Sermons

“Jesus was a Unitarian” by Mark W. Harris – December 13, 2015

“Jesus was a Unitarian” by Mark W. Harris   First Parish of Watertown – December 13, 2015   Call to Worship – It & Co. by Tracy Smith We are a part of It. Not guests. Is It us, or what contains us? How can It be anything but an idea, Something teetering on the […]

“Caged Bird / Free Bird” by Jolie Olivetti – November 29, 2015

“Caged Bird / Free Bird” Sermon by Jolie Olivetti  –  November 29, 2015 Opening Words “Beginners” by Denise Levertov But we have only begun To love the earth. We have only begun To imagine the fullness of life. How could we tire of hope? — so much is in bud. How can desire fail? — […]

“Late So Soon” by Andrea Greenwood – November 15, 2015

Late So Soon November 15, 2015 Tbe First Parish of Watertown The Rev. Andrea Greenwood   Opening Words:   from Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie, Chapter 15, Hook or Me This Time “Pan, who and what art thou?” Hook cried huskily. “I’m youth, I’m joy,” Peter answered at a venture, “I’m a little bird that has broken […]

“Love and Mercy” by Mark W. Harris October 25, 2015

“Love and Mercy” by Mark W. Harris  October 25, 2015 – First Parish of Watertown   http://www.uua.org/care/addictions   Call to Worship from Psalm 34 (adapted)   Let me bless the holy name at all times, and always have praise for life’s goodness in my mouth. Let everyone hear and rejoice, the lowly and the meek, […]

“Devil Worship and The Elect” by Andrea Greenwood – October 18, 2015

Devil Worship and The Elect October 18, 2015 The First Parish of Watertown The Rev. Andrea Greenwood   Opening Words: from the 13th century German mystic, Meister Eckhart God is at home; it is we who have gone out for a walk.   Reading – from The Unwinding, by George Packer pp232-233   Kirk Noden, […]

“Confessions of a Former Misanthrope” by Jolie Olivetti – October 4, 2015

“Confessions of a Former Misanthrope” by Jolie Olivetti  October 4, 2015 – First Parish of Watertown, MA   Are there any born again Unitarian Universalists? Our religion doesn’t generally lend itself to dramatic transformations like that We’re all welcomed into the free and responsible search for truth and meaning from the time we walk through […]

“The Governor’s Tears” by Andrea Greenwood – September 27, 2015

The Governor’s Tears September 27, 2015 The First Parish of Watertown The Rev. Andrea Greenwood Opening Words: from Gate A-4, by Naomi Shihab Nye, 1952  At the gate to our delayed plane, an older woman was making people nervous. In full traditional Palestinian embroidered dress, just like my grandma wore, she was crumpled to the […]

“When I’m Sixty Four” by Mark W. Harris – September 20, 2015

“When I’m Sixty Four” by Mark W. Harris First Parish of Watertown – September 20, 2015   Call to Worship from Deng Ming-Dao   The older one gets, the more one is conscious of aging.  We can barely remember childhood innocence and exuberance.  We are surprised by the youthful vitality and unmarked face when we […]

“Standing On Your Shadow” by Mark W. Harris – June 7, 2015

“Standing On Your Shadow” by Mark W. Harris  June 7, 2015 –   First Parish of Watertown Call to Worship – from The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath   I thought the most beautiful thing in the world must be shadow, the million moving shapes and cul-de-sacs of shadow. There was shadow in bureau drawers and […]

“Swan Song” by Tracy Johnson – May 31, 2015

“Swan Song” by Tracy Johnson First Parish Watertown, Unitarian Universalist Sunday, May 31, 2015 Opening Words – from Rainer Maria Rilke You must give birth to your images. They are the future waiting to be born. Fear not the strangeness you feel. The future must enter you long before it happens. Just wait for the […]

“Sacrifice and Ordinary Lives” May 25, 2015 – Rev. Andrea Greenwood

Sacrifice and Ordinary Lives May 25, 2015 The First Parish of Watertown The Rev. Andrea Greenwood   Opening Words     XLIX   Emily Dickinson They dropped like flakes, they dropped like stars, Like petals from a rose, When suddenly across the June A wind with finger goes. They perished in the seamless grass, — No eye could […]

“Baby, You Can Drive My Car” by Mark W. Harris – May 17, 2015

“Baby, You Can Drive My Car” by Mark W. Harris   May 17, 2015 – First Parish of Watertown Call to Worship – from Adam Gopnik Knowing how to drive is part of knowing how to live. Everyone has a role: we yield, scoot, slide, wave, nod, sigh, deny each other space and give each […]

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