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Monthly Archives: December 2013

Endings and Beginnings: A Fire Communion Service (12/29/13)

UUCM2013122927:27 – 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
“It Must Be Here, Somewhere”
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

FIRE COMMUNION
A Letting Go; An Opening

BENEDICTION

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Christmas Eve, 2013 (12/24/13)

UUCM201312241:03:15 – Selections from our Christmas Eve, 2013 Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman and Rev. Judy Tomlinson.

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PRELUDE & PROCESSIONAL
“I’ll Tell the World”
by Baynard Fox, arr. Fred Bock

OPENING WORDS AND CHALICE LIGHTING

OPENING HYMN
“O Come All Ye Faithful”

READINGS
“Each Night a Child is Born” by S.L. Fahs
“A Child Is Born” by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

HYMN
“O Little Town of Bethlehem”

OFFERING
“Improvisation”
by Jonathan Drucker

CHOIR ANTHEM I
“A Winter’s Epiphany”
Text by Thomas J. Parente
Music by Michael A. Barron

READINGS
“The Christmas Spirit” by Jane Rzepka
“Last December” by Wendell Berry

HYMN
“Angels We Have Heard on High”

A CHRISTMAS STORY
“Christmas in Bodacia”
by Dennis Hamilton

CHOIR ANTHEM II
“Hallelujah” Chorus (from The Messiah)
by George Frideric Handel

A CHRISTMAS EVE PRAYER

THE CHRISTMAS STORY (GOSPEL)
Mark, Luke, et. al.

CLOSING HYMN AND CANDLE LIGHTING
“Silent Night, Holy Night”

CLOSING WORDS

POSTLUDE
“Improvisation”
by Markus Hauck

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It’s Always Darkest, Just Before… (12/15/13)

UUCM2013122222:27 – 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

“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.”
–Carl Jung

“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dare to dream before.”
–Edgar Allan Poe

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr.

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
“Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost
From the sermon “Christmas Always Begins at Midnight” by A. Powell Davies, 1946, All Souls Unitarian Church

SERMON
“It’s Always Darkest, Just Before…”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Michael Mernin

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UU Idol: A Battle of the Holidays (12/15/13)

UUCM2013121535:53 – Selections from our Intergenerational Holiday Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
“So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.”
–Bahá’u’lláh

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

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”
–Charles Dickens

INTRODUCTION OF THEME
by Rev. Judy Tomlinson

PRAYER & MEDITATION
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

A HOLIDAY PAGEANT
“UU Idol: A Battle of the Holidays”

A HOMILETIC STORY
“The 4th Wise Man”/“You Can Be Anybody That You Want to Be”
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

“UU Idol: Battle of Holidays”
Written by Dionne Ford Kurtti
Directed & Produced by Laurice Farrell, Beth Smith, Lori Alexander & Mama Doni
Musical Direction: Markus Hauck, Stearns Matthews, Amy Crafton
Musical Arrangements: Amy Crafton & Markus Hauck
Production Services: Brian Brodeur & Steve Schoenwiesner
Stage Crew: George Buccino, Nathanial Wodnick & Sebastian Wodnick

CAST (in order of appearance):
Ryan Solstice: Maggie Arian
Yule Tide: Lanka Ramsey
Holly Queen: Nikki Mernin
Tonantzin: Devany Kurtti

The Funky Gold Menorahs:
Charlotte Brookes-La Blanc, Clara Brookes-La Blanc,
Willa Brookes-La Blanc, Sara Howard

The First Fruits:
Beatrix Scherfen-Brown, Mimi Scherfen-Brown, Sophia Sorge,
Winnie Sorge, Sadie-Talullah Curran

The Wise Ones:
Julia Chadwick, Jade Lytle, Rachel Harmon, Blake Hayden Hart,
Emerson Wodnick

Singers:
Desiree Kurtti, Helen Healy, Giancarlo Ponticello, Hank Felix, Sam Schuman, Eric Stoloff, Kristen Lo

Very Special Thanks from Beth and Laurice: To all the parents and participants for showing up, working with my crazy scheduling and being incredibly wonderful!!

Happiness Runs in a Circular Motion (12/8/13)

23:13 – 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

“I caught the happiness virus last night when I was out singing beneath the stars.
–Hafiz of Persia

“Your happiness is a gift because it literally brings out the best in you.”
–Robert Holden

“The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer somebody else up.”
–Mark Twain

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT AND MODERN
From “Happiness Runs” by Donovan Leach
From the poem: “So Much Happiness” by Naomi Shihab Nye from her book “Words under the Words”
From Lau Tsu

SERMON
“Happiness Runs in a Circular Motion”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Michael Mernin

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To Lead Where No One Has Led Before (12/1/13)

22:53 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Mr. Bruce Knotts.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“‘Freedom from fear’ could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights.”
–Dag Hammarskjold

PRAYER & MEDITATION
Rev. Judy Tomlinson

READING
“We, The Peoples of the United Nations”

SERMON
“To Lead Where No One Has Led Before”
Mr. Bruce Knotts

CLOSING WORDS

TODAY’S SERVICE IS BEING LED BY MR. BRUCE KNOTTS.
Bruce was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia. He worked for Raytheon in Saudi Arabia and on a World Bank contract in Somalia before he joined the Department of State as a U.S. diplomat in 1984. Bruce retired from the Foreign Service in 2007 and joined the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) as its Executive Director at the beginning of 2008. He began the UU-UNO’s very successful LGBT advocacy program in 2008. Bruce has been chair of the UN NGO Committee on Human Rights since June 2010 and of the Faith and Ethics Network for the International Criminal Court since April 2010. He is the President and CEO of the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security and a member of the NGO UN Security Council Working Group.

Liturgist: Mike Mernin

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