Wednesday, November 30, 2022
This Sunday in Worship

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The season of Advent is a time of preparation - a time to ready ourselves to come before the sacred, before the holy, before what is ultimate and bigger than ourselves. What kind of journey do you want to take during this inward-turning time of getting ready? Are you ready to inch yourself closer to the Mystery?


About the Music


This Sunday, we will celebrate the theme of Advent with seasonal music celebrating the prophecy of the birth of Jesus. The sanctuary choir will sing Felix Mendelsohn’s passionate “Behold a Star from Jacob Shining'' (from Christus) and Stephen Paulus’ mystical setting of “Gabriel's Message.'' Liz Hartmann, Julia Jaffe, Elisabeth Jas, Liz Savir, Yunona Tabala and Toni Tasker will sing Benjamin Britten’s mystical “There is No Rose'' (from A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28). Tenor soloist Jamie Willis will sing George Frideric Handel’s magnificent “Comfort Ye'' and alto soloist Julia Jaffe will sing Handel’s exaltant “O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings” (both arias from Messiah).

HOLIDAY GIFT REMINDER


Last chance this Sunday, December 4th, to donate gift cards for Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry program participants so they can shop for their families.  Visa cards can be used anywhere but Amazon, Target or Walmart are possibilities.


PLEASE DONATE ONE OR MORE GIFT CARDS THIS SUNDAY. FIND THIS BOX DURING SOCIAL HOUR!

COVENANT & BYLAW REVISIONS DISCUSSION


Join in a discussion after church service on December 4th regarding our Congregation-wide Covenant and proposed ByLaw revisions, by the Governance Task Force and 8th Principle Teams, Erik Svenson, Laura Rosen, Susanna Whitman, and others. We want to hear from everyone about these proposals! 


To prepare, please review these three documents:

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FALL AUCTION

How to Donate


  1. E-mail us with Donor Name(s) and Contact Info. You can help us by providing (i) the title of the Donation, (ii) description and quantity, and (iii) if applicable date offered and whether the price is fixed. If not fixed price an estimated value can be helpful but is optional.
  2. Fill in a donation form in-person on Sundays
  3. Complete the online form linked here OR 
  4. Call us at ‪(508) 709-5115 and if we can’t answer the phone, leave a message. We will call you back as soon as possible.
Celebrate the Season at FPLex!

Winter Solstice Experience

 

On Friday, December 16, 2022 First Parish in Lexington will present a Winter Solstice Experience at 7:00 pm. With music, ritual, candles, dancing and darkness, we will experience the quiet of the longest night, and welcome the sun as we wait for her return. Led by Rev. Anne Mason, Music Director Rip Jackson and Robi Rose, story teller, this will be a mystical experience exploring earth-centered imagery, with an invitation to cherish the darkness. You are invited to set aside your frenetic everyday concerns and take this hour for your own inward journey. The Solstice is honored by indigenous religions around the world and we will have music, dance and poetry which honor many traditions. A group of intergenerational dancers will weave movement and ritual to celebrate the peace of the darkest night of the year and the triumphant return of the sun’s nourishing light. Soprano soloist Natalie Brierre, soprano sax player Katie Runde Sanchez, guitar, electric bass, piano, electronic synthesizer, drums, rain stick, gong, Tibetan singing bowl and other atmospheric musical instruments. They will sing music from diverse genres including music by Paul Winter, Loreena McKennitt, Enya and original music by Rip Jackson. free will offering will be taken and public parking is in the rear of the church.

Coming this Weekend in R.E. for Kids & Youth


Spirit Space For Kids and Youth Together 

Kids and youth are invited to wear their pajamas as they join Robi, Annelie and helpers on Sunday, December 4th for R.E. special activities exploring advent and getting ready for the holiday season in ways that honor our U.U. values. 


Coming-of-Age 

Senior High youth are invited to a pizza lunch and for our third workshop of the Coming-of-Age program from 12:15 to 1:45pm. 


Junior Youth Group and Senior High Youth Group

All middle school youth are invited to join us from 5:30 to 6:55pm and high school teens will meet from 7 to 9pm. Both groups will be kicking off the holiday season in ways both fun and honoring of our U.U. values.  



Sign-up to help with a special holiday worship service

All families, pairs, teams, etc. are enthusiastically invited to participate in our “Uniquely Unitarian Universalist Christmas: a multigenerational worship service” coming on December 18th in celebrating the many ways Unitarians, Universalists, and Unitarian Universalists have transformed how deep, meaningful, and festive Christmas can be. 2022 has continued to be a struggle for many of us and this a perfect time to come together to learn some of the stories illustrating how our ancestors found light and shared values during dark times. Sign up here to help us inspire, find hope, and awaken the Christmas spirits of everyone in our community: 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050D45A9AD23A46-uu1


Guest at Your Table (GAYT) is our UU Service Committee (UUSC)’s annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about key human rights issues. The program is an opportunity to celebrate grassroots partnership, support human rights, and learn about just four of these programs and individuals’ stories—the “guests” in Guest at Your Table. This week learn about Ineza Umuhoza Grace who works for a direct services program for LGBTQ youth impacted by immigration systems. Support our Share the Plate in December for UUSC.


Holiday Scout Wreaths Are In!


For those who ordered wreaths, Troop 119 Scouts Rene and Theo Showalter will be by the back door after service on Sunday, December 4, with wreaths in hand. Please stop by to pick yours up. If you asked for delivery or won't be at service this Sunday, the Scouts will delivery them to your door over the next week.


Thank you for your continued support!

Want to know how to help save the earth when you’re out having fun, or wanting to do take out without guilt ? Wasted food is a significant contributor to a negative climate change, and you can make this small change in your habits. This week try TOO GOOD TO GO, an app that restaurants, bakeries, etc. use to sell food for a much reduced price when it hasn’t sold. It’s mission: To make sure good food gets eaten, not wasted.


Every day, delicious, fresh food goes to waste at cafés, restaurants, hotels, shops and manufacturers - just because it hasn’t sold in time. The Too Good To Go app lets customers buy and collect Surprise Bags of food - at a great price - directly from businesses

MEDITATION GROUP

As cold and darkness enter our world, and perhaps our hearts, consider joining a small group of fellow wanderers on Thursday afternoons in the Parlor for candlelit meditation, quiet conversation, and shared reflection. This is a drop-in group with no long term commitment; just come when your schedule allows and your spirit moves. We meet each Thursday from 4:00-5:00 which includes a brief reading, meditation for 30 minutes, and time for contemplation.

From choir rehearsals to Soul Matters, Building Bridges to Meditation Group, Soul Matters to Urban Ministry, Democracy Team to Climate Action Team and all of the other wonderful ways to get involved here at First Parish, please check the church calendar.

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