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Gone Fishin’…

Posted by on Oct 14, 2018 in General News, Worship Services | Comments Off on Gone Fishin’…

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 | Comments Off on Formation

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...

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Learning from Siri

Posted by on Sep 30, 2018 in General News, Worship Services | Comments Off on Learning from Siri

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...

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Forgiveness, Unity and Yom Kippur…

Posted by on Sep 23, 2018 in General News, Worship Services | Comments Off on Forgiveness, Unity and Yom Kippur…

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 | Comments Off on Heaven on Earth

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...

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Homecoming and Community Potluck

Posted by on Sep 9, 2018 in Worship Services | Comments Off on Homecoming and Community Potluck

http://fpsudbury.org/members/wp-content/uploads/podcasts/20180909_Ingathering/Sermon.mp3 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...

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Summer Services 2018

Posted by on Jun 14, 2018 in General News, Worship Services | Comments Off on Summer Services 2018

  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 Leader Subject 17-Jun Dave Andrews The Drunkard’s Walk 24-Jun Carole McNamee Worship Sharing: A Quaker Practice 1-Jul Aline Kaplan Seven Services to Humanity 8-Jul...

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Celebration Sunday

Posted by on Jun 10, 2018 in General News, Worship Services | Comments Off on Celebration Sunday

Bring your children, your cut flowers and your longing for celebration!!! This Sunday is a culmination of a year’s worth of worship, work and commitment. Our annual meeting is behind us and this Sunday will be the time when we appreciate what is laid out in front of us – summer. This Sunday is also the date for our annual picnic, bring your sweet tooth because cake will abound aplenty! We will be crossing the threshold to summer services as this will be Rev. Marjorie’s last Sunday in the First Parish pulpit until September. The...

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Wisdom…

Posted by on Jun 3, 2018 in General News, Worship Services | Comments Off on Wisdom…

Proverbs 4:5-7 “Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” Throughout history wisdom was considered a female construct often referred to in Greek as Sophia. What has been our ancestors’ commitment to Wisdom and what is our commitment moving forward in our contemporary society? Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty in her...

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A Quaker-style Meeting at FPS May 27

Posted by on May 27, 2018 in General News, Worship Services | Comments Off on A Quaker-style Meeting at FPS May 27

Notes on Quaker-style service Today’s service is in the spirit of Quaker services, but is not intended to be an exact replica. Elements of Quaker services were adapted for our use. This service is part of our continuing exploration of spiritual practices. When the sounding bowl is rung, it is a call that our service has begun. Our service today is based on the idea of ‘Unprogrammed worship’. We will sit in silence, looking inward, seeking the experience of the Spirit within ourselves. As a community, we will create a communal silent space to...

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