Pastor Scott’s Message


Scott's Weekly Greeting, November 24, 2020

November 24, 2020
Scott's Weekly Greeting ... This is the week of the year that many church leaders get seasonal whiplash. The season changes so quickly that we pivot and can almost lose our heads! As most people are making their final preparations for Thanksgiving, we are making plans for Adve...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting, November 17, 2020

November 17, 2020
Scott's Weekly Greeting ... “Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” ~Henry Van Dyke Thanksgiving is a little over a week away. Or ... is it a...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting, November 10, 2020

November 10, 2020
Scott's Weekly Greeting ... Walking is good for the body and good for the soul. A lot of folks are runners. I do not run ... unless I am being chased. And to be honest, outside of childhood games, I cannot recall a single instance of being chased. Certainly not as an adult. I ...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting, October 3, 2020

November 03, 2020
Scott's Weekly Greeting ... I should not have ... but I did. I clicked on a link to view a video of an altercation at a polling place today. There was no violence, but there was a threat. There was yelling, swearing, and name-calling. As my stomach began to churn, I stopped watc...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting, October 27, 2020

October 27, 2020
Scott's Weekly Greeting ... This week I have had occasion to consider some of the people that have played a role in making me the person that I am today. When I was in elementary school, we had two "lunch ladies" ... Mrs. Black and Mrs. White. In a twist on the cowboy hat ster...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting, October 6, 2020

October 06, 2020
Scott's Weekly Greeting ... My weekly messages do not always pop easily into my mind. Sometimes I struggle with what I should say and write. Today was one of those days. I typically write something that will introduce the message for the upcoming Sunday message. This week it is...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting, September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020
Scott's Weekly Greeting ... I was one of those kids that liked school growing up. I had an inquisitive mind and I liked learning new things. I still do. Of course, school also brought out the competitive part of my nature. Exams were a competition and I wanted to win! So my inqu...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting, September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020
Scott's Weekly Greeting ... I grew up learning to love animals ... creatures of every sort. As a child, we walked through the woods looking for salamanders and toads, crickets and grasshoppers. We caught fireflies but always let them go. For a while we lived in the Berkshires n...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting, September 8, 2020

September 08, 2020
Scott's Weekly Greeting ... Memory is a funny thing, is it not? Sometimes repetition helps us embed something into our memory. For example, if you are trying to learn the lines for the play in which you are performing, you repeat them over and over again. It is the same if you a...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting, September 2, 2020

September 02, 2020
Scott's Weekly Greeting ... I just went for a walk. Not a long walk, just a walk around the block. I had considered popping my earbuds in and listening to music as I walked, but decided against it. And I am so glad that I did. As I walked, I was able to listen to the world aroun...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting, August 18, 2020

August 18, 2020
Scott's Weekly Greeting ... Have you ever had a deja vu experience? There is always that strange feeling that you recognize a particular moment as having already happened. I have had that experience several times in my life. Sometimes it was just a fleeting glimpse, or the feeli...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting, August 11, 2020

August 11, 2020
Scott's Weekly Greeting - August 11 Did you enjoy the worship service on Sunday? (If you have not watched it yet ... check it out on the church's YouTube channel.) What was your favorite part? The carols? The special music? The special guests? Or simply the opportunity to let g...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting, August 4, 2020

August 04, 2020
Yesterday afternoon I stood behind the pulpit in the Temple in Ocean Park, Maine. I was asked to record a sermon for the Ocean Park Association's worship service on August 16. I have worshipped in the Temple dozens and dozens of times. As I looked out from behind the pulpit, I w...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting, July 28, 2020

July 28, 2020
Scott's Weekly Greeting ... One of my favorite summer past-times is watching the Red Sox play baseball. I am not necessarily a baseball fan. I will not typically watch a random game for the love of the game. I am a Red Sox fan. I enjoy settling in, watching the games, and then c...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting, July 21, 2020

