Sermons

“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 […]

“Rest Stop” by Mark W. Harris – February 26, 2017

“Rest Stop” by  Mark W. Harris  First Parish of Watertown –  February 26, 2017   Opening Words – “Another Way” by Jan Richardson   You have looked at so many doors with longing, wondering if your life lay on the other side. For today, choose the door that opens to the inside. Travel the most […]

“The Case of the Missing Car” by Andrea Greenwood – February 12, 2016

“The Case of the Missing Car” February 12, 2016 The First Parish of Watertown The Rev. Andrea Greenwood   Opening Words –  from Coyote Wait, by Tony Hillerman   We have a legend about how First Man and First Woman had the stars in their blanket, and were placing them carefully in the sky.  Then […]

“Saying Sorry” by Mark W. Harris – February 5, 2017

“Saying Sorry” – Mark W. Harris  First Parish of Watertown – February 5, 2017   Opening Words – from Swing Time by Zadie Smith The brain is connected to the heart and the eyes. – it’s all visualization, all of it! – Want it, see it, take it. No apologies. I don’t apologize ever for […]

“The Big Chair” by Andrea Greenwood – January 22, 2017

The Big Chair January 22, 2017 The First Parish of Watertown The Rev. Andrea Greenwood   Opening Words – from Shirley Chisholm My God, what do we want? What does any human being want? Take away an accident of pigmentation of a thin layer of our outer skin and there is no difference between me […]

“Risky Business” by Jolie Olivetti – January 15, 2017

“Risky Business” by Jolie Olivetti – January 15, 2017   OPENING “The Only Ones Who Ever Win” by Eileen B Karpeles Out of our separate lives we come, to walk this path together for an hour or a day, for a week or a month or a series of months and years. For this space […]

“The Unsectarian Sect” by Mark W. Harris – January 8, 2017

“The Unsectarian Sect” Mark W. Harris  January 8, 2017 –  First Parish of Watertown,  MA   Opening Words – from Edward Schempp   “Unitarian Universalism is faith in people, hope for tomorrow’s child, confidence in a continuity that spans all time. It looks not to a perfect heaven, but toward a good earth. It is […]