Sunday 9:00 A.M.
Guest Minister Rev. Ann Abernathy Rev. Abernethy arrived on the North Shore in the spring 1994 to be the Pastor of First Church in Wenham, coming from the Wellesley Congregational Church where for 12 years she was in a team ministry as the Minister of Pastoral Care. She served First Church in Wenham happily for ten years before retiring. The retirement was short-lived, however, because she went on to become, for five years, the Protestant Pastor at Brooksby Village, working with an interfaith staff and serving all the Protestants there, including some from First Parish in Manchester. Now, in her second try at retirement, she enjoys guest preaching and is glad to be back in Manchester, where she last preached on Memorial Day weekend. Other activities which consume Ann’s time are reading to the elderly at Day by Day in Gloucester and volunteering in Lynn at Washington School with wiggly and wonderful first graders. She also takes courses at Explorer’s in Salem, is faithful to a Book Group, loves to garden, read, walk, follow Boston sport’s teams, and stay in close touch with family and friends. Her husband, Rev. William Abernethy, died of Parkinson’s Disease in 2010. They have four children, four children-in-law, and nine grandchildren. She is grateful for many things, among them that some of her children live north of Boston, too.
Guest Organist Bonnie Anderson Bonnie Anderson made her debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at age 14, first as flute soloist and several months later as piano soloist in the Grieg Piano Concerto. She has performed on both instruments in the United States, France, Germany and South America. A frequent soloist, she has appeared with the Boston Pops, Peoria Symphony, Bach Society Orchestra of Harvard University, Northern Illinois Philharmonic and the Bach Festival Orchestra. Ms. Anderson’s honors include the Young Pianist Award at Tanglewood, top prizes at the Young Keyboard Artists Association International Competition and the San Antonio International Keyboard Competition, as well as competitor in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. As chamber pianist, she has performed in Alice Tully Hall, Jordan Hall, the Austrian Embassy in Washington, D.C., the Shalin Liu Concert Hall in Rockport, MA and numerous universities around the country. She enjoys collaborating with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestra. She performed on the Nantucket Musical Arts Society Concert Series with Branford Marsalis and the Walden Chamber Players. Ms. Anderson recently released her debut solo recording, featuring piano music by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Ravel and Ned Rorem. Her recording of music for trumpet and piano with Joseph Foley will be released in 2014. She joined the piano faculty at Phillips Andover Academy in September 2012. She lives in Manchester-by-the-Sea with her husband and two daughters.
Guest Soloist, Jim Brennan Jim Brennan is a member of First Parish Church of Manchester and sings in the choir throughout the year. He resides in Magnolia with his son.