July 21, 2020
Scott's Weekly Greeting ... Do you remember the old Christmas movie, The Year Without a Santa Claus? It is the 1974 stop motion animated movie that told the dramatic tale of the year that Kris Kringle decided not to deliver toys to the children. Kris woke up with a cold right be...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting, July 14, 2020

July 14, 2020
Scott's Weekly Greeting ... On several occasions, I have mentioned that I have been coming to this part of Maine since I was ten years old. It began when I attended Seaside Camp at Oceanwood in Ocean Park. About that same time, my mother was actively involved in the youth confer...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting, July 8, 2020

July 08, 2020
Scott's Weekly Greeting ... Today is the first day back in the office after a few days off. One of my activities during the brief stay-cation was spreading topsoil in the backyard of the parsonage. (Thank you, Dan Carter, for the dump truck load of soil!) Apparently, the individ...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting, June 30, 2020

June 30, 2020
Scott's Weekly Greeting ... I am preparing to take off for a few vacation days. Taking vacation time is not something that I am very good at. In the past I have been known to take my briefcase on vacation with me. I check my emails and answer phone calls while I am supposed to b...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting, June 26, 2020

June 26, 2020
Scott's Weekly Greeting ... As of Thursday (6/25), I have walked this earth for fifty-seven years. Wow! As I lay in bed last night, counting sheep and trying to sleep, I pondered the year gone by. Year number fifty-six was quite a year. It was a year in which I experienced nearl...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting, June 16, 2020

June 16, 2020
Scott's Weekly Greeting ... This morning I watched a very powerful video of a commencement address speaker. The speaker's name is Rick Rigsby. He is a former professor at Texas A&M University, and he spoke about the wisest person that he ever met. As he stood in front of a g...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting, June 9, 2020

June 09, 2020
Scott's Weekly Greeting ... People are getting antsy. With states loosening restrictions on physical distancing and moving forward in their stages toward re-opening, people are beginning to inquire about worship. In the last couple of days, I have been asked several times, "When...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting, June 2, 2020

June 02, 2020
To be honest ... I am at a loss for words. I communicate for a living, but I cannot adequately express the feelings that I have in mere words. I can write the word "scream," but it lacks the volume and raw emotion of an actual scream. I can write the word "heartbroken," but it do...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting, May 26, 2020

May 26, 2020
As you are all well aware, yesterday marked our nation's observance of Memorial Day. Yesterday was the first time in thirteen years that I did not march in a Memorial Day parade, or offer public prayer at a war memorial. We all had to find new ways to pay tribute to, and honor th...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting, May 19, 2020

May 19, 2020
More years ago than I care to count ... or admit ... I led canoe trips down the Allagash Wilderness Waterway for the youth of the churches I served. Most of the trips were two weeks long and spanned over one hundred miles. A couple of the trips were one week in length and travele...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting, May 12, 2020

May 12, 2020
My guess is that you have heard the phrase "teachable moment." If not, it is exactly what the phrase implies ... one finds themselves in a situation that presents an opportunity to teach a lesson. Educators and youth workers often refer to experiencing teachable moments with the ...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting, May 5, 2020

May 05, 2020
Scott's Weekly Greeting ... Because of the uncertainty and difficulty of the last few weeks, the Board of Deacons and I have had a weekly check-in time. Every Friday we discuss the pastoral care needs of our church family and the wider community. Being able to DO something has m...

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May 2020 Messenger

May 02, 2020
Do you remember the old-time May Day celebrations … children skipping and dancing around the May Pole decorating it with streamers and flowers? What a wonderful celebration of spring! Of course, the decorating of May Poles had gone the way of the dinosaur by the time I...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting, April 28, 2020

April 28, 2020
On Sunday evening, I sat in my favorite chair and reflected upon the day. The feeling that filled my heart was gratitude. It had been a full day. It began, as Sunday does, with worship. Once again, the sanctuary was not packed with people, the parking lot was empty, but the worsh...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting, April 21, 2020

