Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.
At Walden Pond, in Concord, Massachusetts, stands a replica of the tiny cabin Henry David Thoreau built when he “went to the woods... to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” In the cabin, as Thoreau carefully notes in Walden, he had a total of three chairs: “one for solitude, two for friendship, and three for society.” I’ve always appreciated how Thoreau ordered his universe during his famed experiment, expanding out from himself to the wider world. This Sunday, I’ll be inviting us all to look at how well we manage the balance between a healthy self-regard and our concern for “society.”
It's been a wonderful week around First, as we've welcomed Lynn Harrison, our Intern Minister for 2013-14. We will formally install her in this role during the service on 8 September. I hope you’ll join with me in the meantime to make her feel at home.