What Would Love Do? Part 2

This is the second Sunday of considering the subject, “What Would Love Do?” We are looking at both our own spiritual development and at the question of how can we be of service to others? In Matthew 25 there is a parable that addresses these two things: “I was thirsty and you gave me a drink.”

How about for you? Are you thirsty for understanding? Do you want answers that can heal your mind and life? Come and drink freely from the water of life that the Lord offers in His Word. You may be surprised at how much sense the Word can make when seen in its deeper meaning.

Practical help for your daily and eternal life.

See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

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What Would Love Do?

We know love is important. It is easy to see that we are to take care of those who suffer. We understand to treat each other with kindness and respect. Few would deny that more love circulating in this world is better than less. But how we show this love is not always clear. Certainly there are many people around us who have needs, but how do we know where to put our efforts?

This week we will explore the biblical parable of Matthew 25, wherein Jesus speaks of the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and the imprisoned. Jesus says that whenever we help others in these conditions, we help God.

Join us as we begin to try to answer the question, What would love do?

Sunday 10:30 a.m.

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CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLE LIGHT SERVICE 5:00 P.M.

We welcome you to celebrate Christmas with us at a candle light service on Christmas Eve beginning at 5:00 p.m. There will be lots of Christmas hymns to sing and other special songs to enjoy as well as scriptural readings about the birth of the Lord. We hope you and your family and friends will join us.
May there be peace on earth and good will toward all.
Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Tableaux Service Sunday at 5:00 p.m.

This Sunday is our annual Christmas Tableaux service at 5:00 p.m. It is a visual enactment of the story of the Lord’s Advent with scripture readings to go along with the scenes and music to enjoy and hymns to sing. This special service is loved by all ages and does a good job of getting one in the true spirit of Christmas.
There is no morning worship service on the 16th – just the Tableaux at 5:00 p.m.

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE is also at 5:00 p.m.

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Why Did The Angels Appear To The Shepherds?

Of all the kinds of people in the world why was it that shepherds were chosen as the ones to hear the message of Jesus’s birth directly from the angels?

There are qualities pictured by what a shepherd does that represent or symbolize the kinds of things that, if we can cultivate them in ourselves, make us capable of receiving and sharing “good tidings of great joy”. If we can be like a shepherd to others we may find that things shift in our perspective and sense of purpose and happiness in life.

This Sunday is the second Sunday of Advent. You are warmly welcome to worship with us this Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

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The Role of Joseph in the Story of Christmas

Jesus Christ was not the son of Joseph. The whole Christian religion revolves around the truth that Jesus was born of a virgin, conceived of the Holy Spirit, and therefore could be called, “Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

It seems that Joseph’s part in the Divine birth is a minor one. Yet he has qualities worth mentioning: justice, obedience, prudence, ability; and his role in this greatest of all stories is worth a second look.

Join us this Sunday as we take a look at the role of Joseph in the story of the Lord’s birth.

Worship 10:30 a.m.

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The Power Of Hope

This Sunday the subject will be Hope. Zacharias and Elizabeth were promised by an angel that they would have a baby who would be the one that would prepare the way for the Messiah. They were way past the age for having children but they still hoped and prayed and lived as commanded. At long last their hopes were fulfilled in a way greater than they could have hoped for.

How can we keep hope alive and not give up on our dreams? “It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the Lord.” (Lamentations 3)

We hope to see you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

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Giving Thanks For Divine Providence

This Sunday we will celebrate Thanksgiving. This year we will focus on gratitude for how we are led, no matter how things may appear, to states of greater and greater happiness. As the prophet Jeremiah writes: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

And as Emanuel Swedenborg wrote in the work Secrets of Heaven, “Those who trust in the Divine know that all things are moving towards an everlasting state of happiness, and that no matter what happens at any time to them, it contributes to that state. People in the stream of providence are being carried along constantly towards happier things, whatever appearance the means may present.”

Wishing you all a peaceful and blessed Thanksgiving!

You are invited to worship together this Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

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Make A Gratitude Adjustment

As Thanksgiving gets near we begin to think about what we are grateful for. This is a good tradition. But what if we worked on developing a greater awareness around being grateful and opening our eyes everyday to the blessings that are all around us? Would we find life to be more enjoyable? As the saying goes, “It’s not happiness that brings us gratitude, but it’s gratitude that brings us happiness.”

You are warmly invited to worship this Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

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Love Over Ego, Part 6: Love Wins

In the next part of this story Daniel is raised to high office by the new king, Darius the Mede, but jealous rivals trick Darius into issuing a decree which condemns Daniel to death. Hoping for Daniel’s deliverance, but unable to save him, the king has him cast into the den of lions. Daniel is protected in the den of lions because he was “found innocent”. The next morning he is taken up out of the den and his accusers are thrown into the den in his place (they did not fare so well) The king makes a decree that Daniel’s God is to be respected and honored.
 
Even though our conscience, pictured by Daniel, gets more prominent and stronger, in order for it to strengthen further we will have to endure temptations. Temptations are combats within us between the Lord and the influences of the hells in an attempt to try and break the grip selfishness has on us.
 
When faced with the challenge before him Daniel doesn’t stop going the Lord in prayer, but continues his practice. When we can overcome in temptation, though it is a difficult struggle (Daniel in the den of lions) those hellish influences that had attacked us are removed (like the accusers in the story). Prayer helps in times like these – prayers asked to the Lord to help us to get through temptations. Not all struggles are bad. They can have the effect of strengthening us and building us up.
 
Like Daniel, don’t stop praying. 
 
You are welcome to worship with us Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
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