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Cultivating Courage…

Posted by on Oct 15, 2017 in General News, Worship Services

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 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…

Posted by on Oct 8, 2017 in General News, Worship Services

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

Posted by on Oct 1, 2017 in Worship Services

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 24, 2017 in General News, Worship Services

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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Beauty in Practice…

Posted by on Sep 17, 2017 in General News, Worship Services

Oh soul,
you worry too much.
You have seen your own strength.
You have seen your own beauty.
You have seen your golden wings.
Of anything less,
why do you worry?
You are in truth
the soul, of the soul, of the soul. (Rumi)

How do we engage in a practice of creating beauty in our lives in a healthy manner? As we move into Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur it is time to take stock, reflect and atone for our missteps. Rev. Marjorie will review the many ways that one can find beauty in balance, face into challenges as a practice for life.

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Summer Services 2017

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in General News, Worship Services

Summer Sunday services take place in our air-conditioned, hearing assisted Commons. Nibbles are available at 9:30am and the service begins at 10:00am.

Come hear a wide range of worship topics offered by our lay leaders. All are welcome, but no childcare is offered in the summer.

Click here for a table of host, music, and nibbles volunteer assignments and open slots.

 

Sunday, June 18, “So Long, It’s Been Good to Know Ya”, Judy Deutsch

Sunday, June 25, “Hope is in Action”, Della Hughes and Carolyn Lee

July 2, No Service

July 9, “Beauty”, Steve Smith

July 16, “Being Moved”, Jan Hardenbergh

July 23, “The Four Gospels”, Fred Rust

July 30, “Lammas”, the Celtic group

Aug 6, “Unitarian Variations”, Nancy Moore

Aug 13, “Existentialism in a Parallel Universe”, George Duval

Aug 20, “Being”, Sheila Davison

Aug 27, Poetry Jam

 

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