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Monthly Archives: September 2015

What is Interim Ministry? (9/27/15)

30:29 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. Dr. Justin Osterman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.”
–Havelock Ellis

“Times of transition are strenuous, but I love them. They are an opportunity to purge, rethink priorities, and be intentional about new habits. We can make our new normal any way we want.”
–Kristin Armstrong

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
–Carl Rogers

READINGS
From the Buddhist scripture the Dhammapada, Chapter 20, Verses 276-282
From from the book Temporary Shepherds: A Congregational Handbook for Interim Ministry by Roger Nicholson

SERMON
“What is Interim Ministry?”
by Rev. Dr. Justin Osterman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Sabina Ernst

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Forgiveness (9/20/15)

23:53 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. Dr. Justin Osterman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”
–Mark Twain

“Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.”
–Marianne Williamson

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”
–Lewis Smedes

READINGS
From the Hebrew scripture Leviticus 16:2-34
From e.e. cummings

SERMON
“Forgiveness”
by Rev. Dr. Justin Osterman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Cheryl Crawford

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Water Communion Sunday (9/13/15)

7:58 – Selections from our Water Communion Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. Dr. Justin Osterman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“In one drop of water are found all the secrets of the oceans.”
–Khalil Gibran

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.”
–Loren Eiseley

“The highest good is like water. Water gives life to the ten thousand things and does not strive. It flows in places men reject and so is like the Tao.”
–Excerpt from Tao Te Ching, Chapter 8

PRAYER & MEDITATION

HOMILY
by Rev. Dr. Justin Osterman

CLOSING WORDS

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TED Talk: Karen Armstrong (9/6/15)

23:12 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Ms. Constance Thames.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“To love our enemy is impossible. The moment we understand our enemy, we feel compassion towards him/her, and he/she is no longer our enemy.”
–Thich Nhat Hanh

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a covenant between equals.”
–Father Gregory Boyle

“True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr.

READINGS
From Sikhism; Adi Granth, Var Majh
From Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet

SERMON
“TED Talk: Karen Armstrong”
by Ms. Constance Thames

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Susan Raufer

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