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July 2020 Theme – The Divine Invitation


The Sufi mystic and poet Hafiz once wrote: “You’re invited to meet the Divine. No one can resist a Divine invitation. That narrows down all our choices to just two: You can come to the Divine dressed for dancing or be carried on a stretcher to God’s ward.” This month, we will explore answering that Divine Invitation “dressed for dancing” as we uncover how the Divine shines through our dreams!


July 5 – Kick It Into Gear
What is the final ingredient needed to SPARK the Divine Flame within us? Well, the title of today’s talk gives you a hint, but not the complete picture. Come today and discover the rest.


July 12 – From Paradigm to Paradise
We each have our own set of paradigms or glasses through which we view the world. These personal viewpoints of the “way things are” may cloud our ability to perceive or even consider new or different Divine Ideas. They will keep us stuck in the “what is” and prevent us from achieving the greater “what can be.” And, make no mistake, the Divine Invitation is always toward the greater “what can be.” Would you be willing today to move from paradigms to paradise today? If so, be sure to be with us!


July 19 – Paradise Awaits
Last week we explored moving from our paradigms to paradise in a powerful way. Today, we continue our exploration into a paradigm that seems to haunt most every human being and which lays us out on the stretcher every time! If you are ready to get off the stretcher and put on your dancing shoes, then today is your day, and paradise awaits.


July 26 – Dancing with the Divine Invitation
Today we dance with the Divine Invitation by taking three specific steps toward the life of our dreams. Just as each dance step is critical to the overall flow and beauty of a dance, so is each of these steps critical to living from the Divine Invitation! Cha! Cha! Cha!


This Month’s Affimation
I say yes to the Divine Invitation. By releasing that which no longer serves and embracing that which now does, I express my gifts, shine my light and dance with the Divine into the life of my highest dreams and aspirations.

June 2020 Theme – The SPARK of the Divine Flame


As our weather begins to heat up, so will it heat us here at The Santa Anita Church as we ignite the SPARK of the Divine Flame within us. We will do this deliberately by keeping things Simple so that we can Participate fully in the Awesome nature of God, realizing that our life is a Reflection of who we are and the power that comes when we Kick it into gear! The month will be exciting. It will be informative and transformative, so be sure to be here each week to gain the full gift of this month!


May 31 – KISS
Every Sunday morning, people walk through our doors somewhere on a continuum of situations and life experiences. At one end, “things are happenin”, “things are movin and shakin” in wonderful, exciting ways. On the other end of the spectrum, there is a great deal of pain, sadness, and fear. Today, wherever you are on that continuum, we are going to K.I.S.S. and make it better, knowing that as we do, we ignite the SPARK of the Divine Flame within.


June 7 – Calming the Eternal Sea
There is something, something that we all have, something that we all use, something that every single day can either hold us back from our ability to navigate or can give us great assistance. it is our mind!


June 14 – Participating in Life
It has been said that life is not a spectator sport. In order to engage, we must be fully engaged. In order to ignite the SPARK of the Divine within, we must fan the flame with our enthusiastic and passionate participation. Get ready to stoke the fire today.


Father’s Day, June 21 – Is God Awesome, or What?!
Ernest Holmes wrote in the Science of Mind that we must be careful not to reduce God to merely an “abstract Principle and mathematical Law of Cause and Effect” because if we do we shall “lose all warmth and color.” He said, “We should be very careful . . . not to forget the Essence.” And the Essence of God is Awesome! Awesome Love. Awesome Power. Awesome Everything. And the SPARK of the Divine within us is Awesome as well! Today, we are awed at how Awesome God as us is!


June 28 – The Third Way
Many of us have learned to answer the Divine Invitation that beckons us as our dreams by gaining clarity on our vision and then by visualizing, affirming and praying them into manifest. And that has worked a lot of the time! We also know that loving ourselves and our lives exactly as they are is a creative place to be and that has worked to bring our dreams into form at times as well! Both of these techniques are well and good – and, yet, there is a third way that aligns us even more fully and completely with the Divine Invitation. Today, we explore that way.


This Month’s Affimation
I keep things Simple and fully Participate in the Awesome nature of God as me. As I do, my outer world Reflects my heart-felt desires. Kicking my life into gear, I ignite the SPARK of the Divine Flame within me. It burns with radiance and love!

May 2020 Theme – Into the Mystic


Within every living soul there is a call to connect with, commune with and be in conscious union with a Power Greater Than Ourselves, which we call God. Whether or not we dive in and answer the call will determine the level of contentment, peace and plenty we experience in our outer lives. Each week, we will respond to that call as we move Into the Mystic and explore and experience a deepened relationship with this Power we call God.


May 3 – Diving In
It can be easy to get distracted from our relationship with God with the things of the world calling for our attention, can’t it? But if we desire to experience true peace and true prosperity, if we desire a deep contentment, satisfaction and happiness in life, if we desire to fill the space of longing in our hearts, we must dive into our connection to Source! Today, we take a deep dive.


May 10 – Cultivating ‘I Am’ Consciousness
I Am Consciousness is not a mystery or something reserved for a selected few. Rather, it is the Self-Knowingness of God through and as us. It is possible for us to cultivate this Consciousness through a very specific and power act, and today we do just that.


