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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

Sep 19 / Nancy

Seaside Parish Knitters

A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words    

Below are photos of our handmade items and knitters during our  get-togethers on the 1st and 3rd Thursday afternoons in the Chapel Parlor. Over the years we have enjoyed our time knitting and crocheting items for baptismal events at the church, shawls and blankets for friends at home, scarves, neck gators, and helmet liners for our veterans in Afghanistan; and mittens and hats for Cape Ann children. We all love to knit/crochet, but more importantly we have been  rewarded with helping others by sharing our handwork. We would love to have you join us, Sandy, Bonnie, Millie, Sally, Martha, Lauren, Eleanor, Jean, Jan, Mary K., Penny, Cheryl, Mary L., Wendy M., Carol, Doris, Muriel, Liljana, Marianne, Wendy S., Shirley  
Sep 8 / Nancy

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Apr 3 2016 Membership

Mar 27 2016 Easter

Mar 24 2016 Maundy Thursday

Mar 20 2016

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Feb 28 2016

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Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

Feb 7 2016

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Jan 24, 2016

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Jan 6, 2016 Vespers Epiphany

Jan 3, 2016

Sep 1 / Nancy

Transition Update

At the Aug 29th meeting, our Church Council appointed a Transition Team, whose “job” will be to work with the Interim Pastor to carry out the Vision Process.  The Team represents what Council feels is a “good mix/balance” of the congregation in terms of current/recent church involvement, as well as gender and age and outlook.  The group includes people who volunteered to serve—who put their names in to be considered by Council, as well as people whom we approached and asked if they were willing to be considered.  The Team will begin meeting in September, and one of their first tasks will be to set the dates for the 4 “Whole Church” Congregational meetings (2 in the fall, 2 in the Winter/Spring) where people will be asked for their input.  The input given—combined with prayerful reflection on Scripture and demographic material--will lead to:  a Vision for Ministry, Goals for carrying out that Vision, and a Profile to help the church search for a Settled Pastor, whose gifts and skills match the Vision. The Team members are as follows:
  1. Paul Driscoll
  2. Lauren Gudonis
  3. Mary Lumsden
  4. Jeff Parker
  5. Jason Smith
  6. Lelly Smith
Aug 30 / Nancy

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Aug 30 / Nancy

Zimbabwe Mission – 2017

Packing Party Thursday, September 7th at 6 PM! Join us in the Chapel.

In August we will once again begin collecting for our sister church, South Down Church. South Down is a UCC church located in Chipinge, Zimbabwe where there is also a school and a clinic. Zim Collection list 2017 Donations can be dropped at the Chapel 9- 12 Monday-Friday, or in the Narthex. Please contact Dan at or after worship with questions. Financial contributions are also welcome to offset shipping cost.

A Letter From Zimbabwe (photos below)

Dear Dan We have the breaking news this morning that Southdown primary school boys were number one in the district soccer foot ball competition yesterday played at Grass Flats play grounds . This is great news to the school as well as to the parents and this is record breaking . Over the year these boys either do not even dare to compete or they were the last. As you might be aware that these are children from Mozambique , a much backward country and the children also looked down at themselves . Today they are number one in the district and what made them to be number one? In our 2016 container there were some soccer boots and we gave them to Southdown boys. When they were given the boots, they feel equal to other boys in the district and this have them confidence in themselves and they practiced harder. This also gave the trainers zeal to want to do more and here we are SOUTHDOWN NUMBER ONE. My question is- had it not been not of the container, could my school ever been number one ? I want to thank the whole church, non church members , Dan and all the leadership for making this happen - thank you. You brought pride to the school and the community . This year is a different year after a lot of rain fall on the ground, we have enough food harvested from our fields and people are happy. It is going to be colder but not to that of New England and most of our rivers will flow all year round and this is new. I led a team of volunteers to Beira in Mozambique early June for a week and we had good time. This was an outreach ministry and we were staying in homes. In one of the towns we visited, I met a man without both feet due to a land-mine, this man is a leader in one of our UCCM in a church called Chamba. It was raining and he was doing his leadership role despite the the unfriendly weather and it gave me a home work. Here we have one wheelchair we keep for temporal disabilities , is goes out and comes back to the church when the person is fine. I am seeking your blessings  that I give this wheelchair to this man in Mozambique .Our team will be going back to Mozambique late August . How are you? We are keeping well. Greetings to all friends Rev Mutsumbei  
Jun 29 / Nancy

Summer Worship Hours 2017


July 2 through September 3 Worship begins at 9 AM

Jun 23 / Nancy

Vacation Bible School, Rome

VBSGraphicsmallwebJoin us in Rome, crafts, music, snacks and games!

