Sermons

“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 […]

“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 […]

“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 […]