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Easter Homily, April 12, 2020

There’s honey in the rock for all God’s children. Feed every child of God. What a perfect song for us to sing after the story that we heard about Jesus and the disciples feeding the 5000, sometimes known as the story of the loaves and fishes. It did not seem to the disciples like it would be possible, any more possible than finding honey in a rock, but somehow there was enough to feed them all. The first song we sang together, Lean on Me, may seem like an odd choice for Easter Sunday. But...

“Easter Magic” by Andrea Greenwood – April 1, 2018

“Easter Magic” by Andrea Greenwood -Years and years ago, out pickling berries with my two year old, O asked him how he found so many and he answered very simply: “I open my eyes.” What do you see on Easter morning when the eyes of your eyes are opened? What treasures are hiding nearby, awaiting your discovery?

“I Give Up” by Mark W. Harris – April 5, 2015 – Easter Sunday

“I Give Up” by Mark W. Harris April 5, 2015 - Easter Sunday – First Parish of Watertown Call to Worship – from Joan of Arc “Every man gives his life for what he believes. Every woman gives her life for what she believes. Sometimes people believe in little or nothing, and so they give their lives to little or nothing. One life is all we have, and we live it as we believe in living it…and then it’s gone. But to surrender who you are and to live without belief is more terrible than dying.  ...

“WWJD and You” by Mark W. Harris – April 8, 2012

“WWJD and You”  by Mark W. Harris First Parish of Watertown -  Easter Sunday – April 8, 2012  Call to Worship  Returning by Wendell Berry     

I was walking in a dark valley 
and above me the tops of the hills 
had caught the morning light. 
I heard the light singing as it went
 among the grassblades and the leaves. 
I waded upward through the shadow
 until my head emerged,
 my shoulders were mantled with the light, 
and my whole body came up
 out of the darkness, and stood 
on the...

“Making a New Name” – Mark W. Harris – April 24, 2011

“Making a New Name”  - Mark W. Harris  Easter Sunday – April 24, 2011 – First Parish of Watertown    Call to Worship  (unison)  #624  “Hope Again” by Clarke Dewey Wells God of Easter and infrequent Spring: Announce the large covenant to deceitful lands, Drive the sweet liquor through our parched veins, Lure us to fresh schemes of life. Rouse us from tiredness, self-pity, Whet us for use, Fire us with good passion. Restore in us the love of living, Bind us to fear and hope again. Time for All...

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