April 21, 2020
Scott's Weekly Greeting ... I saw people today! I spoke to people ... live ... face to appropriately distant face ... today!! I was quite interactive actually. I spoke to a person at the coffee shop drive-thru. I spoke to the people dropping off donations for the food pantry. I ...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting, April 14, 2020

April 15, 2020
Scott's Weekly Greeting ... I have become very fond of a particular chair at the parsonage. I sit in the chair every morning and sip my freshly-brewed coffee. I sit in the chair every evening and read a book or scan my social media feed. It has become my favorite chair in the ho...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting, April 7, 2020

April 08, 2020
Scott's Weekly Greeting ... We, here we are ... Holy Week. It is the single most sacred week of the year, and this year the week is more holy than usual. There are holes in our hearts left by the family and friends that we have not seen in weeks. There are holes in our homes l...

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COVID-19 Update 4/1

April 04, 2020
Please review our COVID-19 Update page as well as our Facebook page for the latest information from Reverend Scott.  

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April 2020 Messenger

April 01, 2020
“For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky ...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting

March 31, 2020
Scott's Weekly Greeting ... Many, if not most, of you know that I am a BIG sports fan. The last three weeks of physical distancing have been a real struggle for me. I have resorted to watching marble racing and videos created by out-of-work sports broadcasters giving play by pla...

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Giving to the Church & Social Distancing

March 26, 2020
Good Afternoon First Parish Church Family, During this unprecedented time, we cannot physically gather together with our families and friends. We cannot gather for worship or coffee hour. We miss one another dearly and we look forward to that time when we can worship and celebra...

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COVID-19 Update 3/21

March 21, 2020
Please review our COVID-19 Update page as well as our Facebook page for the latest information from Reverend Scott.  

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Scott's Weekly Greeting

March 10, 2020
Over the last couple of weeks, I have had conversations about canoe trips that I have led over the years. There were a handful of three-day, two-night family camping trips down the Saco River with people of all ages. And then there were the much longer trips down the Allagash Wil...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting

March 06, 2020
Dear First Parish Family and Friends, We have all heard the news reports asking the public to take precautions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Because we are concerned with maintaining the health and safety of our community, and because it is also cold and flu...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting ...

March 03, 2020
Did you ever play the game "Pig Pile" as a child? What about as a young adult? It is a silly children's game. A friend or sibling is lying on the floor or the ground, and someone yells, "Pig pile!" Then everyone runs and jumps on top of that person. There are lots of squeals and...

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March 2020 Messenger

March 01, 2020
We have taken our first tentative steps into the season of Lent. Giving something up for Lent used to be a very serious part of people’s spiritual practice. “Fat Tuesday” emerged as individuals cleaned the dairy and the fatty foods out of their pantries, eating ...

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A Prayer for Uncertain Times

February 26, 2020
O God, we come to you in our need to ask for your protection against the virus that has claimed lives and has so affected many. We pray for your wisdom for the people tasked with studying the nature and cause of this virus, and of stemming the tide of transmission. Guide the hand...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting...

February 25, 2020
The word "wilderness" will prompt different responses depending upon an individual's perspective and experiences. For some, wilderness may be a dark and foreboding place, a place filled with danger and despair. The wilderness is where people lose their way. It is a scary, even de...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting...

February 18, 2020
You have probably heard people say things that sound something like this: "I am not a perfectionist, but ... I do like things a certain way." Or, "I am not a control freak, but ... I do like to know what is going on." Or, "I am not a coffee snob, but ... I am a coffee enthus...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting...

February 11, 2020
A couple of months ago, I was running a bunch of errands and every time that I got in the car the same song was playing on the radio. No ... I did not have a CD stuck on repeat play. It was broadcast radio, and the same song kept coming on. I knew that it must be a sign. As I hea...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting ...

February 04, 2020
It is comfort food season. Not only because of the sadness caused by the end of football season and the month-long wait before spring training. The cold, gray month of February is the perfect time for soups, stews, chowder and chili ... or creamy mac and cheese ... or mashed pota...

