Meditation: 10:30 – 10:45 AM
October 04 Ken Hergenroeder, Practitioner
October 11 Karen Tarleton Holland, Practitioner
October 18 Ken Hergenroeder, Practitioner
October 25 Karen Tarleton Holland, Practitioner
Celebrating Life’s Friendship Factor
Loving greetings to you!
Friendship Month is one of my absolute favorites to celebrate with our spiritual family and I want to begin right now by sharing with you these beautiful words by Anais Nin: “Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
I’m sure you’ve experienced this “birth” that the gift of friendship offers us. When we form a bond of true friendship with a person, sharing from the heart births a deeper self-awareness, one that expresses uniquely in each of our authentic friendships. And when we multiply that by the number of like-minded spirits within our spiritual community to whom we can open our hearts, we have the potential to have many births and rebirths within our hearts and consciousness.
I know you will share my enthusiasm as together we explore October’s theme: “Celebrating Life’s Friendship Factor.” I look forward to friending you each Sunday.
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Sunday Topics: 11:00 AM
October 04 Are You Your Own BFF? – Rev. Pam
Ernest Holmes offers us this unarguable fact of life: “You are the only person you can’t divorce.” How clearly this wisdom spells out for us how a sense of healthy self-love—or what the Buddhists call maitri, friendship with the self—colors our every interaction with life. If we are not our own BFF—“best friend forever”—then how can we accept that we are unconditionally loved by Spirit, that we are worthy of its nature encrypted in our spirit-soul? When we can relate to ourselves with loving kindness, compassion, and patience, we naturally extend these qualities to others.
October 11 Why So-called “Enemies” Are Vital to Awakening Compassion and Forgiveness – Rev. Pam
“Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you” can be one of the most annoying rubs in Jesus’ teachings. Now of course he wasn’t suggesting we accept abusive behavior. Metaphysically speaking, he was pointing out that it isn’t our outer enemies that need to be destroyed, but rather the temptation to let our defensive ego get all swept away, preventing us from remaining centered in our hearts and offering a prayer of compassion and forgiveness to those who offend us.
October 18 Love and Desire Are Not Synonyms – Rev. Pam
How often do you hear yourself saying, for example, “Oh, I love spinach smoothies!” It might be worth taking some time to consider how we apply the word “love” to something we simply desire or take pleasure in. Love and desire are not synonyms. Manifesting all of our desires may give us temporary satisfaction, but it does not lead to permanent contentment. There is never enough of “more,” whether its money, fame, or credentials, including “spiritual” ones. Love is an inborn quality of Spirit within us that deeply nourishes our inner being and enjoys life’s gifts free of desire’s control.
October 25 Friendship: The Art of the Heart – Rev. Pam
Two strangers meet, and by the mutual choice of their hearts they become friends. Isn’t this the law of attraction’s most tender manifestation—that one soul would be drawn into the magnetic field of another with equal recognition of the sacredness of their connection? “If you look at love long enough,” wrote Ernest Holmes, “you shall become lovely, for this is the way of love.” Looking into the heart of a friend sparks the energy of love in us, and engenders a reciprocation of love from us. Words become unnecessary as we embody this precious expression of Spirit’s divine love.
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.