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The mission of First Parish in Needham is to create a welcoming, diverse, and compassionate religious community that celebrates the sacredness of all living things, nurtures lifelong spiritual and ethical growth, and works for social justice locally and throughout the world.
First Parish in Needham is a vibrant and inclusive congregation in which all are free to grow spiritually and ethically in a supportive community. First Parish offers a wide menu of programs and activities dedicated to:
Transformative worship featuring inspirational music and multigenerational services;
Religious exploration for all ages;
Community-building activities and outreach for fellowship and support
Engagement with environmental and social justice initiatives locally and in the wider world;
Shared ministries and leadership characterized by an engaged and active congregation that stewards First Parish in its mission with volunteer time and financial support.
The Staff of First Parish
The Rev. Catie Scudera Minister
Mark LaPointe Director of Lifespan Religious Exploration
Libby Schap Coordinator of Youth Programs
Irina Georgieva Music Director
Kate Loftus Campe Assistant Music Director for Youth & Multigenerational Programs
Susanna Whitman Parish Administrator
Find us at:
Looking Forward, Looking Back
August 23, 2015
First Parish in Needham
23 Dedham Avenue
Needham MA 02492
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Sounding the Chime
PRELUDE Sheep May Safely Graze Bach-Petri
Unison CHALICE LIGHTING David Mecsas
The greatest gift is a portion of thyself. May the
light of this chalice symbolize the gift that you
bring to this service to be shared and carried
home in the heart of another.
- Ed Lane
Welcome and Announcements Tad Staley
We gather as a loving community, to encourage and comfort one another.
We gather as a diverse community, to support each other in our search for spiritual truth.
We gather as a service community, to live our beliefs through action and care for our world.
OPENING WORDS Phil Murray
*Hymn 350 The Ceaseless Flow of Endless Time
READING “For a New Beginning” John O’Donohue
Offertory This is my Father's World Greg Howlett arr.
STORY from The Book of Awakening Carolyn Lynes
by Mark Nepo
GUIDED MEDITATION Helen Lane
*Please stand as you are able. MUSICAL INTERLUDE Be Still my Soul Greg Howlett arr.
BREAK INTO SMALL GROUPS
If you are willing, think of a particularly poignant and meaningful transition. What was difficult to let go of, to put down? As you stood on the threshold what were your feelings—loss, fear or liberation? What were the challenges you found in the next phase—that of a new beginning?
*HYMN 352 Find the Stillness
CLOSING WORDS from Little Gidding T. S. Eliot
Unison Extinguishing of the Chalice –
by Rev Elizabeth Selle Jones
We extinguish this flame, but not the light of truth, the warmth of community, nor the fire of commitment. These we carry in our hearts until we are together again.
Postlude Sonatine, 1st movement Ravel
OUR THANKS to Siu Yan Luk for sharing her musical gifts this morning. Siu Yan graduated from Eastman School of Music with DMA of Piano Performance and Literature. She is currently a part time staff pianist at Boston University, New England Conservatory, and Suzuki School of Newton.
Flowers are generously given by Elinor Brady
SNACKS and DRINKS are kindly provided by Elinor Brady
Please recycle your order of service.