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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 12th, 2017

Rev. Fred Small

Scientists predict that climate change will have dire consequences for humanity and the planet we inhabit. Can global warming move us to change course and build a new society grounded in justice, equity, and compassion?

A Unitarian Universalist minister, singer-songwriter, and former environmental lawyer, Rev. Fred Small is Minister for Climate Justice at Arlington Street Church, Boston. Cited by Bill McKibben as “one of the key figures in the religious environmental surge,” Fred recently left parish ministry to devote his energies to climate advocacy.

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

The Rev. Hank Peirce
It takes a village to raise a child, yet when that child has an addiction problem, finding support for the child, and for the family becomes difficult, often due to long held assumptions. The sermon will center around the Christian story of Jesus and the paralyzed man.

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

INTERGENERATIONAL SERVICE

led by Hank Peirce
First Parish is overflowing with wonderful musicians and today's service will be
centered around our own jazz band. Rev. Hank and others will add some thoughts about music as a way to help us find deeper spiritual understanding.

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

To Criticize is Not to Reject
led by Rev. Hank Peirce
Did you ever wonder how our theology went from Universalist to universal? Do you wonder what is next in our progressive, evolutionary faith? Well if you haven't don't worry as I have, and will be talking about it today.

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Valentine's Day
led by Rev. Hank Peirce
Love has inspired artists to try and express its many forms through painting, dancing, poetry and music. Today we'll try capture some of the spirit and the struggles that come from embracing love.

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Led by Mike Pfitzer, Director of Music
Have you ever been told that you can't sing? Do you feel that music is for "professionals" or experienced people only? Today we'll explore the "Empowering Song" approach to music, developed by Andre de Quadros, Emily Howe, and Jamie Hillman, that has been used to bring music to people in prisons, impoverished areas, war-torn countries, and other parts of the "forgotten world." Music serves as a vehicle for returning personal power to these individuals where that power is being systematically taken away from them. You'll even have a chance to be empowered through song in the service!

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

Rev. Hank Peirce
Have you ever wondered how it is a faith with so many theological opinions hangs together? Today I'll be preaching on one of the oldest of Western philosophical ideas which has informed and continues to inform our beloved faith.

Over the past 15 years Rev. Peirce has served churches in Auburn ME, Medford, MA and Westford MA. Hank is an interesting guy having been a roadie for a number of rock bands and he has been featured in a number of documentaries on 80’s rock, in print and even on MTV.

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

This service will be led by Rev. Hank Peirce.
So many things are happening all at once, a new leader, new ideas, new things to get used to, and I'm only talking about me filling in as your Sabbatical Minister! On this 4th Sunday of 2017 it is only now that the New Year feels real. Let’s talk about that. Let’s talk about how we find stability at times of dramatic changes.

Over the past 15 years Rev. Peirce has served churches in Auburn ME, Medford, MA and Westford MA. Hank is an interesting guy having been a roadie for a number of rock bands and he has been featured in a number of documentaries on 80’s rock, in print and even on MTV.

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

On this Sunday before the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, we will listen again to Dr. King’s message of racial equality. We will take a hard look at the ever-present racist attitude which still defines our culture and how difficult it continues to be to make "the dream" a reality. Worship will be led by The Rev. Tom Rosiello with uplifting music from the African American tradition.

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

BOTH SERVICES WILL OCCUR TODAY DESPITE YESTERDAY'S SNOW

This week we marked the Epiphany, the day Christians celebrated the arrival at the manger of the three wise men who were guided on their long journey by a star. We will explore what it means to set our sights on a star and then be guided by its light. We will consider what might be your guiding star. As we begin the New Year, what is it that you will set your sights on? The sermon will be based on the Robert Frost poem, “Choose Something Like a Star,” which will be sung by the choir in a beautiful setting by Randall Thompson at the 11 AM service. Worship will be led by our minister, The Rev. Tom Rosiello.

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