Past Services

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.

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

ONLY ONE SERVICE AT 9 AM

The Rev. Tom Rosiello will be back from his sabbatical and leading Worship with special guest Preacher, Christian Schmitt, Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, California.

Rev. Christian Schmidt
Unitarian Universalists sometimes shy away from language like “blessing,” but should we? We’ll talk about what it means to give a blessing, to receive one, and just what we’re talking about here. You are invited, though certainly not required, to bring a small object — or photo — that’s important to you to be blessed during the service, after which you’ll have it so that you may always have a blessing with you!
The Rev. Christian Schmidt serves as senior co-minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, Calif., and previously served churches in Massachusetts and New Jersey, including in Malden where Ilene Gillispie was his field education student. He and his wife, the Rev. Kristin Grassel Schmidt, have two sons, CJ and John.

Regular religious eduction classes will take place at 9 AM and child care will be provided for the
9 AM service and the Ordination Service at 2 PM.

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Rev. Hank Peirce
From a sermon series on the roots of authority in our Unitarian Universalist Tradition. Hopefully this service will fit nicely with the announcement of the Search Committee.

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Rev. Hank Peirce
There's an old joke that goes, if you find the perfect church, don't join because you'll ruin it. No church is perfect because people are not perfect, yet we strive to be communities that transform lives, and that is the important thing for us to remember.

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

Rev. Fred Small

Scientists predict that climate change will have dire consequences for humanity and the planet we inhabit. Can global warming move us to change course and build a new society grounded in justice, equity, and compassion?

A Unitarian Universalist minister, singer-songwriter, and former environmental lawyer, Rev. Fred Small is Minister for Climate Justice at Arlington Street Church, Boston. Cited by Bill McKibben as “one of the key figures in the religious environmental surge,” Fred recently left parish ministry to devote his energies to climate advocacy.

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

The Rev. Hank Peirce
It takes a village to raise a child, yet when that child has an addiction problem, finding support for the child, and for the family becomes difficult, often due to long held assumptions. The sermon will center around the Christian story of Jesus and the paralyzed man.

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

INTERGENERATIONAL SERVICE

led by Hank Peirce
First Parish is overflowing with wonderful musicians and today's service will be
centered around our own jazz band. Rev. Hank and others will add some thoughts about music as a way to help us find deeper spiritual understanding.

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

To Criticize is Not to Reject
led by Rev. Hank Peirce
Did you ever wonder how our theology went from Universalist to universal? Do you wonder what is next in our progressive, evolutionary faith? Well if you haven't don't worry as I have, and will be talking about it today.

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