Meditation: 10:30 – 10:45 AM
October 05 Ken Hergenroeder, Practitioner
October 12 Karen Tarleton Holland, Practitioner
October 19 Ken Hergenroeder, Practitioner
October 26 Rev. Pam
Friendship ~ The Connective Heartbeat of Spirit
Loving greetings to you and welcome to our October harvest of explorations, insights, revelations and celebrations. Traditionally, October has been “friendship month,” and each year I realize that revisiting a theme doesn’t mean it’s repetitive. In fact, it cannot be, because as we evolve so does our understanding expand. This is especially good news when it comes to friendship, for as we deepen our capacity to be a friend, we observe the law that “like attracts like.”
Friendship is a universal force that draws into our magnetic field—even from great physical distances—those with whom we are attuned and are meant to be in our lives. When we first meet such persons there’s a déjà vu experience, as though we’ve known them forever, perhaps from past lives. Quite frequently, we find this occurring in our spiritual community and what a joy it is when, in the face of a friend, we feel Spirit smiling back at us.
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Sunday Topics: 11:00 AM
October 5 Dare to Be Vulnerable – Rev. Pam
The depth to which we are willing to be vulnerable is the measure of our capacity for intimacy, first with ourselves, and then with others. The fear of vulnerability is deeply ingrained in our fearful ego; it is counter intelligent to society’s definition of being “strong” and “independent.” And yet how much more inner strength it takes to allow ourselves to be truly seen just as we are in our imperfect perfection. Rather than being careful, let us open our hearts to be care-filled for ourselves, others, and our community.
October 12 Loving in Four Directions – Rev. Pam
Unconditional, impersonal love is the very nature of Spirit. It is not a respecter of persons and spreads itself to the East, West, North and South of its creation. It doesn’t care who the enemies of your country are, who your professional or personal competitors are, because all are equally loved. Through Spirit’s example we learn that to love unconditionally is to include all beings as our global family. Our training ground is our spiritual path and community, because it is there that we learn and practice spiritual principles that expand our own hearts which impacts our overall relationship to Life.
October 19 The Soul-Nurturing and Ego-Annoying Gifts of Spiritual Community -
Most of us know people to smile with, but not to weep with, not to go to for prayerful support in times of profound challenge. Individuals who are active within their spiritual community develop a depth in their outward relationships that supports them to inwardly acquire and practice compassion, trust, humility, and understanding. Personality clashes, differing points of view, personal annoyances—even these are positive occurrences that break down the crusty wall of ego and eventually open our hearts to the realization that we’re all in this together, and that together we will realize that spiritual principle and spiritual community work together to wake us up to our true nature.
October 26 Sangha ~ A Matrix of Spiritual Energy – Rev. Pam
The Sanskrit word for a community of spiritual practitioners is Sangha, and its energetic impact cannot be over estimated. Ultimately, practicing together as a spiritual community accelerates the path to individual and collective awakening. Why? Because it keeps us on purpose by encouraging open exploration of ourselves, taking spiritual principle beyond theory into practice, and realness in being honest with ourselves and others. The ego is the unique personality of each one of us, while the Self is the same Presence enlivening each one of us. Both are celebrated in the Sangha.
HAPPY OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS!
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ORDER OF SERVICE BEGINNING AT 11:00 AM
1. OPENING SONG & INTRO – The AwSOM Band
2. ANNOUNCEMENTS & OPENING TREATMENT
3. RESPONSE SONG – Congregation
My eyes are open, now I see, fullness of Truth revealed to me. My heart now holds the wonderful key, that opened my mind and set me free. Joyously now Love works for me, ready my God, my good to be. My eyes are open, now I see Spirit Divine!
4. MUSIC – The AwSOM Band
5. COMMUNITY SONG – The AwSOM Band
6. 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.
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
“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.