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Ashby, Massachusetts
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The members and friends of Ashby First Parish Church welcome you to our home in cyberspace.

Our home in the real world is on the Common in Ashby, a rural community in North Central Massachusetts (on the New Hampshire border).

About Us describes First Parish Church in photos and words.

Featured Upcoming Events
Worship Service: "A Theology of the Steeple (and Cell Tower)" by Rev. Bruce Taylor

Sunday, May 31, 10:00 AM

Today's sermon considers our spirituality in its vertical and horizontal dimensions. I've often pondered the fact that our steeple – which originally served as an antenna to God – now houses the electronics for human-to-human communication. Besides generating a dependable source of income, our steeple may have some wisdom to teach us!

Worship Service: "The Nature Within and Around Us" by Celene Ibrahim-Lizzio, M.Div., Andover Newton Theological School & Hebrew College

Sunday, June 7, 10:00 AM

"Whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth glorifies God, the Sovereign, the Pure, the Exalted, the Wise" (Qur'an 62:1). As the spring bursts forth with its colorful worship, and as the ground is tilthed for seeding, our hearts yearn for the water of gnosis. What does the nature within and around us reveal about the nature of the Divine?

Worship Service: The Inner Work of Change by Rev. Bruce Taylor

Sunday, June 14, 10:00 AM

The seasons turn; our life-circumstances change. But the events that trigger or signal these changes are just the "tip of the iceberg," the visible part of a deeper process. Today we will explore the inward, spiritual tasks of change which make it possible for us to grow when we are faced with loss, a major milestone, or a new opportunity.

We celebrate the last service before our summer break with a Flower Communion, a UU tradition originated in 1923 by Norbert Capek, the founder of the Unitarian Church in Czechoslovakia.

Bring a flower or two to contribute to the communion bouquet.

Church Picnic following the service

Sunday, June 14, 12:00 PM

Join us for our annual end-of-church-year, almost-Summer potluck picnic. Bring lawn chairs, musical instruments, lawn games, and something to share for the picnic meal.

The picnic will be on Ashby Common, with our potluck food set out in the Parish Hall.

See the Calendar for information about all Sunday services and other activities at First Parish Church.

Minister: Rev. Bruce C. Taylor

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photo: Copyright ©2012 Inanna Arthen

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