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Sermons from First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington Massachusetts

Dec 4, 2023

Sunday sermon given December 3, 2023
Prayer by Elizabeth Hunter, Worship Associate

First Parish
A liberal religious community, welcoming to all
First gathered 1739

About the service: For her sermon on the First Sunday in Advent, Lead Minister Rev. Marta Flanagan takes inspiration from the Prophet Isiash and Handel’s Messiah. Worship includes our monthly recitation of the names of dear ones who have died. The Bell Choir offers music along with accompaniment by Ken Seitz.

Offering and Giving First
The Cole Resource Center is our Giving First recipient for December 2023. CRC offers custom support for individuals and family members facing mental challenges. CRC’s staff have both lived experience and expertise in navigating the mental healthcare system. There is something special about the understanding and guidance offered by those who have traveled similar paths. CRC’s clients learn that they are not alone. They welcome the hope and resilience they discover through the CRC community.

CRC navigators listen and provide relevant and accessible Resource Referrals. CRC’s Women’s Support Group gathers family caregivers who come together to share their concerns and celebrate their successes. CRC’s Workforce Development Program assists job seekers with mental health issues who are looking for work, through its online Job Club and individual coaching. The non-clinical support offered by the Cole Resource Center has proven an invaluable complement to clinical care, especially during this time of intense community need for mental health services. For more information, please see

The remaining half supports the life and work of this Parish.
To donate using your smartphone, you may text
“fpuu offering” to 73256. Then follow the directions in
the texts you receive.