At this time of the year we are bombarded with messages asking us "Are we ready for Christmas?" Those messages are asking questions like, “Have you finished your shopping or decorated the house?” The Season of Advent is all about a different kind of being ready, being ready in a spiritual sense. This morning we will explore if we are ready forsomething wonderful to come into our lives. Our services will feature beautiful music of the Advent season.
Listen to Past Services
Sunday, November 18th, 2012
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. The service will be led by our minister Tom Rosiello assisted by our music team, and director of religious education and our student minister, as well as children and youth. The service will include the traditional ritual of breaking and sharing of great bread that will be baked for us by the junior youth group.
Please bring non-perishable food and toiletries to the service which will be donated to the Stow Food Pantry.
Sunday, November 11th, 2012
With the passing of George McGovern, a true war hero and a strong opponent to the Vietnam war, we are reminded of the tension that has existed and still exists between veterans and many in our society. We will explore our attitudes towards veterans and how we as a nation treat those who have served our nation, especially those who have sustained serious injury. We will also together in spoken words and song honor those who served our country in the military and at the same time pray what is said to be the prayer of every veteran, a prayer to end all war.
Sunday, November 4th, 2012
On Wednesday November 7, (assuming the election is not so close that it takes weeks to determine the winner), about one half of the country will wake to discover their candidate won the election and the other almost half of the country will learn their candidate lost. We will look back at the process and forward to where we go from here. We will ask ourselves, regardless of who won the election, what can we learn from it? This Sunday there will be an opportunity in our service to join the church. At both services the sermon will be delivered by the Rev. Tom Rosiello and the anthem will be Somos el Barco, a beautiful song that reminds us all of our oneness and interdependence.
Sunday, October 28th, 2012
With inspiring music from our choirs, soloists and instrumentalists, we will remember those loved ones we have lost, especially those who died in the last year. With words and music 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." At the end of the service we will plant daffodils in front of the church which will rise up in the spring reminding us of how the loved ones who have died live on with us in spirit. If you would like to donate some daffodil bulbs in memory of a loved one please contact the office a 978 897 8149 for more information.
Sunday, October 21st, 2012
Gathered as a community of love and compassion we will explore the difficult question on which we will be asked to vote in the upcoming election. Ballot question 2 asks us to vote for or against legalizing physician assisted suicide or what proponents of the bill call "death with dignity.” This is a very complex end of life issue that raises many serious moral and ethical questions and we will try to look at all sides of the issue. The sermon will delivered by the Rev Tom Rosiello.
Sunday, October 7th, 2012
So many of us have had health scares, gone through serious medical treatment and in one way or another have had the realization that, "We all live on borrowed time," thrust upon us. It can be scary, even depressing, or it can challenge us to live every day to the fullest and recognize each moment as the precious gift that it is. At both services, our music director, Mike Pfitzer will sing the beautiful song, "We all Live on Borrowed Time” by David Friedman and organ and piano music will be provided by Sanghee Kim.
Sunday, September 30th, 2012
The Rev Tom Rosiello preaching; Visiting Student Minister, Jennifer Duhamel, assisting with worship.
Today we live in an increasingly polarized nation and world. At the heart of this polarization seems to be uncompromising religious positions and there seem to be many who wish to exploit those religious positions for political gain. Of course religious values are important but how do we move forward as a diverse society when compromise seems less possible and competing interest seems to be ignored. Ethical decision making is always about balancing competing interests.
This morning we will explore this difficult issue. In our worship we will share joys and concerns and rich music making. Our choirs will sing, “On that Holy Mountain” by Joe Mattingly and the message of that text taken from The Book of Isaiah (the story of the lion lying down with the lamb) will be our message for all ages. In our Religious Education classes, our children will be learning about the Sikh tradition.
Sunday, September 23rd, 2012
Worship led by Rev Tom Rosiello and assisted by Jennifer Duhamel, student minister
In the context of the Jewish High holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur we will examine what we are called to do for each other and the world. At both services you will hear the beautiful anthem, Al Shlosha D'Varim which translates, "The world is sustained by three things, by truth, by justice and by peace." The youth will present the Children’s Message this morning.
Sunday, September 16th, 2012
Worship led by Rev. Tom Rosiello.
We all yearn to go deeper to connect with the spirit of life and love and justice by whatever name we call it. That theme will be expressed in the beautiful 16th century motet, Sicut Cervus by Palestrina at the 11 AM service and at the 9 AM service by a beautiful instrumental reflection. Being spiritually grounded is essential to a healthy life and just as our bodies need to be nourished by food and exercise; our spirits too need to be fed and exercised through a spiritual practice. Moreover our spiritual health and physical health are often closely connected. This Sunday we will begin the new program theme for this year, “Healthy Bodies-Healthy Spirits.” Stay tuned – lots of different activities that will be part of this program. And also we will commission those wonderful adults who once again have volunteered to teach and otherwise assist with our religious education program for children and youth.