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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 24-Jun Carole McNamee 1-Jul Aline Kaplan Seven Services to Humanity 8-Jul Robert Burkhardt 1968 and All That 15-Jul June Hopkins Simple...

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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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History, Herstory and Truth…

Posted by on May 20, 2018 in General News, Worship Services | Comments Off on History, Herstory and Truth…

History was once based on facts that culminated into a story albeit, Napoleon Bonaparte astutely explained that, “History is written by the winners.” Written by the winners is a fact that uncovers all sorts of biases that have become a part of our understanding of culture. During these contemporary times it is becoming more evident that the history of the early twenty-first century will not come from facts but instead be muddied and difficult to unravel. How does history evolve, does history evolve with different perspectives over...

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Crossing The Threshold

Posted by on May 13, 2018 in General News, Worship Services | Comments Off on Crossing The Threshold

Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side… How and why do we cross to the other side in our lives, what are those thresholds that divide us from one another. Why do we want to lower thresholds and what might help them to to be a bit more accessible? Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty, on the theme of Beloved Community, will look and what holds us back and how we can make the...

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Endings & Beginnings

Posted by on May 6, 2018 in General News, Worship Services | Comments Off on Endings & Beginnings

    Youth Sunday is a time of celebration as we take a moment to ruminate upon the theme of endings and the new beginnings they inevitably bring. Join us this Sunday for a worship service led by Lucy Manlick and Bailey Prince as they speak about their time within the community of First Parish, and reflect on how far they have come on their own individual journeys as they get ready to move onto the next phase of their...

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Are We All In?

Posted by on Apr 29, 2018 in General News, Worship Services | Comments Off on Are We All In?

  What is the scope of our ministry together and how do we create the beloved community when so many in our world disagree about what it might look like? Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will approach the conundrum of our time with eyes wide open seeking clarity....

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Acquaintance With Nature–Music Sunday at FPS

Posted by on Apr 22, 2018 in General News, Worship Services | Comments Off on Acquaintance With Nature–Music Sunday at FPS

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...

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The Dump – Rev. Carl Scovel

Posted by on Apr 15, 2018 in Worship Services | Comments Off on The Dump – Rev. Carl Scovel

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...

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