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Minister’s Blog

From Your Minister – May 6th, 2022

Dearest Church Family, Activist Angela Y. Davis once said, “It is in collectivities that we find reservoirs of hope and optimism.” Amid the latest news coming out of Washington DC around abortion rights*, we need reminders such as these more than ever. I certainly do. And so, amid the uneasiness of these difficult days, my message is simply to take heart. Do not spend your spirit dry in hopelessness or despair. For in this church, our lanterns are lit, our souls are intact, and we side with a...

From Your Minister – April 1st, 2021

Greetings Church Family!   I pray all of you and yours are well and have what you need these days.   Despite the cold snap earlier this week, I feel spring thrumming all around. The parsonage is home to a beautiful lilac tree and its green leaves are unfurling more and more every day. Olive, Poppy, and I have our bets on what color these Marshall Street lilacs might be and are genuinely enjoying the daily suspense.   Given the state of the world, this might seem terribly trite. For what could...

From Your Minister – February 4th, 2022

I was deeply saddened to hear of Thich Nhat Hanh’s passing on January 22nd. For those of you who don’t know him, Thich Nhat Hanh was a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist Master–a monk, peace activist, author of over 100 books, poet, teacher and founder of the well-visited Plum Village, a monastic community of engaged Buddhism in France. I have always dreamed of going there. Back in the early 2000’s I found my way to Thich Nhat Hanh’s writings, and they had a profound impact on me. He had a way of...

From Your Minister – January 7th, 2022

Greetings Church Family!   I pray that each of you are well and have what you need these days.   These past weeks have felt like a fast-moving flood, haven’t they? We find ourselves, once again, doing our best to make quick decisions and adjustments in all areas of life. Cancelled plans, delayed school starts, empty restaurants, and a return to virtual church is eerily familiar and not the direction we all thought we were heading. More questions than answers abound and, if you are like me,...

From Your Minister – December 3rd, 2021

Greetings to you this December!   I pray that you and yours are well and that you have what you need.   We have entered what many faith traditions call the season of light, which is a time to consider the longer stretches of night as an invitation towards restorative, introspective waiting. This can be challenging amid all the holiday bustle and yet now, more than ever, we need to make time to still ourselves in the midst of it all. I hope you will join us for worship on Sunday where I plan to...

From Your Minister – November 5th, 2021

Dear Ones, These past Sundays I have, for the first time since my arrival, experienced our sanctuary filled with people (it’s amazing what a difference 25 or so has made). The space has, not unsurprisingly, come to life–colors from the stained-glass windows landing on shoes and hands, no longer on empty chairs; the ceiling height has felt lower, and the room has tightened into a warm, close hug; the sounds of bodies moving and shifting, laughing and clearing throats, has been akin to music. I...

From Your Minister – October 1st, 2021

Friends,   I pray this finds you and yours well today.   The autumn equinox on September 22nd ushered us into a change in season. At this moment of transition, the equinox reveals a wondrous slant of yellow summer light, with the sun located directly above the equator, and day and night become equal in length. It’s a strange and in-the-balance moment before night begins to stretch itself out longer and longer as we approach the winter solstice in December, or the longest night.   For my part,...

From Your Minister – September 3rd, 2021

This past month has been a time of sharing stories; a time of good reflection; and a time of imagining what the coming days might look like. For what will this church year hold? Of course, this is only a beginning. I have not met many of you. We are only at the start of this our ministry together. And there is plenty of time. I plan to move slow Dear Ones. For now, we ready ourselves for returning to church–we begin here. And we will begin as we always do, with a Water Communion Service on...

Welcome letter from Rev. Sophia

Dearest Friends and Members of FPW, I pray this finds you and yours well. Since May–on that blessed Sunday when you unanimously voted YES to this our ministry together–I have been filled with a thrum of excitement and anticipation for this week to arrive. And it is finally here. Blessed be. My family and I moved into the beautiful parsonage on July 1st, made entirely possible by the love, care and attentiveness of Will Trombly and the Buildings and Grounds Committee. I sense that more hands...

In the Interim – June 2021

It is hard to believe, but the end of this two-year Interim Period is fast approaching, and it is almost time to say “good-bye.”  This coming Sunday, June 6th, we will be holding our second virtual flower communion. Sunday, June 13th will be the annual Youth Group worship service. And Sunday, June 20th will be the final service of the formal church year, and my final Sunday leading worship at First Parish of Watertown. How to say goodbye at the end of 15-months of socially distant worship and...

“In the Interim”
A column by our interim minister Reverend Wendy Bell (2019-2021).

“Captain’s Log”
Archived posts by our retired minister, Reverend Mark Harris.

May 2022