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Archives: May 2019

May 30, 2019 - Amy Norton

 Dear United Parish Family,

If you’re reading this, chances are you have some feelings about being a teenager- whether it’s something you’re looking forward to with joy or anxiety, something you’re right smack dab in the middle of and trying to navigate, or something you look back on with a whole mix of memories, angsty and nostalgic all at once.

And you know...

May 23, 2019 - Amy Norton

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor- would you be mine? Could you be mine?

I have always wanted to have a neighbor just like you,

I have always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you;

So, let's make the most of this beautiful day;

since we're together we might as well say,

"Would you be mine? Could you be mine? Won't you be my neighbor?"

Hi Neighbor!

This Sunday, we're continuing in our theme of "...

May 16, 2019 - Kent French

Consecrate means to dedicate something to a holy purpose. We do it when we bless the water for baptism or pray over the bread and juice at communion. We are, in effect, saying that these are ordinary elements and we are now dedicating them to the work of God, that they may work in holy ways and inspire something holy in us.

Similarly, when I offer the Prayer of Dedication over the offering, I often say something akin to what we say at communion, asking the Holy Spirit to bless our...

May 09, 2019 - Wilson Hood

This Sunday, we continue our Eastertide theme of “Co-Workers in God’s Service” by exploring the life of a much-beloved figure of our faith, St. Francis of Assisi.

Even if you do not know the story or history of St. Francis, you may be familiar with some of the ways he continues to show up in our lives nearly 8 centuries after his death. Perhaps you’ve heard or read the...

May 02, 2019 - Kent French

This past week, you should have received your annual stewardship packet. Please take some time to look it over and thoughtfully consider how you want to take part in and support the good work and mission of the United Parish in Brookline. (Packets were handed out after worship on Sunday, April 28 and the rest were mailed on Wednesday, May 1. If you haven't yet received it, please email or check...