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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

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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

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Weds., Feb. 10 – Vespers: Ash Weds.

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

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

Mar 9 2016

Weds., Mar. 24 – Vespers: Maundy Thursday

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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

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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

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Wed. Oct. 8thw/o speech or languagePsalm 19

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Wed. Oct 22nda world firmly establishPsalm 96

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

VESPERS November 5, 2014

Wed. Nov. 19thlook to the Lord” Psalm 123

VESPERS November 19, 2014

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

Vespers December 3, 2014

Jan 1 / Nancy

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Dec 18 / Rev. Marlayna Schmidt

Light Love Peace

 

 

Dear Members and Friends of First Parish Church, Congregational UCC—

Our Advent Vespers services have included meditations from a Christian poet, Christine Rodgers.  Her poem, Canticle, calls us to remember—and live out the purpose of Advent and Christmas:

 

CANTICLE

The time has come

to be only Light

in the world

to be only Love

in the world

to be only Peace

in the world.

It is what this

sacred season

calls us to.

Light.

Love.

And a deep

abiding

Peace.

So, as the next few weeks unfold, as we scramble to finish buying and wrapping and cleaning and cooking and chauffeuring kids and grandkids to concerts and games and parties (and still having to work/volunteer on top of it all!), let us pause, often, to remember the Christ child, and let us open ourselves to his Love and Light and Peace.

For it is not by our strength/effort that the world will find Peace, it is only by allowing ourselves to be a channel of God’s Peace that the world around us will change.  So, let us keep each other, our community and our world in our prayers, that all may be more open to the transforming power of God’s Spirit.

May our Advent/Christmas worship services be a vehicle for connecting us—and our community—to the Spirit of Christ in the midst of the chaos of our world.

If you have neighbors or friends who are not connected to a faith community, please consider inviting them to join you/us for Saturday Advent Vespers (December 22nd, 5:30 pm) or Christmas Eve worship (December 24, 5 pm and 7 pm).

I enclose a Christmas offering envelope if you wish to give an extra gift to the church for the Advent/Christmas season to help us continue to experience and share the Light, Love, and Peace of God.

Blessings,

Rev. Dr. Marlayna Schmidt

 

Nov 30 / Nancy

Gifts for Children in Need

Gifts for Children in Need

We are very thankful to be working with Cape Ann Interfaith for the 5th year to provide winter boots, coats and warm clothes for children in the surrounding towns.

We are looking for new (not used) donations.

We will be delivering the gifts to the children during the weekend of Dec. 15th.

Sign up now!

 If you have any questions about the sizing of the items, etc. please call or text (978) 509-1503.

 

 

Nov 30 / Nancy

Book Group Jan & Feb 2019

Meeting, Monday, Monday, January 28, 6:30 PM at Marianne Round’s home

3 Greenbrier Rd., Manchester

The book for discussion will be “Alias Grace” by Margaret Atwood.

It’s 1843, and Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer and his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders. An up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories? goodreads

RSVP to Marianne at Marianne.Round@nemoves.com or 978 902 5452.

February 25 at 6:30 PM at Nina Gadmer’s home

at 20 Hickory Hill, Manchester

The book for discussion will be “Their Eyes Were Watching God”, by Zora Neale Hurston.

One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston. Out of print for almost thirty years—due largely to initial audiences’ rejection of its strong black female protagonist—Hurston’s classic has since its 1978 reissue become perhaps the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature. Amazon

RSVP to Nina at ngadmer@hotmail.com or 978-412-5017.

Book group is open to everyone! This is a time for church members as well as non-church goers to come together and engage with one another, build relationships, and share in discussion of books that are of interest to people of various backgrounds.We have fun visiting, discussing the book and sharing stories. Each month is a new host, who provides light snacks, beverages and dessert but only once a year!!!! The host then chooses the book for the next month.

 

Nov 30 / Nancy

Soup & Conversation January 2019

Soup & Conversation January 6, 2019

Following Worship in our Chapel Building behind Santander Bank

Jordan B. Peterson and a Psychological Approach to Scripture

While there are many approaches to understanding scripture, Canadian psychologist Jordan B. Peterson  has recently received considerable attention for his lectures which look at scripture nontraditionally, from a psychologist’s point of view.  Simply summarized, Peterson posits that the Biblical stories can usefully be understood as a distillation of human wisdom garnered through millennia which address fundamental psychological questions which we face today, independently of one’s religious beliefs.  Join us as we share highlights of Peterson’s lectures and their practical applications in our daily lives.

Presented  by Steve Carhart and Richard Smith

 

 

Nov 30 / Nancy

Saturday Evening Advent Vespers

Saturday Evening Advent Vespers

December 8, 15, & 22

5:30 to 6:00 PM

Looking for a spiritual respite from the frantic pace of the holiday season?

Join us for a quiet service of prayer, poetry, and candle lighting on three Saturday evenings

in December as we await and celebrate the presence of Christ among us.

Services will be held at First Parish Church, Congregational (10 Central Street).

All are welcome.

 

Oct 5 / Nancy

More about Altar Flowers

Members of the congregation are encouraged to donate altar flowers in remembrance or in honor of loved ones or in celebration of an event. The flowers can be fresh flowers in a vase (even from your garden!), a flowering plant or an arrangement from a local florist. Altar flowers do not need to be large to be beautiful.

After the service you can take the arrangement you donated or request that it be given to someone, that the Deacon’s choose or you suggest, whose day will be brightened by them.

Penny Lapham coordinates flower donations and you can tell her that you are interested in donating or ask her questions about donating by speaking to her after worship, calling her at 978-526-7128 or emailing her at laphenpen@live.com. Please consider helping to brighten our worship with a donation! You can also see dates available and sign up online at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c4caba822a1f49-diaconate.

Oct 2 / Nancy

Christmas Fair by the Sea

Saturday, November 10, 2018

9 AM – 2 PM

Join us to kick off the holiday season! We will have – Delicious food fare featuring a wide variety of homemade baked goods, 100’s of cookies, and a mouthwatering breakfast and lunch menu with Fresh Hot Belgian Waffles (with your choice of strawberries, real maple syrup and whipped cream) and Gobbler Sandwiches (anandama bread, turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce). Hand Craft tables full of holiday gift items such as knitted goods, hostess gifts, holiday greens and plants. Raffles that include our famous raffle of quality themed baskets perfect for gifting. 3 White Elephant Rooms (1 dedicated to Books) and a Jewelry table full of fabulous treasures reasonably priced.

Oct 2 / Nancy

Harvest Food Drive

The annual First Parish Church Harvest Food Drive helps our neighbors who are struggling to feed their families. Every year our congregation responds generously to the call for food donations to stock the pantries at Beverly Bootstraps and The Open Door. The canned goods and non-perishables that are collected during our Harvest Food Drive assist families and individuals in Beverly, Manchester, Essex, Gloucester, Essex, Ipswich, and Rockport.

The Missions Committee, Youth Group, and Sunday School are all cooperating in this important effort. All through the month of October we will be collecting non-perishable food items and on Sunday, October 28th the youth of the church will bring the donations to the altar for a blessing before items are delivered to the food pantries.

Items can be dropped in the Chapel conference room, brought to Sunday school or Youth Group or left in the Narthex.