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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 26th, 2015

ONLY ONE SERVICE AT 11 AM in the Sanctuary

The Rev. Dr. Judith Wright 

His Holiness, The Fourteenth Dalai Lama says that his religion is “kindness.”  What does it mean to have a religion of kindness?  What is kindness?  How can we learn to develop more kindness within ourselves?  Rev. Judith Wright will lead worship this morning.

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Life, like music, moves at different tempos.  Speed can be thrilling, but also pressured.  Efficiency is important of course, but we need to slow down. On the other hand, a slower pace can be lovely and contemplative, yet also lugubrious. And life is short, time's a-wasting, so hurry up! How do we strike a balance, and get the timing right? This Sunday Worship, entirely put together by the Parish Jazz Band and filled with their music, both fast and slow, will be a meditation on the various tempos of our lives—how we keep them, how we measure them, and how we set the pace.  

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

Join us for an uplifting service that will focus on what the Easter message can mean in our lives today. After a special Easter Message for All Ages, our children will leave for the "Great Easter Egg Hunt."  Both services will be filled with "Hallelujahs" and other great Easter music. We will conclude both services with an invitation to 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 a friend. 

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

March ends and April begins with important times of religious observance on both the Jewish and Christian calendars.  With the teachings of Passover and Palm Sunday on our minds, we will examine the themes of freedom, liberation, survival and oppression and ask ourselves the difficult question, "Does my freedom come at the price of some else's oppression?”  Our music will include songs of freedom and Passover.  The Rev. Tom Rosiello will be preaching and leading worship.

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

RE EXTRAVAGANZA SUNDAY

We are a teaching congregation.  That can mean many things.  It means that we place great value on teaching our children, not only about religion, but about the ways to live a good life. We are all their teachers and mentors.  It also means that we serve as a congregation that helps to teach those preparing for the ministry in our faith tradition. This Sunday we will celebrate both.  We will a be joined by Ilene Gillespie (our intern minister  for next year) at both services and our minister, Tom Rosiello, will  interview her about how she will mentor our youth, what she can teach us and what we can teach her.  A great skit from The RE Committee also awaits you.  And on top of all that, we will also welcome a "much needed spring!"

 

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Having just returned from Mexico, our minister, Tom Rosiello, will share some of the things he experienced and the lessons we might take from them.  Our service will have a "south of the border flavor." At the 9 AM service we will also recognize all those children who have completed our First Chalice Program. 

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

URBAN MINISTRY SUNDAY

This Sunday we will focus on the Unitarian Universalists’ Urban Ministry and the role our church plays in it. From youth programs to running Boston's oldest domestic violence shelter, the Urban Ministry transforms lives, not only of the inner city program participants, but also of the volunteers who give generously of their time.

Our Minister Tom Rosiello will be back leading worship and some of FPC's great jazz players  will be joining Mike, Sanghee and the choir for some great music making. Our guest preacher will be the new Executive Director and Senior Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry, Mary Margaret Earl. Before coming  to the Urban Ministry she spent the previous 10 years at McAuley Ministries, a faith-based nonprofit in Providence, RI, that provides food, shelter and clothing to those who were homeless or at risk of becoming so. She also is immediate and past president of the Board of the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, and served on the Pro Bono Advisory Board, which brings together large Providence law firms and under-served communities in need of free legal assistance.  After both services there will be a forum where you can learn more about our Urban Ministry. You won't want to miss this Sunday!

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

The 9AM service has been cancelled due to snow. The 11AM service is ON.

Hope is the thing with feathers..." wrote poet Emily Dickenson.  But what happens in those times when we can't hear or feel hope fluttering inside us?  Does hope really die, or can it evolve?  We will explore these and other questions and seek a fuller understanding of what it means to hope.

Janet Parsons is currently serving as the intern minister at First Parish in Waltham.  She is a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School, and is planning for her ordination in March.  Janet's call to the Unitarian Universalist ministry evolved over the past several years, through active lay leadership, as a staff member at a local UU church, and through extensive service work in the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.  She is devoted to her two young adult sons, to Unitarian Universalism, and to fostering and sustaining community and connection across boundaries.

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

On this first Sunday in February, “Generosity Sunday," we will once again celebrate the beginning of the annual Stewardship Drive which provides the resources to support our programs and expanded facilities.  Stewardship is a spiritual issue. It is a privilege which allows you to directly link your resources with your most dearly held values. You will have the opportunity to submit your pledge at the service. This year the service will be lay led by members of the Stewardship committee and others including Helen Jones, Michael Paladini, Rachelle Reisberg, Ann Sadler, Bob Selling, and Ann Walker participating. We will have jazz players at both services, and the choir is preparing some special pieces, including the Bruckner Locus Iste, which should make for a great Sunday!

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

An introduction to four Massachusetts women: Universalists Judith Sargent Murray and Mary Livermore and Unitarians Margaret Fuller and Lucy Stone. The impact these women had on our lives is immeasurable. Yet they remain for the most part forgotten. Why is that? What can we do to recognize their work and continue their legacy?

The Rev. Dr. Dorothy May Emerson is a semi-retired Unitarian Universalist minister, who has served both in the parish and community. She currently serves as Coordinator for a new project, UU Class Conversations, and continues her work with Rainbow Solutions on connecting spirituality, money, and justice. In her spare time she is writing a memoir on the 1960s. Her previous books include Called to Community: New Directions in UU Ministry; Standing Before Us: Unitarian Universalist Women and Social Reform 1776-1936; Glorious Women: Award-Winning Sermons about Women; and the curriculum "Becoming Women of Wisdom: Marking the Passage into the Crone Years"

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