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Acquaintance With Nature–Music Sunday at FPS

Posted by on Apr 22, 2018 in General News, Worship Services

The Walden Woods and pond near Concord, MA

This Sunday, April 22, writer/philosopher/naturalist Henry David Thoreau comes to life through a special musical performance presented by First Parish of Sudbury.

Acquaintance With Nature, a nine-part piece for chorus, piano, clarinet and narrator (who plays the role of the young Thoreau), was written by Vermont composer Gwyneth Walker and will feature the First Parish Choir.

This musical offering will take place as part of First Parish’s springtime Music Sunday service, which begins at 10 a.m. and is open to all. Children’s religious exploration programs take place at this time, and a social hour with refreshments follows.

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Change and Transformation: The Dump

Posted by on Apr 15, 2018 in Worship Services

Well, Rev. Scovel’s service this Sunday 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…

Posted by on Apr 8, 2018 in General News, Worship Services

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.

 

“Original Blessing” illustration by R. Scott Cook

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Easter Sunday

Posted by on Apr 1, 2018 in Worship Services

 

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

Posted by on Mar 25, 2018 in Worship Services

 

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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Are We There Yet?

Posted by on Mar 18, 2018 in General News, Worship Services

What does it take to transform oneself? Siddhartha Gautama was a prince who was brought up in total wealth. Even with everything within his grasp he still felt unfulfilled and began a journey seeking the end of suffering. He wandered a path that led to austerity as a way to better understand the meaning of life, he realized that it is neither wealth nor poverty that held the answers for him. Enlightenment, he learned, can be found upon the middle way thus he became the founder of Buddhism. The Buddha found struggle through transformation until he learned to let go to embrace enlightenment. Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will look at the many sages that yearned for something more out of life and how their experience of transformation and enlightenment brought them to a whole new level of change.

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