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Oct 3 / Nancy



At the sign of the rose, we’re happy to announce that our new season of Vespers quiet time for prayerful meditation and peace, wonderful reflections from the Reverend John Hughes, candle-lighting at the altar, and perfect music, resumes this fall. All are welcome.

The Sanctuary opens at 6:30 for meditation

& prayer; our service is from 7 – 7:30 PM, followed by ten minutes of music.

Starting in the Fall on Weds. evenings when there is no Vesper program join us in our candlelit sanctuary for an Hour of Tranquility, 6:30 PM

A place of tranquility to enjoy peaceful music and private meditation, all faiths are welcome to join in this space.

For further information, call 978-526-7661.

Fall 2016

Weds., Sept. 21 – Vespers: “hallelujah” psalm 146


Weds., Oct. 5 – Vespers: “wait patiently” psalm 40

Weds., Oct. 19 – Vespers: “no slumber” psalm 121

Weds., Nov. 2 – Vespers: “delights in people” psalm 149

Weds., Nov. 30 – Vespers: “peace within” psalm 122

Spring 2016

Weds., Jan. 6 – Vespers: Epiphany


Weds., Feb. 10 – Vespers: Ash Weds.


Weds., Feb. 24 – Vespers: “shall I be afraid?” psalm 27


Weds., Mar. 9 – Vespers: “covered sins” psalm 32

Mar 9 2016

Weds., Mar. 24 – Vespers: Maundy Thursday


Fall 2015

The Sanctuary opens at 6:30 for meditation

& prayer; our service is from 7 – 7:30 PM, followed by ten minutes of music.

For further information, call 978-526-7661.

 Weds. Sept. 23 – Vespers: “let evil recoil” psalm 54


Weds., Oct. 7  – Vespers: “nothing hidden” psalm 19

Weds., Nov. 4 – “blessed is…” psalm 146

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Weds., Nov. 18 – “I take refuge” psalm 16

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Weds., Dec. 2 – “do not remember my sins” psalm 25

