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SUNDAY SANCTUARY
from Chaplain Royal
Sunday, February 11th, 2018

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!

CHAPLAIN ROYAL SAYS:
Hello everyone! I hope you are well. I missed posting last week. I ended up spending a week in the hospital dealing with shingles and migraines. That was not fun. I was well cared for. My body needs more rest, and I over did it yesterday. I am now more aware of my need for rest. I hope you are too if your body is need of rest.

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: Sacred Circle

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 are 5 spaces open! If you are committed to this class, please RSVP back to me (info@inclusivelife.org) and I will add your name. We will meet at the Inclusive Life Center at 4501 S. 96th Street (96th and J) Omaha.

WELCOME
They say that February is the month of love, and not just for those in relationships, it is about loving the very special people whom surround you. I encourage you to take a moment and give thought about those whom you keep closest to you. When was the last time that you told them how much they mean to you?

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:
Ireland’s Got Talent https://youtu.be/4P3uDR6JSHM

OPENING WORDS
“Everything you do has an impact. Who you are – that you are – actually matters. In an interconnected world (the only kind we have), our actions and the actions of others are inextricably linked- we are always and forever in a dance of mutual influence with those with whom we directly and indirectly participate. It is the unavoidable reality of being social creatures, only magnified by an ever-increasingly complex and interwoven societal structure. We matter to each other.”
-Paul Greiner

MESSAGE
Going over our church finances, the volunteer who served on the accounting team, found a receipt from a local paint store signed by someone named Christian. They were not aware of anyone buying paint, so they called the store to point out the mistake. “I’m sorry,” they told the manager, “but there are no Christians here at First Baptist Church.”

In our first video we watched Evelyn, an 81-year old woman sing her blessed heart out. My she made me laugh, cry, and think about my mum. She also made me realize that if she can be 81 years old and get up on stage on national TV and do something, you, I, or anyone can too!

The connection she made with her being her, was SO beautiful. I know that our world needs so much right now. It needs love. It needs connection. It needs compassion. It needs peace. It needs forgiveness. It needs rest. It needs health.

What can each of us do to share a bit of each of that?
When will we do it?
How will we do it?
“Just when I’d stopped opening doors,
Finally knowing the one that I wanted was yours
Making my entrance again with my usual flair
Sure of my lines No one is there”

People need people. They need touch. They need love. They need compassion. They need peace. They need forgiveness. They need rest. They need health.

Let us not stop opening doors for one another, waiting for one another, let us never stop giving up on each other.

John Denver wrote… You fill up my senses like a night in a forest, like the mountains in springtime, like a walk in the rain, like a storm in the desert, like a sleepy blue ocean, come fill me again. We find our connection to our peace, our sacred, our universe each in unique ways. Never stop running to them, denying them, or being ashamed of them.

I love each of you. I am thankful for each person who lifts me. No matter who you are, where you are from, who you love, what you believe or don’t believe you are SO beautiful, loved, and worthy just as you are right now. HUG!

-Chaplain Royal

MUSIC VIDEO…

Take a look at this YouTube video, please, before you continue. John Denver “Annie’s Song” https://youtu.be/HkGS263lGsQ

WORDS TO SHARE
“Your Sacred space is where you can find yourself again, and again, and again.”

BENEDICTION
“There is too much hardship in this world to not find joy, every day
There is too much injustice in this world to not right the balance, every day
There is too much pain in this world to not heal, every day
Each of us ministers to a weary world.
Let us go forth now and do that which calls us to make this world
more loving, more compassionate and more filled with the grace of divine presence,
every day” – Darcy Roake

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