First Church Somerville UCC
First Church Somerville UCC


God's Purpose

Posted by molly on 28 May 2015

A persistent question at our church—it came up when asked our Big God Questions back in January, and many other times over the years, is:

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Seeking Office Administrator

Posted by molly on 28 May 2015




Part-time: 20 hours/week

Regular schedule with some flexibility: preferred Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 9:00 AM - 2:00PM

Our fabulous, fun, progressive and arts-friendly spiritual community is looking for an organizational powerhouse!! The job involves a lot of left-brain administrative tasks including: scheduling/ maintaining the building’s calendar, executing contracts, managing tenant relations, editing, and general office procedure; some right-brain writing, cheerleading, team playing, and design work. A large part of this job is to oversee the day-to-day operation of our busy building.

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Ascension Sunday

Posted by molly on 14 May 2015

In this week’s scripture, the 11 disciples have a conundrum. Judas is dead—some say suicide, some say act of God. Jesus has ascended once and for all (bye!). The 11 are not sure what to do next, so they hold a Congregational meeting, and elect a new 12th apostle to make their number complete. The church is growing. 

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Mother of All Living

Posted by Jeff on 7 May 2015

Hi Beloved,

Watching some PBS celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope, I was floored by this math: There are more stars in the observable universe than there are grains of sand on all the beaches and all the deserts of the world. And it's not like 2 or 3 more stars than grains. It's like 5 or 10 times more stars than grains of sand!

The universe is a big place. 

And a beautiful one. Hubble has opened our eyes to just how beautiful. Take this image of the "Pillars of Creation":

The Pillars are called a stellar nursery - a birthplace of stars and planets and who knows what else. We were once - all of us - a bunch of star dust floating in space in an image that would have looked much like this one.

In a sense, this picture is like tracing back our family tree, down through our mothers, back through human history, back beyond the first stirrings of life, all the way to the very beginnings of things - our Star Mother.

It's Mothers' Day on Sunday! And in the Easter Season we will remember some Mothers we all share in common. Jeff will preach a NICE, non-misogynistic sermon about Eve. In the Bible she's called "the Mother of All Living!" Kind of like that picture up there. Are we really gonna try to pin the whole mess on her? Eve needs some love from us kids on Mothers' Day! The choir will sing to another powerful Mother from Christian tradition - Mary, called "the Mother of God." Sarah G. is our liturgist. Megan and Molly will read scripture and pray.

After church, there's coffee hour! And that's it! So come downstairs and relax. Yum!


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New Blog Entry

Posted by on 1 May 2015

Hi Beloved!
I'm back from a little vacation this week and looking forward to worship with all of you. Bonnie and I spent last weekend in New York City at Judson Memorial Church - the church that made me (partially) the wild pastor I am today. We were celebrating the 40th anniversary of the ordination of my mentor Rev. Donna Schaper. It was a wonderful reunion and a great refresher course in all she has taught to so many of us. One of those lessons is the importance of CELEBRATING the good things. In light of that, this week was also the three-year ordination anniversary of yours truly. So, TBT:
That was a great day!

And, as Judson was a place that mentored and taught me, I'm also excited to let you know that while we'll miss Student Minister Megan Snell, whose last Sunday will be May 31st, we've hired on a new student minister, Casey Guet, from Andover Newton Theological Seminary. You'll be hearing more about Casey this summer and getting to know her beginning this Fall. AND this year we're looking to add a second "learning" minister to our staff. They may or may not be a student; they could be someone who has recently graduated from seminary and is trying to find their way (as I was when Donna and Judson took me under their tutelage.) If you know anyone who's interested in learning about Real Good Church from an amazing congregation and -ahem- staff, please send them my way!

It's Communion Sunday this week so the celebration continues. And in worship we'll be celebrating the life, the challenge, and the lessons of the Ethiopian Eunuch - a man who was baptized into the very earliest Church just as he was.

Jeff's preaching, Molly will pray, Megan's heading up communion, Andrew is our liturgist, and the Comstock Boys will pluck n strum. There will be a special golden moment of blessing for all of you who shoveled this winter - just in time to get you excited for the Spring All-Church Workday! Wear some work clothes to church and help us get ready for Spring and Summer inside the church and out - there will be fun jobs for all. And don't miss the Church Swap, Open Studios, and the New Members' Gathering this Sunday - see below for more info.




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Standing Naked Before God

Posted by molly on 23 April 2015

Hi Beloved!

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Baptism Sunday and Earth Day

Posted by molly on 16 April 2015

Hi Beloved!
I'm just back from California, where the third year of drought is making people very anxious, to Boston, where the snowiest winter on record is still melting into spring. This week is Heat Week at Harvard--when climate activists are turning up the heat on the administration, pressuring them to divest from the fossil fuel industry which is wrecking the planet. And next week is Earth Day. 

This Sunday, in between, we will meet in our lovely sanctuary. We will bless and baptize Will, Tommy, Olive, Avery and Alexander. We will make promises to teach them, protect them, and raise them up to adulthood, in the way of Jesus. 

I wonder, does keeping those promises mean making some changes in how we use (and misuse) the earth that is our home--and that will be their home long after we are gone? How can we turn up the heat on ourselves, on our own earth stewardship and climate activism? 

I'll be preaching on these questions and more. Heather W. is our able liturgist! Rev. Jeff is on vacation for two weeks, and Megan S. will pray with us. 

In the middle of worship: you can jump on your bike and ride off into the sun with other climate activists! see sidebar below. After worship: Big Meeting Brunch! If you're not already on a committee, come and eavesdrop on what is happening at deeper levels of leadership and activism in our life together (this week, Fellowship, Mission & Justice and Music Team will meet). You're so welcome--really.


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Science & Spirituality & Communion

Posted by on 9 April 2015

Hi Beloved!
This Sunday is our traditional Science & Spirituality Sunday in conjunction with the Cambridge Science Festival. You're invited to wear anything that makes you look like a scientist - lab coats, particle accelerators, and tin foil hats. Even babies can get in on the act.

Our own John Olson - who made it into Molly's Easter sermon as "the atheist who doesn't believe much, BUT..." will be preaching on good old Doubting Thomas, what we believe, and the role of Mystery in spirituality and science.

Helping John bring the Word: Kathleen will be our liturgist, Josephine our accompanist, and 
Rev. Jeff will be reading and telling a bit of scripture.

It's also Communion Sunday, so feel free to bring canned and dry goods for the Somerville Homeless Coalition. 


All this week's announcments are HERE.

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Easter Sunday

Posted by molly on 2 April 2015

Hi Beloved!

I am not a person who likes rides. I hate the feeling when I’m way up there and my stomach is all the way down there. I have aging middle ears, and get dizzy easily. And it’s just plain scary. I don’t understand why people ride roller coasters for fun.

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Holy Week Services

Posted by molly on 31 March 2015

Here is a complete listing of our Holy Week services: each one a distinct, unique part of the holy roller coaster that is the emotional arc of this week in the life of Jesus. Please come join us for all of them--children welcome!

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