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Monthly Archives: October 2012

New Member Sunday: Blessed Are the Ones Who Come… (10/28/12)

19:23 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s New Member Sunday Worship Service by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“I accept relationship as my primary teacher about myself, other people, and the mysteries of the universe.”
–Gay Hendrick

“To connect with the great river we all need a path, but when you get down there, there’s only one river.”
–Matthew Fox

“We ask for long life, but ‘tis deep life, or noble moments that signify. Let the measure of time be spiritual, not mechanical.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From the tradition of the Roman Catholic Mass
From Tibetan Buddhist Lama Surya Das

SERMON
“Blessed Are the Ones Who Come…”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Nick Lewis

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The One and the Many (10/21/12)

25:29 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“I believe in one God, and no more; and I hope for happiness beyond this life. I believe in the equality of humans; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy and endeavoring to make our fellow creatures happy.”
–Thomas Paine

“God is on everyone’s side…and in the last analysis, he is on the side with plenty of money and large armies.”
–Jean Anouilh

“I caught the happiness virus last night when I was out singing beneath the stars.”
–Hafiz of Persia

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From the Book of Exodus, Chapter 14
From “An Open Life – Joseph Campbell in Conversation With Michael Toms”

SERMON
“The One and the Many”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Nick Lewis

Please note: All sermons are copyrighted by the author.

Finding the New World (10/14/12)

22:26 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“History shows that it does not matter who is in power or what revolutionary forces take over the government, those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they had in the beginning.”
–Carter G. Woodson

“Privilege is not in and of itself bad… [it] does not have to be negative, but we have to share our resources and take direction about how to use our privilege in ways that empower those who lack it.”
–bell hooks

“Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong?’ Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night.’
–Charles M. Schulz

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From Chapter 30 of the Tao te Ching by Lao Tzu, “A Caveat Against Violence,” translated by Stan Rosenthal
From our Unitarian Universalist Association website: Taking Action on the 2012 Resolution

SERMON
“Finding the New World”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

Liturgist: Nick Lewis

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Health Care for All: A Moral Imperative (10/7/12)

28:06 – Selections from a Worship Committee Sponsored Service for The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Ms. Francesca Elms and Ms. Cecilia Cosca.

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READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From My Grandfather’s Blessings by Rachel Naomi Remen
Faith-Inspired Vision of Health Care, developed by the members of Faithful Reform in Health Care

SERMON
“Health Care for All: A Moral Imperative”
by Ms. Francesca Elms and Ms. Cecilia Coscas

PRAYER & MEDITAION

CLOSING WORDS

TODAY’S PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE MEMBERS OF THE HEALTH CARE TASK FORCE:

Those who helped in the planning stages and/or the presentation of our service today include Carolyn Burr, Cecilia Cosca, Francesca Elms, Lauretta Freeman, Susan Reinhard, Jessica Salerno, Nelia Sellers, Judy Strachan and Jill Wodnick.

Liturgist: Nick Lewis

Please note: All sermons are copyrighted by the author.