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To the Very End of the Age (3/31/13)

UUCM 2013-03-31Selections from our Easter Sunday Worship Service for The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. Judy Tomlinson and Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there.”
–Clarence W. Hall

“Easter tells us that life is to be interpreted not simply in terms of things but in terms of ideals.”
–Charles M. Crowe

“I lied on my Weight Watchers list. I put down that I had 3 eggs…but they were Cadbury chocolate eggs!”
–Caroline Rhea

A STORY FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES
by Rev. Judy Tomlinson

PRAYER AND MEDITATION
by Rev. Judy Tomlinson

AN EASTER HOMILY
“To the Very End of the Age”
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

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I’m a Stranger Here Myself – Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman (3/24/13)

18:27 – Selections from The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Essex County’s Sunday Worship Service by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman.

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While Rev. Darrell Berger was leading our service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, our own Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman led the service at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Essex County in Orange, NJ. as part of a pulpit exchange between the two congregations. Both ministers decided to use the same title for their sermons, not knowing what the content of each other’s talk would be. We are posting both sermons here so that both congregations can experience both sermons!

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I’m a Stranger Here Myself – Rev. Darrell Berger (3/24/13)

16:59 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Rev. Darrell Berger.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“Remember, remember always, that all of us and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”
–Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Recognize yourself in he and she who are not like you and me.”
–Carlos Fuentes

READING
“American Tune” by Paul Simon

SERMON
“I’m a Stranger Here Myself”
Rev. Darrell Berger

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Carol McGough

Rev. Darrell Berger has served the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Essex County in Orange, NJ. since 2008. Rev. Berger’s theology is radically eclectic. Sermon topics range from the Judeo-Christian-Islamic tradition, to eastern religions, to philosophy and poetry, all toward the goal of bringing peace and justice to the world by actively working for it in the local community. He is an honorary member of the Unitarian Church in Prague, for his assistance in linking that congregation to the Unitarian Universalist Association in the U.S.A.

While Rev. Berger was leading our service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, our own Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman led the service at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Essex County as part of a pulpit exchange between the two congregations. Both ministers decided to use the same title for their sermons, not knowing what the content of each other’s talk would be. We are posting both sermons here so that both congregations can experience both sermons!

Please note: All sermons are copyrighted by the author.

When the Music Stops: A Religious Perspective on Gun Violence (3/17/13)

24:44 – 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 love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.
–Ruth Stout

“Cynicism is not realistic and tough. It’s unrealistic and kind of cowardly because it means you don’t have to try.”
–Peggy Noonan

“The past with its pleasures, its rewards, its foolishness, its punishments, is there for each of us forever, and it should be.”
–Lillian Hellman

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
From the The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, translated by John C. H. Wu
From the Unitarian Universalsist Legislative Ministry of New Jersey

SERMON
“When the Music Stops: A Religious Perspective on Gun Violence”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Carol McGough

Please note: All sermons are copyrighted by the author.

When You Wish “the Now” Were “the Not Now” (3/10/13)

22:18 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Rev. Jackie Lahey.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.”
–Henry Ward Beecher

“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”
–Joseph Campbell

“Be kind to one another, for we are all more fragile than we let on.”
–Cory Booker

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
A poem by Wendell Berry
A poem by Rabindranath Tagore

SERMON
“When You Wish ‘the Now’ Were ‘the Not Now”
Rev. Jackie Lahey

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Carol McGough

Please note: All sermons are copyrighted by the author.

We the People… (3/3/13)

23:41 – 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

“It’s helpful to remind yourself that meditation is about opening and relaxing with whatever arises, without picking and choosing.”
​–Pema Chodron

“We all create the person we become by our choices as we go through life. In a real sense, by the time we are adults, we are the sum total of the choice we have made.”
–Eleanor Roosevelt

“To live in this world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.”
–Mary Oliver

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
From the Book of Matthew, Chapter 5
From the 2013 Inauguration Address by President Barack Obama

SERMON
“We the People…”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Carol McGough

Please note: All sermons are copyrighted by the author.