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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

Please note: All sermons are copyrighted by the author.

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About The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair is welcoming of all seekers after truth, beauty, justice and compassion cherishing their diversity of race, gender, sexual identity and orientation, religious background and perspective on life. We are a liberal religious community seeking transformation in our hearts, our homes, our community and our world. We come together to * Create a spiritual community that nurtures and inspires us as we search for meaning in our lives. * Reach out and welcome all who wish to be part of our community because diversity of race, culture, sexual orientation, and economic background enriches us all. * Guide and challenge our children in their lifelong journey of discovery and spiritual growth. * Explore religious and cultural traditions so that we may honor our differences and our common ground. * Take responsibility for helping to solve the problems of our community. * Promote social and economic justice, furthering our work to dismantle racism, homophobia, and all forms of oppression. * Celebrate artistic creation as a spiritual element of life. * Respect the beauty and mystery of nature by actively preserving our environment. * Invest our personal resources to build and sustain this community of aspiration. * Act together to keep this covenant alive. We are Unitarian Universalists, building upon our heritage as advocates for the rights and dignity of all. Our spiritual leaders are Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael and Rev. Scott Sammler-Michael, Co-Senior Ministers.

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