This Week in Worship
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Worship at 10:30 am in the Meetinghouse
Minister Rev. Lisa Ward
Several congregants have requested a written copy of the prayer I shared last week in worship. It is a rendering of “The Lord’s Prayer”. In the Sermon on the Mount, common translations render Jesus’ offering with the preamble “pray like this”. The prayer form offered has a powerful flow to it, a kind of spiritual guidance. So, in honoring the form, I offer this:
Holy Essence in and of all Being, hallowed be Thy recognition.
Thy wisdom be in our hearts and lives, Thy way our way;
Let there be no separation.
Nourish our body spirits with the blessings of this day,
And forgive us our trespasses.
Loose the fetters of regret and resentment, shame and blame
As we forego judgment of self and other.
And let us not follow what is false and fear-based,
But transcend ego distortions and defy malice that keeps us from soul’s wisdom,
For thine is the beauty and the truth, the peace and the unity,
Now and evermore. Amen.
Laurel Whitehouse, Director of Religious Exploration
- Nursery and toddler care is available every week in the Link hallway from 10:15 to 11:45 am. This week our caregivers are Daisy and Bella. Stop by and say hello!
- Religious Exploration for Sunday, April 1: Preschool children through grade 8 will attend the full multigenerational Easter worship service in the Meetinghouse this week.
- Youth Chat (grades 9 through 12) will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 am in the kitchen to prepare to host social hour. CAT (Community Activity Time) does not meet this week.
Sara Elizabeth Santa Cruz, Youth Advisor
Per our Easter tradition, this Sunday the youth will be hiding the Easter eggs for the Easter egg hunt at 10:30 am! Any and all teenagers are welcome to meet in the youth room at 10:30am to help his the eggs.
There is no COA, 10:30am -12pm, this week.
There is no CAT (Community Activity Time), 12pm-2pm, this week.
Events, News and Announcements
A FOND FAREWELL TO KIKI GIATIS, OUR DIRECTOR OF CONGREGATIONAL LIFE AND ADMINISTRATION.
THE OFFICE STAFF AND CHURCH LEADERSHIP WISH HER WELL ON HER JOURNEY AS WE EMBARK ON A NEW OFFICE INFRASTRUCTURE.
THANK YOU, KIKI, FOR YOUR SERVICE.
FIRST PARISH TENEBRAE SERVICE
Friday, 30 March, 7:00 PM
The word “tenebrae” comes from the Latin meaning “darkness”. This is a service to reflect on the execution of Jesus. It is contemplative, honoring the profound loss of light felt in his death and our calling to enliven spiritual light in the world (one of the callings of Easter).
Please welcome a guest musician to our Easter service, trumpeter Daniel Hirsch. Daniel is a student at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and his home is in Long Island, NY.
Easter Egg Hunt
APRIL 1 After Worship
An Easter Egg Hunt will be led by the Youth after the service on April 1. Please bring your own basket for collecting eggs. Gather in the Parish Hall first for instructions on where to hunt.
Parental supervision required!
There will be no Social Hour this Sunday.
Wednesday, April 4 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Vespers this month will be an interfaith gathering of prayer and meditation in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., who was assassinated 50 years ago on April 4th.
The next Green Team meeting is Thursday, April 5, at 7PM at Hale and Tucker’s home (1632 Canton Avenue — END OF CARBERRY LANE CUL-DE-SAC)
Please join us for a Passover Seder on Friday, April 6th, from 6:30 to 8:00pm, celebrating old and new traditions.
Our family family friendly seder with a UU spin will feature an overview of the holiday, fun songs and good company. We will share a Passover style meal, including chicken, potatoes and traditional matzoh ball soup.
To complete our potluck, please consider bringing a vegetable main or side, salad, fruit salad, or dessert. In keeping with Passover traditions, we will be avoiding bread and other baked goods.
Summer is coming! And that means lay-led summer services at 9:30 am in The Children’s Church. Is there some aspect of your spiritual journey that you have wanted to share with the congregation? Is there some part of your social action work that you would like to present to others? This is your chance! Please email Mallory Digges if you have interest in leading a service.
Provides healthy produce to low income familites in the greater Boston area.
Meet to carpool in the lower parking lot, 10 am : Saturday April 14.
SPRING 2018 CIRCLE SOCIALS
Blue Hills Hike & Happy Hour – Saturday April 14
Please join us for the next round of collaborative get-togethers — no agenda other than making and renewing friendship.
Register with Tucker Smith — your name (s), how many, and contact email/phone. Hosts will coordinate food/beverage offerings directly.
BLUE HILLS HIKE & HAPPY HOUR
Saturday, April 14 (Raindate Sunday, April 29), 2 – 4:00 p.m.; Hale and Tucker Smith; multi-generational number welcome; 1632 Canton Avenue (END of Carberry Lane cul-de-sac, directions will be sent)
Renewal House Toiletry Drive
Many thanks to all who contributed toiletries and gift cards. The items were delivered and will go directly towards helping families dealing with domestic violence.
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CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Other times by appointment
MINISTER OFFICE HOURS
Tuesday – Thursday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Other times by appointment
The Church office is closed on Fridays
Sundays through mid June
- Worship, 10:30 am in the Meetinghouse
- Choir Rehearsal (most Sundays) at 8:45 am
- Silent Prayer & Meditation, 9:00am in the Children’s Church
Silent Prayer & Meditation, 7:00 pm in the Children’s Church (Note new time)
SIGN UP GENIUS (formerly known as the Planner)
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You can sign up for one our our Sunday volunteer positions.