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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Gratitude and Generosity (11/25/12)

18:34 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Ms. Kimberly Johnson.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
–Maya Angelou

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present an not giving it.”
— William Arthur Ward

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From Romans 12:6-8 (New International Version of the Bible)
“Know Yourself,” from Ayat Jamilah: Beautiful Signs: A Treasury of Islamic Wisdom for Children and Parents, retold by Sarah Conover and Freda Crane.

SERMON
“Gratitude and Generosity”
Kimberly Johnson

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Jack Drucker

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On the Cutting Edge of Gratitude (11/18/12)

17:02 – 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

“Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary”
–Margaret Cousins

“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.”
–William Faulkner

“One regret dear world, that I am determined not to have when I am lying on my deathbed is that I did not kiss you enough.”
— Hafiz of Persia

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From the Sufi poet Rumi
From Melody Beattie

SERMON
“On the Cutting Edge of Gratituden”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Jack Drucker

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Picking Up the Pieces and Moving On (11/11/12)

25:22 – 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

“If there is a single definition of healing it is to enter with mercy and awareness those pains, mental and physical, from which we have withdrawn in judgment and dismay.”
–Stephen Levine

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”
–Billy Joel

“Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.”
–Tori Amos

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From the Tao Te Ching, chapter 17, by Lao Tzu, translated by John C. H. Wu
From “Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year” by Anne Lamott

SERMON
“Picking Up the Pieces and Moving On”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Jack Drucker

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Regrets and Recovery: The Doctrine of Discovery (11/4/12)

31:00 – Selections from a Sunday Morning Worship Service for The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. Linda Goonewardene.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as life lasts.”
–Rachel Carson

“Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. That’s good news.”
–Carl Scovel

“We were told by the creator, This is your land. Keep it for me until I come back.”
–Thomas Banyaca

PRAYER AND MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From the Hebrew Book of Genesis, Chapter 19
From “The Woman Who Watches Over the World: A Native Memoir” by Linda Hogan

SERMON
“Regrets and Recovery: The Doctrine of Discovery”
by Rev.  Rev. Linda Goonewardene

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Jack Drucker

 

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