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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, April 30th, 2017

There will just be one service today at 11 AM due to the Ferry Beach Retreat

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.

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

EASTER SUNDAY

The Rev. Tom Rosiello leading worship and preaching.
At the core of Christian teaching is the message that love conquers all things, even death; that it is love that empowers us. In so many ways the Easter Story is really a story about love. Today we will look at the Easter story through that lens. The Message for All Ages will be an abridged version of the Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, which, according to Rev. Rosiello, has an uplifting Easter message that dramatizes the power of that love." Following the message for All Ages children will leave for a special Easter Egg Hunt. The services will be filled with "Hallelujahs" and other great Easter music under the direction of Mike Pfitzer with Sanghee Kim as organist/pianist. We will conclude both services with an invitation to come forward and join the choir in singing the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. It will be a wonderful morning. Treat yourself to the experience and bring friends.

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Rev. Tom Rosiello preaching
Today is Palm Sunday on the Christian calendar and the Jewish holiday of Passover begins on Monday at sundown. The stories of these holdays involve individuals who took moral stands and who spoke truth to power. Moses relentlessly demanded freedom for his people. Jesus taught that how we treat the least among us (the immigrant, the oppressed, the poor, the ill) is how we will be judged as a society. Right now in our country there is lot of talk about "freedom" that somehow seems to override the moral imperatives that Jesus taught and that are prerequisites for a "real" freedom. The cry has been, "Make America Great Again," but our conscience tells us that what we need to do is, "Make America Moral Again." The Rev. Tom Rosiello will be preaching and leading worship. Music will be provided by Mike Pfitzer, music director, and Sanghee Kim, pianist/organist with the Adult Choir singing at the 11 AM service.

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

ONLY ONE SERVICE AT 9 AM

The Rev. Tom Rosiello will be back from his sabbatical and leading Worship with special guest Preacher, Christian Schmitt, Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, California.

Rev. Christian Schmidt
Unitarian Universalists sometimes shy away from language like “blessing,” but should we? We’ll talk about what it means to give a blessing, to receive one, and just what we’re talking about here. You are invited, though certainly not required, to bring a small object — or photo — that’s important to you to be blessed during the service, after which you’ll have it so that you may always have a blessing with you!
The Rev. Christian Schmidt serves as senior co-minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, Calif., and previously served churches in Massachusetts and New Jersey, including in Malden where Ilene Gillispie was his field education student. He and his wife, the Rev. Kristin Grassel Schmidt, have two sons, CJ and John.

Regular religious eduction classes will take place at 9 AM and child care will be provided for the
9 AM service and the Ordination Service at 2 PM.

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Rev. Hank Peirce
From a sermon series on the roots of authority in our Unitarian Universalist Tradition. Hopefully this service will fit nicely with the announcement of the Search Committee.

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Rev. Hank Peirce
There's an old joke that goes, if you find the perfect church, don't join because you'll ruin it. No church is perfect because people are not perfect, yet we strive to be communities that transform lives, and that is the important thing for us to remember.

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.

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