Upcoming Services

May 7 – Three Wondrous Answers

May 7, 2017

What is the best time to do each thing?
Who are the most important people you work with?
What is the most important thing to do at all times?

Music: The choir will open the service with a contemporary Quaker round called Burning Bridges. The text is credited to the women of the Greenham Common peace occupation (1983) in England. Jim, our Music Director, is very pleased to welcome two of his colleagues from the All-Newton Music School to perform with him.  Justin Stanley (horn) has played at First Parish several times in the past and Sarah Eastman (soprano) will be making her first visit.  They will be performing a moving contemporary song entitled Connect All. We All Connect at the Offertory.  The song’s text is a palindrome (by Newton palindromist Barry Duncan) and the music (by Oliver Caplan, a highly regarded contemporary composer and good friend of Justin’s)  is also inspired by palindromic elements. For the Postlude, Justin and Jim will play a haunting piece by the Russian composer Alexander Glazunov entitled Reverie.

Religious Education: We will read either The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper or the book Meditation is an Open Sky written by Whitney Stewart. If we have time we may read both. We plan to create some “Thinking of you” cards and talk about being a caring circle. Some of our card creations will be used the following week when we write some haiku poetry for Mothers Day.

May 14 – The Birth of U-U

May 14, 2017

In honor of Mother’s Day, Buffy will talk about the merger of the Universalist Church of America with the American Unitarian Association, May 15, 1961 – a significant “birth.”

Music: The choir will open the service with a spirited Gloria round by Jacques Berthier. Their offertory piece is a haunting a cappella adaptation of the 23rd Psalm by Bobby (Don’t Worry, Be Happy) McFerrin. This adaptation is dedicated to McFerrin’s mother, and we will sing it in honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday. Jim will play the Impromptu in A-Flat Major by Schubert for the postlude.

Religious Education: We will be creating Mothers Day gifts. We will read The Secret of Saying Thanks, written by Douglas Wood. The theme of our curriculum this month is embodiment. We will discuss poetry, metaphors, and mom. We will try our hand at writing some poetry — maybe we can write a Haiku? If we have time and the weather permits, we will take some chalk and draw a Labyrinth outside on the pavement on the far right parking area.

May 21 – Redemption

May 21, 2017

Dave Egan in the pulpit with special guest Zephas Freeman exploring the mass incarceration crisis and how we can respond.

Music: The choir will sing a couple of selections from our songbook Singing the Journey. For our Introit, the choir will lead the congregation in the rousing Jazz Alleluia round and at the Offertory, the choir will sing a wonderful gospel arrangement of the traditional spiritual Hush. And for our Postlude, the choir will serenade our departing ministerial intern David Egan with the lively Latin classic Adios by Perez Prado.

Religious Education: Please join us a “Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundae.“ We will take this opportunity to say farewell and appreciate our ministerial Intern Dave Egan, who will be continuing his internship at Old Ship UU church in Hingham next year. Let me know if you can help with the clean up after our ice cream sundae party. In Religious Education the theme for May is embodiment. The books we will be discussing will be “ What I Believe, Kids Talk About Faith,” written by Debbie and Tom Birdseye and also the book, “Unitarian Universalism Is A Really Long Name,“ written by Jennifer Dant. We will make a chalk labyrinth outside and make nature art.

May 28 – Jesus and the Debate about Peace

May 28, 2017

Guest minister Rev. Richard Trudeau will speak about “Jesus and the Debate about Peace.”

Music: Musicians Ruthie Miller (alto) and Jean Beebe (bassoon) make their annual visit to First Parish. Gary Fox (oboe), Jean, and Jim Chubet will be joining Ruthie in performing two beautiful arias from cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach. For our Introit, Ruthie will sing the joyous Gott ist unser Sonn’ und Schild from Cantata #79 and our Postlude will be the contemplative Kreuz und Krone sind verbunden from Cantata #12. And our magnificent choir will sing the Sanctus from Franz Joseph Haydn’s Mariazellermesse at the Offertory.

Religious Education: This is the last week of our Embodiment theme in our Soul Matters Curriculum.  It is also Memorial Day weekend.  We will look through our multicultural book, “Celebrations!,” written by Kindersley Barnabus.   We are planning to take a walk and have a scavenger hunt in the cemetery, weather permitting. We will discuss our thoughts on the meaning of the word memorial: what will you do on Monday May 29th Memorial Day; what have you done in the past? We have also been talking about labyrinths.  We will brainstorm with our imaginations about creating our own game using a labyrinth. We also have more ice cream and fudge that we can make our own ice cream sundaes again, yum! Please join us.