Upcoming Services

Our Covenant’s Integrity

Worship Service
Sunday, March 26, 2017
10:30am in the Meetinghouse
Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching

At our multigenerational worship service, we’ll reflect on our congregational covenant and the justice designations we’ve earned as a Welcoming and Green Congregation. We say each week that we gather as a “loving, diverse, service” community — how well are we abiding by our covenant within and outside our church walls? 

Children attend the full service. Childcare available for infants and toddlers.

Junior Youth Group meets at 5pm in the Parlor.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7pm in the Parlor.

 

 

Perfectly Imbalanced

Worship Service
Sunday, April 2, 2017
10:30am in the Meetinghouse
DLRE Mark LaPointe, preaching

We tend to think that our ultimate goal is to live a “balanced” life.  Yet, the image we have of balance is one of stasis. The scale never tips in either direction. Everything is safe, comfortable and predictable. This is not only unrealistic, it is undesirable.   Instead, we should strive to live a life that is perfectly imbalanced, moving forward and growing through the back and forth of a whole and dynamic life.

Children attend the first 15 minutes followed by RE classes with members of the Green Sanctuary Committee. Childcare available for infants and toddlers.

Junior Youth Group at 5pm  in the Parlor.

Senior Youth Group at 7pm in the Parlor.

Not Today, Satan

Worship Service
Sunday, April 9, 2017
10:30am in the Meetinghouse
Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching

One of the great blessings of our lives in Boston MetroWest is that there are scores of ways to be involved in an array of activities: within a half an hour’s drive of our church in Needham, we could find ourselves at multiple theaters, scores of music venues, countless restaurants, innumerable gyms and studios, and adult education opportunities sponsored in nearly every nearby town. However, with this blessing looms a curse: the busyness trap. How do we prioritize what really matters when our choices to fill our day feel endless?

Children attend the first 15 minutes followed by Earth Month Class with special speaker Susan McGarvey. Childcare available for infants and toddlers.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7pm in the Parlor.

Easter Sunday: Prophetic Disruption

Worship Service
Sunday, April 16, 2017
9:00 am (family-friendly) and 11:00 am in the Meetinghouse
Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching

A significant part of Jesus’s ministry — and, potentially, one cause of his arrest and execution — was his disruption of cultural, political, and spiritual norms of his time. How does his prophetic disruption inspire us today? The 9:00 am (note the earlier time) service is family-friendly/multigenerational, and features our UU Ringers and Song Squad; at the 11:00 am service, come for music from the First Parish choir. Don’t forget that there is just one social hour and the annual Easter egg hunt, both happening in between the services at 10 am!

Children attend the full service. Childcare available for infants and toddlers.

No youth groups. Senior Youth Group on annual service trip.

Ecological Imbalance

Worship Service
Sunday, April 23, 2017
10:30am in the Meetinghouse
Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching

Especially since the Industrial Revolution, human beings have disturbed the careful ecological balance of our world. Can we live in harmonious homeostasis with our fellow living beings?

Children attend the first 15 minutes followed by Children’s Worship about gardening and the Seventh Principle led by our LRE Program Assistant Jen Duhamel. Childcare available for infants and toddlers.

No Youth Groups.

Heed Their Direction

Worship Service
Sunday, April 30, 2017
10:30am in the Meetinghouse
Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching

During this special weekend, First Parish is hosting the Icons of the Civil Rights Movement art exhibit. For our worship service, the icons of Unitarian Universalists murdered in Selma — Rev. James Reeb and Viola Liuzzo — and of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will join us in the sanctuary for a service that reflects on the power and purpose of iconography and the heroes they depict. Rev. Catie shares leadership of the worship with our honored guests of the weekend, artist Pamela Purdy and her husband Rev. David Purdy.

Children attend the first 15 minutes followed by Religious Exploration classes. Childcare available for infants and toddlers.

Junior Youth Group meets at 5pm in the Parlor.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7pm in the Parlor.