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The Unitarian — September 15, 2022

Updated: Oct 12, 2022

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Upcoming Sunday Worship Services in the Sanctuary

Sunday September 18, at 10:00 a.m.: “Jazz Hands” with Jason McLin

Sunday September 25, 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.: Worship led by John O’Connor

Childcare is available at Sunday worship services.

Vespers Services: 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

This evening at 6:30 is the first Thursday Vespers Service of the year! Join us for a quiet, candle-lit service of reflection and meditation. The service will feature our new soprano soloist Camila Parias, singing music from South America in honor of Latin American History Month.

Thursday September 22: Chanting Vespers with Ian and Camila

From Your Minister

I have always loved beginnings.

Opening the door to see a thick blanket of new snow.

Course catalogs as a semester approaches full of possibility and potential.

And the first many times we come together at the beginning of a new church year.

It was so wonderful to see so many of you at the services on September 11th.

It was a joy to be held in the glorious sound of our choir, and to welcome in our new intern John and our new section leaders Camilla and Kartik.

And just days later, your hardworking Board of Trustees met for the first time this season with new members, and the staff team too just met for the first of our weekly meetings all together.

So many teams, full of so many wonderful people all pointed in the same direction, all rowing in time, all serving the same mission. It is a beautiful thing, and I am so grateful.

I want to share here a few of the things I am most excited about coming up and to tell you about this tree, the one in the picture.

I took this picture this summer on one of our adventures to one of my favorite places on earth, Lake Umbagog on the border between New Hampshire and Maine.

What I love about this tree is that at some point, probably because of a storm, it almost fell over, but there was enough life, enough nutrients, enough connection, enough soil and sunlight for it to take root and thrive.

Every year I sit at the roots of this tree and am amazed at the force of life, the resilience and the power of this tree and by extension all life, to persist even in the face of adversity.

And I tell you this, dear First Church because we have been through some storms recently.

And still, we are thriving.

Still, we are coming back full steam ahead with a whole new year of wonderful worship and engaging programs.

Still, we are innovating and exploring, creating all new ways to connect and serve. We are building on this firm and strong foundation and reaching for the future before us.

One of the exciting new innovations this year is that we will be sharing four different kinds of vespers services.

All year we will be cycling between four kids of vespers services. One which we are thinking of as our traditional vespers services, with the flow we had last year, with a poem as the center, a long time of silence and some beautiful music.

Other vespers services will have a meditation practice as the center, lovingkindness meditations, walking meditations and more. Others will be chanting services and others will have longer pieces of music as the center.

All of them will be on Thursday evenings at 6:30.

Stay tuned to the Sunday morning emails for information about the next few upcoming vespers services.

We are so blessed to be sharing this moment together.

Together we are thriving. Together we are meeting this moment, answering the call of these days. We have such a precious gift to share at First Church. In a world in which so many folks are feeling plagued by loneliness and isolation, we have connection and community.

In a world in which so many are fearful and worried about our shared future, we have hope grounded in action and service and transforming love.

And this is the thriving, this is the life coursing through this First Church. This power, this love, this purpose, this mission.

And I am so grateful.

Grateful for the leaves, for the life, for each of you, for all of us together.

For all that has brought us here, and especially for all that comes next.

So much love to you all,


Beautify the Sanctuary with Flowers

Thank you for donating flowers to beautify the Sanctuary. Our longtime partner, Paradise Flowers, will create the arrangements, which are $90. The form below is for online payments; if you would like to pay by check, please contact the church office by email or call/text 781-400-4587.

This month, we Share the Plate with Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU)

You can make a worship offering below, text the word “offering” to 617-819-8168, or mail a check to the church. Please make checks payable to The First Church in Belmont and write “offering” in the memo line.

Candles of Joy and Concern

Each week, Samuel Foster lights candles of concern and celebration in his weekly video. Samuel looks forward to receiving your news, your reflections, your prayers, indeed anything you feel moved to share with your congregation. Click here to email Samuel. Emails received by Tuesday night will be included in the video for that week; otherwise, the week after.

Second Friday Concert Tickets Available Now

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