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Laughter is the Best Medicine…

Posted by on May 21, 2017 in General News, Worship Services

As the song from Mary Poppins explains, “I love to laugh long and loud and clear… I love to laugh it’s getting worse every year. The more I laugh the more I fill with glee… the more I laugh the more I am a merrier me!” How do we find those places of funny that tickle us in ways that improve our way of being. Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will be sharing her thoughts about the importance of humor and how it might just be the best medicine.

We will also celebrate our Rites of Passage during which we will honor the growth and commitment that every child in our religious exploration program has made this year with a gift of gratitude and recognition for their participation. We’ll also be celebrating the accomplishments of two cohorts within the grade school program as they cross thresholds that mark unique stages of growth in our children’s journeys, through our First Chalice and new Chrysalis Passage rituals. As we recognize these points of transition in the growth of their moral and spiritual development, we will simultaneously be honoring them as members of our evolving Unitarian Universalist tradition.
Join us for this fun and meaningful service.
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In An Instant…

Posted by on May 21, 2017 in General News, Sunday Service Copies, Worship Services

Life can change in an instant, any event can push itself into our lives, which can cause us moments of shock, pain and deep concern. Our lives and bodies broken are in turmoil and just as quickly the process of healing begins yet again – leaving us forever changed. How do we live these tenuous lives never knowing what may cut us off and derail us from our mission? Are these significant sidetracks a wake up call, karma or just random mishaps? Facing into crisis, making meaning and recovering from crisis, Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty wonders on the implications of negotiating the dangers of living fully.

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Finding Our Way to Kindness

Posted by on May 14, 2017 in General News, Worship Services

What is a Woman’s and a Mother’s role in the twenty-first century–to be a care giver and a tender of the heart and hearth? Are Women  able to bring hope to the hopeless during dark times? What are those small daily acts of kindness and compassion that show our respect and love for one another? How do and can, “We go high when they go low” and do our small attempts to connect with others change people for the better? Ultimately, can the feminine heal our world? Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty on mother’s day to honor and thank the women in our lives.

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Who, What, Why a UU?

Posted by on May 7, 2017 in General News, Worship Services

Join the congregation at First Parish of Sudbury Unitarian Universalist on Sunday, May 7 when Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will offer a sermon on our Unitarian Universalist identity. How does being a UU inform and inspire us to respond in authentic and meaningful ways. This Sunday the congregation will celebrate mayday also known as Beltane, a spring festival. An aspect of our identity reflected in our  UU sources from which we draw inspiration is the spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions that celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature. The congregation will participate in their annual Maypole Dance after the service, weather permitting.

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Music Sunday April 30th “Sun, Moon and Stars”

Posted by on Apr 30, 2017 in Worship Services

The First Parish Choir presents our spring Music Sunday service

Who hasn’t looked up at the night sky with wonder and awe? And who hasn’t experienced a breathtaking sunrise or sunset?  On April 30th, the First Parish Choir will present its spring Music Sunday on the theme of “Sun, Moon and Stars”.  We hope you will join us as explore through music and readings our thoughts and inspirations of these celestial orbs.  Throughout centuries, we have been inspired by and often sought solace in their presence.  Included in the musical offerings will be Randall Thompson’s beloved choral setting of Robert Frost’s poem “Choose Something Like a Star”.

Music Director, Debra Morris-Bennett was inspired to craft this service after learning Daniel Elder’s piece titled “Ballade to the Moon” in which he takes us through a nighttime walk through the woods and we experience, in his words, “Love for the surrounding dusky beauty that causes the narrator to weep with joy, with only the moon as witness.” Closing the service, the choir will sing ‘We Are Stars” by Kenley Kristofferson, which is based on the words of Carl Sagan.  An avid Carl Sagan fan, Kenley describes this powerful work with these words, “This choral anthem is wrapped in warmth, thick harmonies and lyrical melodies as it manifests the connectedness of life, the Earth and the stars through a united chemistry.”

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Living Deliberately

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in Worship Services

Join the congregation at First Parish of Sudbury Unitarian Universalist on Sunday, April 23 as we welcome Fran Sharp to the pulpit. Fran, a life-long Unitarian Universalist, has been a member of the congregation for 19 years, has served on the staff and also the Worship committee for several years..

Ms. Sharp will offer reflections on a favorite writing by Henry David Thoreau in the 1880s when he lived at Walden Pond in Concord. The writing began “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately…and not when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” She asks “how do we go about the challenging and religious work of living deliberately, and does this mean different things at different stages of life?

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