Sermons

“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 […]

“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 […]