Journey To Freedom, Part 4: The Passover

When we get stuck, how do we get out or move forward? The Exodus story from the Bible reflects in its deeper meaning our journey from being stuck in hurtful patterns of behavior to a life of freedom and enjoyment.

Our story continues this week after Moses and Aaron confronted Pharaoh with the message to free the Israelites from slavery.  He stubbornly refused until he and Egypt were overwhelmed by all the plagues and especially the pain of the final plague – the death of the firstborn. God gave the children of Israel instructions on how to prevent the plague from striking their households. They were to eat a meal called the Passover. It was a meal of roasted lamb, unleavened bread, and bitter herbs. They were also to paint the doorposts and lintel of their doors with the lamb’s blood, and to be ready to go.

The Passover feast was instituted as a way to remember how God freed the children of Israel from slavery by a mighty hand. For us it is a reminder that it is God who fights for us, protects us, and leads us through our difficulties to spiritual freedom.

We will dig into the deeper meaning of this story as it operates as a mirror to our inner spiritual journey.

Please feel welcome to join us at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

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Journey To Freedom, Part 3: Pay Attention To The Signs

Stories from the Bible are given to us because we can use them as mirrors to our inner, spiritual journey. The Exodus story, in short, is about our journey from being stuck in hurtful patterns of behavior to a life of freedom and enjoyment.

Our story continues this week with Moses and Aaron confronting Pharaoh, king of Egypt, with a message that he needs to let the children of Israel go free from bondage. Pharaoh stubbornly refuses over and over as plague after destructive plague ravishes the land.

In the deeper, spiritual meaning of this story the plagues picture what happens when we ignore the truth and our higher nature and instead listen to our sensory experiences – following them as our guide and teacher. These plagues picture our progression toward increasingly more tragic states of disorder, pain and unmanageability when we don’t make an effort to to change the things we know we need to.

This week we will consider the signs we are given that may be a call for us to live differently.

See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

 

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Journey To Freedom, Part 2: How God Speaks To Us

Moses was in the wilderness tending his father-in-law’s flock when he saw a bush burning with fire.  God spoke to Moses from the burning bush and gave him the mission of leading the children of Israel out of bondage.
These seemingly simple stories (pictured by the bush) are filled with the God’s love (fire) and we can feel that love inspiring us when we can open up and let go of merely worldly concerns (remove the sandals from our feet).
We will talk about how to take time to hear the voice of God and see and feel God’s leading in your life. What is the message of hope that God has for you? How can you listen more closely for the voice of God by spending time reading, walking, sitting quietly, praying, or meditating? Make space and see what fills it.
We hope you can join us Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
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The Journey, Part One: Discovering Where We Are Stuck

The Exodus story is about our personal journey from being stuck, or bound by hurtful thoughts, attitudes or behaviors, and how we are freed from them and led to a happier and more peaceful way of life. This way of life is pictured by the Promised Land. Of course the journey there is long and the winds through a wilderness. But it is a successful journey.

We begin this journey by recognizing that we are stuck and that we need help moving forward.

Join is this Sunday as we begin to examine how this story is our story and that it holds clues to our way to freedom, peace and joy.

Worship begins at 10:30 a.m.

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PEACE

Who couldn’t use more peace?

Sunday 10:30 a.m.

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How Do I Know If I Am Making Spiritual Progress?

We work day after day, week after week, month after month and year after year on our spiritual life. How do we know if we are making any real progress? Sometimes it feels like we aren’t getting anywhere. What are the signs of progress?  We will dig into that question this Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

We hope you can come along this Sunday.

 

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Is It Difficult Or Easy To Live A Life That Leads To Heaven?

Good news: it is not so difficult to live the life that leads to heaven as is believed. This Sunday we will talk about why.

See you Sunday at 10:30 or please join the livestream on our Facebook page.

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No Worship Service This Sunday 12/29

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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 this Sunday the 22nd. Only the Tableaux at 5:00 p.m.

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