Pastors' Blog

Feb 25, 2021 - Amy Norton

This week, we are continuing our exploration of “the fruits of the Spirit,” (inspired by Galatians 5:22-23), looking at Gentleness, as exemplified in Jesus's ministry, and called for in James's letter to early Jewish Christians (3:13-18) and in Paul's letter to the Ephesians (...

Feb 18, 2021 - Kent French

 On Wednesday, we once again entered the season of Lent (February 17-April 3 this year), that time when our Northern hemispheric days start lengthening (thus the name "Lent") and we re-commit ourselves to digging deeper into our souls, finding new and creative ways to grow in faith and in relationship with God and others.

This Lent, we are delving into what it means to cultivate “the fruits...

Feb 11, 2021 - Kent French

For nearly a decade, we have enjoyed a friendship and collaboration with Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland, led by the friendship between their Cantor Hollis Schachner and our Minister of Music Susan DeSelms.

This weekend, we celebrate this collaboration again, as our choirs lead us in songs that speak to our current moment of emerging from the "long, cold lonely winter" of 2020 that we might "lean into the light." Bringing music of...

Feb 04, 2021 - Amy Norton

This Sunday, we have the joy of celebrating our confirmation class and the educational and spiritual journey they have taken. Over the past church 'semester,' our confirmation class has been diving into some pretty big questions:

What is faith?

Who is God?

Who is Jesus?

What is the Holy Spirit?

What does it mean to be a Christian in the world?

What does it mean to be a Christian at United Parish?

And much, much more...They've met with and...

Jan 28, 2021 - Kent French

Exorcism seems like such a strange, forceful, old-fashioned concept. Probably most of us, in our 21st-century understanding of science and psychology don’t think much about exorcism. We think instead about drug therapies, counseling and rehabilitation, but not exorcism.

Sunday’s passage from Mark’s Gospel (1:21-28) is about a man with an unclean spirit who starts squawking in the temple as Jesus is in the middle of...

Jan 21, 2021 - Amy Norton

Dear Ones,

I was reading this week's Bible story, and noticed something interesting in the verses immediately following the passage: Jonah complains about God's love and mercy. I wondered if that was the only time someone in the Bible has criticized God for being TOO loving,...

Jan 14, 2021 - Kent French

This Sunday, we will worship on Zoom with Union United Methodist Church in Boston's South End.

Union has strong roots in Boston's African-American and abolitionist history. Their dynamic Lead Pastor, the Reverend Doctor Jay Williams, has been leading this historic church since 2012, encouraging both the congregation and staff to new levels of vibrancy and...

Jan 08, 2021 - Kent French

COMMUNION WORSHIP on ZOOM this Sunday at 11am.

As I write this, the media outlets are still absorbing and making sense of the aftermath Wednesday's riotous attacks on the Capitol. Many of us are celebrating that an African-American pastor from Martin Luther King Junior's church and a Jewish-American will now represent a Southern state in the US Senate.

And still, as poll returns came in from Georgia, we saw firsthand what the fruits of unvarnished demagoguery look like....

Jan 01, 2021 - Kent French

For this Sunday's worship, we will feature our 2018 presentation of Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and The Night Visitors on our YouTube channel, premiering at 11am.

Years before we had the Charlie Brown, Rudolph or Grinch TV specials, the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) gave a different kind of Christmas offering. Something that was brand-new and innovative in the early years of television. They...

Dec 23, 2020 - Kent French

Normally, on Christmas Eve, we go for a little mystery and awe — a chance to recover some of what it might have been like when the angels appeared to those shepherds out in the fields or the Magi following that incredible star.

Our neo-gothic sanctuary, bathed in candlelight, the air full of bells, organ, choirs and carols, provides us some of that mystery and awe. And of course, this Christmas Eve, our sanctuary remains closed. will be a Christmas Eve unlike any we can...