Sermons

“Work: Alienation? Vocation? Vacation!” by Jolie Olivetti January 31, 2016

“Work: Alienation? Vocation? Vacation!”  by Jolie Olivetti January 31, 2016   Opening Words from “Revision” by Aurora Levins Morales “The seams we made kept us from freezing in the winters of New York and put beans on the table in the years of soup kitchens. Puerto Rican women have always held up four-fifths of the […]

Social Action Sunday – January 24, 2016

Social Action Sunday – January 24, 2016 Three speakers included: Mark Harris speaking about First Parish and our faith commitment to make a difference in the world; Laura Wagner the Executive Director of UU Mass Action will tell us all about ways you can be involved in advocacy for issues that UUs across the state […]

“Built in Our Image” by Mark W. Harris – January 17, 2016

 “Built in Our Image” by Mark W. Harris   First Parish of Watertown – January 17, 2016   Call to Worship – “i am a little church” by e.e. cummings (adapted)   i am a little church(no great cathedral) – i do not worry if briefer days grow briefest, i am not sorry when sun and […]

“The Shame Spiral” by Andrea Greenwood – January 10, 2016

The Shame Spiral January 10, 2016 The First Parish of Watertown The Rev. Andrea Greenwood Opening Words       ―from Anne Lamott, Operating Instructions My friend reminded me about the five rules of the world as arrived at by a theologian. First rule, you must not have anything wrong or different about you. If you do, you […]

“Judgment Day” by Mark W. Harris – January 3, 2016

“Judgment Day” by Mark W. Harris January 3, 2016 – First Parish of Watertown Call to Worship – from Kalidasa   Look to this day: For it is life, the very life of life. In its brief course Lie all the verities and realities of your existence. The bliss of growth, The glory of action, […]

“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, […]