These were the opening words in worship on March 31, 2013, at the First Parish in Needham. I saw the sun rise over Wollaston Beach, This day just like all the ones before it. The sky changing, black purple blue pink yellow, And suddenly, a blaze of light, doubled by the water beneath it. I … Read more
A tiny spark begins a flame; it lights an ember that grows and builds and becomes a burning in our hearts to serve. This chalice lighting was written for use in worship on Jan. 29, 2012, at the First Parish in Needham.
Each time we light this flame, We make a choice: A choice to show our light, to speak our truth, to comfort those in need. May we have the strength to make this choice today and forevermore. A chalice lighting, written for use in worship at the First Parish in Needham on Nov. 4, 2011. … Read more
I love it when babies cry during our worship. There is no sound that makes me happier than when babies add their voices to our communal worship—and I think you should like it, too. Erik Walker Wikstrom, who serves as the minister of our congregation in Charlottesville, Virginia, tackled the topic this week on his … Read more