Sermons

“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 […]

“What a Friend” by Mark W. Harris – December 11, 2016

“What a Friend”  by Mark W. Harris December 11, 2016 –  First Parish of Watertown,  Unitarian Universalist   Opening Words – from Beverly and David Bumbaugh Our church exists to proclaim the gospel that each human being is infinitely precious, that the meaning of our lives lies hidden in our interactions with each other. We […]

“Kneeling in the Snow” by Andrea Greenwood – December 4, 2016

Kneeling in the Snow The First Parish of Watertown December 4, 2016 The Rev. Andrea Greenwood  Opening Words    from “Ma Rainey,” by Sterling Brown They come to hear Ma Rainey from the little river settlements, From blackbottom cornrows and from lumber camps; They stumble in the hall, just a-laughin’ an’ a-cacklin’, Cheerin’ like roarin’ water, […]

“If Only . . . “ by Mark W. Harris – November 27, 2016

“If Only . . . “by Mark W. Harris  First Parish of Watertown –   November 27, 2016   Opening Words – from Ralph Waldo Emerson Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow […]

“Broken Fences” by Andrea Greenwood – November 13, 2016

“Broken Fences” November 13, 2016 The First Parish of Watertown The Rev. Andrea Greenwood   Opening Words                               from Hillary Rodham Clinton, Nov. 9, 2016 Our constitutional democracy enshrines ….the principle that we are all equal in rights and dignity, freedom of worship and expression. We respect and cherish these values, and we must defend them…. […]

“I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts” by Jolie Olivetti – October 30, 2016

“I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts” by Jolie Olivetti – October 30, 2016 OPENING WORDS “Are you a monster? Like Ursula Monkton?” Lettie threw a pebble into the pond. “I don’t think so,” she said. “Monsters come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them are things people are scared of. Some of them are […]

“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 […]