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Sunday February 23rd, 2020 – Needed...

What does it feel like to be needed and what does it feel to need? At some point in our lives we have each experienced both sides of this coin of need and this Sunday we will wonder about the question: is it better to be needed and what does it say about us when we try not to be “needy”? Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty and the congregation of First Parish as they delve into the positive nature of need.

Sunday March 1st, 2020 – Letting "it" go...

The worship theme at First Parish this Month is Forgiveness. This week we will be addressing the ways that blame for other’s trespasses can be foisted upon us when we may be blameless. How do we let go of the circumstances that we are not culpable for? Owning our wrongdoing is equally as powerful as letting go of what is not useful to hang on to. Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty and the congregation of First Parish as they find ways to let go of what is not their burden to carry.

 

Sunday March 8th, 2020 – Picking "It" Up...

As individuals and as a congregation we will look at the ways that accepting our wrongdoing and apologizing/forgiving our trespasses sets us free. How can we learn to forgive ourselves and others and what are the benefits of forgiveness? This is a time in history when many refuse to own their trespasses, refuse to own their shame and fear. How and why should we pick up the actions and pain that we cause ourselves and others and is the ability to forgive a weakness? Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty and the congregation of First Parish as they unpack the spiritual nature of forgiveness and its healing properties.

 

Sunday March 15th, 2020 – First Parish and Commitment...

Join the members and friends of the First Parish of Sudbury this Sunday as they renew their commitment to the Parish and to one another. Merriment, music, pageantry and a brunch feast will surely warm your heart to give generously. Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty as she recounts the history and meaning held within the polity of this great New England institution.

Sunday March 22nd, 2020 – Guest Speaker...

Join our guest speaker, (name) as they share their thoughts about (topic).

Sunday March 29th, 2020 – What and How We Will Be Remembered...

What is our legacy as a community and as an individual and how will we be remembered? It becomes apparent at a Celebration of Life service how much you know and do not know about your co-workers, friends and family. What might be said about us that rings true to who and how we want to be remembered. Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty as she walks us through legacy and remembrance as a way to live more fully today.

 

Sunday April 5th, 2020 – On The Road To Find Out (Palm Sunday)...

Palm Sunday is traditionally a time of Joy in the Christian calendar, a time of homecoming. Life is a journey that ultimately brings us home for good or for ill. What can we expect upon arrival and what might unfold unexpectedly? This week will be treated as a holy week of discovery. To live through the darkest night and arrive renewed at Easter. Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty and the congregation at First Parish as we meander through the unpacking of Christian mythology, religious tradition and participate in a week of discovery, heartbreak and renewal.

Sunday April 12th, 2020 – Easter, Bunnies and Eggs...

What can we find in the story of the resurrection, if we do not believe in original sin, that might inspire us to feel renewed and live more fully? How much of the tradition of this time of year is an amalgamation of Judea Christian and Pagan traditions and beliefs? What about just enjoying a fun sermon about Bunnies, Eggs and Finding? All children will be invited to participate in an Egg hunt, replete with sugar, on the First Parish grounds, weather permitting. Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty and the congregation at First Parish as we celebrate the best of spring, wear your favorite hat!

Sunday April 19th, 2020 – Guest Speaker...

Join our guest speaker, (name) as they share their thoughts about (topic).

Sunday April 26th, 2020 – Beyond Grace: Embracing Our Mother

Where can one find the divine? Like Thereau in Walden Woods or maybe in one’s garden? This Sunday we will focus on the intersection of the divine and the spiritual that is found in Transcendentalism and beyond. What might a spiritual practice of stewardship for the environment look like? How can we live into caring and cultivating our lives and our environment to thrive? Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty and the congregation at First Parish as we bring our mother earth front and center.

Sunday May 3rd, 2020 – Broken: A Journey Towards Wholeness...

Hemingway once shared that, “The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” Is it the world that breaks us or the circumstances of living life fully? What do we gain if we live life and play it safe? Daring to live fully will take us on amazing journeys and provide immeasurable lessons and may be even some wisdom. Being afraid of being hurt and brokenness, for we are all ultimately hurt and broken as Hemingway shared, is how we grow and thrive beyond the mundane. Dare to leap into life! Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty and the congregation at First Parish as we candidly talk about the healing process and what the other side, wholeness might look like.

Sunday May 10th, 2020 – Finding Peace In A Mother's Arms...

Finding peace in a mother’s arms is the notion that one might hope for on Mother’s Day, but a mother’s love is more complicated than that for many. Mother’s carry the expectations of the world on their shoulders, nurturers, peace makers, healers and caretakers of the hearth and home. It is a high pedestal to operate and ultimately fall from. How can we truly love our mothers for who they are, respect them for how they provide and give them a break when our expectations of them may not be met? Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty and the congregation at First Parish as we remember the reality of motherhood and reset our presumptions.

Sunday May 17th, 2020 – Master/Mistress of Time...

This month’s worship theme is that of Sabbath. What is a Sabbath and why do we need them in the busy world that we live in? Sabbath is described as a time set aside: it is a day of religious observance and abstinence from work, kept by Jews from Friday evening to Saturday evening, and by most Christians on Sunday. How do we in a, for the most part, secular society adhere to a much-needed Sabbath for self and spiritual care, for family and friends and to mark, in gratitude, the passing of the week? Is holding a sabbath important for humanity and how can we respect it for one another? Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty and the congregation at First Parish as we embrace the practice of sabbath as an important part of our weekly practice.

Sunday May 24th, 2020 – Quaker Meeting...

Please join the friends and members of the First Parish of Sudbury as they gather to worship in a Quaker Meeting Style. This offers those gathered to sit in silence and speak, when truly called by God, to share their truth.

Sunday May 31st, 2020 – Are You Ready?

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