Sermons

“Beyond the Rational” – Lay Service – May 22, 2016

First Parish of Watertown  LAY  SERVICE:   “BEYOND  THE  RATIONAL”     MAY  22,  2016     “My  Credo”  by  Judy  Kamm     Good  morning!  I  am  honored  that  Jeri  Bayer  invited  me  to  speak  because   she  assumed  I  would  have  experience  beyond  the  rational,  aka  spiritual,   to  share  with  you  today. […]

“Finding Our Religious Label” by Mark W. Harris – May 15, 2016

“Finding Our Religious Label” by Mark W. Harris  May 15, 2016 – First Parish of Watertown, MA   Call to Worship – from Essentials by Jean Toomer (adapted)  “I am of no particular race. I am of the human race, a man at large in the human world, preparing a new race. I am of […]

“Mother’s Day” by Andrea Greenwood – May 8, 2016

“Mother’s Day”  by Andrea Greenwood –  May 8, 2016 Opening Words   from Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat  (This woman) told me about a group of people in Guinea who carry the sky on their heads. They are the people of Creation. Strong, tall, and mighty people who can bear anything. Their Maker, she said, […]

“Paying It Forward” by Mark W. Harris – April 24, 2016

“Paying It Forward” by Mark W Harris  April 24, 2016 – First Parish of Watertown, MA   Call to Worship – “The Possible Lives” by Ted Kooser There were once so many I might choose among, like a warehouse of coats and shoes, and all my size. Walking the streets I imagined myself in every […]

“The Road to Hell” by Andrea Greenwood – April 10, 2016

“The Road to Hell” The First Parish of Watertown The Rev. Andrea Greenwood April 10, 2016 Opening Words: from Tayari Jones, Silver Sparrow I am neither religious nor superstitious, but there is something otherworldly about the space where two roads come together. The devil is said to set up shop there if you want to […]

“Inner Voices” by Mark W. Harris – April 3, 2016

“Inner Voices” by Mark W. Harris April 3, 2016 – First Parish of Watertown Call to Worship – from Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird “Sometimes we have to make the best of things, and the way we conduct ourselves when the chips are down – well, all I can say is when you and […]

“What’s Good About Good Friday?” Mark W. Harris – March 27, 2016

“What’s Good About Good Friday?” Mark W. Harris  Easter 2016 – March 27, 2016 – First Parish of Watertown   Call to Worship – “spring song” by Lucille Clifton the green of Jesus is breaking the ground and the sweet smell of delicious Jesus is opening the house and the dance of Jesus music has […]

“The Capacity to Love, The Ability to Forgive” by Jolie Olivetti – March 20, 2016

“The Capacity to Love, The Ability to Forgive” by Jolie Olivetti – March 20, 2016 Opening Words from “Failure to Forgive” a sermon by former UUA President John Buehrens: What Jesus succeeded at—perhaps the only thing he truly succeeded at—is just what we most fail at. Forgiving. Forgiving others. Forgiving ourselves. We even crucify poor […]

“The Open Book” by Andrea Greenwood – March 13, 2016

“The Open Book” The First Parish of Watertown The Rev. Andrea Greenwood March 13, 2016   Opening Words   from The Boy Detective, by Roger Rosenblatt A walk is a way of entering the body, and also leaving it. I walk within me, and without. But how do you walk in the world? One foot in […]

“A Faith for Troubled Times” by Mark W. Harris – March 6, 2016

“A Faith for Troubled Times” by Mark W. Harris First Parish of Watertown – March 6, 2016 Call to Worship – from Marta I. Valentin We come together to honor the universal community of seekers to which we all belong. We gather together today to share from our deepest place of safety that we might […]

“A Humanist Talks God-Talk” by Jolie Olivetti – February 28, 2016

“A Humanist Talks God-Talk” by Jolie Olivetti –  February 28, 2016 Opening Words from Saadi The world is not a courtroom, there is no judge, no jury, no plaintiff. This is a caravan, filled with eccentric beings telling wondrous stories about God. Reading by Bill Schulz from Making the Manifesto In all my conversations with […]

“Does Free Speech Mean Correct Speech?” Mark W. Harris – February 21, 2016

“Does Free Speech Mean Correct Speech?” Mark W. Harris  February 21, 2016 – First Parish of Watertown, Unitarian Universalist   Call to Worship   “When They Sleep”
by Rolf Jacobsen (English version by Robert Hedin) All people are children when they sleep.
there’s no war in them then. They open their hands and breathe
in that quiet rhythm heaven […]

“Smooth Sailing” by Andrea Greenwood – February 14, 2016

“Smooth Sailing” The Rev. Andrea Greenwood The First Parish of Watertown February 14, 2016 Opening Words from A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle Even travelling at the speed of light it would take us years and years to get there,” Charles Wallace worried, (when he heard where his father was stranded.) “Oh, we don´t travel […]

“Deflating Football” by Mark W. Harris – February 7, 2016

“Deflating Football” by Mark W. Harris   First Parish of Watertown – February 7, 2016   Call to Worship from Michael Mandelbaum, The Meaning of Sport   “The meaning of sports, the source of their powerful grip on the imagination of Americans, has deep… roots. These games respond to human needs that can be traced […]