Past Services

Sunday, January 8th, 2017


This week we marked the Epiphany, the day Christians celebrated the arrival at the manger of the three wise men who were guided on their long journey by a star. We will explore what it means to set our sights on a star and then be guided by its light. We will consider what might be your guiding star. As we begin the New Year, what is it that you will set your sights on? The sermon will be based on the Robert Frost poem, “Choose Something Like a Star,” which will be sung by the choir in a beautiful setting by Randall Thompson at the 11 AM service. Worship will be led by our minister, The Rev. Tom Rosiello.

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

NEW YEAR'S DAY ~ ONE SERVICE AT 11 AM in the Community Room

“Letting Go of the Old and Welcoming the New”
Out with the Old! In with the New! This Sunday we will gather informally in the community room and together let go of the past year and share our hopes and resolve for the new. Bagels, muffins and coffee, along with the sharing of fellowship and wishes for a happy new year, will conclude our morning together. Join our minister, The Rev. Tom Rosiello, for a friendly low key start to the new year.

Sunday, December 25th, 2016



Saturday, December 24th, 2016

9 PM Traditional Christmas Eve Service in the Sanctuary

Led by our minister, Tom Rosiello, this service will feature traditional Christmas carols and anthems, the reading of the story of the birth of Jesus from the Christian Gospels, and a candle-lighting ceremony. It will be a quieter and more traditional service than the 4 PM service, with beautiful music provided by the Adult Choir, under the direction of Mike Pfitzer, organist/pianist Sanghee Kim, and talented guest musicians. An extended prelude of Christmas music will begin at 8:45 PM. Please come early.

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

Christmas Eve Family Service Saturday 4:00 PM in the Sanctuary

Led by our minister, Tom Rosiello, and our DRE, Michele Cote, this service will be oriented towards our children. We will have lots of them participating as we act out the Christmas Story and create a Christmas Tableau. Our Junior Choir and Youth Singers will be performing, and there will be familiar carols for all to sing. We will conclude this service with the traditional candle-lighting ceremony.

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

at 9:00 am in the Community Room~the 11 AM service will be in the Sanctuary

At the end of Unitarian Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol," he writes of the transformed Scrooge, "It was always said that he knew how to do Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge." While the mummers are setting up for the 11 AM service we will gather in the community room around the Christmas tree. We will share excerpts from Dickens’ famous story, thoughts on how to "Keep Christmas Well” and familiar carols and other music of the season.

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

11 AM in the Sanctuary

We will dispel the darkness of the season with lively music and the presentation of our Annual Mummer’s Play under the leadership of Pat Sorn and Janet Beatrice. This is a great family service with lots of children participating. Worship will be led by Minister, Tom Rosiello, Director of Religious Education, Michelle Coté, Music Director, Mike Pfitzer, and Organist/Pianist, Sanghee Kim.

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Vesper Service 5:00 PM

On last year's trip to your partner church in Transylvanina, Romania, Mike Pfitzer, our music director, discovered a wonderful Christmas Cantata which will be the featured piece in this service. This very special Candlelight Vesper service will include a beautiful string orchestra prelude and The First Parish Adult Choir with guest soloists accompanied by a string orchestra and organ. Worship will be led by The Rev. Tom Rosiello. Mike Pfitzer will be directing the music and Malcolm Halliday will be our guest organist. The service will also include carols for all to sing and a reflection on the music offered. This musical service is our holiday gift to the greater community. Please let people in the community know about it and bring your friends and neighbors.

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

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.