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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 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"

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Let us come and reflect on some of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s impacting words contained in his classic book of sermons, Strength to Love. Let us relish his voice as a visionary and as the eloquent preacher he was. Mightn’t some of his critiques directed towards his own Baptist churches apply equally to our own Unitarian Universalist congregations?

The Rev. Lilia Cuervo was the first Latin American woman ordained in our denomination. She pioneered full time ministry in Spanish in San Jose, At First Parish in Cambridge she also made history by being the first woman (and a Latina at that!) to be installed as a Parish Minister.CA. where she served for six and a half years. At First Parish in Cambridge she also made history by being the first woman (and a Latina at that!)to be installed as a Parish Minister. She just ended four years of very productive multicultural ministry there. She is a co-founder of the Latino/a UU Networking Association (LUUNA), and the initiator of, and a translator and contributor to, Las Voces del Camino, the Spanish language UU hymnal. She has led and co-led many worship services and workshops at GAs, Ministers gatherings, and District Assemblies. Her degrees include a Master of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry, a Master of Demography from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in Math & Physics from Women Teachers College, Bogota, Colombia.

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Ancient scripture makes it a law to observe the Sabbath, but modern society is moving further and further away from doing so.  Good farmers know that every seven years the field should lie fallow in order to get the best crops in future years.  On this last Sunday before our minister begins taking some sabbatical time, we will explore the importance of taking time for rest and renewal in our lives.

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

In the Epiphany story, as told in the Gospel of Matthew, the magi are guided by a star on their journey through foreign lands to the place where Jesus was born. This Sunday we will explore what this ancient story of following a star could mean to us today. Do you have the equivalent of a star that guides you on your journey, always pointing you in the right direction?   What happens when we lose track of our star? Our worship will include Robert Frost's famous poem, "Choose Something Like a Star" read at the 9 AM service and sung in a beautiful setting by Randall Thompson at 11 AM.  The Rev. Tom Rosiello will lead worship. Mike Pfitzer and Sanghee Kim will be back providing the music. 

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

HANUKKAH SUNDAY

The Hanukkah story is one of hope, courage, and faith in the most difficult of times. It is a story of taking action even when our rational mind might be telling us not to do so. We will tell the ancient Hanukkah story and consider what lessons it has for our 21st century lives.  Mike Pfitzer and Sanghee Kim will provide music of this season.

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

ADVENT SUNDAY

Advent is a cry to wake up to the situation at hand.  It asks us to see clearly the way things are and then respond to the question, "With what we know of the situation, how do we respond?"  In the past few months several cases have forced us to awaken to the situation of young black  men and their relationship to the police in many communities. Like the Christian journey, the path of racial equality is a long one.  We will look at Ferguson Missouri and other troubling events in the past year and bring the teachings of our faith tradition to them.  Our worship will be led by the Rev. Tom Rosiello with our musicians offering beautiful music of the Advent Season.

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

ONLY ONE SERVICE AT 11 AM

Guest preacher Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick, Intern Minister at the Fallon Church in Lexington, MA will be leading worship.

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