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Most Recent Sermon

Feeding Every Need, Rev. Catie preaching

Sunday, January 7th at 10:30 am, livestreamed to YouTube from the Sanctuary.

Welcome to the New Year! As we begin our month on Generosity and Service, we take time in our Sunday service to consider how our own feeling of stability and support can feed our practice of generosity of time, talent, and treasure. We’ll hear music from two of our amazing Senior Youth Group alums, and we’ll remember First Parishioners who died and celebrate those who were born during our annual New Year’s ritual. If you are planning to join the service online, please email Rev. Catie ( the names of your 2023 newly born or recently deceased loved ones by Saturday evening. Children’s RE (10:30 am) and Youth Group (5 pm) restart this Sunday, too.

Previous Sermons

Christmas Eve (Late Service)

December 24, 2019 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary Sally Fritsche Ministerial Intern preaching   Holy Night   In all the bustle and noise of the holiday season, it’s easy to forget the peace that can be found in the holy dark and quiet. Join us at our later service this...

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Christmas Eve (early service)

Family-Oriented Candlelight Christmas Eve December 24, 2019 5:30 pm in the Sanctuary Rev. Catie leading   For our early, family-oriented Christmas Eve service, we’ll reflect on stories of journey and exodus in the Jewish and Christian scriptures and how those...

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Lessons & Carols

December 22, 2019 10:30 am in the Sanctuary Reverend Catie Scudera   In the late 1800’s at Truro’s Cathedral in England, a “festival of lessons and carols” was developed for Christmastime. Traditionally, the whole worship service contained only nine biblical...

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Festivals of Light

December 15, 2019 10:30 am Roberta Altamari speaking   Join us in the Sanctuary where folks of all ages are welcome to join us for a special multigenerational service as we celebrate our beloved “Festivals of Light”.  Whether it be the light that comes to us by...

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Forgiveness and Healing

20191117_1145-rev-catie-roberta 10:30am in the Sanctuary Rev. Catie Scudera preaching First Parish was founded on November 17, 1711, and we celebrate our History Sunday near that date each year. Rev. Catie and Roberta will lead this service from an interim...

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What Do We Owe?

20191103_1145-sally-sermon What Do We Owe? 10:30am in the Sanctuary Sally Fritsche preaching   To begin with this month's theme "Forgiveness" take a deep dive into several aspects of this theme.

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“Unjust War”

20191110_1140-catie-unjust-war "Unjust War" PDF     Rev. Catie preaching November 10, 2019 10:30 am in the Sanctuary   Over this Veterans Day weekend, we’ll reflect on the effects of “unjust war” on service members and nations. We’ll draw from our own Unitarian...

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From Different Roots

20191013_1145-sally-different-roots-sermon From Different Roots 10:30am in the Sanctuary Sally Fritsche preaching   How did you first discover Unitarian Universalism? How long was the spiritual journey that brought you here? Join us this Sunday to hear some of your...

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Loving the Hell Out of This World

20191027_1145-talk "Loving the Hell Out of This World" PDF Rev. Catie Scudera Sunday, October 27, 2019 In the Sanctuary For our multigenerational service this month, Rev. Catie and Sally will lead reflections on the Universalist source of our Unitarian Universalist...

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The Unitarian Five

20191020_1135-catie-sermon "The Unitarian Five" PDF Rev. Catie Scudera Sunday, October 20, 2019 In the Sanctuary In honor of the 150th anniversary of the raid on Harpers Ferry, we’ll remember the Unitarian members of the “Secret Six” who funded John Brown and his...

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Confession and Atonement

20191006_1145-forgiveness-Catie-sermon Rev. Catie Scudera preaching   Sunday, October 6th, 10:30 am   In the Sanctuary   For this Sunday's service, we are gathering in the midst of the Jewish High Holy Days, between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Drawing from both...

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