Past Services

Thursday, March 15th, 2012


The buds are appearing on the trees and new life is just waiting to burst up through the hard ground.  Here in New England we see it so clearly, spring is a time of life returning to cold and barren place. Please join us to share the Inspiration of this new season. Vespers is a 45 minute service of readings, reflection, candle lighting, sharing, music and silence. The Rev. Tom Rosiello will lead the service and music will be provided by saxophonist, John MacNeill.    

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

New Member Sunday

This is a very special Sunday. At both of our services there will be an opportunity to join our church. We expect to break 300 members this Sunday morning for the first time in our history.  We will welcome these new members and recognize what they bring to us and what we have to offer to them. Our choir will welcome our new members with the anthem "You are the New Day." The Sermon will focus on the Future of Democracy. It comes as a surprise to some that one of the principles we affirm as Unitarian Universalists is "the use of the democratic process." Democracy is a vital part of our faith tradition.  With the enormous contributions individuals are making to PACs on both sides of the political aisle, with single individuals contributing tens of millions of dollars to seemingly buy support for particular issues, and with lobbyists seeming to control the votes of many of our representatives, there is a real question about the future of democracy in our nation. The Rev. Tom Rosiello will lead worship and preach on this important moral issue. 


Sunday, March 4th, 2012

For the past month we have been engaging with challenges that immigrants face within our community. This morning in our worship we will take a step back and look at what gives rise to many of those issues. How we treat the stranger in our midst has been a question religion has addressed for thousands of years.  We will examine the laws, attitudes and policies of our society in light of the moral teachings of ancient religions and the principles of our 21st century faith.  

Following the second service (at 12:45 PM)  there will be a forum featuring speakers from several organizations that assist immigrants in our community. A light soup lunch will be served. Please come and learn more about the local aspect of this issue and perhaps discover ways you can put your faith into action. ( More information about the Forum by "clicking" on The Immigrant Experience in Our Neighborhood on right)

      The worship will be led and the forum will be moderated by the Rev. Tom Rosiello


Sunday, February 26th, 2012

To know where we are going, it is helpful to know where we have been.  First Parish has a long rich history, as does our religious tradition. Today we are going to look back to the wisdom and inspiration of those who came before us. Our worship will be led by The Rev. Tom Rosiello.  

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012


This evening, in the quiet of our candlelit sanctuary, we will explore the beauty of thinking from your heart, instead of from your head.  We will also examine the spiritual practice of learning certain words, poems or prayers “by heart”, and how that can help us on our life’s journey. Is there something you know “by heart”, and that comes to you when you need it?  If so, you will be invited to share it during the service. Or you may also bring a reading that is about “living by or from the heart” to share.  Vespers is a monthly service of readings, sharing, candle-lighting, beautiful music, silent prayer and meditation. 

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Over the past 5 years our minister Tom Rosiello has spent some time in Mexico. He will share some of his experiences and thoughts about learning from the interaction with other cultures and places.  Our music will include Spanish songs and hymns, and will have a “Latin flavor.” 

Sunday, February 12th, 2012


The focus of our service this morning will be on the many ways that “We connect at FPC to build a strong community.”  We will share stories, construct a chain of connections and each make a new connection this Sunday. This will be an active and fun service, yet rich and meaningful for all ages.  Music will include child-friendly hymns and songs, and our worship leaders will include Tom Rosiello, Minister, Michellle Cote, DRE,  youth, and adults from our congregation.

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

We often inquire about each other's physical health but we rarely ask someone, "How are things going in your spiritual life?"  This morning we will focus on how we care for that dimension of our lives, and how important it is to do so. Are you feeling spiritually connected?  If not, come and explore how you can.  Worship will be led by The Rev. Tom Rosiello. At 11 AM our Adult Choir will sing a new anthem entitled, "May I Be Still" and given in honor of Nancy Grimes and Ed Steinfeld's marriage.

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

One Hundred years ago the Reverend Charles W. Eliot delivered an address at Harvard Divinity School entitled, “The Religions of the Future”. This morning we will examine his predictions and focus on what are the different characteristics of a religion that will be relevant in our time and in the future. Worship will be led by, The Reverend Tom Rosiello. 

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

In the beauty of our candlelit church we will explore our dreams.  What do they tell us?  You are invited to bring a poem or reading about dreams to share with others.  Music will be provided by Trish Woods, piano and Barbara Chickosky, trumpet.  Vespers is a monthly service of readings, sharing, candle lighting, music and silence.