Sacred Poetry of the Muslim tradition

Nov 21, 2019 - Apr 23, 2020
7:15 pm - 8:30 pm

Sacred Poetry of the Muslim tradition:
Rumi, Hafiz, and Mohammed Iqbal

Lead by Amber Iqbal and Rev. Anne Mason
Are you looking for respite from your harried schedule? Would you like to deepen your connection to the Holy? How about building interfaith relationships over chai and poetry?
Come to First Parish once a month to explore sacred poetry of the Muslim tradition. Together with members of the Lexington Muslim community, we will use study techniques of both the western monastics and Middle Eastern scholars. We will hear the poems in their original language and in translation, then have time for quiet reflection using lectio divina, or “sacred reading,” and share with each other what we may have discovered in this time of spiritual reflection.
Thursday evenings, 7:15–8:30, at First Parish in Parish Hall
You do not need to attend all six sessions, but you may find that you want to!
Nov. 21, Dec. 19, Jan 23, Feb 27, Mar 26, Apr 23

Holiday Workshop

Dec 14, 2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

HOLIDAY WORKSHOP for children and families 

Saturday, December 14th from 9:00 am – noon.  

Join us for a festive morning featuring craft-making projects for small and tall, cookie baking, and holiday gifts for local service programs.  

Please consider bringing a gift card for refugees in our community supported by the International Institute of New England (IINE) and LexRAP, a partner of First Parish.  Suggested stores: Amazon, Kohls, Lowes, Marshalls, Stop & Shop, and Market Basket.  Bring your friends, children and grandchildren. All are invited!

Winter Solstice Experience

Dec 20, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

On Friday, December 20, 2019, First Parish in Lexington will present a Winter Solstice Experience at 7:00 pm.  With music, ritual, candles, dancing, and darkness, we will experience the quiet of the longest night, and welcome the sun as we wait for her return. Led by Rev. Anne Mason and Music Director Rip Jackson, this will be a worship service exploring earth-centered imagery, with an invitation to cherish the darkness. You are invited to set aside your frenetic everyday concerns and take this hour for your own inward journey.  The Solstice is honored by indigenous religions around the world and we will have music, dance and poetry which honor many traditions.  A diverse group of musicians will provide beautiful Solstice-themed music including soprano sax, vocal soloist Natalie Brierre, string bass, piano, organ, synthesizer, rain stick, gong, Tibetan singing bowl, and other atmospheric musical instruments. We will present music from diverse genres including music by Hildegard Von Bingen, Paul Winter, and Loreena McKennitt, and original music by Rip Jackson. Also participating will be Lisa Maria Steinberg, Director of Religious Education and Family Ministry, with other youth and adult volunteers. Free and open to the public. Parking is in the rear of the church.  For more information call 781-862-8200 or visit

Village Harmony World Music Concert

Jan 10, 2020
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Village Harmony Alumni Ensemble, a world music choir of 16 voices, led by Larry Gordon and Carl Linich, presents traditional harmony singing from throughout the world as well as a set of Spanish Renaissance works. The repertoire includes songs from Caucasus Georgia, Bulgaria, Corsica, and South Africa, contemporary and traditional American shape-note tunes and villancicos by Francisco Guerrero. Village Harmony is an organization dedicated to the study, teaching, and performance of harmony singing traditions from across the world, and sponsors an extensive program of traveling singing camps both in New England and abroad. The young alumni singers, ages 19-26, are all veterans of many years of these Village Harmony programs, including overseas tours in South Africa, Macedonia and Georgia. A free will offering will be taken.

A Peace Concert

May 3, 2020
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

On Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 3:30 PM, First Parish in Lexington will present a Peace concert of music from the gospel, world, jazz and mystical traditions celebrating Peace in the world and in our hearts. The concert will feature the First Parish sanctuary and children’s choirs and soloists, guest singers, and a 10-piece Jazz band (piano, drums, electric guitar, electric bass, saxophones, woodwinds and brass). For more information call the church at 781-862-8200 or visit