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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Endings and Beginnings: A Fire Communion Service (12/30/12)

UUCM2012123019:38 – Selections from a Sunday Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
“Great is the art of beginning, but great is the art of ending.”
-Lazarus Long

“If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.”
-Amy Tan

“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.”
-Arthur Rubenstein

“Time is short for those that laugh.”
-It’s a Beautiful Day

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
This Day Is Ours – Vincent Silliman
The Span of Life – Fred Cappucino
In Betweenness – Richard Gilbert
Never Too Late – Richard Gilbert
January First – Richard Gilbert

HOMILY
“From Time Immemorial”
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

FIRE COMMUNION
A Letting Go; An Opening

CLOSING WORDS

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Christmas Eve, 2012 (12/24/12)

27:36 – Selections from our Christmas Eve, 2012 Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman and Rev. Judy Tomlinson.

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OPENING WORDS AND CHALICE LIGHTING

READINGS
“Each Night a Child is Born” by S.L. Fahs
“A Child Is Born” by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
“A Visit from St. Nicholas ” by  Clement Clarke Moore or Henry Livingston, Jr. (?)
“The Christmas Candle” by Richard Paul Evans

A CHRISTMAS EVE PRAYER

THE CHRISTMAS STORY
Mark, Luke, et. al.

CLOSING WORDS

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In the Dark of the Year (12/23/12)

UUCM2012122323:46 – 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

“The world would never amount to a hill of beans if people didn’t use their imaginations to think of the impossible.”
–Pete Seeger

“In times of crisis, people reach for meaning. Meaning is strength. Our survival may depend on our seeking and finding it.
–Dawn Markova

“Without fear, we are able to see more clearly our connections to others. Without fear, we have more room for understanding and compassion. Without fear, we are truly free.”
–Thich Nhat Hanh

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From the Book of Genesis
From You Can’t Go Back Home Again by Thomas Wolfel

SERMON
“In the Dark of the Year”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Charles Loflin

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A UU Holiday (12/16/2012)

UUCM2012121642:05 – Selections from our Intergenerational Holiday Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“There are two ways of spreading light: To be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
-Edith Wharton

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”
-Hamilton Wright Mabie

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”
-Tenzin Gyatso, H.H. The Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet

A SPECIAL REMEMBRANCE, PRAYER & MEDITATION

INTRODUCTION OF THEME
by Rev. Judy Tomlinson

A HOLIDAY PAGEANT
“A UU Holiday”

HOMILY
“There’s a Happy Feeling Nothing in the World Can Buy”
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

“A UU HOLIDAY”

Written by Brandon E. Doemling
Directed & Produced by Beth Smith, Anne Sailer
Musical Director: Tom Parente
Sound: Steve Schoenwiesner

Cast (in order of appearance)

Ursela Underwood Holiday (Sam): Molly Sailer
Connie Fused: Devany Kurtti
Aunt: Desiree Kurtti
Lewis: Owen Wells
Myra: Ryanne Barrett
Jones: Lila Bolt
Kennedy: Kennedy Mathis
Crystal: Kelly Nulty

Lewis Family:
Willa Marshall, Lanka Ramsey, Madeline Lange, Lucy Lange

Jones Family:
Kieran Wells, Julia Chadwick, Rachel Harmon, Lauren Loflin

Crystal Family:
Julia Crafton, Avery Crafton, Nikki Mernin, Sophie Kaspar, Beatrix Scherfen-Brown, Ava Read

Crew:
Nathaniel Wodnick, Harrison Naftelberg, Alex Goggin, Lily Seraydarian, Mona Marshall, George Buccino

UU YOUTH CHOIR

Sopranos: Grace-Anna Douglas, Barbara Dunne, Lina Schoenwiesner, Sophia Seidenberg
Altos: Morgan Loflin, Beryl Rosenblum. Ariane Schoenwiesner, Anna Karapin-Springorum
Tenors: Jacob Sailer, Jonathon Drucker
Basses: Michael Nulty, Daniel Parente, Giancarlo Ponticello

Special Thanks: Malinda Loflin

Very Special Thanks to all the parents and participants for showing up, working hard, and being incredibly wonderful!!

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You Talkin’ ta Me (12/9/12)

UUCM2012120921:13 – 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

“The darkness of the whole world cannot swallow the glowing of a candle.”
-Robert Altinger

“In days then and now
Mystery travels the earth
Shining Light from Dark.”
-A Hanukkah Haiku

“For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.”
-T.S. Eliot

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From  the Second Book of Maccabes
From Who Is Man? by Abraham Joshua Heschel

SERMON
“You Talkin’ ta Me”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Charles Loflin

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Poems, Prayers and Piano… for the Cuspis (12/02/12)

33:00 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman and Mr. Markus Hauk.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“A [person] must dream a long time in order to act with grandeur, and dreaming is nursed in darkness.”
–Jean Genet

“A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds.”
–Percy Bysshe Shelley

“A work will only have deep resonance if the kind of darkness I can generate is something that is resident in me already.”
–Anish Kapoor

PRAYER & MEDITATION

SERMON
“Poems, Prayers and Piano… for the Cuspis”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman and Mr. Markus Hauk

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Charles Loflin

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