Posts By Rev. Catie Scudera

Tomorrow Will Worry About Itself

By , Published on November 27, 2016
post a comment »

20161211_0453-catie-waiting-sermon

“Tomorrow Will Worry About Itself” PDF

Worship Service
Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching
Sunday, December 11, 2016
10:30am in the Meetinghouse

During the season of Advent, Christians are asked to wait in anticipation for the birth of Jesus. For many of us, “waiting” causes anxiety and drags us out of the present moment. In times of transition, change, and expectation, how do we stay present and enjoy the blessings of our everyday living? 

Children attend first 15 minutes of service followed by preparation for Festival of Lights.

No youth groups.  (Senior Youth Group lock-in Friday, December 9.)

Wake Up and Stay Woke

“Wake Up & Stay Woke” PDF

Worship Service
Rev. Catie Scudera preaching
Sunday, December 4, 2016
10:30am in the Meetinghouse

In early December each year, Buddhists across the world celebrate the enlightenment of their founding teacher. One of the Buddha’s core messages was for his followers to “wake up” to the reality of cyclical suffering. How does Buddhist teaching intersect with the racial justice call to “stay woke” today? We’ll also celebrate our newest First Parishioners during our New Member Recognition Ceremony. 

Children attend first 15 minutes of service followed by preparation for Festival of Lights.

Junior Youth Group meets at 5 in the Parlor.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7 in the Parlor.

Vigil of Healing and Hope Tonight!

By , Published on November 9, 2016
post a comment »

Tonight, the First Parish staff invites you to join us for a post-election vigil of healing and hope, when we will sing, pray, and light candles together. The sanctuary will be open from 6:30-8:30 pm, and the service itself will only last 20-30 minutes; we will go “on rotation” three times within the two hours, and you can drop in (and head out) at any time. Continue reading…

Greed: A Deadly Spiritual Poison

By , Published on November 1, 2016
post a comment »

As we enter a month when our spiritual theme is “abundance and stewardship,” like Sweet Honey in the Rock, “I been trying to think about how to talk about greed.” As the group sings,

“Greed is a poison rising in this land…
Greed is a strain in the American Dream
Having more than you need is the essential theme.
Everybody wanting more than they need to survive
Is a perfect indication, greed has settled inside.”

When I listen to this song, I’m reminded Continue reading…

The Gifts of Diversity

By , Published on October 26, 2016
post a comment »

20161120_0451catie-homily

“The Gifts of Diversity” PDF

Worship Service
Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching
Sunday, November 20, 2016
10:30am in the Meetinghouse

During this multigenerational Thanksgiving worship, we’ll celebrate the gifts present in human diversity in our own congregation and the wider community. In particular, we’ll reflect on gender and sexual diversity in recognition of Trans Day of Remembrance, which is honored annually on November 20th. As Unitarian Universalists, we know that the abundant diversity of identities and backgrounds in our church make us stronger, healthier, and better aligned with our spiritual values.

Children attend full service.  Infant and toddler care available downstairs.

Junior and Senior Youth Groups meet together at 6:30 for a Thanksgiving Potluck.

Faith in Ourselves For the Future

20161113_catie_sermon

“Faith in Ourselves for the Future” PDF

Worship Service
Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching
Sunday, November 13, 2016
10:30am in the Meetinghouse

For newer members and friends of First Parish — including your minister! — it’s hard to imagine there were times when the congregation seriously doubted the generosity and abundance present in our faith community. On History Sunday before our 305th congregational anniversary, we reflect on our church’s past when we overcame adversity and scarcity. We look to the past to find hope, resilience, and healing for the present and future.

Children attend first 15 minutes, followed by RE classes.  Infant and toddler care available downstairs.

Junior Youth Group meets at 5:00pm.
Senior Youth Group meets at 7:00pm.

Moral Declaration: Voting Our Values

20161106_0449_catie_moral_declar_sermon

“Voting Our Values” PDF

Stella Maris by Antonio Espinosa

stella-maris

Worship Service
Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching
Sunday, November 6, 2016
10:30am in the Meetinghouse

This weekend, First Parish joins with faith communities across the country declaring that now is the time for “a moral revolution of values” by participating in the Moral Declaration Worship Weekend and by signing The Higher Ground Moral Declaration. In anticipation of Election Day, we will evaluate how our Unitarian Universalist values have been reflected — and not — during this election season, and how we can steward our country toward a more compassionate and equitable future.

Children attend first 15 minutes, followed by RE classes.  Infant and toddler care available downstairs.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7:00pm.

Memorial Celebration of the Life of Betty Byers

By , Published on September 29, 2016
post a comment »
October 23rd, 4:30 pm, Meetinghouse
First Parish will host a memorial celebration of our dearly beloved member, Betty Byers, who died on September 19th. Betty had not predicted the overwhelming desire of those who knew her for a public memorial service, and so her closest friends (and her minister) have decided to open up her memorial service to her many friends and admirers. Rev. Catie will officiate, and a small reception will follow in the Parish Hall.

A Due Form of Government

By , Published on September 25, 2016
post a comment »

20161023_0447_due_form_catie_sermon-1

“A Due Form of Government” PDF

Worship Service
Sunday, October 23, 2016
10:30am in the Meetinghouse
Rev. Catie Scudera preaching

In 1630, Governor John Winthrop preached his famous sermon A Model of Christian Charity, in which he declared that the Puritans traveled across the Atlantic “to seek out a place of cohabitation and consortship under a due form of government both civil and ecclesiastical.” The Puritan form of church-and-state governance — called “congregational polity” — still informs how the Unitarian Universalist Association operates today, and strongly influenced American democracy. Come learn about the Puritan-Unitarian branch of our history impacted governance in the United States.

Children attend first 15 minutes, followed by Religious Exploration classes.  Infant and toddler care available downstairs.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7pm in the Parlor.

Page 5 of 16« First...34567...10...Last »