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Listening Deeply (9/29/13)

26:25 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Rev. Judy Tomlinson.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“I believe we can change the world if we start listening to one another again…simple, truthful conversation where we each have a chance to speak, we each feel heard, and we each listen well.”
–Margaret Wheatley

“A few days ago I walked along the edge of the lake and was treated to the crunch and rustle of leaves with each step I made. The acoustics of this season are different and all sounds, no matter how hushed, are as crisp as autumn air.”
–Eric Sloane

“I sometimes wake in the early morning and listen to the soft breathing of my children and I think to myself, this is one thing I will never regret and I carry that quiet with me all day long.”
–Brian Andrea

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From the Book of I Kings 19:11-13
From Essays, Series 1: Spiritual Laws by Ralph Waldo Emerson

SERMON
“Listening Deeply”
Rev. Judy Tomlinson

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Teresa DeSousa

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If There Were No Limits, What Would You Choose? (9/22/13)

27:08 – 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

“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”
–William Jennings Bryan

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
–Helen Keller

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”
–Colin Powell

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From the Book of James in the New Testament of Christian Scriptures
From The Scottish Himalayan by William Hutchinson Murray (often misattributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, as it was read here)

SERMON
“If There Were No Limits, What Would You Choose?”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: President Teresa DeSousa

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A Time to Breakdown and a Time to Build Up (9/15/13)

21:48 – 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

“Time is of short duration and flies away swifter than the shades of evening. We are like the child who grasps a sunbeam in his hand, and when he opens it finds it empty, to his amazement, and all the brightness gone.”
–Jedaiah Ben Bedersi

“We say we waste time, but that is impossible. We waste ourselves.”
–Alice Bloch

“Love is the emblem of eternity; it confounds all notion of time; effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end.”
–Madame de Stael

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From the Kabbalistic master Rebbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi and six successive generations of Chabad rebbies; rendered by Rebbi Yanki Tauber
From the Book of Ecclesiastes

SERMON
“A Time to Breakdown and a Time to Build Up”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Teresa DeSousa

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Schwartz, Is That You? (9/8/13)

08:30 – Selections from our Water Communion Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
–Helen Keller

“The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.”
–Frederick Buechner

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
–Carl Bard

PRAYER & MEDITATION

HOMILY
“Schwartz, Is That You?”
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS
Rev. Judy Tomlinson

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