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Monthly Archives: December 2014

And For Our Next Act… (12/28/14)

15:03 – 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
“And For Our Next Act…”
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

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For more information about The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, please visit us at http://uumontclair.org.
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To Dream the Impossible Dream (12/21/14)

26:19 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.”
–Jewish Proverb

“Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”
–Chinese Proverb

“The darkness of the whole world cannot swallow the glowing of a candle.”
–Robert Altinger

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From the Babylonian Talmud
From the chapter “The Meaning of Hanukkah,” from the book Becoming A Jewish Parent by Daniel Gordis

SERMON
“To Dream the Impossible Dream”
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Carol McGough

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Advent: Unafraid of the Dark (12/7/14)

28:07 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman and Mr. Markus Grae-Hauck.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“People living deeply have no fear of death.”
–Anais Nin

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”
–Elie Wiesel

“Religion is the human response to being alive and having to die.”
–F. Forrester Church

PRAYER & MEDITATION

SERMON
“Advent: Unafraid of the Dark”
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman and Mr. Markus Grae-Hauck

INTRODUCTION: MUSICAL IMPROVISATION

PART I: Verse: An Introduction to the Season
Musical Improvisation

PART II: Verse: Toward the Mystery in the Dark
Musical Improvisation

PART III: Verse: Is This the End?
Musical Improvisation

PART IV: Verse: Shadows in the Dark
Musical Improvisation

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Dennis Kurtti

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