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…That Thorns Have Roses… (11/24/13)

UUCM 2013-11-2418:41 – 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

“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
Rev. Judy Tomlinson

READINGS: ANCIENT AND MODERN
From the Buddha Siddhārtha Gautama
From “The Guest House,” by Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks

SERMON
“…That Thorns Have Roses…”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Frank Ippolito

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Meaning Well (11/17/13)

20:55 – 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 consider those are rich who are doing something they feel worthwhile and which they enjoy doing.”
–Eleanor Roosevelt

“Service is the rent we pay to be living. It is the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time.”
–Marian Wright Edelman

“If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.”
–Laurence J. Peter

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT AND MODERN
From the Book of James
From High Eagle, Native American, musician, philosopher and recipient of the National Medal of Freedom

SERMON
“Meaning Well”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Frank Ippolito

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Crossing into Deep Time: A Calling and a Response (11/10/13)

23:31 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Miriam MacGillis, OP.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“The universe is wider than our views of it.”
–Henry David Thoreau

“The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it, but the way those atoms are put together.”
–Carl Sagan

“No known roof is as beautiful as the skies above.
–Michael O’Muircheartaigh

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From the Book of Wisdom, Chapter 1, Verses 7-8, 12-15
“The Great Work, Our Way into the Future” by Thomas Berry

SERMON
“Crossing into Deep Time: A Calling and a Response”
Miriam MacGillis, OP

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Frank Ippolito

TODAY’S SERVICE IS BEING LED BY MIRIAM MACGILLIS, OP

Miriam is a member of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell, NJ. Since 1980 she has lived and worked at Genesis Farm, which she co-founded in Blairstown, NJ with the sponsorship of her Dominican Congregation. The Farm explores the new insights and implications for the human community derived from the scientific story of an evolving Universe and living planet. It promotes bioregionalism, sustainability and a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of ethics for resolving the ecological crises of our times.

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The Time of Our Lives (11/3/13)

20:13 – 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

“It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about?”
–Henry David Thoreau

“Stand for something or you will fall for anything. Today’s might oak is yesterday’s nut that its ground.”
–Rosa Parks

“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
–E.B. White

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: MODERN
“October nor’easter” by Marge Piercy
“The True Joy in Life” by George Bernard Shaw

SERMON
“The Time of Our Lives”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Frank Ippolito

Please note: All sermons are copyrighted by the author.