Worship With Us This Sunday
Prelude at 10:15 a.m.
Sunday Worship begins at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, April 14, 2019
"Voices from Beyond"
We build up living relationships, but some of our relationships are with important people in our lives who have died. Death is so painful because it is an interruption in a living relationship. After a death, we must learn to bring the spirit of the other person within ourselves, and hope to find peace. The Rev. Sarah C. Stewart preaching this Palm Sunday service.
Jenkins' "Fiat Pax" is a powerful opening for our Palm Sunday celebration. The Festival Choir will perform the World Premiere of Leonardo Ciampa's "The Night Is Darkening Round Me" (an anthem based on Emily Bronte's poem) - the music is in the style of Mendelssohn with bold harmonies and contrasting sweetness.
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Maundy Thursday Service
Join us at 6pm in the chapel for a Maundy Thursday communion service of remembrance and reflection. As we prepare for our Easter celebration of renewal and rebirth we take this time to pause and reflect on the last supper Jesus had with his disciples before he was crucified. In this time together we will also hold space to remember those in our own lives who we have loved and lost. Our communion table is open to all who wish to partake. In addition to bread and wine we will also serve gluten-free bread and grape juice. Led by ministerial intern Andrew Coate, Rev. Sarah Stewart, and members of the Worship Arts Collaborative.
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Easter Sunrise Service
Our annual Easter Sunrise service will begin at 5:30 a.m. at Bancroft Tower in Worcester. We will gather to prepare ourselves spiritually for the Easter miracle. We will walk the spiritual path from loss to remembrance, and from hope to rebirth. We will welcome the return of the sun with silence and singing. Breakfast at First Unitarian Church, prepared by the YRU2 youth group, will follow at 7 a.m. Led by Rev. Sarah C. Stewart and ministerial intern Mr. Andrew Coate.
Sunday, April 21, 2019
"Witnessing the Miracle"
Beauty in the world astonishes us. In this moment of astonishment, we stop being the center of our own story and our spirits are made free. On this Easter morning, we celebrate the rebirth of hope for a world made new, with humans standing aside from the center to aid in its beauty. The Rev. Sarah C. Stewart preaching.
The Festival Choir celebrates Easter with a wide range of anthems including Wheatley's "Now the Green Blade Rises" Sandresky's "The Turtle Dove" and Baynon's "When Rooks Fly Homeward"<br>
The congregation is invited to join in Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" at the end of the service.
Sunday, April 28, 2019
"Paths in the Woods"
John Muir once said, "of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt." For most of human history taking a walk outside wasn't just a part of every day life, not something you had to seek out. With industrialization more people moved to cities and spending time outdoors became recreation and it became necessary to consider protecting land for future generations. This Sunday we'll reflect on what it takes today to get outside, what steps we can all take to uphold our 7th Unitarian Universalist principle, and I'll talk about my own experience of leaving Los Angeles and getting dirty and lost in the Maine Wilderness.
Ministerial intern Andrew Coate preaching.
We welcome Malcolm Halliday as service musician to lead the choir in Young's "Let Heavenly Music Fill This Place"
and Shaw's "With a Voice of Singing"
For more information on each Sunday's choral music: www.FirstUMusic.com