Fridays, December 4th, 11th & 18th, 2020 @ 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

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Once a week we will join together in the gathering darkness to reflect, to read, to share, and to navigate our preparations for the Winter Holidays with all of the restrictions that are upon us. Friday afternoons: Dec 4, 11, 18. 4:30 pm. Led by Rev. Anne Mason.

Sunday, December 6th @ 10:30 – 11:30 AM


The season of Advent is upon us. We wait, with aching hearts, for the sorrows and the struggles of this year to pass away from us. To move through this time, with healing for our spirits, we must first go deeper into the time of darkness. And yet, we are called to Rejoice. Emmanuel shall come within as Love to dwell.

MUSIC: Our alto soloist Julia Jaffe will sing George Frideric Handel’s exhaltant “O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings” (from Messiah). Chelsea Cannon will sing Jason Robert Brown’s passionate “Christmas Lullaby” (from Songs for a New World). For the centering music, Rip Jackson will sing the ancient French medieval motet “Veni, Veni Emmanuel” (the original rendition of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”). And for the postlude, Rip will play an original piano piece based on the ancient medieval advent chant “Divinum Mysterium” (the earliest version of “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”).

Sunday, December 13th @ 10:30 – 11:30 AM


Our Soul Matters theme calls us to find a place of stillness; not to escape from the world, but to help us see what is most important. This morning Rev. Anne Mason will help us explore what it is that truly deserves our focus and our worship. As Rev. Dr. Lynn Ungar wrote:

Don’t tell me to be calm
when there are so many reasons
to be angry…
I didn’t say to be calm, said the wind,
I said to breathe.
We’re going to need a lot of air
to make this hurricane together.

MUSIC: Our bass soloist David Meharry will sing Gustav Holst’s gentle song “The Heart Worships.” Nate Ramsayer, our tenor soloist, will sing the lyrical song “All is Well” by Michael W. Smith. And Rip Jackson will play Sally DeFord’s arrangement of the Austrian Christmas Carol “Still, Still, Still.”

Sunday, December 20th @ 10:30 – 11:30 AM


And not a moment too soon! The coming of Solstice is the turning point of the year, as the wheel turns once again. The Longest Night will soon be past, and we will welcome the sun’s warmth and energy.

MUSIC: We celebrate the winter solstice with music and carols uplifting the returning light. The Sanctuary Choir will sing the Vermont composer Peter Amidon’s tender heart-warming “Solstice Song,’ as a virtual video created by Chris Hess. Soprano Liz Savir will sing Loreena McKennitt’s celtic and deeply mystical “To Drive the Cold Winter Away.”

Thursday, December 24, 2020 @ 4:30 – 11:59 PM

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Come and celebrate the joy of Christmas with a service prepared by our First Parish staff. With special choral anthems and organ music, readings and reflections. Rev. Anne Mason will lead us in worship.

Perhaps you can create your own candle-lit sanctuary in your home as we gather on this most holy night. This pre-recorded service will be available for you to watch with your family beginning at 4:30 on Dec 24th on our YouTube channel.

MUSIC: On Christmas Eve, the Sanctuary Choir will sing Albin Whitworth’s ethereal arrangement of Gustav Holst’s “In the Bleak Midwinter” with soloists Toni Tasker and Elisabeth Jas. Our four soloists Elizabeth Walsh, Julia Jaffe, Nate Ramsayer and David Mehrry will sing Michael Praetorius’s Renaissance a capella carol “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming.” Julia Jaffe and Elizbeth Walsh will sing Adolpe Adam’s beautiful duet “O Holy Night.” Rip Jackson will play Arcangelo Corelli’s baroque Christmas piece “Pastorale” (from the Concerto grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8 “Fatto per la notte di Natale”).