Sermons

“Me and Kareem Abdul Jabbar” by Andrea Greenwood – October 23, 2016

“Me and Kareem Abdul Jabbar” The First Parish of Watertown October 23, 2016 The Rev. Andrea Greenwood   Opening Words                               Kareem Abdul-Jabbar I feel like I have always been a full time historian, but nobody knows it.   Reading  the inner dialogue of an anonymous minister, Sunday, 9 am   Set your minds on […]

“Kindness as a Subversive Activity” by Mark W. Harris – October 16, 2016

“Kindness as a Subversive Activity” –  Mark W. Harris  First Parish of Watertown – October 16, 2016   Opening Words – from Robert F. Kennedy Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage […]

“Body Count” by Mark Harris and Jolie Olivetti – October 2, 2016

“Body Count”  by Mark Harris and Jolie Olivetti   October 2, 2016 – First Parish of Watertown Call to Worship   – from James Baldwin,  Notes of a Native Son We cannot escape our origins, however hard we might try, those origins contain the key – could we but find it – to all that we […]

“Sinking Stars, Rising Seas” by Andrea Greenwood – September 24, 2016

“Sinking Stars, Rising Seas” The Rev. Andrea Greenwood September 24, 2016 Opening Words  from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain It’s lovely to live on a raft. We had the sky up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss whether they […]

“My Heart Went Crazy” by Mark W. Harris – September 18, 2016

“My Heart Went Crazy” –  Mark W. Harris  First Parish of Watertown – September 18, 2016   Call to Worship – from Martha Nussbaum To be a good human being is to have a kind of openness to the world, an ability to trust uncertain things beyond your own control, that can lead you to […]

“Fun, Fun, Fun” by Mark W. Harris – June 5, 2016

“Fun, Fun, Fun”   by Mark W. Harris June 5, 2016 – First Parish of Watertown   Call to Worship – Welcome Morning by Anne Sexton There is joy in all: in the hair I brush each morning, in the Cannon towel, newly washed, that I rub my body with each morning, in the chapel of […]

“Eternity Utters a Day” by Jolie Olivetti – May 29, 2016

“Eternity Utters a Day”  by  Jolie Olivetti –  May 29, 2016 OPENING WORDS “Some keep the Sabbath going to church” by Emily Dickinson. Some keep the Sabbath going to church — I keep it, staying at Home — With a Bobolink for a Chorister — And an Orchard, for a Dome — Some keep the […]

“Beyond the Rational” – Lay Service – May 22, 2016

First Parish of Watertown  LAY  SERVICE:   “BEYOND  THE  RATIONAL”     MAY  22,  2016     “My  Credo”  by  Judy  Kamm     Good  morning!  I  am  honored  that  Jeri  Bayer  invited  me  to  speak  because   she  assumed  I  would  have  experience  beyond  the  rational,  aka  spiritual,   to  share  with  you  today. […]

“Finding Our Religious Label” by Mark W. Harris – May 15, 2016

“Finding Our Religious Label” by Mark W. Harris  May 15, 2016 – First Parish of Watertown, MA   Call to Worship – from Essentials by Jean Toomer (adapted)  “I am of no particular race. I am of the human race, a man at large in the human world, preparing a new race. I am of […]

“Mother’s Day” by Andrea Greenwood – May 8, 2016

“Mother’s Day”  by Andrea Greenwood –  May 8, 2016 Opening Words   from Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat  (This woman) told me about a group of people in Guinea who carry the sky on their heads. They are the people of Creation. Strong, tall, and mighty people who can bear anything. Their Maker, she said, […]

“Paying It Forward” by Mark W. Harris – April 24, 2016

“Paying It Forward” by Mark W Harris  April 24, 2016 – First Parish of Watertown, MA   Call to Worship – “The Possible Lives” by Ted Kooser There were once so many I might choose among, like a warehouse of coats and shoes, and all my size. Walking the streets I imagined myself in every […]

“The Road to Hell” by Andrea Greenwood – April 10, 2016

“The Road to Hell” The First Parish of Watertown The Rev. Andrea Greenwood April 10, 2016 Opening Words: from Tayari Jones, Silver Sparrow I am neither religious nor superstitious, but there is something otherworldly about the space where two roads come together. The devil is said to set up shop there if you want to […]

“Inner Voices” by Mark W. Harris – April 3, 2016

“Inner Voices” by Mark W. Harris April 3, 2016 – First Parish of Watertown Call to Worship – from Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird “Sometimes we have to make the best of things, and the way we conduct ourselves when the chips are down – well, all I can say is when you and […]

“What’s Good About Good Friday?” Mark W. Harris – March 27, 2016

“What’s Good About Good Friday?” Mark W. Harris  Easter 2016 – March 27, 2016 – First Parish of Watertown   Call to Worship – “spring song” by Lucille Clifton the green of Jesus is breaking the ground and the sweet smell of delicious Jesus is opening the house and the dance of Jesus music has […]

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