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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, October 21st, 2012

Gathered as a community of love and compassion we will explore the difficult question on which we will be asked to vote in the upcoming election.  Ballot question 2 asks us to vote for or against legalizing physician assisted suicide or what proponents of the bill call "death with dignity.”  This is a very complex end of life issue that raises many serious moral and ethical questions and we will try to look at all sides of the issue.  The sermon will delivered by the Rev Tom Rosiello.

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

So many of us have had health scares, gone through serious medical treatment and in one way or another have had the realization that, "We all live on borrowed time," thrust upon us.  It can be scary, even depressing, or it can challenge us to live every day to the fullest and recognize each moment as the precious gift that it is. At both services, our music director, Mike Pfitzer will sing the beautiful song, "We all Live on Borrowed Time” by David Friedman and organ and piano music will be provided by Sanghee Kim.

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

The Rev Tom Rosiello preaching; Visiting Student Minister, Jennifer Duhamel, assisting with worship.

Today we live in an increasingly polarized nation and world.  At the heart of this polarization seems to be uncompromising religious positions and there seem to be many who wish to exploit those religious positions for political gain.   Of course religious values are important but how do we move forward as a diverse society when compromise seems less possible and competing interest seems to be ignored. Ethical decision making is always about balancing competing interests. 

This morning we will explore this difficult issue.  In our worship we will share joys and concerns and rich music making.  Our choirs will sing, “On that Holy Mountain” by Joe Mattingly and the message of that text taken from The Book of Isaiah (the story of the lion lying down with the lamb) will be our message for all ages. In our Religious Education classes, our children will be learning about the Sikh tradition.

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Worship led by Rev Tom Rosiello and assisted by Jennifer Duhamel, student minister

In the context of the Jewish High holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we will examine what we are called to do for each other and the world. At both services you will hear the beautiful anthem, Al Shlosha D'Varim which translates, "The world is sustained by three things, by truth, by justice and by peace."  The youth will present the Children’s Message this morning.

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Worship led by Rev. Tom Rosiello.

We all yearn to go deeper to connect with the spirit of life and love and justice by whatever name we call it. That theme will be expressed in the beautiful 16th century motet, Sicut Cervus by Palestrina at the 11 AM service and at the 9 AM service by a beautiful instrumental reflection. Being spiritually grounded is essential to a healthy life and just as our bodies need to be nourished by food and exercise; our spirits too need to be fed and exercised through a spiritual practice. Moreover our spiritual health and physical health are often closely connected. This Sunday we will begin the new program theme for this year, “Healthy Bodies-Healthy Spirits.”  Stay tuned – lots of different activities that will be part of this program. And also we will commission those wonderful adults who once again have volunteered to teach and otherwise assist with our religious education program for children and youth.

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

INGATHERING SUNDAY

This Sunday we return to worship in our beautifully restored church and to two services. We will be "pulling out all the stops" for this Ingathering celebration when we officially begin our church year. In our worship we will focus on the importance of having a spiritual home and how this church is, or can be, that home for you.  Our professional and volunteer musicians will be back in force with members of our jazz band playing at the 9 AM and 11 AM services.  At the 9 AM Mike Pfitzer will sing a solo about coming home and at the 11 AM our choir, under his direction, will be singing a beautiful anthem entitled, “The Road Home" by Stephen Paulus.  Our Director of Religious Education, Michelle Cote, as well as our new Visiting Student Minister, Jennifer Duhamel, will also be participating and there will be a message for children and youth introducing them to our Religious Education program.  The Rev. Tom Rosiello will be preaching.  A special homecoming coffee hour will follow both services and there will even be an ice cream social at Erickson's Dairy at 3 pm this afternoon. 

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Unitarian Universalists are often accused of being too much in our heads or too intellectual in our approach to religion. What can we learn from mystics of the past and present about the heart of religion and the art of surrender?

Our service will be led by Allison Palm who just finished her second year in the Masters of Divinity program at Andover Newton Theological School. She is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist from central Minnesota and hopes to go into Parish Ministry once she completes her degree. 

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

One Service Only at 10 AM (beginning of summer service schedule)
YOUTH SUNDAY

This will be an exciting service! Our Junior and Senior Youth selected the theme and they have been working with DRE, Michelle Cote and Music Director, Mike Pfitzer to create a meaningful service for all ages.  We are very proud of our Youth at FPC.  I hope you will be there to support them and hear their message.   We will also recognize our graduating seniors at this service. 

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

The Rev. Tom Rosiello will be preaching and leading the worship.

This month people in many parts of the world are celebrating the Buddha's birthday. Many Unitarian Universalists are drawn to Buddhist practices and thought.

This morning we will explore Buddhism and its connection to Unitarian Universalism. We will also take time in our service to acknowledge Mother's Day and the role that parents play in our lives.  

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

One Service at 11 AM in Stow
We tend to think of silence as a welcome reprieve from busyness, but silence has a hidden face. Our faith can help us navigate such encounters with the violence of silence.
This Morning our service will be lead by The Rev. Erik Resly.  Erik grew up overseas and was confirmed in the Unitarische Freie Religionsgemeinde (Unitarian Free Religious Community) in Frankfurt, Germany. He is in his final year of study at Harvard Divinity School, having served as Intern Minister at First Parish in Milton, MA and as a chaplain at the National Institutes of Health. Next year, he hopes to start a network of neighborhood faith communities in Washington, DC to reach populations underrepresented in our tradition. 

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