SUNDAY SANCTUARY
from Chaplain Royal
Sunday, January 7th, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENT:
Omaha area folks, you are invited to join us on a 12-month journey of intentional listening, sharing, and growing in a small group, that will meet once each month. You will be asked to commit to attending each month, as it is about developing listening and sharing skills with a trusted group.

We will begin on Wednesday, March 14th, (the 2nd Wednesday of each month) at 6:00pm. Each meeting will last about 2 hours. It will last 12 months. This group will be facilitated by Cheryll Wallace!

The Sacred Circle uses the book “Heart to Heart” http://a.co/gRx541z (Amazon used and new $6-$14) which is the only cost relating to the class, each person will need their own book.

There is space is limited to the first 8 people. If you are committed to this class, please RSVP back to me and I will add your name. We will meet at the Inclusive Life Center at 4501 S. 96th Street (96th and J) Omaha.

 

WELCOME
Good morning and Happy New Year, this is the first Sunday of 2018, and yes, for most here in the US, it is a cold one. Each Sunday I share these words that include, welcome, and written in mind that not everyone thinks, believes, and lives life the exact same way. I hope you will find something that will help light your path, and lighten your journey.

INCLUSIVE LIFE FELLOWSHIP
We are rich people, some even have money. We are runners, walkers, swimmers, and those that wish they did. We are people who sing out loud and proud, and some even sound good. We are people who are young, and young at heart.

You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woke up, just got out of jail, or just got lost, and found your way here by mistake. We don’t care if you’re more Catholic than the Pope Francis, or haven’t gathered in a community for weeks, months or years.

We welcome you if you like sports, or don’t know the difference between a touchdown or homerun, starving artists, nature lovers, coffee drinkers, vegetarians, and junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems, If you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like organized religion, or who have had religion shoved down your throat.

If you blew all your cash at the casino, you’re welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or because you accidently found this post while searching the internet.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a hug, or prayer right now (or both), we welcome internet surfers, seekers, doubters, and we welcome you: just as you are!

RITUAL
If you feel called, I invited you to light a candle, or find an object that is meaningful to you to hold, or have with you. And find a spot that you can focus on sharing just a few short minutes with these words, images and videos.

VIDEO…
Take a look at this YouTube video, please, before you continue reading:
Jim Carrey “Spiritual Oneness” https://youtu.be/Vf_mYsgz07s

OPENING WORDS
I experienced the sense of connection I was seeking in those moments when the veil between worlds lifted, in those thin places where I could feel the presence of the divine. -Ann Armbrecht

MESSAGE
The church council met to discuss the pastor’s compensation package for the coming year. After the meeting the chair of council told the pastor: “We are very sorry, Pastor, but we decided that we cannot give you a raise next year.”

“But you must give me a raise,” said the pastor. “I am but a poor preacher!” “l know,” the council chair said. “We hear you every Sunday.”

One. As we ended 2017, I saw a video from Australia that ended with the words, “One Night, Many Ways To Celebrate.” It got me thinking on one. While there is only one Earth, it is not the only planet. While I speak English, it is not the only language. While my skin is pale and white, it is not the only color of skin colors. While I understand what is scared to me, what my faith is, I understand the my version is not the only one.

In fact, the one thing I am most certain of is; every human being is connected by oneness. We are all connected by energy (spirituality), we are all connected by simply being human beings, we are all connected on how we came to be and how we continue to evolve.

Today it seems that we spend so much time running from our oneness, running from what connects us, running from being related. We want to define ourselves by building fences to gather others that look like us, think like us, eat like us, dance like us, sound like us, as those whom don’t… are too foreign, they are scary, they are too…

Allow us a moment to remember what each person puts on their plate to eat will never match another’s identically, (yes, I am talking about pea’s and carrots, as well as religion, politics, and life) and that is okay. We don’t have to match, AND it does NOT have to define who we invite to eat with, learn from, or help, as it often does.

Rumi said that we are not a drop of the ocean, you are the entire ocean, in a drop. To the world you may only be one person, and to one person you may be the world. You can’t help or connect with every single person on the planet, and you can connect or help the one in front of you.

I challenge each of us pause long enough to consider what you think about being connected to other humans. What do you think of others who you consider the other, or who you consider vastly different than you. How can you, how will you engage them, learn from them, teach them, live life WITH them?

MUSIC VIDEO… Take a look at this YouTube video, please, before you continue. Around the World “One Love” https://youtu.be/4xjPODksI08

WORDS TO SHARE
A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed. -Desmond Tutu

BENEDICTION
According to the Kabbalah, at some point in the beginning of things, the Holy was broken up into countless sparks, which were scattered throughout the universe. There is a god spark in everyone and in everything, a sort of diaspora of goodness. God’s immanent presence among us is encountered daily in the most simple, humble, and ordinary ways. The Kabbalah teaches that the Holy may speak to you from its many hidden places at any time. The world may whisper in your ear, or the spark of God in you may whisper in your heart. -Rachel Naomi Remen

 

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