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Coming of Age – “What do I believe? What do you believe? What do they believe?”

IMG_CoA2015Join the congregation at First Parish this Sunday, May 17 for a service offered by this year’s Coming of Age class. This year-long program gives Unitarian Universalist youth the chance to deeply explore their beliefs and sense of belonging in their communities. This year they have worked with their mentors on social action projects, traveled to NYC to work with children and adults who are homeless, and written statements of belief and belonging. These statements will be presented as part of this Sunday’s service. This annual service is always moving and inspiring, and all are welcome to attend.

 

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MUSIC SUNDAY – Beatitude Mass for the Homeless

Please join us this Sunday, April 26th at 10:00 am for our Spring Music Sunday!

Music Sunday, April 26, 2015, photo by Tom Arnold.In the spirit of the two congregations’ shared 375th anniversary, the combined choirs of First Parish and Sudbury Memorial Congregational and singers from the community will feature the “Beatitude Mass for the Homeless” by Henry Mollicone. The moving work was inspired by Mollicone’s friend, Father Jon Pedigo. Father Jon urged his friend to use his artistic talent to help raise funds for homeless people. This soulful work tells powerful stories. This mass combines the traditional Latin texts with English texts written by the playwright William Luce. Luce used the interviews he and Mollicone had with the people they met in shelters to create two characters who synthesize the stories of many whom he met. The symbolically named characters underline a major theme of the piece, Mollicone describes as: “the similarities – the universality – between all people.” Soloists will be First Parish choir members Maya Bloom, soprano and Terry Lockhart, baritone. The choir will be accompanied by a chamber ensemble comprised of flute, clarinet, French horn, cello, bass, percussion and piano.

And attend the Concert on May 2

The following Saturday evening May 2nd at 7:00 pm, the combined choirs will present the Beatitude Mass again for the annual MCC Spring Concert. In addition, the choirs will also perform the Quatre Motets on Gregorian Themes, Op. 10, and Notre Père, Op. 14 No. 4, by Maurice Duruflé. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to support the homeless.

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Youth Explore Families and Love

By birth, by chance, by choice, love makes a family. Celebrating the spirit of sibling love, our youth will explore the power of love (over hate) and the love amongst friends who are our chosen families.

Our Senior Youth group leads our worship service and explores aspects of love and families. have chosen to share Sunday’s offering equally with Big Brother, Big Sister, an organization devoted to youth/adult mentoring. Their vision is to never say “no” to a child in need of services in the communities, which contributes to better schools, brighter futures, and stronger communities for all. At the heart of their stated mission is, “to enhance the quality of life of children through professionally supported mentoring relationships with responsible and caring volunteers.”

Today’s service is intergenerational with messages, reading and music for all ages. Young children will be cared for in the Parish Hall during the service.

Audio for this service is available to FPS members here (login required).

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MUSIC SUNDAY – Frostiana

Music SundayThanksgiving as a Spiritual Practice… The Clergy of Sudbury welcomes all area churches to this Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration. November 23, 10:00 am – Music Sunday – Hear the Poetry of Frost Set to Music this Sunday

This Sunday, join First Parish of Sudbury in experiencing typical New England landscapes and philosophical journeys through the poetry of American poet, Robert Frost, set to the music of Randall Thompson’s “Frostiana”. The choral piece will be performed by the First Parish of Sudbury choir and accompanist Noriko Yasuda under the direction of Debra Morris-Bennett, First Parish music director. The Music Sunday concert-service is free and begins at 10 a.m. in the First Parish of Sudbury sanctuary.

Thompson and Frost were acquainted through family connections, and when the composer was commissioned to write the composition for the town of Amherst’s two-hundredth anniversary,

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Poetry Jam

Summer Service Speaker:

Music:

Nibbles: Susan Stocker, George Duval

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