Fall 2014

Wed. Sept. 24th- remember the wondersPsalm 105:1-6

VESPERS September 24 2014

Wed. Oct. 8th-w/o speech or languagePsalm 19

VESPERS October 8 2014

Wed. Oct 22nd-a world firmly establishPsalm 96

VESPERS October 22 2014

Wed. Nov. 5th- why cast down?Psalm 43

VESPERS November 5, 2014

Wed. Nov. 19th-look to the Lord” Psalm 123

VESPERS November 19, 2014

Wed. Dec 3rd:make your face shine” Psalm 80

Vespers December 3, 2014

May 11 / Nancy

Latest News/Vision Process

Vision - V3 Draft Vision Statement

Interim Vision Process Meeting 1 - History

History Highlights - table form

History Key Events - table form

History Struggles - table form

History - Reflective Sentences

May 11 / Rev. Marlayna Schmidt

Transition Update

V3 DRAFT Core Values, Purpose, and Vision Statement (May 8, 2018)      The following represent the CORE VALUES of First Parish Church, Congregational, United Church of Christ at this time in our history:
  1. We value Transformational Worship, which we define as being fed and nourished by the Holy Spirit--through music, preaching, and prayer--in such a way that we find ourselves feeling refreshed, joyful, and helped to live from a Grace-filled center when we walk out the door into our week. (Romans 12:2)
  1. We value Fellowship, which we define as enjoying each other’s company and deepening our connections with one another in our family of faith. (Acts 2:42)
  1. We value Tradition, which we define as the rituals associated with the rhythms of life and faith, rituals that BOTH connect us to our democratic congregational roots that go back centuries, AND allow us to adjust to changing times, mindful that when Christ is at the center of what we do, our traditions can creatively evolve in order to stay relevant. (2 Thessalonians 2:15)
  1. We value Christian Education, which we define as a growing understanding and knowledge of God that continues throughout life, helping both adults and children to form (and re-form) our faith and align ourselves with God’s Vision. (Colossians 3:16)
  1. We value Preserving Buildings, which we define as providing an environment, rich in history, to support the work of the congregation so that we can continue to pass on our faith to future generations, as it was passed on to us, for the “up-building” of community. (I Chronicles 29:16)
  The following represent the ASPIRATIONAL VALUES of First Parish Church, Congregational, United Church of Christ; these are values we hope to embody more fully in the near future:  
  1. We aspire to value Social Outreach, which we define as following Christ’s example of caring service, which involves finding a better balance of connecting with BOTH those who are currently part of our fellowship AND those who are not, inviting all to experience a community whose mission is characterized by love, care, and justice for all. (Matthew 25:40)
  1. We aspire to value Building Up the Community, which we define as seeking to follow Christ together in unity, cooperating with one another, speaking the truth in love, and trusting that each of us has the best interests of the church at heart, even when we disagree. (Ephesians 4:15-16)
  The following is our PURPOSE STATEMENT, which is a description of what we feel God is calling us to do, based on our Values:   Awaken to the Light and Love of God Be a Joyful Beacon to our World    The following is our VISION STATEMENT, which is a “picture of the future,” a description of what we hope the church will look like in 5 years as we live out our Values and Purpose:   As a congregation, we recognize the following trends in our immediate community (and/or in our world) which we feel called to address:  
  • Many people in our society (young, middle-aged, and old alike) experience social isolation and loneliness.
  • Many people in our society (young, middle-aged, and old alike) feel anxious and fearful.
  • Many people (especially young families and some seniors) are being “priced out” of our area and struggle with economic issues such as affordable housing.)
In light of the above trends, by the year 2023, we will have increased our average Sunday Worship Attendance by 20% and our active membership by 10% by means of engaging in—and inviting others to engage with us in:                  Weekly worship that is lively, joyful, uplifting and empowered by the Holy Spirit.  (With the understanding that within each worship service there need to be elements, such as prayers and sermons, that provide encouragement to the congregation as we acknowledge and address the brokenness of the world.)   Vibrant weekly Christian educational opportunities for children, youth, and adults that help deepen people’s faith and help them find a center meaning and vitality.  (Such as Sunday School, book groups in people’s homes, Bible studies)   Monthly Christian fellowship and learning opportunities that give people a sense of feeling connected.  (Such as Friday game nights, Soup and Conversation, useful parenting groups)   Other spiritual activities that occur once or more during the year that give people the sense of being fellow travelers on the journey of faith/life.  (Such as Advent/Lenten Vespers, retreats “off campus”, ecumenical services in alternative locations such as outside, on beach, in movie theatre.)   Partnering with other community organizations to engage in one or two “large scale” inter-generational activities per year to give people a sense of belonging and connection.  (Such as working with Parks & Rec to plan a community kickball game with police or fire department; a candy cane hunt following the Dec. Christmas Concert we host with Women’s club; having a summer picnic on the beach; planning an activity with the Council on Aging; coordinating with High School to do an activity that dovetails with their “week of gratitude”).   Consciously making both the exterior and interior of our buildings more welcoming.  (Through use of such things as banners, signs, plants, colorful wreaths or decorations on front door during services, as well as “boards” showing our activities.)   By the year 2023, we will have increased by 10% the number of people participating in “mission events” in which we already engage AND we will have chosen one or two high investment missions for the whole congregation to focus on for a set number of years.  (Examples of current mission events:  Open Door meal serving; Brown Bag lunches.  High investment mission possibilities could include:  Zimbabwe Mission, Grace Center, and/or Family Promise.)

