Meditation: 10:30 – 10:45 AM
December 06 Karen Tarleton Holland, Practitioner
December 13 Karen Tarleton Holland, Practitioner
December 20 Ken Hergenroeder, Practitioner
December 27 Karen Tarleton Holland, Practitioner
Unwrapping the Inner Gifts of the Season
Loving greetings and joyous Christmas, Chanukah, and Kwanzaa wishes to you and your dear ones.
How beautiful it is that underneath all the gifts, gatherings with loved ones, banquets and celebrations of the holiday season, there beats a heart of love, of givingness. For no matter what the holidays we celebrate are named, each one of them is an opportunity to let Spirit love others through us, to smile through us, and extend a hand of generosity and friendship through us.
As we come together as a spiritual family to celebrate this holyday season, our theme is, “Unwrapping the Inner Gifts of the Season.” I look forward to sharing this special month with you.
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Sunday Topics: 11:00 AM
December 06 “Tis the season to be jolly…” Or Is It? – Rev. Pam
As a society, we relate to the holidays as a joyous time, and yet the “holiday blues” are quite common. Perhaps for some the holidays mark the anniversary of a sad event such as having lost a significant loved one or beloved pet. As an upbeat spiritual community that emphasizes the benefits of optimism, we may feel the need to hide our sadness so as not to impact the joy of others. This holiday season, let us give ourselves the gift of honoring the full spectrum of our emotions, knowing that our inner light shines its loving kindness and wisdom within and upon us unconditionally.
December 13 The Three Arrivals of Grace – Rev. Pam
“Grace is the givingness of Spirit to Its Creation,” Ernest Holmes wrote. Just as the three wise men delivered their individual gifts of grace to the baby Jesus, so are there three ways in which Spirit’s grace touches down into the saga of our lives and participates in our evolutionary progress: The grace that led us to our spiritual path; the grace that expands our consciousness through our spiritual practices; the continuous grace that shows us the light when we cannot find it for ourselves.
December 20 Birthing Unconditional Love in the Cradle of Consciousness – Rev. Pam
As we prepare to honor the story of the birth of Jesus, there is perhaps no greater expression of our profound respect and love for his teachings than to walk in his footsteps of birthing unconditional love in the cradle of our consciousness. Love is the very fabric of Spirit out of which we have been made. It is the radiant energy of aliveness at the core of our being, and Spirit is waiting for our “yes” to letting ourselves be held in this love here and now. Out of this Divine Love we begin to experience a healthy form of self-love, of opening our hearts to ourselves, which provides the most powerful basis of all for loving others.
December 27 Faith and Doubt: A Symbiotic Relationship – Rev. Pam
Sometimes we feel guilty when we lack faith in the outcome of a situation or inwardly shake with fear as we await a doctor’s diagnosis. The truth is, this seeming lack of faith doesn’t literally come from our Self, but rather from the fearful ego that sees itself as being separate from the Whole. Our true Self has no vocabulary for doubt, fear, lack, limitation or separation, so it never has to practice faith. But wise are we to train the ego in the ways of trust. And how better to do so than to stand in the face of challenges, shaking away, knowing the trusting Self has our back!
Order of Service
1. OPENING SONG – Congregation
2. MUSIC – The AwSOM Band
3. COMMUNITY SONG – Congregation
4. WELCOME – Rev. Pam
5. GUEST RECOGNITION – Rev. Pam & Congregation
“Whoever you are, wherever you’ve been, whatever brought you through our doors today, welcome home. We’ve been waiting for you.”
6. OPENING TREATMENT – Rev. Pam
7. PEACE AFFIRMATION – Rev PAM & Congregation
“I believe in the power of the presence of God, working through me, the governments and peoples of the world, awakening our minds and hearts to bring forth Peace and make perfect our understanding.”
8. THE MESSAGE – Rev. Pam
9. PROSPERITY AFFIRMATION & OFFERTORY – Rev PAM & Congregation
“Divine Love consecrates my gift. It goes forth to heal, to prosper, to support and to bless. It is evidence of my Absolute Conviction that God is the Source and Substance of my supply. I joyfully release my gift knowing that it returns to me multiplied abundantly.” And so it is!
10. MUSIC – The AwSOM Band
11. CLOSING TREATMENT – Rev. Pam
12. PEACE SONG – Congregation
Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be. With Love as the Power, United all are we. Let us walk with each other in perfect harmony. Let peace begin with me and this is the moment now. With every step I take, let this be my solemn vow; to take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally. Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.