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February 2020 Messenger

February 01, 2020
It is hard to believe that it has been almost six months since I began my ministry with you! It is our sixth month-i-versary!! How should we celebrate such an occasion? I suppose that we could create a photo display depicting all of the events of the past six months… wors...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting

January 28, 2020
Who are we? What are we doing here? These are age old existential questions that have been asked by generation after generation of people. We seek meaning. We seek purpose. We want to be sure that our lives matter. This week, the world has paused to reflect and remember the ho...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting

January 21, 2020
Recently, a video went viral of a couple of teens trying to operate a rotary telephone. They tried unsuccessfully for over four minutes trying to dial that dinosaur phone. I am old enough to remember rotary telephones. I remember when having a "slimline" phone mounted to the wall...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting

January 14, 2020
Last week, I was offering assistance to someone. It was no big deal ... I was helping hold the door open as people were entering the church. A little while later, the gentleman looked at me and said, "Oh, I did not realize that you were the pastor!" He seemed genuinely surprised ...

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January 2020 Messenger

January 01, 2020
Happy New Year! It is hard to believe that we have been together for five months! It is funny how time flows. It feels as though we have been together for a lot longer … and I mean that in a good way! You have been so welcoming, you have been so gracious and kind, it feels...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting...

December 31, 2019
We sit at the threshold of a new year. Many people will go out and celebrate tonight. They will gather together with friends and family to commemorate the occasion. Loved ones are kissed at midnight and resolutions are made ... commitments to make this next year better, healthier...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting ...

December 24, 2019
As we prepare for family gatherings tonight, tomorrow, the next day ... let us be mindful of that young couple so long ago. A couple visited by angels, a couple told that they would bear a son, a couple who were told that the child would be wonderful! Let us be mindful of thei...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting ...

December 17, 2019
How many times did your parents offer their safety warnings when you left the house? "Be sure to look both ways before crossing the street!" "Drive safe! Don't speed!" If you are like me ... the first morphed into the second when we finally got our driver's licenses. And...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting ...

December 10, 2019
My heart is still experiencing the wonderful warm glow from this past weekend. Saturday was the Women's Fellowship's annual Gingerbread Fair. The church was full of people and Christmas cheer. Every nook and cranny of the church contained delicious food ... baked goodies, candy, ...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting ...

December 04, 2019
I apologize that I did not post this Tuesday as I normally do. Mother Nature had other plans for me. Speaking of Mother Nature ... I got to enjoy my first snow storm as a Maine resident! It was lovely! I enjoy the snow and the cold! In preparation, I bought a brand new snow sh...

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December 2019 Messenger

December 01, 2019
I started seeing the Christmas trees going up at the big box hardware stores in August … AUGUST! Soon after, the displays of other Christmas decorations went up. I had to walk through a Christmas wonderland to purchase by birdseed and yard tools. I think that it was app...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting ...

November 26, 2019
I just enjoyed my THIRD Thanksgiving dinner, and it is not even Thanksgiving day yet! Of course, the second one was leftovers ... so I am not sure if that actually counts on the tally sheet. Every time that we gather with friends and family is a special occasion, but this Tha...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting...

November 19, 2019
It's the most wonderful time of the year With the kids jingle belling And everyone telling you be of good cheer It's the most wonderful time of the year ... I am sure that you are familiar with this popular Christmas song. You may have even heard it already playing on the r...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting ...

November 13, 2019
I am so sorry that this is a day late. I truly hope that it is not a dollar short. Those of us who live in the great State of Maine (and several other states) awoke to frigid temperatures this morning. When I left for the office, it was fifteen degrees with a windchill in the ...

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Scott's Weekly Greeting ...

November 05, 2019
Several weeks ago, I introduced Flat Pastor to the congregation one Sunday morning. Flat Pastor stood beside me at the communion table as I shared the morning message. As you can see, Flat Pastor is a caricature of me. He was created by one of the members of my previous church...

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