For the three Sundays after Easter, Pastor James will be away in Canada. On Sunday, April 23, Elizabeth McCarty will lead worship. On April 30, John Messerschmitt will be the worship leader. On May 7, Elizabeth returns to the role as celebrant.

Lent is the Christian season set aside for listening to Jesus. If faith means following and living in the way of Jesus as Bonhoeffer taught, then first we must learn to embody his love. For 40 days and 40 nights, we join Christ in the wilderness. Join us each Sunday starting March 5 for contemplative Taize song, silence, conversation and Holy Communion.

15665566_559927004206706_984474097989861973_nOn Saturday, January 7, 2017 First Church hosted over 1400 citizens in our Sanctuary – and another 400 in the Fellowship Hall – to stand up for freedom. It was a powerful witness to our call to justice and compassion.

First Church participated in the community-memorial gathering on Park Square after the horrific Orlando shootings.  Here are few pictures of our pastor and others playing leading roles in that moving event.

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On Sunday, June 26, 2016 we confirmed five young people into the membership of our faith community. We give thanks to God for Aidan, Maxx, Cate, Colin and Ella.

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Sunday, June 5, 2016 Robert Henry Hyde was ordained into the Christian ministry at First Church. It was a joyous time and we return thanks to God.

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Part of our commitment as a contemporary community of faith involves building relationships in a safe space. In addition to Sunday worship in the season of Lent, we host a few events that are designed to encourage living into the simple joys of being alive.

A LOVE SUPREME: 50th Anniversary of John Coltrane’s Masterwork on Friday, March 25th @ 7 PM:  We will use this unique music – plus meditative vocal selections by contemporary artists – for a unique encounter with the contemplative gifts of music and the arts.

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In April there will be a time to support Bread for the World’s legislative campaign, a Sunday showing of the film, “Room at the Table” (about world hunger), Confirmation class and planning for a new year of service to the community. We have a few community dinners each year – with games and fun for an inter-generational gathering – as well as outings to Mt. Greylock, Tanglewood, cookouts, camping and benefit concerts for local peace and justice groups, too.  So now matter who you are – or where you are on life’s journey – there is a place for you here.

Mt. Greylock 2015

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Enjoy another First Church performance here:

The song concludes here:

This clip comes from our January 2015 “Fighting Off the Winter Cold” concert that raised $2,000 plus for emergency fuel assistance funds in the Berkshires.