The UU Montclair Podcast: Seeking Intimacy and Ultimacy Through Small Group Ministry (3/9/14)

uumontclair_itunes20:25 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Worship Leaders from our Covenant Group Ministry.

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 THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“There’s nothing more intimate in life than simply being understood. And understanding someone else.”
–Brad Meltzer

“The spiritual thirst that is latent in everybody can never come to a place of fulfillment unless people begin to think of each other as potential brothers and sisters.”
–Malidoma Some

“There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.”
–Woodrow T. Wilson

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
“Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver
An interpretation of Intimacy, Ultimacy and Service by the Writing as Spiritual Practice Covenant Group

SERMON
“Seeking Intimacy and Ultimacy Through Small Group Ministry”
Worship Leaders from our Covenant Group Ministry

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Joel Naftelberg

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The UU Montclair Podcast: Our Shared Ministry Moving Forward (3/2/14)

uumontclair_itunes22:01 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s New Member Sunday Worship Service by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“The abundant heart does not consider service a punishment or sharing a burden. Rather, it sees the unmet needs of the community as if they were those of a loved one and acts to meet them.”
–Stephen Shick

“The great struggle for liberal religion is how best to manifest the broadest individual liberty while knowing that in the last analysis we exist only within relationships.”
–James Ishmael Ford

“It is not enough that we stand; we must endeavor to hold up our friends.”
–James Walker

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT AND MODERN
From THE Hebrew Book of Isaiah:
“A Valley Like This,” by William Stafford

SERMON
“Our Shared Ministry Moving Forward”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Joel Naftelberg

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The UU Montclair Podcast: Building the Dream and Ending the Nightmare (2/23/14)

UUCM2014020214:52 – 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

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
–Malcolm X

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against.”
–Malcolm X

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: MODERN & ANCIENT 
From the Autobiography of Malcolm X.
From Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sermon “Where Do We Go From Here?”
From Micha 6:8

DRAMATIC PRESENTATION
“If We Could Meet” by Dionne Ford
Performed by Isaiah Braugher and Lawrence Ramsey

COMMUNITY IN CREATION
“Building the Dream and Ending the Nightmare”
Everyone

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Cheryl Crawford

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The UU Montclair Podcast: Travel Lightly, and Carry a Small Bag (1/26/14)

UUCM2014012620:35 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Mr. Markus Hauck.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.”
–André Gide

“I used to think that nails-down-a-chalkboard was the worst sound in the world. Then I moved on to people-eating-cereal-on-the-phone. But only this week did I stumble across the rightful winner: it’s the sound of a baggage carousel coming to a grinding halt, having reunited every passenger on your flight with their luggage, except for you.”
–Sloane Crosley

“It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.”
–Chuck Palahniuk

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From 9th Century CE Chinese Zen Buddhist Lin-Chi
From the novel Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins

SERMON
“Travel Lightly, and Carry a Small Bag”
Mr. Markus Hauck

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Sabina Ernst

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The UU Montclair Podcast: Rich with Possibilities (1/19/14)

UUCM2014011932:26 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Rev. Judy Tomlinson.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility.”
–Oprah Winfrey

“So thoroughly and sincerely are we compelled to live, reverencing our life, and denying the possibility of change. This is the only way, we say; but there are as many ways as there can be drawn radii from one centre. All change is a miracle to contemplate; but it is a miracle which is taking place every instant.”
–Henry David Thoreau

“I have an almost complete disregard of precedent, and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I go for anything new that might improve the past.”
–Clara Barton

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
From Marianne Williamson, as quoted by Nelson Mandela
From Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

SERMON
“Rich with Possibilities”
Rev. Judy Tomlinson

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Sabina Ernst

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The UU Montclair Podcast: Scaredy Squirrel?!? (1/12/14)

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28:30 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Rev. Vanessa R. Southern.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“By trying to avoid human mistakes and failures, we move beyond the reach of the soul.”
-Thomas Moore

“One that would have the fruit must climb the tree.”
–Fortune Cookie

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
“My Grandfather’s Blessings” by Rachel Naomi Remen:
From “Letters to a Young Poet” by Ranier Marie Rilke

SERMON
“Scaredy Squirrel?!?”
Rev. Vanessa R. Southern

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Sabina Ernst

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The UU Montclair Podcast: The Heart of Democracy (1/5/14)

UUCM2014010524:14 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Rev. Craig Hirshberg.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“There is a community of the spirit. Join it, and feel the delight of walking in the noisy street, and being the noise.”
–Rumi

“A democracy – that is a government of all the people, by all the people, for all the people; of course a government of the principles of eternal justice, the unchanging law of God; for shortness’ sake, I will call it the idea of Freedom.”
–Theodore Parker

“Change comes from power, and power comes from organization. In order to act, people must get together.”
–Saul Alinsky

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READING
From “Healing the Heart of Democracy” by Parker Palmer

SERMON
“The Heart of Democracy”
Rev. Craig Hirshberg

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Sabina Ernst

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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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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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