“Cast Off Those Chains”
Rev. Anne, along with the History Committee, will explore the hidden history of slavery within First Parish. What was our role in both continuing and abolishing the practice of slavery in Lexington? As we explore our history, we will also take a hard look at how this legacy creates continued racial oppression today.
Rev. Anne Mason, Worship Leader
During the service, we will honor music written by African-American composers. The sanctuary choir, with soloist Elizabeth Walsh, will sing William Dawson’s beautiful arrangement of the spiritual “There is a Balm in Gilead.” David Meharry will sing Moses Hogan’s haunting arrangement of the spiritual “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.” For the centering music, Rip Jackson will play a piano arrangement of Billy Holiday’s lovely song “God Bless the Child.”