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Gone Fishin’…

Posted by on Oct 14, 2018 in General News, Worship Services

What are the transforming lessons of our lives, and how do these lessons pop up in different ways over and over again? We are our experiences and lessons come in all shapes and sizes. Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty as she shares her thoughts about how fishing can sort of change your life.

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Formation

Posted by on Oct 7, 2018 in General News, Worship Services

Defined as “an act of giving form or shape to something or of taking form.” Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will be marinating on formation in all of its forms. Spiritual, intellectual, and physical but why stop there? What about formation as in the creation of a movement. Rev. Marjorie will also be introducing the concept of sabbatical and how this will be a time of mindful formation for her ministry as well as the members and friends of First Parish. Please join us this Sunday for the Animal Blessing which will be held at 1:00pm on the terrace.

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Learning from Siri

Posted by on Sep 30, 2018 in General News, Worship Services

Many know of Siri, the seemingly intelligent being of whom we ask questions on our cellphones. What can we learn from Siri? Join us for our Sunday service on Sept. 30 at 10am as we welcome Rabbi Robert Orkand back to our pulpit.

Rabbi Robert Orkand retired as a pulpit rabbi five years ago. Prior to moving to Boston with his wife, Joyce, to be near grandchildren, he served for 31 years at Temple Israel in Westport, CT. He has also served congregations in Miami, Florida, and Rockford, Illinois.

Since moving to Natick, Rabbi Orkand has been teaching adult learning classes at the Lifelong Learners: An Independent Collaborative, at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham and Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley.

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Forgiveness, Unity and Yom Kippur…

Posted by on Sep 23, 2018 in General News, Worship Services

This week our Jewish brother, sisters and others celebrate Yom Kippur the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. During a month where our theme is Unity and Diversity, Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will engage the topics of evil, sin, forgiveness and unity in the spirit of atonement. Many Unitarian Universalists struggle with the concept of sin, but embrace the reality of evil. how do we personalize the struggle? Join us this Sunday for the journey.

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Heaven on Earth

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

Photo by Kai Oberhäuser on Unsplash

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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Homecoming and Community Potluck

Posted by on Sep 9, 2018 in Worship Services

Join us for our regular worship and program year beginning Sunday, September 9 at 10:00am for people of all ages. We welcome visitors! See our website for information about what to expect. www.fpsudbury.org

We will gather for Homecoming Sunday, an intergenerational service, which will feature our Water Ritual and after the service, we will continue the homecoming with our community potluck.

What to bring on September 9?

Yourselves, whole families, friends and neighbors. A tiny bit of water (actual or virtual) from your summer experiences. These can be collected waters from your travels, from your backyard kiddy pool, tears of joy or tears of sadness. They will be blended together with our waters from last year (which contain waters from all the years going back since we began this tradition decades ago!) Our water is used for baby dedications, blessings of marriages, visiting the sick, and other sacred purposes.

A salad, side dish or dessert (homemade or store bought) for the community potluck. Our Community and Hospitality Committee will provide us with grilled burgers, hot dogs, vegetarian burgers and drinks. Your renewed selves back to our community for a new year of worship, fun, celebration, fun, learning, fun, social action, and fun! We are looking forward to seeing you. Any questions, contact Fran Sharp, congregational administrator, in the office 978/443-2043 or

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