Sermons

“Renewing Reason” by Mark W. Harris – September 15, 2013

“Renewing Reason”   –  Mark W. Harris   September 15, 2013 –  First Parish of Watertown, MA   Call to Worship  –  from Thomas Masaryk   You cannot act without knowledge. Even the obtaining of knowledge is an activity, often an activity of immense energy, or, as we say, creative. The search for knowledge means effort, […]

“Pondering Playtime” by Mark W. Harris – June 2, 2013

“Pondering Playtime” by Mark W. Harris  June 2, 2013 – First Parish of Watertown   Call to Worship –  from R. Tagore   Where have I come from, where did you pick me up?” the baby asked its mother. She answered half crying, half laughing, and clasping the baby to her breast,– “You were hidden […]

“Meaning of Memory” by Mark W. Harris May 26, 2013

“Meaning of Memory”  by Mark W. Harris May 26, 2013 – First Parish of Watertown   Call to Worship – from the Kaddish, the Mourners’ Prayer (after a poem by Zelda, adapted by Marcia Falk): Each of us has a name given by the source of life and given by our parents Each of us […]

“This Is Now” by Margaret Weis May 19, 2013

“This Is Now”  by Margaret Weis May 19, 2013 –  First Parish of Watertown   Call to Worship – River Call by Manish Mishra   Between rocking the boat and sitting down; Between stirring things up and peaceable going along, We find ourselves here, in community. Each called from many different journeys, Many different life paths, […]

“Finding Peace Both Near and Far” by Mark W. Harris – May 12, 2013

“Finding Peace Both Near and Far” by Mark W. Harris   May 12, 2013 –  First Parish of Watertown   Call to Worship from Rita Brock and Rebecca Parker   What words tell the truth? What balms heal? What proverbs kindle the fires and passion of joy? What spirituality stirs the hunger for justice? . […]

“Mutual Ministry” by Mark Harris – April 28, 2013

“Mutual Ministry”  by Mark Harris   First Parish of Watertown –  April 28, 2013   Opening Words by Jane Mauldin   For our community gathered here, for the spirit that called us together and drew us to this place: We give thanks this day. For moments we have shared with others; for times when we have […]

Meditations by Margaret Weis and Andrea Greenwood – April 21, 2013

Two Meditations for the Worship Service on April 21, 2013 in the wake of the Marathon Bombing, and firefight in Watertown. “It is Good to Be Together” by Margaret Weis “Twenty Years Ago Today”  by Andrea Greenwood   April 21, 2013 – First Parish of Watertown Call to worship (a compilation): Come into this circle […]

“Finding Our Calling” by Mark W. Harris – April 14, 2013

“Finding Our Calling”   Mark W. Harris  April 14, 2013 – First Parish of Watertown  Call to Worship – from Parker J. Palmer Vocation does not mean a goal that I pursue.  It means a calling that I hear. Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to […]

“The Miracle” by Margaret Weis – April 7, 2013

“The Miracle” Margaret Weis April 7, 2013   Call to Worship – Ralph Waldo Emerson   I can believe a miracle because I can raise my own arm. I can believe a miracle because I can remember. I can believe it because I can speak and be understood by you.   Reading –  Miracles by […]

“Let’s Get Physical” by Mark W. Harris – March 31, 2013

“Let’s Get Physical” by Mark W. Harris First Parish of Watertown  –  March 31, 2013   Call to Worship –  “To Praise” by Ellen Bass (excerpts)   I want to praise bodies nerves and synapses the impulse that travels the spine Like fish darting  . . .   I want to praise hands those architects […]

“A Day to Remember” by Margaret Weis – March 24, 2013

“A Day to Remember”  by Margaret Weis  March 24, 2013 –  First Parish of Watertown, MA Call to  Worship – from Kalidasa   Look to this day: For it is life, the very life of life. In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence. The bliss of growth, The glory of […]

“On Becoming a Liberal” by Mark W. Harris – March 10, 2013

“On Becoming a Liberal”  – Mark W. Harris  First Parish of Watertown – March 10, 2013    Call to Worship – from Paulo Friere, Pedagogy of the Oppressed    True generosity consists precisely in fighting to destroy the causes, which nourish false charity. False charity constrains the fearful and subdued, . . .  to extend […]

“Voice for the Mad” Mark W. Harris – March 3, 2013

“Voice for the Mad” Mark W. Harris  March 3, 2013 – First Parish of Watertown   Call to Worship – “Faith” by Czeslaw Milosz   Faith is in you whenever you look At a dewdrop or a floating leaf And know that they are because they have to be. Even if you close your eyes […]

“Good for Nothing” by Mark W. Harris – February 24, 2013

“Good for Nothing” by Mark W. Harris  February 24, 2013 – First Parish of Watertown   Call to Worship – from Emily Dickinson   I’m Nobody! Who are you? Are you – Nobody – too? Then there’s a pair of us! Don’t tell! They’d banish us – you know!   How dreary – to be – Somebody! How public – like a Frog – To tell your name – the […]

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