Our Noack pipe organ is back in the Sanctuary with us after an upgrade that included news wooden pipes for the lowest pedal notes, re-voiced upper sounds which are more silvery, and trumpet stops altered to produce a warmer, more blended sound. Ian and our choir members are looking forward to “pulling out all the stops” at all our holiday celebrations.
DECEMBER 24 SANCTUARY
5:00 p.m. – A Service for the Whole Family
Designed especially for parents with young children, this service features traditional carols, readings, and a story for all ages. Our Director of Religious Education, Ruth Owen, will lead the service, and Rev. Roger Paine will lead a guided meditation to close the service.
8 and 10 p.m. – Candlelight Carol Services
A service of carols, readings, choral anthems, a Christmas prayer by Rebecca Hinds, and a homily and guided meditation by Rev. Paine.
The 8 and 10 o’clock services are identical except that five high school students will be the readers at the 8 o’clock, and five college students will be our readers at 10.
Sunday, December 29 – 10 a.m.
Spend this last Sunday of the year in an hour of silent meditation in the beautiful sanctuary of The First Parish. Rev. Roger Paine will host the service. Come whether or not you have your own meditation practice.
given on Sunday, March 10, 2013
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The younger son in this story [Luke 15:11–32] is rightly called prodigal, prodigal meaning “rashly or wastefully extravagant.”
Likely unmarried, 18 or 19?, bored crazy with life on the farm, can’t wait to get away from father and brother, he wants freedom, independence and a chance to make his mark. So he asks his father for his share of the inheritance.
The father could have refused him, as most fathers would have done in that day. He could have said, “Look, kid, you’ll get yours when I die, just like your brother.” But or no reason given the old man caves in and signs over one third of the family holdings to him. That’s half of his older brother’s share as the law then directed.
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We are a community church with a covenant relationship with the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. Both of these churches promote church polity, which means that self-government and self-determination form the foundation of what we do and how we do it.
Our members and friends come from more than 25 different denominations and religious traditions—as well as from no tradition at all. Accordingly, denominational labels are less expressive of our identity than our goal and purpose of responding to the needs and reflecting the aspirations of our congregation and community.
To this end, our essential characteristic is a deep respect for our own and other religious traditions, which informs our choice of prayers, the words we elect to use, the hymns we sing, the rituals we celebrate, the study groups we form.
We represent varied and vocal opinions on spirituality, ethics, politics, and social responsibility. For example, we choose to give a significant portion (approximately 20%) of our annual budget to outreach, which is given to a variety of social projects for local, national and international causes researched and carefully chosen by our Outreach Committee. We also roll up our sleeves and perform service projects, as well as actively support the initiatives of our Faith in Action groups.
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