Sunday, June 28th – 10 am — Rising Above Adversity
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To hear and see the SERVICE each SUNDAY at 10:00 a.m:
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When the live stream begins, click on the “Live Now” window.
(Note: The stream is scheduled to begin at 9:45 am and the service will begin at 10:00 am. If you do not see the video by 10:00 am, try refreshing your screen or scrolling to the right.)
Join us afterward for “Coffee Hour” and connecting with each other via Zoom: Please refer to our bi-weekly church email for the details on accessing services via Zoom. Thank you.
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At the end of the Services, on both Wednesdays and Sundays, the Zoom audio and video will be opened up to all who would like to connect with one another. As we do, it can feel a lot like when we interact in the Lobby after a Service. Know that, for those who choose, you can merely observe and not be seen or heard. We hope you will join us online this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. (Zoom will be used after the main service on Sundays, for a time to connect and have a virtual “Coffee Hour.”)
In Spiritual Unity, Revs Ron, Eileen and Lenore, Ministers, Spiritual Life Center
Wednesday Evening Virtual Prayer Circle
In addition to the Sunday Service online, a 7:00 p.m. Wednesday Virtual Prayer Circle has been added to the Church calendar. Join us any Wednesday evening for a time of communal prayer, guided meditation, and visioning is conducted by Rev Eileen and is a wonderful opportunity to connect and join in the power of combined prayer during this time of social distancing. Please join us weekly at 7:00 p.m. Instructions on how to access this virtual meeting will be communicated by email to the subscribers of the church email distribution list each Monday morning.
Know that we are holding each of you in the Highest during this challenging time. If any of you needs prayer support or other assistance during this time, do contact any of us.
You can receive a recording of the Sunday Service. It will go to any person who sends an email requesting to be added to the weekly subscription. (You can also watch archived services via our YouTube .)
Podcast recording of the service:
(The recorded video will become available Sunday evening or Monday morning as YouTube takes a while to finalize the recording).
Points to Remember
Sunday June 28, 2020
In three of the four Gospels is a version of the “Calming of the Storm.” In this story, including Mk4:35, Jesus is awakened by his disciples in the midst of a raging storm. He calms the sea by affirming, “Peace, be still!” In this, metaphysically, the disciples are like the boat on the sea of life, asleep to the Christ Within. The boat represents earthly consciousness where anything can and does happen. When it does, it is ours to respond.
Jesus states in this passage, “Where is your faith?” because the disciples were demonstrating great fear. Each of us, from time to time, encounters a storm in life such as a health challenge, a relationship difficulty, threat to our personal security or some other issue. When this occurs, a human reaction can be one of fear, which gives power to what you don’t want. Know you are much more than your personal self and that God will powerfully guide you, strengthen you, and empower you to a solution.
It is helpful to observe what Jesus does and does not focus on in this situation. He does not analyze the storm, describe what’s wrong with storms, nor talk about the danger storms lead to. He turns to God and affirms that God brings peace and calm. Then, he asks why the others do not have faith. The key point here is that faith does not come about in an instant, but rather must develop as a spiritual muscle over time. In focusing on the circumstances, rather than on God, people place faith in the problem. This is not to deny the situation exists; rather, it’s to not give it power, knowing God is in charge and will support us.
When a storm arises in our life, it is for a purpose. Fear, in and of itself, is not bad. Rather fear comes as a messenger. Accept the message. Examine it. Use the information – and send fear on its way. It is only when fear hangs around that it impacts you detrimentally.
If, instead, you focus your attention on God, on Truth, on your Ultimate Good, this will quickly begin to work on your behalf. In the midst of difficulty, it is vital to maintain spiritual focus, turning to the Christ Within, knowing God is the Solution. Storms can be a cleansing agent, help you gain equilibrium, and propel you forward to great achievement.