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Minister’s Blog

The View From Here – February 3, 2023

Greetings Church Family, This comes to you as I hurl through the air! Maybe somewhere between Boston and Los Angeles? I am making my way to California for a short visit with my mom and will be home Wednesday evening. I am grateful to you and to our wonderful staff for making this possible. Our Worship Committee also has a beautiful service planned for Sunday, which I will look forward to watching when I return. There is a good chance that this will be my last trip to Los Angeles for a long...

The View from Here – January 6th, 2023

Greetings Church Family, It was wonderful to be in the sanctuary with many of you on Christmas Eve. I loved seeing your faces; singing with you; and seeing the light from our candles spread across the sanctuary. Deep thanks to everyone who helped, including our readers, all the musicians, the greeters, worship associates, our youth who ran tech, and those who made the joyous reception in the social hall possible. I really hope your holidays have been good ones, and that this new year will...

The View From Here – December 2nd, 2022

Greetings Church Family, I send you and yours much love this December. Amid all the bustle that this season surrounds us with, I pray that you can look to church as a guide and anchoring place. In days such as these I am ever grateful for this spiritual community. This month’s worship theme is the Path of Wonder. The story of Jesus’ birth and the rich symbolism it offers, set against the backdrop of the Winter Solstice and its changing light, embodies this well. Personally, I have found that...

The View From Here – October 7th, 2022

Greetings Church Family! I pray that you and yours are well these days, and that you have what you need. I am currently in Maine attending a retreat at the Alcyon Center called Silence, Heart, and Earth. Here we are learning about soul practices that bring us to open-hearted presence with each other, and the world. Out of these, we hope to cultivate the courage to face life with a new soulful stance. I am grateful to be able to take time for retreats such as this. I look forward to bringing...

Why an Installation?

A reflection from your minister about Installation Sunday on September 25th Over these past many weeks, I am sure many of you have asked the question, just what is an installation anyways?   Typically, an Installation Service takes place within the first year or so of a settlement between a minister and the congregation to which they are called. I was called as your 30th settled minister in May 2021, and my time at First Parish formally began in August of the same year. And now the big day is...

The View From Here – September 2nd, 2022

Greetings Church Family! I pray that you and yours are well and have what you need these days. The start of the church year is upon us, and I feel a holy thrum beginning to reverberate in these walls. Maybe it’s my own excitement, but I sense these walls also await your arrival with anticipation and joy! This newsletter is a full one. Please take the time to read each section as they all contain important information, updates and asks that your staff and lay leaders have worked hard to...

Musically Speaking – June 10th, 2022

Before going to sleep at night, Guy and I trade off reading aloud.  We choose our book carefully, as we don’t want some of the harsh realities of our lives to be our last thoughts before sleep.  Right now, we are reading Redwall by Brian Jacques.   It is about a community of mice who are under attack by an evil and tyranical rat and his gang.  There is a particular mouse whose character is developing into a hero/warrior to ultimately save the day for the mice.  His name is Matthias. Matthias...

From Your Minister – June 3rd, 2022

Greetings Church Family! I pray that you and yours are well these days. June’s theme is Celebrating Blessings and a good one to end our church year with. Natural endings invite us to both count them and prepare for them. Right now, we are holding several transitions that deserve blessing: we are closing out our first year together; we are readying ourselves to say farewell to our Director of Religious Education, Lauren Strauss; our committee work is quieting for the summer; and after worship...

From Your Minister – May 6th, 2022

Dearest Church Family, Activist Angela Y. Davis once said, “It is in collectivities that we find reservoirs of hope and optimism.” Amid the latest news coming out of Washington DC around abortion rights*, we need reminders such as these more than ever. I certainly do. And so, amid the uneasiness of these difficult days, my message is simply to take heart. Do not spend your spirit dry in hopelessness or despair. For in this church, our lanterns are lit, our souls are intact, and we side with a...

From Your Minister – April 1st, 2021

Greetings Church Family!   I pray all of you and yours are well and have what you need these days.   Despite the cold snap earlier this week, I feel spring thrumming all around. The parsonage is home to a beautiful lilac tree and its green leaves are unfurling more and more every day. Olive, Poppy, and I have our bets on what color these Marshall Street lilacs might be and are genuinely enjoying the daily suspense.   Given the state of the world, this might seem terribly trite. For what could...

“In the Interim”
A column by our interim minister Reverend Wendy Bell (2019-2021).

“Captain’s Log”
Archived posts by our retired minister, Reverend Mark Harris.

February 2023