Pastor Scott’s Message


Scott's Weekly Greeting, June 2, 2020

By Rev. Scott W. Cousineau
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

By Rev. Scott W. Cousineau
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

By Rev. Scott W. Cousineau
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

By Rev. Scott W. Cousineau
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

By Rev. Scott W. Cousineau
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

By Rev. Scott Cousineau
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

By Rev. Scott W. Cousineau
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

By Rev. Scott Cousineau
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

By Rev. Scott Cousineau
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

By Rev. Scott Cousineau
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

By Rev. Scott Cousineau
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

By Rev. Scott Cousineau
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

By Rev. Scott Cousineau
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

By Rev. Scott Cousineau
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

By Rev. Scott Cousineau
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 ...

By Rev. Scott Cousineau
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

By Rev. Scott Cousineau
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

By Rev. Scott Cousineau
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...

By Rev. Scott Cousineau
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...

By Rev. Scott Cousineau
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...

By Rev. Scott Cousineau
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 ...

By Rev. Scott Cousineau
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

By Rev. Scott Cousineau
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

By Rev. Scott Cousineau
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

By Rev. Scott Cousineau
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

By Rev. Scott Cousineau
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

By Rev. Scott Cousineau
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...

By Rev. Scott Cousineau
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 ...

By Rev. Scott Cousineau
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 ...

By Rev. Scott Cousineau
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 ...

By Rev. Scott Cousineau
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 ...

By Rev. Scott Cousineau
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

By Rev. Scott Cousineau
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 ...

By Rev. Scott Cousineau
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...

By Rev. Scott Cousineau
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 ...

By Rev. Scott Cousineau
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 ...

By Rev. Scott Cousineau
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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