Sermons

“Good Without God : Non-Theistic Beliefs and Practices” Lay Service – November 5, 2017

Lay Service – November 5, 2017
“Good Without God : Non-Theistic Beliefs and Practices”
The Worship Committee has invited three First Parish members to speak on this topic; Nick Woebcke, Victoria Grafflin and Tom Ostfeld. (This is the companion service to one on Theistic Belief and Practices that will happen in the spring How has God played a role in your spiritual journey.)

“Am I a White Supremacist?” by  Mark W. Harris – October 1, 2017

Opening Words – “My People” by Langston Hughes The night is beautiful, So the faces of my people. The stars are beautiful, So the eyes of my people. Beautiful, also is the sun. Beautiful, also, are the souls of my people. Responsive Reading – adapted from “Dusk” by Langston Hughes Wandering in the dusk, Sometimes […]

“The Church Without Walls” by Andrea Greenwood – September 24, 2017

Opening Words:   adapted from Henry Beston, The Outermost House “Nature is part our humanity, and without some awareness and experience of that divine mystery, we cease to be fully alive. …The Pleiades and the wind in the grass are a part of the human spirit, a part of our very flesh and bone, ..and part […]

“Truth is Victorious” by Mark W. Harris – September 17, 2017

“Truth is Victorious” by Mark W. Harris First Parish of Watertown – September 17, 2017 Opening Words (responsive) (Upanishads, adapted) We gather as a community of memory and hope, On a journey that carries us from untruth to truth From ignorance to wisdom, From animosity to love, From bondage to freedom. We rededicate ourselves before […]

“Talking to Birds” by Jolie Olivetti – May 28, 2017

“Talking to Birds” by Jolie Olivetti –  May 28, 2017 OPENING WORDS From the preface to Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks… devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue […]

“Joy Infusions” by Jolie Olivetti – April 16, 2017

“Joy Infusions” by Jolie Olivetti – April 16, 2017 –  Easter Sunday OPENING WORDS “i thank You God for most this amazing” by e.e. cummings i thank You God for most this amazing day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which […]

“Going Against the Tide” by Mark W. Harris – March 26, 2017

“Going Against the Tide” by Mark W. Harris   The First Parish of Watertown – March 26, 2017   Opening Words ― from Henry David Thoreau, Walden We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us even in […]

“Parts of a Whole” by Jolie Olivetti – March 19, 2017

“Parts of a Whole” by Jolie Olivetti OPENING WORDS “The World Has Need of You” by Ellen Bass                                    everything here                                          seems to need us Rainer Maria Rilke I can hardly imagine it as I walk to the lighthouse, feeling the ancient prayer of my arms swinging in counterpoint to my feet. Here I am, […]

“Up and Down the Mountain” by Andrea Greenwood – March 12, 2017

“Up and Down the Mountain” The First Parish of Watertown The Rev. Andrea Greenwood March 12, 2017 Opening Words A found poem by Dalton Wright, from one page of text in “Alone on a Mountaintop” by Jack Kerouac   What strange thoughts come to you when you realize… I realized I didn’t have to hide […]

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