Saturday, May 07, 2005

A Joyous Afternoon

Today the First Parish in Milton, Mass., joyfully installed the Rev. Parisa Parsa as its twentieth permanent minister since 1678. The invocation was offered by the Rev. Jeffrey Johnson, pastor of the First Congregational Church in Milton that split off from the First Parish in 1834. The sermon was preached by Stanford University chaplain and former First Parish parishioner the Rev. Scotty McLennan, the charge to the minister was given by the Rev. Kay Jorgensen of San Francisco, the charge to the congregation was given by the Rev. Wendy Bell of Harvard, Mass., the prayer of installation was given by the Rev. William Clark of Lexington, Mass., and the benediction was given by the Rev. Parsa. Other speakers included the Rev. Terry Burke of Jamaica Plain, Mass., the Rev. Erin Splaine of Wayland, Mass., the Rev. Ralph Mero of the UUA head office, and First Parish DRE Jocelyn Burke. The congregation sang "Rank by Rank" and "We'll Build a Land", the choir sang an antiphonal setting of Psalm 100 with a brass quartet, and Music Director Emma Jean Moulton gave a virtuoso performance of Bach's Fantasia in G major on First Parish's rafter-shaking organ as a postlude. The steeple bell was tolled twenty times, once for each minister of the Parish.

Fausto was delighted to see fellow bloggers Tom of Prophet Motive, Chris of Philocrites, and Adam of Unity skulk back to the scene of last Saturday's picnic. (Good luck with that Mother's Day sermon tomorrow, Adam.) Fausto was bummed that the Rev. Peacebang had to perform a wedding elsewhere, and so couldn't participate in the service as had once been planned. Chris and Fausto also lamented that CC couldn't return, if only to be properly initiated into the St. Johann cult by such an impressive performance of the Fantasia.

Here's a consolation, CC. It's not the same, but it'll have to do.


At May 7, 2005 at 10:50:00 PM EDT, Blogger fausto said...

Aha! Found the Fantasia in G major online. Click here. It's not live and rafter-shaking, but it'll do.

At May 8, 2005 at 1:38:00 PM EDT, Blogger PeaceBang said...

The Reverend Peacebang also mightily regrets that she could not be on hand to charge the congregation (Text: "Thou shalt love thy minister with all thy heart and all thy mind and all thy soul and all thy strength, and thou shalt give her lots of feedback and plenty of money and days off and work hard with her to have a good, healthy church"). But I did sneak into the party later (what, you thought I would miss the PARTY too?) and noted that the 20th minister of First Parish in Milton had a very fabulous hair-do.

Mazel tov, all.

At May 8, 2005 at 4:31:00 PM EDT, Blogger Chalicechick said...


Delighted to have been missed.

At May 9, 2005 at 2:31:00 PM EDT, Blogger Adam Tierney-Eliot said...

Thanks, the sermon went well and good. I am glad that Monday has come! Great installation...great party...good to see ya, too!

At May 10, 2005 at 4:38:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that's what I call a Bach's lunch.

At May 10, 2005 at 11:03:00 PM EDT, Blogger Chalicechick said...

Awww... You've been saving that joke all day, haven't you, Anonymous.



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