The Christmas story is a sweet narrative about the long awaited birth of a child and his promise for the future. However, embedded in that story are some very powerful messages about exclusion, inequality, power, and peace. This morning we will look at the Christmas story through a social justice lens and apply it to the political climate and struggles of our time.
Sunday, December 4th, 2016
As the days get shorter many religions celebrate holidays with a message of hope for the future. The Christian season of Advent, the 8 days of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the Solstice all emphasize how the light of hope shines even in the darkest of time. Over the past few weeks many have found hope hard to find. Together we will explore the season’s message of hope. In this morning's worship we will also mark the start of this year’s "Coming of Age"program for our high school youth. The services will be led by our minister, Tom Rosiello, and feature beautiful music for the Advent season.
Sunday, November 27th, 2016
Rev. Laura Randall will be our guest minister this morning at 11 AM. We are living through tumultuous times. The desire to disengage and hide from hard truths is a strong one. Yet, we are part of a long tradition of people who stand up for what is right, giving voice to the voiceless, even when it is not always the easy thing to do. What are we, as people of faith, being called toward today? Join us as we explore what it means to walk toward trouble instead of fleeing from it in order to transform our hurting world. Rev. Laura Randall is the Legacy Campaign Director at our Unitarian Universalist Association, helping individuals and congregations nurture the faith we love through planned giving. She is the Affiliate Community Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Area Church in Sherborn, Massachusetts, serving the broader community through ministries of stewardship and chaplaincy. Laura is a chaplain with AseraCare Hospice and serves on the board of Healing Moments Alzheimer's Ministry. Laura lives in Medford, Massachusetts with her husband, Luke, and their dogs.
Sunday, November 20th, 2016
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, Michelle Cote, and many of our 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 to be collected and donated to the Stow Food Pantry.
Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
Autumn is a time of both great beauty and some sadness. It calls up many memories and emotions. In this intimate candle light service, we will reflect on the fall season in words, music, and silence. You are invited to bring a poem or short reading that captures this season for you to share in the service. Margi Nasemann will provide the music on the auto harp. Vespers is a 45 minute service that is the perfect way to end the day. Rev. Tom Rosiello and Mike Pfitzer will lead worship.
Sunday, November 13th, 2016
FPC's former intern minister, Ilene Gillispie, will return to share some wisdom from her experiences working with veterans. She is currently serving as a Chaplain Resident at the Veterans' Affairs Medical Center in Durham, NC and will focus on lessons she has learned working in intensive care, hospice, and mental health units. She and Rev. Tom Rosiello will lead worship together and music will be provided by Mike Pfitzer, Sanghee Kim with the FPC Adult Choir at the 11 AM service.
Sunday, November 6th, 2016
As we turn the calendar to November, we enter into what for most of us is, "A Season of Generosity." From Thanksgiving food baskets to holiday gift drives, we are asked to respond to the needs of others from a place of generosity. This year we will begin the season with our annual church “Generosity Sunday" ~ a time to reflect upon your giving to this institution and consider how you will support it over the next year. This is a very exciting year at FPC and so many things will be going on in the spring relating to the transition to a new minister that it seemed best to get our financial house in place earlier in the year. In our Worship we will focus on the GREAT EXPECTATION for the future of FPC and how the participation of every one of us is critical to make those expectations a reality. The Rev. Tom Rosiello will be preaching and music will include the gospel favorites, “Great Day" and “Every Time I Feel The Spirit."
Sunday, October 30th, 2016
All Souls Day is a day of remembrance for those loved ones we have lost, especially those who died in the last year. With words and beautiful music from our choir, soloists, and instrumentalists, we will bring them close again. Everyone is invited to bring a photo or memento of a deceased loved one to help us create our beautiful "All Souls Day Altar of Remembrance." Worship will be led by the Rev. Tom Rosiello In addition to remembering those who have gone before us, we will reflect upon how they live on in our hearts and on the legacy we each will leave behind when our time on this earth comes to an end. After the service we will plant daffodils in front of the church, so that they may rise up in the spring to remind us how the loved ones who have died live on with us in spirit. Visitors, especially those who have lost a loved one recently, are invited to join us and participate in this beautiful service.
Sunday, October 23rd, 2016
This Sunday we will pull out all the stops to present a very special musical service. Under the direction of Mike Pfitzer, our choir, along with youth singers from our Creative Arts Religious Education program, professional soloists, pianist Sanghee Kim, and an ensemble of professional musicians will present this large scale work based on the sources from which we as Unitarian Universalists draw our living tradition. Rev. Rosiello will lead worship and offer a reflection on the piece. You will not want to miss this very special service.
Sunday, October 16th, 2016
Guest Minister The Rev. Hank Peirce
The Rev. Hank Peirce will be filling in for Tom when he is away this winter so come and get a preview. Over the past 15 years Rev. Peirce has served churches in Auburn ME, Medford, MA, and Westford MA. Hank is an interesting guy having been a roadie for a number of rock bands and he has been featured in a number of documentaries on 80’s rock, in print, and even on MTV. In his sermon he will share what meeting one of the world's religious leaders taught him about being hospitable. In Hank's words, "You never know what you will learn from interacting with different people from around the world and how that will help you in being hospitable to others."