June 24–30, 1-3 PM First Parish Chapel

(Located behind Santander Bank)

Open to all and free!

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First Parish Members:

Vacation Bible School, is happening next week! Can you help? We are looking for donations of snacks and volunteers, young or old! High School students can earn community service hours. Sign up here to volunteer or donate and please let neighbors and friends know they are welcome! Contact Jessica at or 978-526-7661 ext. 3 with questions      
Jun 10 / Nancy

Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting

Sunday, June 18 following worship


May 2 / John

Bread for the Journey

“He took bread……eyes were opened…they recognized  Jesus …” Luke 24:31  This Sunday, May 4th, our 1st Communion Class will be receiving the sacrament of communion following a two months of classes studying its purpose and meaning.  Members of the class attended 4-worship events:
  • Ash Wednesday service of Hippolytus
  • Catacomb Service with study of Christian Chants, early worship
  • Communion Preparation Sunday
  • Maundy Thursday, Passover Meal + Tenebrae of Lights service
Their classes had them learning communion prayers, discussing the meaning of the elements, understanding differing classifications, and doing scriptural studies.  They have asked questions, eaten new (exotic!) foods, and learned how communions are honored and performed in the many traditions and faiths. First Communion is a wonderful “rite of passage” that brings people first-hand knowledge and experience to help them understand and define their relationship to God, the church, and their own personal faith.  I want to thank Jen Powers, Jessica Skidmore, and Nancy Klebart for their collaboration in making the program successful. I hope everyone will come to celebrate this important milestone in the spiritual development of our youth… come and be a part of this important affirmation. Yours in Faith, Rev. John G. Hughes
Apr 14 / John

Easter Obligations

“Why are you EasterLabel2017crying? Who are you looking for?” John 20:15 Easter is a spiritual reality, a spiritual gift.  People approach it as if it is one more thing to do on a crowded calendar.  “Does anyone want to get up tomorrow and go to watch the sunrise on Singing Beach?”, we query. We wait for an answer which will direct us to what we will do (or not do) on Easter. Mary Magdalene goes to the tomb not for a miracle; she goes out of obligation.  She goes to do what women do after a death, preserve a body, complete a burial.  It is a “final thing” she must do before she gets on with her life. She does not expect that she will encounter a “first thing” that will determine the rest of her life. No, for Mary, it is one more thing she must complete. She dresses appropriately for the ceremony she must perform.  She remembers to pick up the spices, as is customary. She moves slowly as there is no rush, “Jesus isn’t going anywhere”, she thinks to herself. Arriving for the ritual, Mary is confused.  Things are not as they are supposed to be.  Where is Jesus?  What she sees is not what should be.  The stone is moved; the grave is disturbed.  There is no body to dress with spices.  What is she supposed to do? Did she get up for nothing? Is this a waste of time?Why are you crying?” a voice asks.  Mary pours out her disillusionment and pain.  She is address personally, “Mary”.  She turns to find Jesus standing before her. She has been in his presence all along but did not realize it, she could not feel it. She addresses him softly with a familiar name, “Teacher”.  She barely contains herself. Even today our church encounters people who believe their lives are coming to a sad, ‘final end’. They grieve the loss of people, dreams, hopes.  They come to the Church painfully disillusioned for how life has treated them. They come out of obligation to find the church has hope of new life, new relationships.

Our gifts make Easter possible.

Our gifts bring abundant life.

Rev. John Hughes

(P.S. – the sun will come up tomorrow … Tell Everyone!)