Worship Schedule

September Ministry Theme - Blessings of Water

September 2, 2018 -  No Service for Labor Day weekend 

September 9, 2018 - Opening Sunday!  “Reservoir: Coming Home Like Rivers to the Sea” - Let’s come together joyfully for this first Sunday of the church year, when we celebrate the UU Water Communion. Everyone is invited to bring water from your tap, the ocean, the Charles River, a puddle or anywhere you choose, to add to our common water bowl. This water, blessed by all present, will be used throughout the year – for healing, child dedications, and any time that calls for a ritual of blessing. Rev. Lisa will lead her first worship service at First Parish, beginning our monthly ministry theme, Blessings of Water. We’ll hear the story behind the UU water ritual with its open invitation to come home and begin again. All ages are welcome! This is a multigenerational service and nursery care will be provided. Rev. Lisa is preaching.

September 16, 2018 - “Inception: Our Beginnings in Water” - According to science and scripture, our planet began with water. We’ll explore those beginnings and what they say about our home and ourselves. Since this is also the beginning of religious exploration this year, we will Bless our Beloved RE Teachers in their important work, and we will also have our annual Blessing of the Backpacks, Bags, and Briefcases: Everyone is invited to bring their empty backpacks, briefcases or reusable grocery bags to receive the blessings of our community. Rev. Lisa will be preaching.

September 23, 2018 - “Equity: Water is Life” - The Louisiana L’Eau Est La Vie Camp is actively blockading the Bayou Bridge Pipeline - yet another fossil fuel project, endangering access to dependable, clean water resources for our most vulnerable citizens, by class, race, and indigenous origin. At the same time, activist projects like L’Eau Est La Vie are building inclusive, alternative and positive visions of support and social repair in local communities. We’ll take a closer look at the ongoing assaults on equal access to clean water in the U.S. and other countries, as well as worldwide social action efforts to redress those inequities. Rev. Lisa will be preaching.

September 30, 2018 - Fractal Powers - Rev. MaryHelen Gunn, First Parish in Brookline Affiliate Minister for Campus Ministry, preaching. In the struggles of daily living, somewhere between persistence and apathy, we can find many middle ways. We'll open up to a few paradoxical powers that can breathe Life into our daily living - in ways both tiny and profound - for all of us as persons and as communities.

Ministry Themes for 2018-2019:

Sept. 2018

Blessings of Water

Oct. 2018

Beloved Accompaniment

Nov. 2018

Legacy

Dec. 2018

Illumination

Jan. 2019

Resolution

Feb. 2019

Breaking Through

Mar. 2019

Commitment

Apr. 2019

Fulfilling Prophecy

May 2019

Curiosity

Jun. 2019

Blessing the Journey