Wednesday, June 12, 2024
This Sunday


On June 16th, our last regular worship service of the year, we have the multiple celebrations of Father’s Day and Flower Communion. We celebrate this UU ritual by each person bringing a flower from their garden or a nearby meadow to share with someone else. Don’t worry if you don’t have a garden - there will be plenty of flowers for everyone!

This Sunday, the sanctuary choir will sing Franz Joseph Haydn’s exuberant “Awake the Harp” (from The Creation) with tenor soloist Jamie Willis. They will also sing Elaine Hagenberg’s passionate “Blue Ridge, “ an inspirational ode to the Appalachian mountains. Sopranos Kate Berg, Liz Hartmann and Liz Savir will sing The Wailin' Jennys’ beautiful a cappella trio rendition of Dolly Parton’s “Light of a Clear Blue Morning.” Bass soloist David Meharry will sing Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher’s iconic “The Rainbow Connection.” Soprano soloist Yunona Tabala will sing Franz Joseph Haydn’s serene “With Verdure Clad” (also from his oratorio The Creation). And for the postlude, Minister of Music Rip Jackson will play Johann Sebastian Bach’s joyous “Prelude and Fugue in Bb Major, BWV 560” on First Parish’s magnificent 1898 Hutchings 32-rank tracker organ.

Thursday, June 20, 7:30-9:00

Thursday, June. 20th, will be the last gathering of Building Bridges for this church year.  Our theme will be, "Visiting the Other Side of the Bridge" - yet another way to frame engaging with those whose opinions differ strongly from your own.  We'll watch several video clips from two differing opinions - conservative and liberal - from topics like Climate Change, Illegal Immigration, or Gun Control.

While watching these videos, jot down the facts or opinions to which you have a negative reaction. Note your feelings. Try to understand why you feel as you do. Perhaps even more important, try to keep an open mind about what this differing perspective is attempting to convey without becoming irritated or irate. “Visiting the Other Side of the Bridge” takes patience, a sense of curiosity, and an open heart.

Project 2025? Agenda 47? Title V? Are these names familiar to you? Are you in the know about their implications for our democracy? Understanding these documents and where they would take us are the antithesis to the values cherished by us UUs. The plans associated with these documents leave absolutely no uncertainty about the agendas to be implemented after the 2024 election. Will you take a few minutes to check them out?

Project 2025 


See more details here.

Agenda 47

Title V. Our U.S. Constitution is being threatened as the Article V convention movement nears success. From Common Cause, an explanation of an out-of-the-news threat to the constitution. See here.  

Inspiring Quote for the week: “To be very clear everyone - our victory this November is not guaranteed, but I believe it is likely. I am optimistic because as we’ve done in all these other elections in recent years when we’ve gone to work we win. And that’s why we all need to make June count. It is an essential piece of how we win this November.” 

 …Simon Rosenberg, veteran political analyst, strategist and commentator. Two Presidential campaigns (incl Clinton War Room), senior roles at DNC, DCCC, NDN. One of the only ones who got 2022 right. Author of Hopium Chronicles substack.

Stop Private Jet Expansion Urgent Deadline on this Friday: 

Submit Your Public Comment and Sign Petitions

Massport and private developers are proposing a massive 50-acre expansion of new hangars for private jets at Hanscom Field. Massport’s plans are a direct and immediate threat to Massachusetts and world efforts to combat climate change.


YOUR HELP IS URGENTLY NEEDED!  For the sake of future generations, please submit your public comment on the developers’ Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) and sign the petitions BEFORE this Friday JUNE 14 deadline! Make your voice heard – this is one of those times when numbers really matter!  


Instructions to write your public comment are provided below. But first, some important reasons for our opposition to new hangars:

  • Hanscom developers make the ludicrous claims that their expansion will decrease flights, decrease emissions, and help meet Net Zero goals.      These assertions are deeply flawed and disingenuous.
  • Emissions from 1 typical domestic private jet flight = annual 
  • emissions from 4 average cars.
  • Private jet emissions from Hanscom Field alone already cancel nearly 50 % of the climate gains from all solar panels ever installed in Massachusetts!
  • Over half of private jet trips are not for business, but to resort destinations – e.g., Nantucket, St. Barth’s
  • Private jets are subsidized: 
  1. Owners don’t pay taxes on jet sales, excise, parts, or services – unlike those of us who own a car!
  2. Airport fees we all pay to fly a commercial airliner subsidize runways, towers, and hangars for private jets.

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We look forward to seeing you next fall! Have a great summer!

Caroline and Annelie

Come join the

Ministry of FUN

for a

Campfire Sing-along & S’mores

Saturday, June 29

7:00 - 9:00pm

3 Harrington Road (church side lot)

BYOB&C (bring your own beverage & chair/blanket)

Campfire, S’mores & bug spray provided. We will have guitar players but if you play guitar or any other instrument and want to play along then bring it! Also, bring your best ghost story, non-ghost story or talent!

Rip's Summer Hours

During mid and late summer, I will be working some but also having some time off. In late June and July, I will be out of the office. From August 1-18 I will be available via email, phone or Zoom (Sundays-Thursdays). I will then be out of the office August 19-September 2. During this time (July and late August), I will be having study leave, 2 spiritual retreats, comp time and some vacation time. During my off time, I will not be checking email. Please contact the office if it is very urgent during these times. I hope everyone has a wonderful summer!

Rip Jackson, Minister of Music

Voices on the Green Receives $7500 Grant from Community Endowment of Lexington, Takes Featured Role in Lex250 Celebrations


Voices on the Green, the live storytelling/music event which is hosted and produced by First Parish in Lexington, has received a $7500 grant from the Community Endowment of Lexington (CEL). The grant will support the series in producing events that connect with the Lexington 250 celebration that begins in late fall of 2024 and extends through 2026. The CEL grant will focus on offering free access to performances and increased outreach to diverse communities. A show embracing the theme “Better Together” will be presented in November 2024. A second production, slated for April 2025, will focus on the theme “On My Own: Stories of Independence.” The Voices on the Green performances are featured on the Lex250 website; coordinators of the Lex250 celebration are already engaged with the Voices production team in planning for them. More information will be coming in the late summer, including a call for “Better Together” storytellers; watch this space!

Deb Weiner Soule, for the Voices on the Green Team

Dear First Parishioners,

If you are thinking about having an engraved brick placed in the Memorial Garden in memory of a loved one, please be in touch with me or Rev. Anne. Newly engraved bricks will be dedicated at a special service in the fall, and applications (see attached) should be returned by August 1 to ensure that the bricks will be ready in time. Details are in the application, but I am happy to answer any questions you may have.

Sarah Matthews

From choir rehearsals to Soul Matters, Building Bridges to Meditation Group, Urban Ministry to Democracy Team, Climate Action Team to Youth Groups and all of the other wonderful ways to get involved here at First Parish, please check the church calendar.

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