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2014-15 Religious Services Schedule  


Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 7pm


We’ll have a simple Service of Remembrance in our Memorial Garden where we will light candles and recall the names of those who have died. This date is chosen for its proximity to All Saints and All Souls Days, the Day of the Dead, and Halottak Napja when our Transylvanian friends similarly light candles in their village cemeteries.
Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 9am & 11am


“Thin Places”
Rev. Megan Lynes preaching
The ancient celts and later Christians considered this the time of year when heaven and earth come closer. Thin places can be sublime and unencumbered, or wild and untamed – a space for unmasking a long lost truth. What thin places exist in your life, whether in a book store or cathedral, a hospice room or your best friend’s kitchen?


Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 10am (one service only)


“Over There and Back Over Here”
FP parishioner and Chief of Psychiatry at the Bedford VA Hospital, Larry Herz, will speak about what veterans talk about when they talk about war. Cynthia Mork, Ben Sears and Brad Conner will honor the centenary of the beginning of WWI with songs from the era.
Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 9am & 11am


“To Hold Us in the Great Hands of Light”
Rev. Gary Smith, former minister at First Parish in Concord, preaching
A reflection on the greater meaning of the light showing out from our chalice.
Sunday, November 23, 2014 - Thanksgiving Services


at 9:00am:
“For All Life is a Gift, Which we are Bound to Use”
Rev. Megan Lynes preaching


at 11am:
“Our Thanksgiving Welcome Table”
Intergenerational Service coordinated by Lisa Rubin and Laura Fell Scholten
Come join us in a contemporary recounting of “The Thanksgiving Door” story by Debby Atwell. This heartwarming tale of multiculturalism and friendship will inspire a celebration of our religious and cultural differences. KidSing and our youth choirs will perform!


Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 10am (one service only)


Religious Freedom: What does it mean to us?”
Student Minister Laura Fell Scholten preaching
Laura will discuss the history of religious freedom in our liberal tradition and the current importance of religious freedom in Unitarian Universalism.
Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 9am & 11am


“Let Your Life Speak: Stories from those living with HIV”
Rev. Megan Lynes preaching
The world AIDS quilt now weighs over 55 tons, and was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. Dec 1st is World AIDS Day, and our church hosts two portions of the quilt every year. On the 7th we will honor the lives of those who died of AIDS, and hear inspiration from those living with HIV/AIDS.
Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 9am & 11am


“Yes! Here I Am”
Rachel Baker preaching
Answering the call to do that thing you just cannot not do may lead us to places we never expected to go and learn things we never expected to learn. However, there will be those times when we wonder why we answered the call to begin with. What do we do when we ask ourselves, “Why me?”
[Rachel Baker was raised in First Parish Bedford during the 1970s and 1980s. She credits the Religious Education program for teaching her how to “talk to the clock” during Sunday school theater performances and “walk the talk” of Unitarian Universalism throughout her life. First Parish in Bedford will vote on whether to ordain Rachel as a Unitarian Universalist minister at their November Congregational meeting.]


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