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Vespers

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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

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Apr 26 / Nancy

Collection for Operation Troop Support

The youth at First Parish church are doing a collection
for Operation Troop Support
There will be a box located in the back of the church
or items can be dropped at the Chapel
Anything you can donate is appreciated
especially letters of thanks & encouragement.
White, Crew Socks, Sun Screen
Individual Shampoo, Body Lotion, Calamine Lotion
Disposable razors, Baby powder, Deodorant
Wet wipes, Band-Aids, Lip Balm
Feminine Hygiene Products, Hair Ties
Crossword Puzzles, Books, Magazines
Non-perishable food snacks:
(gum, pretzels,oranges, peanut butter, chips, etc.)
Thank You Letters and Letters of Encouragement

Apr 14 / Rev. Marlayna Schmidt

Easter 2019

 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation:  everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!  2 Corinthians 5:17

Dear Members and Friends of First Parish Church, Congregational, United Church of Christ—

There is new energy at First Parish Church, which was so evident in worship this morning!

The front doors were wide open to the Spring sunshine, as we began to gather.  A member of the Vitality Committee stood outside, warmly welcoming guests and church members as they arrived.  In the narthex, the greeter shook hands and exchanged smiles and laughter.

The Brahms prelude on the organ set a meditative tone.  As the service started, several people lined up to make announcements, inviting the congregation to consider taking part in many different spiritual activities, including:

  • A newly forming parents’ network
  • A new Christian book lending library
  • An upcoming outdoor worship service at Tuck’s Point on June 23 (mark your calendars!)
  • Providing Easter plants for our sanctuary and/or donating them to homebound members
  • A Vespers Service at a neighboring church (in the spirit of ecumenism!)
  • Praying for Peace– for our country and our world– as we remember the 74th anniversary of the April 1st Battle of Okinawa during World War II
  • An interfaith service of healing, movement, and prayer

And those were just today’s announcements!  The Spirit continues to breathe new life into the church as we meet for Sunday morning worship and Saturday evening Vespers at First Parish; as Don and the choir lead us in singing God’s praise; as the Care Team provides meals for people who are recovering from illness; as Jessica teaches the First Communion Class about the meaning of the sacrament; as people meet in supportive small groups to knit, read, paint prayer-rocks or engage in Bible study; as meals are prepared for Brown Bag Lunches and served at the Open Door; as the Search Committee interviews pastoral candidates; and as the committees of the church work hard “behind the scenes” to support all these ministries in Jesus’ name—and more.

Blessings,

Rev. Dr. Marlayna Schmidt

Apr 14 / Nancy

Holy Week Services 2019

Mark your calendar for Holy Week Worship:

Palm Sunday Worship Service, April 14, 10 AM, at First Parish

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Maundy Thursday Worship Service, April 18, 7:30 PM, at First Parish Church

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Good Friday Ecumenical Worship Service, April 19, 12 Noon, at First Parish Church

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Easter Sunrise Ecumenical Worship Service, April 21, 5:50 AM, Singing Beach

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Easter Worship Service, April 21, 10 AM, at First Parish Church

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Apr 1 / Nancy

Lenten Vespers

Looking for a way to deepen your spiritual connections to God this Lenten Season?

Join us for a quiet service of prayer, poetry, and candle-lighting on the seven Saturday evenings of Lent.

Services focusing on various spiritual themes–including forgiveness, blessing, healing, letting go– will be held at First Parish Church Congregational from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. starting on Saturday, March 9th and running through Saturday, April 20th.

Members of the church and the general public are welcome to attend.

 

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Mar 10 / Nancy

Soup & Conversation March 2019

Soup & Conversation March 24, 2019

Following Worship in our Chapel Building behind Santander Bank

We will meet for a Prayer Workshop led Rev. Maren C. Tirabassi, author, poet, pastor.

Have you always wanted to have a richer prayer life, but didn’t know where to start? Join us for an inter-generational Prayer Workshop and learn new, fun and creative ways to pray. Using crayons, breath-prayers, making a joyful noise you will discover what it is to be still and know that God is God. Open to all ages:  preschool to past 100! Read more about Maren here.

Soup and Conversation Soup & Conversation is a luncheon event with discussion led by guest speakers. Each event is open to all and we hope you can join us at the Chapel at 1 Chapel Lane Manchester, MA at 11:30 AM for this event. If you can bring soup or a salad we have you sign up online.

We ask if you provide a soup that it is warmed and ready to be served, (in a crock pot is OK). Also, if you have any dietary restrictions please bring something you can eat and share, such as: gluten free, dairy free, or vegetarian. Sign up to bring soups, salad and more here

Jan 1 / Nancy

Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner

Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner March 5 from 5-7 PM in the Chapel

CE and Vitality welcome all to enjoy Mardi Gras music, masks and beads

Enter a pancake-eating contest

Play Fat Tuesday games

Experience a blessing and brief spiritual reflection by Rev. Dr. Marlayna Schmidt

This is a great, FREE event for families and residents of all ages

All are welcome

The COA van will be available for pickup. Call 978-526-7500 to arrange

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.