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December Holiday Happenings at First Parish1501775_10152127606758799_84007153_n

It’s a busy time of year, and a busy and bustling time at First Parish, with several beloved traditions planned for the holiday season.

On Sunday, December 7 at 4:30 p.m., please join us for our Open House and Community Carol Sing on the front steps of the Meetinghouse. This is part of the annual Wayland Center Community Celebration that includes tours of the Grout-Heard House and a craft-making program at the Wayland Public Library.

The Rev. Maddie Sifantus, our affiliate minister, will lead the singing, with accompaniment by The Sudbury Valley New Horizons Band. We understand Santa will also make an appearance!

Following the Carol Sing we welcome everyone inside for hot beverages and sweet treats, and to admire our beautifully renovated, historic building. This year, we wish to use our Open House to say thank you to the Wayland community for approving a generous grant from the Community Preservation Fund to help restore our carriage sheds and the windows of our 200-year-old Meetinghouse.

On Sunday, December 14 at 10:00 a.m., join us for our annual Music Sunday service. This special worship service features the First Parish Choir along with some invited soloists and a 12-piece orchestra presenting Johann Sebastian Bach’s Wachet auf, Cantata #140. Known in English as “Sleepers Awake!”, this piece is both stately and lively, and is one of Bach’s better known and most loved cantatas.

A special recognition of the Yule Solstice will take place on Thursday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m. with a ritual to celebrate the winter solstice and the shortest day of the year. From this day on, the light grows and with it comes a growing warmth, both within our earth and within ourselves. Join us to tap into the joys of the season that nourish your spirit.

On Christmas Eve we will have two services: A 4:00 p.m. multigenerational service that will feature a fun and interactive presentation of the Nativity story (in which anyone can participate!). At 7:00 p.m. there will be a candlelight service. Each service will include favorite Christmas carols and a special meditation led by our minister, Stephanie May.

The holidays bring joy to many, and also can bring stress and sadness. As we acknowledge the many feelings that the season engenders, we warmly welcome all to share the holidays with us at First Parish. For more information, contact the First Parish Office at 508-358-6133.

Sunday Worship

December 21, 2014: Please join us for our worship service at 10:00 a.m. honoring the Jewish festival of Chanukah. The Rev. Dr. Stephanie May will deliver a sermon titled “The Spirituality of Food and Feasting” that explores the role of food in our religious life and holiday celebrations.


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