Sermon- Alliance Sunday April 11, 2021






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


April 11, 2021

Zoom Worship Service

Alliance Sunday


Five Selections from Portraits in Jazz
By Valerie Capers
I. Billie’s Song (Billie Holiday)
II. The Monk (Thelonious Monk)
III. Blues for The Duke (Duke Ellington)
IV. A Taste of Bass (The essential jazz bassist)
V. Sweet Mr. Jelly Roll (Jelly Roll Morton)

“Nimble Feet”
by Florence B. Price
Kenneth Seitz, piano
Recorded April 8, 2021

Welcome and Announcements

Amy Anderson, Worship Associate

Chalice Lighting

Marta Pearson

Opening Hymn

Spirit of Life
#123 from Singing the Living Tradition
Words & Music by Carolyn McDade
Grace Notes members: Jennifer Kobayashi, Holly Loring, Cheri Minton

Spoken Memorials

On the first Sunday of the month the names of those in the community who died this year are read aloud. Those who died this month in the past are printed in the order of service. If you would like a loved one remembered in future months, you may fill out the form here, or email.

  • Remembrances April 2021


    April 2021

    During worship on the first Sunday of each month

    we remember loved ones who died that month in years past.

    Ray Schweitzer,

    father of Alan Schweitzer, died April 8, 1963

    Bernard Davidoff, M.D.

    grandfather of Douglas Davidoff, died April 15, 1967

    Joseph Ptacek,

    father of Jim Ptacek, died April 1, 1988

    Ed Calkin,

    father of Sandy King, died April 13, 1990

    Stuart Kennedy Becker,

    husband of Jo Ann Kaplan, died April 5, 1997

    Page Walton,

    father of Tracy Walton, diedApril 1, 1998

    Helen Herbrecht Calkin,

    mother of Sandy King, died April 14, 2001

    Anne Lynch,

    mother of Margaret Lynch, died April 16, 2007

    Ann Fusoni Palmer

    sister of Mary Fusoni, died April 16, 2007

    Walter A. Strauss,

    uncle of David Klingsberg, died April 19, 2008

    Doris Deakin,

    mother of Dave Deakin, died April 21, 2010


    dear friend of Esther Kingston-Mann, died April 15, 2011

    Charlotte Solliday,

    mother of Mary Lou Solliday, died April 14, 2012

    Martha Tocce,

    mother of Helene Martel, died April 22, 2013

    Rigoberto Rodriguez Ortiz,

    uncle of Clarissa Rodriguez, died April 6, 2014

    Alice Jablonski Ptacek,

    mother of Jim Ptacek, died April 15, 2014

    Hank Jacoby,

    brother of Lynne Jacoby, died April 16, 2015

    Lois Fisher,

    First Parish member, died April, 2017

    Edgar Shriver,

    father of John Shriver, died April 28, 2017

    Rhoda Sandrew,

    mother of Caryn Sandrew, died April 14, 2018

    Liboria Gambino,

    mother of Rosemarie Smurzynski, died April 1, 2020

    Janelle Kennedy Slobodkin,

    wife of Sid Slobodkin, died April 14, 2020

    Marie Watson,

    mother of John Chamberlain, died April 16, 2020

    Martin Malin,

    husband of Hilary Rappaport, died April 19, 2020

Joys and Concerns

Natalie Tyler, Lay Minister

Musical Interlude


Rev. Marta Morris Flanagan, Lead Minister

Clara Barton Awards

Nina Duncan, President of the Women’s Alliance of First Parish

Deborah Noyes Lewis (postponed from 2020)

Natalie Tyler (2021)

Gwenyth Hooper (2021)


by Florence B. Price
Kenneth Seitz, piano
Recorded April 8, 2021

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Time for All Ages

Tina Silberman, Kay Snowden and Robbie Rinearson

Greetings and Break Out Groups

Amy Anderson, Worship Associate

Music for Break Out Rooms

Five Selections from Portraits in Jazz
By Valerie Capers
I. Billie’s Song (Billie Holiday)
II. The Monk (Thelonious Monk)
III. Blues for The Duke (Duke Ellington)
IV. A Taste of Bass (The essential jazz bassist)
V. Sweet Mr. Jelly Roll (Jelly Roll Morton)
Kenneth Seitz, piano
Recorded April 8, 2021

Introduction to Alliance Speaker

Andrea Winslow, Co-Chair of Programs of the Women’s Alliance of First Parish


“It’s Not a Card, It’s a Whole Deck; How Racism Harms Us All”
Marta Pearson, guest preacher


“Amen, Blessed Be”
Kenneth Seitz, piano
Jonathan Brennand, cantor
Recorded April 5th, 2020

“Amen, Blessed Be, Shalom, Salaam”
will be played twice. You are invited to sing along at home.

Closing Reading

Read by Marta Pearson


May faith in the Spirit of Life,
Hope for the community of Earth,
and Love of the sacred in one another
Be ours now and in all the days to come.


We Would Be One
#318 from Singing the Living Tradition
Tune: FINLANDIA Words: Samuel Anthony Wright
Alliance Members and Friends: Ann Abbott, Lisa H. Davis, P.J. Gardner, Loren Gomez, Lynne Levine, Holly Loring, Cheri Minton, Ruth Roper

Invitation Social Time

Following worship, you are invited to participate in Reverberations, a 20-minute discussion led by our guest preacher, Marta Pearson, that will take place after a shortened breakout social time. If you do not wish to participate in the social time, now is the time to exit the zoom meeting. You may return for Reverberations after 10 minutes, using the same link you used to join worship. The host will admit you before Reverberations begins.

About The Alliance
The Alliance has a mission to support the women of First Parish, and through that support to advance the interests and efforts of our entire community. Formal membership in The Alliance is open only to women, but Alliance activities are inclusive across gender and age. Each year The Alliance sponsors five Friday evening programs and the “Alliance Sunday” worship service. In addition to an annual pledge and gifts to First Parish, The Alliance has a focused giving program, entitled “Helping Women and Families through Difficult Transitions.” Email for more information and to be placed on our mailing list.

Our Guest Preacher
Marta brings 40+ years as an informative, entertaining, dynamic Speaker, Trainer and Life Coach to her presentations. She’s trained and coached psychologists and social workers; business executives and staff; teachers, school staff, and administrators, as well as individuals, couples, foster and other parents.

She has made multiple expert appearances on national television programs, has 14 years as a Trauma Recovery Therapist plus 20 years as a Life Coach in her background and is an author. After residing in the Pacific-Northwest, New England, Border-South, and the Midwest Marta resides now in Tampa, Florida.
A UU since birth, even though she didn’t know the denomination existed, Marta joined her first UU congregation more than 35 years ago and is now a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Fellowship at Large (CLF) . She has presented workshops & messages from Maine to Hawaii from Washington state to Florida & places in between. She can be reached at She invites all to view her website.

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