This Sunday (the Autumn Equinox):  A Service for Rosh Hashanah, the Days of Awe and Yom Kippur  

 As has been our habit at this time of year, we turn to wisdom from the Jewish tradition- and the fact that the holiest days of the Jewish year focus on the life-long practice of asking for forgiveness, as well as offering forgiveness to others.  It’s not always so easy, is it?  The Book of Jonah is read in synagogues on Yom Kippur every year and we’ll re-visit it as well, if a week early, to seek our annual reminder of any lessons it might hold. 
Rituals at home:  You’re invited to perform your own tashlich ritual for Rosh Hashanah if you wish, throwing breadcrumbs into running water in a gesture of casting away our own wrongdoing and all that separates us from the sacred/god.  It is also traditional to eat apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah and to wish one another a sweet new year. 
Religious Days This Next Week
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year– begins at sundown, Friday Sept. 18th; (a day to practice tashlich, prepare a list of folks to ask for forgiveness, share apples and honey) 
Autumnal Equinox– the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 22nd
Days of Awe- the 18th through the 27th (a time to ask others for forgiveness, practice charity/generosity)
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement– begins at sundown, Sunday Sept. 27th (a day to ask for forgiveness from God/ Gaia/ Life/ Universe, Jewish tradition says God writes us in The Book of Life, or The Book of Death depending on our actions for the previous nine days.) 

9:00 am All Ages/Family Outdoor service- RSVP required
(Please note:  the attached RSVP link with change each week)
If you have trouble registering, please email Rebecca for assistance.

Please see here for Sunday, September 20, 2020, 9 am Order of Service

Limit of 45 parishioners total (per Commonwealth of MA)         
*Please bring your own blanket or lawn chairs to sit on.  
*Please bring and wear a mask throughout the service.
*Please social distance, keeping at least 6 – 10 feet between families or non-related individuals. 
*This service will not be “zoomed”. However, parts of it may be recorded for sharing later; please inform Ms. Kerry Anne or Rev. Lee if you do not want you or your children to be in any video.

Time for Wonder and Wisdom Story:  Kerry Anne Kilkelly, Rev. Lee Bluemel, A Big Ship, a Big Fish, a Big City… and an Angry Man Named Jonah
Music:  Erin Lane vocal soloist, John Middleton-Cox, clarinet
Outreach Collection:  Hike for Hope- Lazarus House
Ritual: If you wish, bring breadcrumbs in your pockets for tashlich at the tiny little brook in the Old Center

11:00 am Zoom Service from the Sanctuary
Please see here for Sunday, September 20, 2020, 11 am Order of Service and 
Zoom info (Meeting ID, 824 0481 1225; Passcode NP375) 

Preaching:  Rev. Lee Bluemel, An Angry Man Named Jonah
Music:  Erin Lane, John Middleton-Cox, clarinet
Ritual:  Tashlich at home
Zoom Host:  Helen Cymbala
Online Caring Team presence:  Sara Belcher
11:00 Camera:  Erin Lane
Outreach Collection:  Hike for Hope- Lazarus House
Since opening its doors as an emergency homeless shelter in 1983, Lazarus House has been breaking the cycle of poverty in the Merrimack Valley region.  Housing provides a safe haven for homeless families and individuals.  Food and clothing programs assist families by stretching their dollars so they can afford rent, heat and utilities. During COVID-19, Lazarus House ministries continue and are desperately needed by the food insecure and those who have lost their incomes and homes. 

Donations to this month’s special collection can be made here.  Please choose “Special Collection” under the “Fund” drop down list.  These options can also be found by going to the front page of the NP website and choosing “Give to North Parish”.  

Please see here to sign up for Flower/Steeple Lighting dedications.

To learn about other Upcoming Events at North Parish, click here.

Due to COVID-19, the Office Administrator will be working remotely as well as onsite.  Her onsite office hours will be Monday through Thursday 8 am to 12 pm.  Please call 978-687-7948 if you would like to speak to her or leave a message and she will return your call.  She is also available via email at until 4 pm.