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Saints and Sinners (1/10/16)

18:38 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. Dr. Justin S. Osterman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”
–Oscar Wilde

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
From “Certain Trumpets” by Gary Wills
From “The Road to Character” by David Brooks:

SERMON
“Saints and Sinners”
by Rev. Dr. Justin S. Osterman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
John Lytle

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New Years Thoughts for a Healthy, Sustainable, Peaceful World (1/3/16)

30:38 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Mr Brad Hyson.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“Man is the most insane species.  He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible Nature, unaware that the Nature he is destroying is this God he is worshipping.”
–Hubert Reeves

“It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community – a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of Earth.”
–Thich Nhat Hanh

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
From the Tao Te Ching by Lao-Tzu
From “Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space,” by Carl Sagan

SERMON
“New Years Thoughts for a Healthy, Sustainable, Peaceful World (1/3/16)”
by Mr Brad Hyson.

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
John Lytle

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Endings and Beginnings (12/27/15)

19:41 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. Judy Tomlinson.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“hold still. stay there. tease back the layers. you are in the space between your comfort zone and infinity. you want to hide. not be seen. not be open. not be vulnerable, but you have to. there are two ways to do this – soft and gentle or fast and hard. both will get you to the other side, if you let them.”
–Jeanette LeBlanc

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
The Road of Life, Joyce Rupp
Transition – Fear Of Transformation, Danaan Parry
Letting Go Happens, Tracy Brooks
Letting Go from Listening Hearts, Christine Robinson & Alicia Hawkins
When You Walk to the Edge, Patrick Overton

HOMILY
by Rev. Judy Tomlinson

Liturgist:
Jack Drucker

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Redefining the G-word (12/20/15)

30:35 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. Dr. Justin S. Osterman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.”
–John Maynard Keynes

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
From 1 Kings 19:4-13
From “The Color Purple,” by Alice Walker

SERMON
“Redefining the G-word”
by Rev. Dr. Justin S. Osterman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Jack Drucker

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Holiday Reflection (12/13/15)

4:50 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. Dr. Justin S. Osterman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“A candle is a small thing. But one candle can light another. And see how its own light increases, as a candle gives its flame to the other. You are such a light.”
–Rabbi Moshe Davis

PRAYER & MEDITATION

HOMILY
by Rev. Dr. Justin S. Osterman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Jack Drucker

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Awe (12/6/15)

26:51 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. Dr. Justin S. Osterman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.  It is the source of all true art and science.”
–Albert Einstein

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
From Psalm 19:1-4
From “Awe: the powerful emotion with strange and beautiful effects,” by Oliver Burkeman

SERMON
“Awe”
by Rev. Dr. Justin S. Osterman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Jack Drucker

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Practicing Gratitude (11/29/15)

25:32 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Ms. Deb Ellis.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“Gratitude takes three forms: a feeling in the heart, an expression in words, and a giving in return.”
–Arabic proverb

“Bless this food we are about to receive. Give bread to those who hunger, and hunger for justice to us who have bread.”
–Traditional American Grace

“We are blessed, we are blessed by being, we are blessed by being here, we are blessed by being here together.”
–Unitarian Blessing

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
From “The Net of Gratitude“, by Rumi
From The Thanksgiving Prayer of the Haudenosaunee Nation, adapted from First Nation’s Prayer

SERMON
“Practicing Gratitude”
by Ms. Deb Ellis

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Ginny Loggins

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Grace (11/22/15)

27:12 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. Dr. Justin S. Osterman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“I do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.”
–Anne Lamott

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
From the First Letter of Peter 4:10
From “Shaking the Foundations,” by Paul Tillich

SERMON
“Grace”
by Rev. Dr. Justin S. Osterman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Ginny Crooks

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Re-membering (11/1/15)

23:14 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. Dr. Justin S. Osterman.

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.”
–Marcus Tullius Cicero

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
From “If you knew”, by Ellen Bass

SERMON
“Re-membering”
by Rev. Dr. Justin S. Osterman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Ginny Crooks

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Things That Go Bump in the Night (10/25/15)

24:00 – 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

“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.”
–Charles Spurgeon

“There is great beauty in going through life without anxiety or fear. Half
our fears are baseless, and the other half are discreditable.”
–Christina Nestell Bovee

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and
strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”
–H.P. Lovecraft

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
From Matthew 6:34
From “The Courage To Be” by Paul Tillich

SERMON
“Things That Go Bump in the Night”
by Rev. Dr. Justin Osterman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Tanya Dixon

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