Worship Schedule

December Ministry Theme

Advent

"I think it's beautiful the way you sparkle when you talk about the things you love.”
~ Atticus

December 3 - Beyond Categorical Thinking - A critical part of effective discernment is self-awareness. This service will focus on helping us to consider where we have personal bias or blind spots that impact our decision making. How do we avoid letting these prejudices of which we are often not even aware, impact  our search for our next settled minister?
Beyond Categorical Thinking is a highly recommended part of the search process for any UU congregation. Jacqui Williams will be preaching. Rev. Rebecca will be speaking of her experiences with the danger of theological bias and presumptions.  Jacqui Williams, a long time trainer for the UUA, has been on the UUA Presidential Nominating Committee and the Commission on Appraisal.

December 10 - “What of Mary?” - Rev. Rebecca preaching. Who is Mary? How has a peasant Jewish teenage mother been a source of such devotion and manipulation over thousands of year? Most importantly, what can she offer all of us today? Join us as we dedicate our restored piano and bask in the joy of our annual Christmas Pageant – a legendary tradition for more than 100 years at First Parish! Join us at Coffee Hour and buy beautiful fair-trade products to benefit Guatemalan women, including our own Dulce.

December 17 - “Room For Everyone” - This special Sunday service will make space for the complexity of all that we carry with us during the holiday season. Making space to remember those who have gone before us, holding the grief and fears of this year, and opening to what lies ahead. Room for Everyone and all of life. Rev. Rebecca and Jon Hazilla leading the service.  Special harp music! Communion following the service.

December 24 - Christmas Eve 5pm Service (no morning worship service) - The annual candlelight Christmas Eve service at First Parish in Brookline. Open and affirming of all people. Come, worship, sing and let your spirits be filled. All ages welcome, nursery care provided for up to age 6. Rev Rebecca will be leading the service. First Parish's Music Director Keith Kirchoff will lead the unaccompanied Chancel Choir in stirring renditions of timeless carols.

December 31 - Creating the Year with Intention Join others in this sacred time, on the cusp of a new year, to reflect upon what you want to release and manifest in the year ahead. This retreat- like worship service is offered as an opportunity to enter the New Year with intention and peace. Rev. Rebecca preaching and leading worship.

DEC. 2017

ADVENT

Dec. 3 First Sunday of Advent

Beyond Categorical Thinking

Dec. 10

Rev. Rebecca

Dec. 17

Rev. Rebecca & Jon Hazilla

Dec. 24 Christmas Eve

Rev. Rebecca

Dec. 31 New Year's Eve

Rev. Rebecca

JAN. 2018

COURAGE

Jan. 7

Rev. Rebecca

Jan. 14

Guest, Rev. Karlene Griffiths Sekou

Jan. 21

Rev. Rebecca

Jan. 28

Rev. Rebecca

FEB. 2018

SURRENDER

Feb. 4 Rosa Parks Day

Guest, Rev. Marta Valentin

Feb. 11

Rev. MaryHelen Gunn

Feb. 18

Guest, Alex Kapitan

Feb. 25

Guest, Matt Meyer

MAR. 2018

GENEROSITY

Mar. 4

Rev. Eliza Blanchard

Mar. 11 Canvass Sunday

Rev. Rebecca

Mar. 18

Rev. Martha Niebanck

Mar. 25 Palm Sunday

Rev. Rebecca

Fri. Mar. 30 Tenebrae

Rev. Rebecca

APR. 2018

HOPE

Apr. 1 Easter

Rev. Rebecca

Apr. 8

Rev. Rebecca

Apr. 15

Rev. Rebecca

Apr. 22 Earth Day

Guest, Rev. Mary Margaret Earl, UUUM

Apr. 29

Candidate preaches

MAY 2018

RECONCILIATION

May 6

Candidate preaches

May 13 Mothers Day

Rev. Rebecca

May 20

Rev. Rebecca

May 27

Guest, Rev. Peter Sylver

JUN. 2018

GRATITUDE

Jun. 03 Graduation / Challenge/ Bridging

Rev. Rebecca

Jun. 10

Rev. Rebecca's last Sunday

Jun. 17 Summer Services Begin