Past Services

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

NOTE TODAY WE START THE SUMMER SCHEDULE WITH ONLY ONE SERVICE AT 10AM
INTERGENERATIONAL SERVICE

Today we will celebrate our beautiful Flower Communion Ritual. Please be sure to bring a cut flower or two with you to church. We will bring them all together in one bouquet symbolizing the unity in our diversity. In doing so, we will recognize the many blessings, gifts and talents we each bring to this community. In gratitude for all we receive from others in our church community we will leave with the flower that another person brought. The worship will be led by Rev. Tom Rosiello and there will be great music from our choirs and instrumentalists. This is a very meaningful service that really communicates what is at the heart of our faith tradition. If you have a friend or neighbor who you think might be interested in Unitarian Universalism, this would be a great service to invite them to attend.

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

Today's services will focus on how we have built our church over the last 15 years. It is a service that will both look to the past and set the stage for the future. Tom will share some of things that were central to his ministry with us.

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

VESPERS SERVICE 7 PM COMMUNITY ROOM

May is such an extraordinary and joyful month of flowering trees and greening grass and sunny days. In this vesper service we will focus on this time of the year and the blessings it brings. This beautiful candlelight service will be led by Rev. Tom Rosiello with several church members contributing music under Mike Pfitzer's direction. You are welcome to bring a short poem or reading that focuses on this wonderful time of the year. Vespers is a 45 minute service of readings, reflection, music, and sharing. Tom introduced this service to us many years ago and this will be his last vesper service. Come and enjoy the peace of the evening as we reflect on this beautiful time of the year.

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

9AM Service in the Community Room 11AM Service in the Sanctuary
There are 2 different services this Sunday

Sunday March 14, 2017
Mothers Day
9AM in the Community Room
"Ask the Minister"
Our minister will be retiring soon and maybe there is something that you have been just dying to ask him.
Well, here is your chance! We will have a simple Mothers' Day Service and then, instead of a sermon,
Tom will respond to your questions.

11 AM in the Sanctuary
Youth Service/Coming of Age
This service will be planned and presented by our senior youth and will include the sharing of credos by the youth who are completing the Coming of Age program. We are so fortunate to have a wonderful group of youth.
Please come and celebrate and worship with them.

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

TEACH-IN SUNDAY

Few, if any, in our liberal faith would label themselves "white supremacists," yet the evidence is clear that in many ways we still maintain a white supremacist culture. We talk "Black Lives Matter" and reject the idea that white supremacy should play any part in our churches and institutions, but our actions and the biases we bring to decision-making sometimes reflect something else. We are still walking "the stony road" to full racial equality. The obstacles to a truly equal and non-racist church and society are much less blatant, but still very much present. This morning we, along with over 600 UU congregations across the country, will address the hidden influences of the white supremacy legacy and what we can do, even right here at FPC, to move beyond it. At the conclusion of the formal worship there will be an opportunity to share your thoughts with others in small facilitated groups. The Rev. Tom Rosiello will be preaching and members of our Racial Justice Task Force will participate in the morning's program. Worship will include words of African Americans and inspiring music from the African American tradition.

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.

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

THURSDAY ~ 7 PM in the Sanctuary

This candlelight service will be led by our Minister, The Rev. Tom Rosiello, our lay ministers, and musicians. We will tell the story of Jesus' final days focusing on the Passover meal that he shared with his disciples and what this ritual of "breaking bread together" means to us today. In this service we honor our history and celebrate our Christian roots while reaching beyond to the broader message of community and the ministry of humble service. We will be using the historic communion silver from both the First Parish of Stow and the Universalist Church of South Acton in the service. Whatever your religious background is, you are invited to join us for this beautiful service.

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.

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