will be an opportunity to join our church. We expect to break 300 members this Sunday morning for the first time in our history.  We will welcome these new members and recognize what they bring to us and what we have to offer to them. Our choir will welcome our new members with the anthem "You are the New Day." The Sermon will focus on the Future of Democracy. It comes as a surprise to some that one of the principles we affirm as Unitarian Universalists is "the use of the democratic process." Democracy is a vital part of our faith tradition.  With the enormous contributions individuals are making to PACs on both sides of the political aisle, with single individuals contributing tens of millions of dollars to seemingly buy support for particular issues, and with lobbyists seeming to control the votes of many of our representatives, there is a real question about the future of democracy in our nation. The Rev. Tom Rosiello will lead worship and preach on this important moral issue. 

  

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

For the past month we have been engaging with challenges that immigrants face within our community. This morning in our worship we will take a step back and look at what gives rise to many of those issues. How we treat the stranger in our midst has been a question religion has addressed for thousands of years.  We will examine the laws, attitudes and policies of our society in light of the moral teachings of ancient religions and the principles of our 21st century faith.  

Following the second service (at 12:45 PM)  there will be a forum featuring speakers from several organizations that assist immigrants in our community. A light soup lunch will be served. Please come and learn more about the local aspect of this issue and perhaps discover ways you can put your faith into action. ( More information about the Forum by "clicking" on The Immigrant Experience in Our Neighborhood on right)

      The worship will be led and the forum will be moderated by the Rev. Tom Rosiello

  

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Over the past 5 years our minister Tom Rosiello has spent some time in Mexico. He will share some of his experiences and thoughts about learning from the interaction with other cultures and places.  Our music will include Spanish songs and hymns, and will have a “Latin flavor.” 

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

We often inquire about each other's physical health but we rarely ask someone, "How are things going in your spiritual life?"  This morning we will focus on how we care for that dimension of our lives, and how important it is to do so. Are you feeling spiritually connected?  If not, come and explore how you can.  Worship will be led by The Rev. Tom Rosiello. At 11 AM our Adult Choir will sing a new anthem entitled, "May I Be Still" and given in honor of Nancy Grimes and Ed Steinfeld's marriage.

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. 

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