As we come into a new year together, and yet another year of pandemic, our tradition offers the season of Epiphany. It’s a time to hold and share the light of Christ from Christmas and to pray and reflect together about how God’s love and light are being revealed in us and in our world! We have several offerings to help keep us connected to each other and to our tradition amidst these anxious and weary times. Join us for one or all of the following opportunities, as we wonder together about how God is showing up, and lighting up, our lives and world, through beauty, image and art, through scripture, in relationship with one another, and in our deep connection to all of creation.
Epiphany Prayer Service and Walk
Thursday, January 6, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Church Lawn and Cambridge Common
Please join us on the front lawn of First Church for a short Epiphany service where we will remember our baptisms. We will then embark on a candlelit prayer walk around Cambridge Common, carrying the light of Christ for the Harvard Square community to see. If you are unable to walk with us or are cold, you are invited to a time of quiet candlelit prayer in the sanctuary… Read more
Multigenerational Formation: A Season of Image and Imagination
Sundays, beginning January 9
9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m., via Zoom
During the season of Epiphany, we will ponder word images found in scripture and in the visual art of many times and places, imagining how images might inform and even direct us, especially as we work towards becoming an anti-racist church… Read more
Call to Return 3.0: Spiritual Ecology and Racial Justice with Carlyle Stewart
Wednesdays, January 19 – February 23
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., via Zoom
At First Church, many of us are aware of the impacts of climate change on the planet. White Supremacist culture has not only contributed to racial disparities among people, but has also shaped how we relate to the environment. Spiritual Ecology is an emerging field in religion, conservation, and academia that explores the spiritual element to all issues related to conservation, environmentalism, and earth stewardship
Space to Listen: Reflecting on the Gospel of Luke with Brent Coffin
Tuesdays 7:30 – 8:45 a.m., January 11 – February 22 (excepting January 18), via Zoom
In this new series of small group sessions via Zoom, Brent Coffin will lead us in reflecting upon the Gospel of Luke as the narrative of Jesus in relation to the narratives of our own lives. We typically read the Gospel in small pieces, just as we live our lives in the intensity of each day. While necessarily living in the day, we can lose sight of the ongoing themes woven in and throughout our lives. What if we approached the Gospel with an eye to the unfolding themes of the whole story? Could this exploration help us to consider our own lives as unfolding narratives? This is untraveled terrain, so we’ll begin with six weeks to see where the road takes us. A time of informal check-in will begin promptly at 7:30 a.m., followed by framing remarks from Brent, with space for intimate small group listening and sharing to follow.
Aging with Grace and Dying Well, with Dan SMith and Lexi Boudreaux
Six weekly meetings on Tuesdays via zoom; dates to be determined by the group gathered.
Join us for a six-part series in which we will offer each other companionship and spiritual resources for encountering the end of life. In this Epiphany season, let’s wrestle with the big questions together as we let God’s presence and this community hold us. Let’s learn together how we can find dignity, courage, grace, hope, and peace in our aging and in our dying. We will offer spiritual readings, time for conversation, and reflection, along with a few practical resources for end-of-life planning.
Register for Winter Faith & Life Groups by February 9th
Are you interested in joining a small group led by a church member over Zoom or in-person this Winter? Check out the descriptions and register here! Led by First Church members, Faith & Life Groups are designed to encourage meaningful connections through shared interests, whether exploring a spiritual practice, opening our eyes to the beauty around us, delving into a challenging social issue, or attending to significant life stages (parenting, aging, job transitions, etc.). Faith & Life Groups involve making a short-term commitment (a single session to several weeks, depending on the group).