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Posted by on Apr 25, 2018 in General News, Sunday Service Copies

Sunday, April 29 at 10:00am

What is the scope of our ministry together and how do we create the beloved community when so many in our world disagree about what it might look like? Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will approach the conundrum of our time with eyes wide open seeking clarity.

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“The Dump”

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in Sunday Service Copies

Well, Rev. Scovel’s service this Sunday, April 15 at 10am, has Changed and Transformed!

He will now be preaching a sermon titled “The Dump”.

Of this sermon, he writes “Recent newspaper articles have lamented the culture of hoarding that afflicts our society. The sermon is deliberately counter-cultural since it points toward what must sometimes be saved.”

Carl Scovel, the son of medical missionaries, was born and grew up in war torn China before attending college and seminary in this country. After three years working at McLean Hospital as a conscientious objector he served The First Parish from 1957 to 1967 and King’s Chapel in Boston until he retired in 1999. As a Christian he was an anomaly in his own denomination but enjoyed his affiliations and his colleagues, some of whom he still sees in bi-monthly Bible classes. He and his wife of 59 years live in Jamaica Plain near two of their three offspring and their families.

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Humility: The Drive Towards Perfection (newsletter)

Posted by on Apr 4, 2018 in General News, Sunday Service Copies

Was and is the concept of “Original Sin” employed to keep humankind humble? It is believed that humility keeps one with a low self-regard and sense of unworthiness. Are there other ways to keep our egos in check? This month’s theme revolves around humility–a topic that engages our Unitarian drive towards perfection. Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty as she wrestles with the concept of humility and its consequences.

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Easter Sunday (newsletter)

Posted by on Mar 23, 2018 in General News, Sunday Service Copies


What is Easter all about? The expected Christian response to such a question is consistent, the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. First Parish will go deeper on Easter to better understand the nuance of this important celebration and what our responsibility as a diverse community of thinkers might be. Join us for a thought provoking change of perspective about Easter and resurrection.

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Born Again Unitarian Universalism (newsletter)

Posted by on Mar 21, 2018 in General News, Sunday Service Copies


We welcome Mr. Chad Trexler to our pulpit. He will be delivering a sermon written by the late Rev. Forrest Church titled “Born Again Unitarian Universalism”. Rev. Church was a well-respected UU minister, author and theologian until his death in 2009. He hoped that this sermon, delivered at the UU General Assembly in Boston in 2003, would be energizing and help to promote liberal religion.


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Southern Rail bluegrass music worship service at First Parish of Sudbury March 4 10am

Posted by on Mar 2, 2018 in General News, Sunday Service Copies


— First Parish of Sudbury is welcoming back the well known and well loved bluegrass group, Southern Rail to provide music for their service on the theme of “Transformations” on Sunday, March 4th at 10:00 am.

A well-known and well-loved bluegrass group, Southern Rail’s performances are high-energy exuberant fun, with riveting harmonies, irrepressible humor and sparkling banjo, mandolin, and guitar solo work. In addition to their instrumental music, they will blend their voices in tight harmony to offer a set of bluegrass and gospel songs that were carefully chosen to weave throughout the service.  Each song offers a unique perspective about transformation.  There will be tunes by Hank Williams, Albert Brumley,  Barker Aaron Gayle and Randall Hilton as well as traditional tunes including “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “The Darkest Hour”.  Rounding out this special music service are several tunes written by band member Jim Muller including “My Old Friends” and “Walk Your Way to Heaven”.

Come and hear this special musical service coordinated with Music Director, Debra Morris-Bennett.  Band members are Jim Muller (guitar), Sharon Horovitch (acoustic bass), Rich Stillman (banjo) and John Tibert  (mandolin).   Their playing and singing promises to be “transformational”!

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