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Rabbi Robert Orkand “It All Started with Abraham: The Hospitality Imperative” (newsletter version)

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in General News, Sunday Service Copies

Rabbi Robert Orkand will be our guest preacher, and his sermon is titled “It All Started with Abraham: The Hospitality Imperative.” Rabbi Orkand writes “We are living at a time when fear of the “other” or stranger has come to influence human behavior–at all levels of society.  Perhaps, then, it is time for us to step back to see what Father Abraham can teach us about hospitality and graciousness.” The First Parish choir led by Ms. Debra Morris-Bennett will offer pieces of music fitting the theme of hospitality. All are very welcome.

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A Place At The Table (newsletter version)

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in General News, Sunday Service Copies


Inspired by the theme of hospitality we gather with hope in our hearts and a desire to set our table for all. What does unity look like, is it possible and how can we recognize our biases and expand around them. Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will unpack just how different we all are from one another and yet how incredibly similar we are at the same time. Bring your biases!

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Cultivating Courage (for News U Can Use)

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 in General News, Sunday Service Copies

In closing last week’s sermon Rev. Dr. Marjorie shared, “My friends we have two ways of looking at our current predicament… either it is too late and we are beyond redemption or we need to get radical about what we expect and what we are willing to do in order to personally evolve, and make significant shifts in our country and our world. We have so much to learn and so much to share and so much to reform and it begins in each one of our hearts and minds with one very personal decision–how radically committed are we willing to be to life, love and the pursuit of ethically oriented happiness for all?”

This week, Oct 15 in our worship service at 10:00am, we will move into the how and what we can do on a personal level to be agents of change in a world that is out of balance. Join us on this journey to find our footing and our conviction to cultivate courage.

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Radical (for Connector)

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in General News, Sunday Service Copies

Let’s get radical. As we plod towards yet another “Columbus Day”, a day that celebrates the honor of a historically brutal man, we have to ask ourselves, when is enough violence enough? This month at First Parish we will be reflecting on hospitality defined as a cordial and generous reception of or disposition toward guests. What is our responsibility, our commitment to be stewards of radical hospitality in a world that condones and at times honors brutality? Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty as she wrestles with the reality of hospitality and violence in life.

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The Fragile Art of Hospitality (for News U Can Use)

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in Sunday Service Copies

Hospitality is the ancient and primary vocation of religious community.

“Once the guest has eaten and drunk at your table, the guest becomes kin…if they knock on your door, it will open; if they seek your shelter, it will be given, and if they ask for hospitality, give them your bread and wine…” Keri Hulme.

This Sunday Fran Sharp will deliver a sermon written by the Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern, to begin the month of October’s worship theme of Hospitality.

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At One

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Sunday Service Copies

In a month when we are endeavoring to walk the walk in beauty and talk the talk in love, Rev. Marjorie will be encouraging us to set the stage for the upcoming year. Why do we choose the focus that we do, how do we want to participate and show up for one another, are we interested in creating balance in our lives and in our world and how do we go about doing that? Imagining the world in beauty begins within each one of us the why, how and what we will change to make our community and the world a better place… Join us at First Parish to discover why this is so important.

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