Past Services

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Where we end up so often depends upon how high we set our sights. So often we can accomplish far more than we thought we could by keeping our sights set on a lofty goal.  Our Worship will be led by Rev. Tom Rosiello. Members of FPC Drums will enliven our worship and our choir will sing Randall Thompson’s wonderful setting of Robert Frost’s poem “Something Like A Star” at the 11 AM Service.

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Worship will be led by Rev. Tom Rosiello with music provided by the Parish Jazz band at both services, FPC singers at the 9 AM service and the Adult Choir at 11 AM.  We primarily remember Dr. King for his work as a leader of the movement for racial equality in this country. But that was not the only social justice issue on which Dr. King spoke out.  Particularly in the later years of his life, he spoke out against war and for all the poor in America. We will hear Dr. King’s prophetic words again and apply them to our own time. Our music will include great spirituals and songs of justice.

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Our guest preacher and worship leader this morning will be Sierra-Maria Gerfao who served for several years as the Director of Religious Education and Faith Development Ministries at First Unitarian in Worcester. She is currently seeking her Master of Divinity at Yale University. Sierra-Marie and her wife, Gina, have two children, ages five and six. She is passionate about helping people find their personal ministries in the world and uncovering ways to live out our Unitarian Universalist values in our larger communities. Our great music team of Director Mike Pfitzer and organist/pianist Sanghee Kim will be back from their post holiday break and our Adult Choir will sing at the 11 AM Service.

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

We welcome the New Year with an informal lay led service in Fellowship Hall. Our worship leaders will be Nancy Banks, Trisha Guditz, and Hector Constantzos. 

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

                                                                           CHRISTMAS MORNING

Our Christmas services will all be on Christmas Eve

and we will not have services this morning.

Have a wonderful Christmas morning with family and friends. 

Saturday, December 24th, 2011


 4 PM Family Service

"Nativity in a Trunk"

Led by our minister, Tom Rosiello and our DRE, Michele Coté

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 Choir will be performing, and there will be familiar carols for all to sing. We will conclude this service with the traditional candle-lighting ceremony. 

9 PM Traditional Christmas Eve Service

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 Pfizer, organist/pianist Sanghee Kim, and talented guest musicians. An extended prelude of Christmas music will begin at 8:45 PM.  Be sure to come early! 

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Two Different Services & No Religious Education this morning.
The 9:00 AM service will be a quieter Adult oriented service. Families with children are encourged to attend the 11 AM Intergenerational Service. Nursery care will be available at both services.

9 AM “Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus”

And Other Great Stories of the Season.

The holidays are a time of story telling and in those stories we find many different ways of expressing the meaning of this season.  Our Minister, Tom Rosiello will share a favorite story or two. If you have a favorite short holiday story or would like to read a story, please send an email at The service will also include a time of quiet reflection, familiar carols and other beautiful music of the season.

11 AM Family Service "Annual Mummer's Play"

A Celebration of the Winter Solstice

We will dispel the darkness of the season with lively music and the presentation of our Annual Mummers Play under the direction of Pat Sorn.  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. 

Thursday, December 15th, 2011


These words come from a text by hymn writer, Ruth Duck. In this service we will share them in a beautiful musical setting, and share our thoughts on this time of winter. This season of cold and darkness is also the season of candles, fire and increasing light. You are invited to bring a poem or short reading about the season to share.  Music will be provided by Mike Pfitzer and Sangee Kim, and will include piano, organ, and vocal solos. This is the perfect opportunity to pause and refresh your spirit in the midst of the hectic holiday season. Vespers is a monthly service of readings, sharing, candle-lighting, music and silence.  Please join us. 

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

What do the Christian season of Advent and the Jewish season of Hanukkah have in common? They both tell the story of a  people living with extraordinary hope and expectation. This morning we will explore just how critical this way of living is for us as individuals, and as a church community. At the 9 AM service, our newly formed FPC Singers, and at the 11 AM service, our Adult Choir, both under the direction of Mike Pfitzer, will perform wonderful music of the season. Organist/pianist Sanghee Kim will add her talents to the mix, and lead us in hymns and carols from both traditions.  

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Thirty years have passed since AIDS was first diagnosed. Millions have died and entire communities have been devastated. Both research and treatment have been challenged by racism and homophobia. AIDS has challenged our love and caused many to abandon hope. But this is a time of renewed hope for the treatment and cure of the disease. This Sunday we will share the journey of this disease, beginning with its devastating effect on American gay men in the 1980's and moving to its present impact on other communities. We will look at how it has changed the world and changed all of us as well.  We will remember those we lost to the disease, celebrate the lives of those living well with the disease, and pray for ways to continue to bring the treatments and possible cures for the disease to the poor of the world, who still go untreated. This is a service about hope, compassion and hard lessons learned.  It will be lead by our minister, Tom Rosiello. Music will include “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers, the beautiful Zulu Chant “Senzeni Na” and hymns of hope and compassion.