Hi all, this is Rev. Karen writing.
Ok, so I know it is fall, and the title is what you usually see for the New Year, and you usually see daffodils in the spring. But stay with me! I’ve got a very good reason for mixing seasons!
We just moved! We are excited, and looking forward to living and being and learning in our new space. Preceding the move was a period of decluttering. If you didn’t know it, getting rid of old stuff is the only way to allow for the new to enter your life. We decluttered in a major way! We gave stuff away, we sold stuff, we threw away stuff!
There is another way to allow for the new to come into your life, and that is to change your consciousness. Ernest Holmes puts it this way: as within, so without. He says our beliefs, or the invisible, impress on the Law to make visible what we have believed. In more modern language: what you think is what you get. So we’ve been busy changing our consciousness too. To put it succinctly:
THIS AIN’T YOUR MOMMA’S CHURCH!
We decided that since most of us considered ourselves spiritual but not religious, we were going to eliminate most of the “churchy” stuff from our Sunday services. No, we haven’t eliminated the collection plate. We still need to pay rent, utilities and salary! But what we have done is eliminated much of what people said was making them uncomfortable, specifically the chanting and holding hands and praying together.
So here is what you can expect in our new place:
New energy, an excitement for growth and change that had already begun at the old place and continues in the new.
Services will now begin with an Invocation (opening affirmative prayer), feature a talk from Rev. Karen (with occasional featured guest speakers), a short question and answer period, passing the plate, announcements and a Benediction (closing affirmative prayer).
Every Sunday will feature a discussion of the principles written about by founder Ernest Holmes, and how to apply those principles in your life.
We still begin at the same time: 10:30. And don’t forget to set your clocks back tonight before you go to bed!