We welcome independent scholar Valerie Elverton Dixon as guest preacher. Dr. Dixon is founder of JustPeaceTheory.com, and blogs frequently about the intersection of contemporary society and Christian ethics. She has served on the faculty of both Union Theological Seminary and Andover Newton Theological School. For this service, Valerie Elverton Dixon will revive the ancient Congregational custom of the "election sermon," highlighting issues of critical concern for Christians in this contentious election year. We invite you to join us!
Appropriately, associate minister Rev. Beatrice E. Manning preaches on this day when we celebrate mothers and consider the rather provocative origins of this holiday.
Worship Focus: Our Messy, Noisy, Sweaty Church --- Pentecost is the "birthday" of the Church, when the first Christians burst out of the room where they were waiting for the spirit to descend and literally turned the world upside down. Could that happen today, and is it happening?
Worship Focus: Do You Really Believe in the Trinity? --- This was the question posed to our minister by an evangelical friend who had been told First Parish was, essentially, humanist. Yes, some of us do believe in the Trinity, and it's not too much of a stretch, because it reinforces the relational nature of our faith and is a helpful way of understanding how God has acted and continues to act.
Join us as we walk from the church to the Veteran's Memorial on Wattaquodock Hill Road, led by members of the Tenth Massachusetts Battery with their period uniforms, flags, and muskets. At the memorial there will be readings and prayers honoring those who have sacrificed for our freedom, and a solemn salute. We encourage you to make time to celebrate the real meaning of this holiday with us.
Children will take part in worship and following service we will have an ice cream social.
* We will also begin Registration for our Fall Religious Education program. Registration forms will be available! More info. to come in the following weeks, so don't forget to read our Weekly Updates!