Posts By Rev. Catie Scudera

Moving from Worry to Joy

By , Published on January 26, 2016

FP in SnowThis is the first winter in memory when I’ve experienced mixed feelings with snow. I have always found winter quite beautiful, though stark and cold.  When there’s snow, there’s more brightness even with the longer nights of a Northern Hemisphere winter. When there’s snow, I feel a bit of that school-aged glee and anticipation of a snow day Continue reading…

The Four Loves

20160214_0401_catie_four_loves-1 Storge

20160214_0401_catie_four_loves-2 Eros

20160214_0401_catie_four_loves-3 Philia

20160214_0401_catie_four_loves-4 Agape

20160214_0401_catie_four_loves-benediction Benediction

“The Four Loves: Agape” PDF

Happy Valentine’s Day! During our multigenerational worship service, we will celebration the beautiful variety of forms love takes in our lives. Based on the writings of fantasy author and Christian apologist C.S. Lewis, we’ll explore “the four loves”: storge, philia, eros, and agape.

Children attend the full service. Toddler and infant care available.

No youth groups.

A Radical Inclusion


“A Radical Inclusion” PDF

At First Parish, we are going on twenty years in our Welcoming Congregation commitment and we are always striving to extend this welcoming spirit to people of all backgrounds and identity groups. Through these commitments, we hope to create a congregation—and then a town, Commonwealth, and world—that is a “beloved community.” What are the challenges and spiritual benefits of living into radical inclusivity? 

Children attend the first 15 minutes followed by Religious Exploration classes.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7pm in the Parlor.

Why Were You Not Zusya?


“Why Were You Not Zusya?” PDF

In eco-activist and poet W.S. Merwin’s poem To Waiting, he declares that we “spend so much of [our] time//expecting to become//someone else//always someone… who has been//met and transformed//into no longer being [us].” At this traditional seasonal moment of New Year’s resolutions to better ourselves, how do we honor our authentic selves? We’ll also lift up the names of all those who were born or who died during the calendar year 2015 in our annual Time for All Ages remembrance. 

Children attend the first 15 minutes, then go to Religious Exploration classes.

No youth groups.


The Miracle of Abundance

By , Published on December 13, 2015
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“The Miracle of Abundance” PDF

When the Hebrew people rose up against the Seleucid Greeks and retook the Temple in Jerusalem, they needed new stones, new cloth, and new oil to cleanse the Temple and restore it to holiness. They found only one vial of oil to light the menorah in the Temple, but needed a week to produce new oil—so, they trusted in abundance, lit the menorah, and the oil kept the flame lit for eight nights. Do we live our lives with such trust in abundance?

Children attend first 15 minutes followed by Religious Exploration classes.

Christmas Eve Service: The Stranger at Your Door

By , Published on November 29, 2015
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“The Stranger at Your Door” PDF

Come to First Parish to celebrate Christmas! We’ll reflect on the old carol’s verse: “Christ a homeless stranger, so the gospels say; cradled in a manger and a bed of hay; in the bleak midwinter, stable place sufficed; Mary and her baby, Jesus Christ.” The 5:30 service will feature the Sargents and our young people’s musical groups, the UU Ringers and SongSquad, and the 7:30 service our First Parish Choir, the Lorimier family, and Eliot Jekowsky. Both services will conclude with the traditional candlelit singing of Silent Night

It’s a Trap!

By , Published on November 24, 2015
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“It’s a Trap!” PDF

With Christmas and Episode VII: The Force Awakens just around the corner, Rev. Catie is feeling  tempted by all the awesome new Star Wars products on the market. But, does she need a Millenium Falcon twin bed or limited edition “red revenge” nail polish to prove she’s a true fan? This Sunday,  we’ll reflect on how the joy of giving can be coopted by corporations and corrupted by consumerism. We’ll also honor our sixth grade UU Seekers who have completed a major Milestone  in Religious Exploration.

Children attend first 15 minutes followed by Religious Exploration classes.

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