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23 Dedham Avenue
Needham, MA 02492

Mary Oliver



Her Life and Work – Carolyn Lynes


from Winter Hours – Nancy Temple

Some Things Say the Wise Ones – Elizabeth Morris

Messenger – Elizabeth Morris

from Of Power and Time – Phil Lynes


Making the House Ready for the Lord – Gail Hedges

Mindful – Virginia Shapiro

The Sunflowers – Elizabeth Ross

How I go to the Woods – Virginia Shapiro

Swans – Gail Hedges

The Place I want to Get Back To – Nancy Temple


The Blackwater Woods – Marguerite Robbins

The Sun – Elizabeth Morris

The Summer Day – Marguerite Robbins

When Death Comes – Phil Lynes



Worship Service

August 11, 2019

10:30 am in Parish Hall

Childcare available during Summer services

Phil Lynes speaking

Are you a Mary Oliver fan?  Has your interest been piqued when you’ve heard a few of her poems quoted in the past? Oliver’s poetry won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, The National Book Award and a Lannan Literary Award for lifetime achievement. She has been numbered among America’s finest poets.  Unfortunately she died earlier this year so we are gathering to hold a tribute to her in our Sunday worship service August 11th.  We will be reading from a variety of her works both prose and poetry.  Come join us to hear more and dive deeper into the spiritual world to which Mary Oliver has opened our eyes, hearts and minds.  She has left us a great legacy.
Phil Lynes has been a member of First Parish since 2008, sings with the choir, has served on the Continuing Education Committee, Green Congregation Committee and currently chairs the Worship Committee.  Raised a Unitarian by secular parents, Phil went to a Quaker boarding school and college and finds spiritual inspiration in quiet reflection and nature.  He is married to Carolyn Lynes and is the father of Alyssa and Megan Lynes and most recently became the grandfather of Jesse Emory Lynes.