Each week in our covenant we make the statement, "service is our law." It is a powerful statement that as a church we try to live up to. This Sunday we focus upon the call to serve and the import role service plays in our faith tradition. We will explore the opportunities to serve here at First Parish and in our community with others from First Parish.
Listen to Past Services
Sunday, October 4th, 2015
When the Dalai Lama was once asked to describe his religion, he quickly responded, "My Religion is very simple. My religion is kindness." Teachings of kindness and compassion are at the heart of every major world religion, but translating this teaching into practice is quite another thing. We will explore what it could mean to live a religion of kindness. This morning as our children in religious education become part of a campaign to "Choose To Be Nice,” in worship we will explore cultivating more kindness and compassion in our lives. Music will include David Friedman's beautiful song, "We Can Be Kind," as well as music about kindness and compassion form several different religious traditions. The Rev. Tom Rosiello will be preaching and music will be under the direction of Mike Pfitzer.
Sunday, September 27th, 2015
Many religious traditions are held together by a creed, but in our liberal faith tradition it is our covenant that holds us together. Our covenant is essentially a set of promises we make to each other. This morning will explore that concept of covenant and what it means in our lives and in our faith. The Rev. Rosiello will be preaching and will be assisted by Intern Minister, Ilene Gillespie in leading the service. At the 11 AM service the choir will premiere a new musical setting of the words of our covenant.
Sunday, September 20th, 2015
This morning our services are inspired by the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. This summer 9 innocent Black people were shot and killed in a Wednesday night service at their church and within hours their family members expressed "forgiveness" for the perpetrator of this heinous act. How is that possible? We will explore the teachings on the necessity of forgiveness in our lives from the Jewish as well as many other religious traditions. Our youth will present a dramatic version of the biblical story of "Jonah and the Whale." The Rev. Rosiello will be preaching and assisted by Intern Minister, Ilene Gillispie in leading worship. The music will include traditional Hebrew songs and the great spiritual, "Freedom Come."
Sunday, September 13th, 2015
We officially begin the church year with a return to two services and the commencement of this year's religious education program for children and youth. We will "pull out all the stops" to welcome you back and begin what promises to be a great church year. All the staff will be taking part in worship and there will be lots of participation from volunteers of all ages. Our music, under the Direction of Mike Pfitzer, will include contributions from the adult choir, youth singers, drummers and members of the Jazz band, as well as Organist/Pianist, Sanghee Kim. Our new Intern Minister, Ilene Gillispie, will be assisting Rev. Tom Rosiello in leading worship. The sermon by Rev. Rosiello will focus on the question of why going to a church is important in our lives. This service will not only be a great opportunity for members to reconnect with each other and our tradition, but also an excellent introduction to our church and Unitarian Universalism for new-comes. Please join us for this uplifting service and please bring friends or neighbors who might be interested in finding a spiritual home.
Sunday, May 31st, 2015
Our Senior Youth, along with the Junior Youth, will present a service for all on this Sunday. An integral part of the service will be the presentation of personal credos by our 10th and 11th grade youth as a culmination of their year-long participation in the Coming of Age Program. Be prepared to enjoy a wonderful service presented by a group of truly awesome youth!
Sunday, May 10th, 2015
Many of us are familiar with the traditional Christian story of Mary, but did you know that Mary is an important figure in many religions? On this Mothers' Day, we will take a musical look at Mary in different forms of Christianity, the Russian Orthodox Church, and Islam. The Youth Choir and Adult Choir will sing anthems from these religions, and we'll tell stories of Mary from each of these traditions.
Sunday, April 26th, 2015
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.