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“Remembering Our Other Ancestors” by Rev. Wendy L. Bell – November 10, 2019

During this month of November, we’re reflecting on the theme of Memory. This morning I’d like to spend some time thinking with you about memory and how it shapes us. About how the stories that we tell about ourselves and our experiences shape our sense of identity and self-understanding. Last week, we touched on the personal, on remembering the sources of our strength. And as part of that sermon, I suggested that if we can look back and remember from our past a time when we were challenged,...

“Remembering the Sources of Our Strength” by Rev. Wendy L. Bell – November 3, 2019

Last week, we thought about grief together. And I mentioned that among the things we might find ourselves grieving these days are climate change and our current political situation. And it’s not just grief that we feel, it’s also anxiety and disorientation. Life feels hard to many of us right now, particularly challenging, as some of the things that we’ve taken for granted for many years, some of us for most of our lives, things we thought would always be, are being eroded, swept away....

“We Remember Them” by Rev. Wendy L. Bell – October 27, 2019

Last year, at just about this point in late October, my mom found herself first, in the hospital, and then in rehab, recovering from pneumonia. She was there for quite some time and, as any of you who have spent much time in medical facilities know, it can be hard to sleep in such places. One night on the phone she recounted for me a dream that she had been having; that is, she’d had it more than once. She described herself has having been half asleep, or rather that she couldn’t tell if she...

Musically Speaking November 2019

Ah, for Musical Memories!  Take a moment and sing a song in your head.  It can be from a Broadway musical, a motown hit song, R & B, country, jazz, hip-hop, rock n roll, or from classical repertory.  It could be a song the choir sang last week or a hymn from a church service.  If you are like me, music can take you back to another time.  Music can connect us to memories.  Those memories can keep us grounded and help us remember days of yore, “who we used to be” or “the way we were”.  I...

“Opening Doors” by Mark W. Harris – February 8, 2015

“Opening Doors” by Mark W. Harris First Parish of Watertown -  February 8, 2015 Call to Worship : from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake The whole creation will . . . appear infinite, and holy whereas it now appears finite & corrupt. This will come to pass by an improvement of sensual enjoyment. But first the notion that [we have ] a body distinct from [our] soul, is to be expunged: this I shall do, by . . . melting apparent surfaces away, and displaying the infinite which...

“Meaning of Memory” by Mark W. Harris – May 26, 2013

“Meaning of Memory”  by Mark W. Harris May 26, 2013 - First Parish of Watertown   Call to Worship – from the Kaddish, the Mourners’ Prayer (after a poem by Zelda, adapted by Marcia Falk): Each of us has a name given by the source of life and given by our parents Each of us has a name given by our stature and our smile and given by what we wear Each of us has a name given by the mountains and given by our walls Each of us has a name given by the stars and given by our neighbors Each of us...

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