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Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 9am & 11am


“Hope – Part III”
Rev. William F. Schulz preaching
The third and final installment of Bill Schulz’s sermon series on hope.  Bill writes:  “Two years ago we tackled the reasons for hope in human progress; last year, hope in the midst of personal crises.  Now we address The Big Megillah:  hope and meaning in the face of an apparently indifferent universe.  This sermon will solve all your cosmic problems.”
Friday, April 18 at 7:00pm


 Good Friday Tenebrae Service
With readings, choir and communion, using our historic communion silver

Led by our Ministers, Music Director and our Choir, this service is a night of stark beauty in the darkness.   

Tenebrae is Latin for shadows and tells the story of the increasing isolation of Jesus and of all those who suffer. Tenebrae is a service of mourning, of remembering the loss, grief and suffering of this old world. Though in our worship we often counter the litany of suffering with stories of love and joy, Tenebrae is a time to be with your broken heart, be in community, be a part of all that is.  Held on Good Friday, this service will touch upon Tenebrae and Good Friday themes.
Join us for a night of readings, music and the the rare opportunity to use our church’s Communion Silver, borrowed back from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Communion – always optional – will be shared.


Easter Sunday, April 20 at 9 & 11 am


At 9am: Rev. John Gibbons and Rev. Megan Lynes will lead the Easter service based on the question: "What If?" 
At 11am:  Lisa Rubin and Laura Fell Scholten will lead an Intergenerational Easter Service. Our theme is “Spring into Life!” It takes time and practice to grow our special gifts into talents we can share with the world. In honor of Easter, First Parish is celebrating the many ways in which we come to life, from childhood to adulthood, by learning, growing, blossoming, and bursting into song. Come awake with Spring! Our children’s choirs will sing. 
It is also New Member Sunday - new members will be welcomed during both Easter services. If you are considering membership at First Parish, please make an appointment to meet with one of our ministers.
Also on Sunday April 20, there will be an Easter Egg (and can) Hunt on the Common!  We need your help!  Canned food donations can be dropped off at the church (into the bins under the Welcome table near the elevator) anytime prior to Easter Sunday. On the day of the Easter Egg Hunt, volunteers will be needed to help hide the eggs and cans of food! Available teens and adults – please join Rev. Megan after the 9AM service next to the elevator. 
   After the 11AM service, children will be invited to meet with Megan at the steps on the church steps for brief instructions, a group photo, and to start the annual Easter Egg Hunt!  Kids can bring a bag or small basket to collect things in, and we will have extra bags available.  The more cans to find, the better!  All collected food cans will be donated to the Bedford Food Pantry.  If you have plastic eggs, or can volunteer to help buy treats, that would be terrific! Any questions or if you can help out, please contact Megan at


Sunday, April 27 at 9 & 11am

Rev. John Gibbons preaching




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