Interim Vision Process Meeting 1 - History

History Highlights - table form

History Key Events - table form

History Struggles - table form

History - Reflective Sentences

May 5 / Nancy

Worship Bulletins

May 20 2018

May 13 2018

May 6 2018

Apr 29 2018

Apr 22 2018

Apr 15 2018

Apr 8 2018

Apr 1 2018 Easter

Mar 31 2018 Vespers

Mar 29 2018 Maundy Thursday

Mar 25 2018 Palm

Mar 24 2018 Lenten Vespers

Mar 18 2018

Mar 17 2018 Lenten Vespers

Mar 11 2018

Mar 10 2018 Lenten Vespers

Mar 4 2018

Mar 3 2018 Lenten Vespers

Feb 25 2018

Feb 24 2018 Lenten Vespers

Feb 18 2018

Feb 17 2018 Lenten Vespers

Feb 14 2018 Ash Wednesday

Feb 11 2018

Feb 4 2018

Jan 28 2018

Jan 21 2018

Jan 14 2018

Jan 7 2018

Dec 31 2017

December 24 2017 7 PM Christmas Eve

December 24, 2017 5 PM Christmas Eve

December 24, 2017 10 AM Christmas Eve

Dec 23 2017 Advent Vespers

Dec 17 2017 Pageant

Dec 16 2017 Advent Vespers

Dec 10 2017

Dec 9 2017 Advent Vespers

Dec 3 2017

Nov 26 2017

Nov 19 2017

Nov 12 2017

Nov 5 2017

Oct 29 2017

Oct 22 2017

Oct 15 2017

Oct 8 2017

Oct 1  2017

Sep 24 2017 Jazz

Sep 17 2017

Sep 10 2017

Sep 3 2017 Communion Sunday

Aug 27 2017

Aug 20 2017

Aug 13 2017

Aug 6 2017

July 30 2017

July 23 2017

July 16 2017

July 9 2017

July 2 2017

June 25 2017

June 18 2017

June 11 2017

June 4 2017

May 28 2017

May 21 2017 Children's Day

May 14 2017

May 7 2017

Apr 30 2017

Apr 23 2017

Apr 16 2017 Easter

Apr 13 2017 Maundy Thursday

Apr 9 2017

Apr 2 2017

Mar 26 2017

Mar 19 2017

Mar 12 2017

Mar 5 2017

Mar 1 2017 Ash Wednesday

Feb 26 2017

Feb 19 2017

Feb 12 2017

Feb 5 2017

Jan 29 2017

Jan 22 2017

Jan 15 2017

Jan 8 2017

Jan 1 2017

Dec 25 2016

Dec 24 2016 7 PM Christmas Eve

Dec 24 2016 5 PM Christmas Eve

Dec 18 2016

Dec 11 2016

Dec 4 2016

Nov 27 2016

Nov 20 2016

Nov 13 2016

Nov 6 2016

Oct 30 2016

Oct 23 2016

Oct 16 2016

Oct 9 2016

Oct 2 2016

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Sep 18 2016

Sep 11 2016

Sep 4 2016

Aug 28 2016

Aug 14 2016

Aug 7 2016

Jul 31 2016

Jul 24 2016

Jul 17 2016

Jul 10 2016

Jul 3 2016

Jun 26 2016

Jun 19 2016

Jun 12 2016

Jun 5 2016 Confirmation

May 29 2016

May 22 2016

May 15 2016

May 8 2016

May 1 2016

Apr 24 2016

Apr 17 2016

Apr 10 2016

Apr 3 2016 Membership

Mar 27 2016 Easter

Mar 24 2016 Maundy Thursday

Mar 20 2016

Mar 13 2016

Mar 6 2016

Feb 28 2016

Feb 21 2016

Feb 14 2016

Feb. 10, 2016 Ash Wednesday 

Feb 7 2016

Jan 31 2016

Jan 24, 2016

Jan 17, 2016

Jan 10, 2016

Jan 6, 2016 Vespers Epiphany

Jan 3, 2016

May 4 / Nancy

Ladies Night Out

Ladies Paint & Wine Night

Thurs. May 17th

You are invited to meet at 6 PM, at the church parking lot to carpool to

Muse Bar, Lynnfield.

No artistic talent needed!

Open to any and all women of our church from ages 21 up!

RSVP to Jessica by Weds. May 9th

978-526-7661 ext. 3


Apr 13 / Nancy

Vacation Bible School 2018

Save the dates!

June 25 - June 29

1 PM - 3 PM Daily

Join us for a fun filled week of stories, crafts,

games and singing as we learn

about Jesus and his love!

Children K-6 grade welcome.

Register for VBS online

Apr 1 / Nancy

Readers & Greeters

Readers and Greeters are always needed

To learn more about the process click to go the Diaconate page or if you are ready to sign up click here

Mar 29 / Nancy

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Mar 6 / Nancy

Christmas Fair by the Sea 2018

Save the Date! 

The Christmas Fair will be on Saturday, November 10 from 9 to 1

Craft Workshop

Announcing a series of Fair Craft Workshops which will be starting the week of April 22.  We will be making little Woodland Faerie ornaments at Barbara Smith’s house.  Exact day to be announced.  

Fair News

An enthusiastic and happy group of more than a dozen met in January to set a date for this year's Fair, set goals and share new ideas (garnered from some scouting trips to other Christmas fairs).

Our goals are to increase our income from the Fair, increase involvement of young families and children, and try a new couple of new things, while keeping all the favorites.

How can you help now?  By remembering the Fair as you declutter this winter.  Contact Allison  (617-935-3362) to arrange a convenient drop-off.

Mar 1 / Nancy

Soup & Conversation April 15

We are our stories. We get to know one another by listening and telling them.  Do you have a story to share about a birth or a death in your life, about a miracle or a saint or about your faith?  On April 15th, after worship, we will gather in small groups in the chapel to listen to each other’s’ tales guided by a moderator. After lunch you will select one topic of your choice to listen and share about during the event. Together we’ll marvel at facets of each other we never knew and yet recognize, as we’ve been through something like it ourselves.  Our goal in this story-sharing process will be to deepen our faith and strengthen our connections with one another in community.  (Note:  story topics are “birth,” “death,” “miracle,” “saint,” and “faith,” but the topics can be interpreted as widely as you wish.  For instance, a story about a birth could be a story about a new chapter in your life when you felt you “started over;” a story about a “saint” could be a story of someone who inspired your faith in some way.) RSVP to Jessica if you can bring soup or a salad or sign up online.  
Feb 6 / Nancy

Heifer Birthday Bash!

Birthday Bash and Heifer Talent Show

Sunday, March 11 following worship Join us to celebrate your birthday, eat some delicious cake
and watch amazing talent all to benefit Heifer International. Sign up to bring a cake and decorate a table or email