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.
Listen to Past Services
Sunday, December 14th, 2014
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 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
Guest preacher Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick, Intern Minister at the Fallon Church in Lexington, MA will be leading worship.
Sunday, November 16th, 2014
Why Belong to a Church? This morning at both the 9 AM and the 11 AM service we will invite folks to join the church by signing our membership book. We will together explore the many reasons why a church like ours is important in our lives. Being part of a church community has benefits that are not available in any other kind of organization. We hope you will be with us to explore this topic. If you have decided that FPC is the right Spiritual home for you, we would love to welcome you into membership this Sunday. If you have any questions about membership or are planning to join this Sunday, please contact Joleen Sullivan our Membership Coordinator MDC@fpc-stow-acton.org or 978-897-8149.
Sunday, November 9th, 2014
We will explore one of the most ancient of Bible stories -- the Story of Noah's Ark, and you might be surprised by the many lessons for living a good life that are found in that story. At the 11 AM service we will have a special ceremony to begin our Coming of Age Program. Worship at both services will be led by our minister, Tom Rosiello and music will be provided by our Music Director, Mike Pfitzer and Organist/Pianist, Sanghee Kim with the Adult Choir singing at the 11 AM service. At the 9 AM service our young children will explore this great story with a fun song led by Pat Sorn and our Children's Choir.
Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
Together as an inter-generational community we will give thanks. We will sing traditional Thanksgiving hymns and be treated to a bounty of beautiful music from our FPC choirs and musicians of all ages. Our minister, Tom Rosiello, assisted by our director of religious education, as well as children and youth, will lead the service. It will include the traditional ritual of breaking and sharing of bread which will be baked for us by the junior youth group. Please bring non-perishable food and toiletries to the service which will be collected and donated to the Stow Food Pantry.
Sunday, October 26th, 2014
In the past few weeks our attention has been drawn to domestic violence against women and children because of the highly visible cases of professional football player perpetrators, but every day in our own community, women, men, and children suffer verbal and physical abuse and often endure it in silence. It is a painful topic to discuss, particularly for those who have been victims. We do so this morning with the hope that by shinning the light of truth and by bringing our compassion and the principles of our faith to this problem, we can help those who are in abusive situations. In addition to our worship service this morning, there will be a forum in our community room after each service to learn more about this problem in our community, how to get help, and the what each of us can do to help those who are the victims of violence.
Sunday, October 19th, 2014
In the biblical story of Elijah we hear that he encounters his God, not in big and powerful forces, but in a "still small voice." We will explore this kind of God in our worships service. At the 11 AM service our choir will sing selections from Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn. Our minister, the Rev Tom Rosiello, will lead the worship service.
Sunday, October 5th, 2014
The Jewish High Holidays are a time to take stock of our lives, forgive ourselves and others, and begin anew in love. This Sunday we will observe the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur by focusing on how important forgiveness and letting go of our anger and pain are to a healthy life. During our Message for all Ages, in spoken words and songs, we will retell the story of Jonah and his encounter with the Ninevites and discover what it has to teach us. The services will be led by the Rev. Tom Rosiello with Mike Pfitzer, as vocal soloist and song leader, and Sanghee Kim, pianist/organist.