Month: February 2023

“A World Made of Gifts” – February 26th, 2023

This reading comes to us from Black Elk, a renowned holy man of the Oglala Lakota people. Black Elk’s vision was written down and published, with his permission, by John Neihardt in 1932 in the book, “Black Elk Speaks.” “I was still on my bay horse, and once more I felt the riders of the west, the north, the east, the south, behind me in formation…and we were going east. I looked ahead and saw the mountains and there with rocks and forests on them, and from the mountains flashed all colors...

“Here I Am” – February 12, 2023

READING: By Episcopal priest Barbara Brown Taylor from her book An Altar in the World in a chapter entitled, “The Practice of Wearing Skin”: “…I think it is important to pray naked in front of a full-length mirror sometimes, especially when you are full of loathing for your body. Maybe you think you are too heavy. Maybe you never liked the way your hipbones stick out…Are you too hairy? It is always something. Then again, maybe you have been sick, or gone through surgery that has changed the...

“A Love Supreme” – February 19th, 2023

READING: Fault Line,” by Robert Walsh Did you ever think there might be a fault line Passing underneath your living room: A place in which your life is lived in meeting And in separating, wondering And telling, unaware that just beneath You is the unseen seam of great plates That strain through time? And that your life, already Spilling over the brim, could be invaded, Sent off in a new direction, turned Aside by forces you were warned about But not prepared for? Shelves could be spilled out,...

Religious Education (RE) Hiring Team Update

As many of you know, our community continues to be actively in search of a new person to work with our children and our youth. Michelle Grove was hired as a consultant to help us take a thorough look at our history of religious education and to assist us in identifying our hopes and dreams for our future faith exploration programs. One of our goals is to expand our program to include children, youth, and adults. This is an exciting time for all of us as we seek a partner who will help us to...

Circle ‘Round: Receiving and Giving in Community

Circle ‘Round: Receiving and Giving in Community

It’s worth pausing to consider the many accomplishments of the First Parish of Watertown in the past year. With our dynamic minister Rev. Sophia Lyons in her second year of ministry, we have successfully combined remote and in-person attendance on Sundays, implemented innovations such as Vespers services, and begun reinvigorating our Religious Education programs. A particularly proud achievement is our continued success managing the financial disruptions caused by three years of pandemic. This...

Weekly Reflection – Parish Committee, February 24th, 2023

Greetings from the Parish Committee One area of reflection at our last quarterly Parish Council meeting was thinking about how we live our shared ministry through participation in committee work.  We raised questions for reflection as we make decisions about our engagement in church activities. Am I staying on a particular committee for fear of no one else stepping up? Does the activity mesh with my personality type, skill set, and leadership style? How is my current stage of life and my...

Hiring a Director of Lifespan Faith Exploration

First Parish of Watertown is seeking an enthusiastic educator to fill the position of Director of Lifespan Faith Exploration (DLFE) for our vibrant congregation of 130 members including 35 children and youth, in Watertown, Massachusetts. Our ideal candidate is someone with a love of learning, who enjoys connecting with people of all ages, is skilled at engaging and training volunteers, is highly organized, and is inspired to work with a congregation committed to shared ministry.

Committee Fair – Sunday, March 12th

Have you wondered how you might join a special committee at First Parish that involves an interest you have a passion for? Are you curious what committees there are at First Parish and whether they need new members?

Well, on Sunday, March 12, during the church social hour, there will be a committee fair that will offer all that information!

The View From Here – February 3, 2023

Greetings Church Family, This comes to you as I hurl through the air! Maybe somewhere between Boston and Los Angeles? I am making my way to California for a short visit with my mom and will be home Wednesday evening. I am grateful to you and to our wonderful staff for making this possible. Our Worship Committee also has a beautiful service planned for Sunday, which I will look forward to watching when I return. There is a good chance that this will be my last trip to Los Angeles for a long...

February 2023