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Monthly Archives: August 2014

The Sharing of Love in Community (8/31/14)

26:57 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Joel Naftelberg.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“Grace is the love and generosity of God. Grace comes in many forms. It is in the hope we feel in the morning after a night of rest, and it’s in the good feeling we get from the faith that our needs will be met.”
–Anonymous

“Nothing that is worth doing can be done alone, but has to be done with others.”
–Reinhold Niebuhr

PRAYER & MEDITATION
Terry Cummings

READINGS
“Entering the Shell” by Rumi
From the Old and New Testament:
(i) From the Torah, Leviticus chapter 19, verse 18
(ii) From the Torah, Deuteronomy chapter 6, verse 4, the Shema
(iii) From the Gospel According to Matthew, Chapter 22, verses 34 to 40

SERMON
“The Sharing of Love in Community”
Joel Naftelberg

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Sue Raufer

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The Question Box (8/25/14)

UUCM 2013-08-25_ Question Box Sunday46:31 – 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

“Human minds are more full of mysteries than any written book and more changeable than the cloud shapes in the air.”
–Louisa May Alcott

“If you are lucky and work very hard, you may someday get to experience freedom from the known.”
–Jiddu Krishnamurti

“The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.”
–Frank Herbert

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From Chapter 56 of The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, translated by John C. H. Wu
From A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman

SERMON
“The Question Box”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

Liturgist: Sue Raufer

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Trouble in Paradise (8/17/14)

22:55 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Mr. Markus Grae-Hauck.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
–George Bernard Shaw

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

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr.

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT AND MODERN
From a poem by Farīd ud-Dīn Aṭṭār, a.k.a. Attar of Nishapur.
From Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke.

SERMON
“Trouble in Paradise”
Mr. Markus Grae-Hauck

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Cheryl Crawford

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The Naked Truth About Love (8/10/14)

23:06 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Robin Reichert.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“If you want to know love, you must allow the armor of fear to be stripped from you piece by piece, until you are naked before the world.”
–Teal

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
From Daphne Rose Kingma

SERMON
“The Naked Truth About Love”
Robin Reichert

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Cheryl Crawford

TODAY’S SERVICE IS BEING LED BY ROBIN REICHERT.

Through the art of storytelling and her peace ministry, Robin Reichert builds bridges of harmony and kinship between humans and from humans to the natural world. She enjoys telling stories that uplift, inspire, and spark the wonder of imagination, both from her personal experience and those of others. She was recently featured in a curtain warmer for John Lithgow’s “Stories by Heart,” is often on WDIY public radio, is the author of “Feather Gifts for all Ages,” and the editor/publisher of the Lehigh Storytelling Guild newsletter, “Teller Times.”

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Reaching for the Stars on a Summer’s Night …or Any Other Time (8/3/14)

17:13 – 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

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”
–Mark Twain

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
–Arthur Ashe

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
–C.S. Lewis

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT AND MODERN
From Meister Eckhart
From Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse

SERMON
“Reaching for the Stars on a Summer’s Night …or Any Other Time”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Laura Stakiwicz

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