CSLNJ Podcast: Stop Delaying and Start Living with Rev. Joel Fotinos (12/29/13)

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39:41 – A Sunday talk from The Center for Spiritual Living North Jersey by Rev. Joel Fotinos.

Are you waiting until circumstances in your life change before you live fully? Are you waiting until you have more time, more money, or more energy before taking action toward your dreams? There is always something that can delay our good, if we let it. Join Rev. Joel as he discusses the ways we can stop delaying our dream, and start living our joy right here and right now.

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The UU Montclair Podcast: 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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The UU Montclair Podcast: 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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CSLNJ Podcast: Being the Gift of Presence (12/22/13)

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30:06 – A Sunday talk from The Center for Spiritual Living North Jersey by Rev. Michelle Wadleigh.

When was the last time that you really experienced yourself as the gift? Yes, you! Imagine that you are the One for whom the world has been waiting.

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The UU Montclair Podcast: 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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CSLNJ Podcast: Win Some, Learn Some (12/15/13)

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28:51 – A Sunday talk from The Center for Spiritual Living North Jersey by Rev. Michelle Wadleigh.

With every event in our lives we get to enjoy the lesson. Sometimes it is an obvious gift and sometimes the gift is masked. Let us learn how to understand the distinction..

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The UU Montclair Podcast: 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!!

CSLNJ Podcast: Center Taize (12/8/13)

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1:05:05 – A Sacred Sunday Taize – a very special and different Sunday Celebration from The Center for Spiritual Living North Jersey by Rev. Michelle Wadleigh.

This Celebration will offer you a very special experience. Share the beauty of our Sangha (Community). We have a unique way of presenting Truth; sometimes in a sacred way, sometimes in a way of celebration. This Sunday will be different, deep and totally heart-centered.

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The UU Montclair Podcast: Happiness Runs in a Circular Motion (12/8/13)

uumontclair_itunes23:13 – 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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CSLNJ Podcast: Tis’ the Season (12/1/13)

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22:50 – A Sunday talk from The Center for Spiritual Living North Jersey by Rev. Michelle Wadleigh.

There is a conscious way to do everything. Let’s talk about moving through this Holy Season gleaning only the highest and best possible outcomes.

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