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Heaven on Earth

Posted by on Sep 16, 2018 in General News, Worship Services

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How do diverse communities of people find a sense of Unity? Maybe we can “create a heaven here on earth where love and truth and justice reign. Let us welcome all at our Pearly Gates, our Freedom Table, amid singing and great rejoicing, black, white, yellow, red, and all our lovely colors, straight, gay, transgendered, bisexual, and all the ways of that exist to loving. Blind, deaf, mute, healthy, sick, variously-abled, young, old, fat, thin, gentle, cranky, joyous, sorrowing. Let no one feel excluded, let no one feel alone.”

Join us this Sunday as, Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty wonders what Heaven on Earth might look like and how we can work together to imagine and build the beloved community that honors diversity.

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Celebration Sunday

Posted by on Jun 10, 2018 in General News, Worship Services

Bring your children, your cut flowers and your longing for celebration!!! This Sunday is a culmination of a year’s worth of worship, work and commitment. Our annual meeting is behind us and this Sunday will be the time when we appreciate what is laid out in front of us – summer. This Sunday is also the date for our annual picnic, bring your sweet tooth because cake will abound aplenty! We will be crossing the threshold to summer services as this will be Rev. Marjorie’s last Sunday in the First Parish pulpit until September. The summer services begin next week with a plethora of summer speakers on hand.

Flowers–please bring one stem for each person in your family. This will be part of our flower communion during the service.

Food– please bring a side dish if you can. Our Community and Hospitality Committee will be grilling meat and veggie burgers.

Come be part of this community celebration on the last Sunday before our summer services begin.

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Wisdom…

Posted by on Jun 3, 2018 in General News, Worship Services

Proverbs 4:5-7Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” Throughout history wisdom was considered a female construct often referred to in Greek as Sophia. What has been our ancestors’ commitment to Wisdom and what is our commitment moving forward in our contemporary society? Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty in her quest for a definition and understanding of wisdom. This Sunday is the Annual Meeting at First Parish a time when members are required to attend and vote on the budget, the incoming leadership and the overall work of this community. Please plan on attending.

art: Sophia, goddess of wisdom

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History, Herstory and Truth…

Posted by on May 20, 2018 in General News, Worship Services

History was once based on facts that culminated into a story albeit, Napoleon Bonaparte astutely explained that, “History is written by the winners.” Written by the winners is a fact that uncovers all sorts of biases that have become a part of our understanding of culture. During these contemporary times it is becoming more evident that the history of the early twenty-first century will not come from facts but instead be muddied and difficult to unravel. How does history evolve, does history evolve with different perspectives over time, and will history be seen differently with the advent of technology and a very long shelf life? Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty as she endeavors to engage the topic of evolution of history with guidance from the men as this is last years auction sermon.

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Crossing The Threshold

Posted by on May 13, 2018 in General News, Worship Services

Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side… How and why do we cross to the other side in our lives, what are those thresholds that divide us from one another. Why do we want to lower thresholds and what might help them to to be a bit more accessible? Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty, on the theme of Beloved Community, will look and what holds us back and how we can make the leap.

 

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