May 17 – Out of the Silence
Our Master Teacher Jesus once counseled us to go into our inner chamber, to lock the door and to pray in secret. In other words, he said to go into the silence. But in a world that is busy and full of distractions (as we explored in the first week of this month), this can sometimes be challenging. Despite the challenge, the effort is worthwhile beyond words and what comes out of the silence is Divine.


May 24 – Piercing the Veil
As we bring our month of moving Into the Mystic to a close, today we pierce the veil of separation and experience ourselves as individualized centers of God Consciousness. And a profound and powerful experience it will be.


This Month’s Affimation
As I intentionally court the Divine Presence, I pierce the veil of separation and experience myself as an individualized center of God Consciousness. I am one with the Power of God and it flows through me now. It is the presence of my Real and True Self. I am forever one with Life. I am forever one with Love.

March 2020 Theme – Share the Love, Share the Light, Share the Truth – Friendship Month

This month, we embark on our Annual Friendship Month as we share the love felt within the walls of THE SANTA ANITA CHURCH, the light of our individual hearts illuminating THE SANTA ANITA CHURCH community (and beyond) and the Spiritual Truth that we are simply here to let God be God in us! Each week, we will explore and experience the depth of who we are and what that means in today’s ever-changing world. Each week, we will lay building blocks of Spiritual Truth to create a solid foundation upon which we can firmly stand. And each week, you and the special friends you bring will be eligible for wonderful gifts of gratitude. So, bring yourself and your friends every Sunday to share in the Love, the Light, the Truth and the gifts!


March 1 – Who Would You Be If You Knew You Could Not Fail? – Part I
This is a thought provoking question, isn’t it? Today, we begin the exploration of it. If we really believed that God is Good all the time, that we are simply here to let God be God in us and that failure is not an option, how would we move forward? This week and next, we will find out!


March 8 – Who Would You Be If You Knew You Could Not Fail? – Part II
Picking up where we concluded last week, today we continue exploring who we are in God and what we might do if we knew we could not fail!


March 15 – What Does ‘There is Only One’ Really Mean?
Our foundational spiritual truth says this: There is only One – One Power, One Presence, One Mind, One Life. Sounds good, doesn’t it? That is until something comes into our experience we don’t like, and then we do everything we can to push it away. But if there is only One, then what are we pushing away? We unravel this koan today as we look at what “there is only One” really means.


March 22 – Many Hands, One Heart
Here’s a deep Spiritual Truth for us all — We are not meant to go it alone! We were put on this earth together to do great things together. We are made out of the same Spiritual Stuff. We beat with One Heart! So building community within which we can support and be supported is natural to us. Then why does it sometimes seem so hard? Together, we will explore and break through the barrier together!


March 29 – Reclaim Your Innocence (Link)
Jesus spoke words of deep truth when he said we must become like children to enter the gates of heaven. We must reclaim the innocence with which we entered this world in order to live a life fulfilled. Today, as we bring Friendship Month to a close, we will see life with new, innocent eyes, eyes not yet tainted with false beliefs and skewed views. Today we land on the side of the fence of innocence and find out what a sweet side of life it is!

February 2020 Theme – Are You Ready?

We come together this month to answer the question, “Are you ready?” Are you ready to receive God’s highest blessings? Are you ready to experience deep and profound love? Are you ready to live from a higher level of beingness? Are you ready to be a transformative light in the world? If you are ready for all of this (and more!), be sure to be with us every week.


February 2
Join us for a guest speaker.


February 9 – Are You Ready to Get in the Game?
Given last Sunday’s big game, we’ll explore what it takes to get in the game of life. Just like the players in today’s football game, to get in the game of life, you’ve got to suit up, know the rules and the plays, and be willing to practice, practice, practice.


February 16 – Are You Ready to be the World’s Greatest Lover?
Today, just days after Valentine’s Day, we will see how each of us can use love to heal, uplift and empower ourselves and others.


February 23 – Are You Ready to Fan the Flame?
In this interactive service, you will learn a simple, yet profound, process for igniting the flame of God within you.

January 2020 Theme – How Shall We Live This Year?

As the calendar changes once again, we have an opportunity to begin afresh. What shall this year bring for you? Is your desire for greater joy, harmony, peace, and plenty and would you like your desires to express themselves with ease and grace? If so, join us this month as we use foundational principles of New Thought to set the tone for the year, both in your personal life and in the life of our spiritual community.


January 5 – A New Design for Living
How shall you design your life this year? What do you intend to create and in what kind of energy and atmosphere? On this first day of the year, in this interactive service, you will have an opportunity to articulate an intention and a theme for 2020 for your own life and for The Santa Anita Church.


January 12 – Answering Life’s Call
Are you answering life’s call or are you just letting the phone ring? Today choose to answer the call by “L” – Letting go of the past; “I” – Imagining a greater life; “F” – Freeing yourself to choose; and “E” – Expressing your Divinity.


January 19 – It’s Your Life — Live It!
Dr. Robert Schuller authored a book entitled, If It’s To Be, It’s Up to Me. In it, he wrote: “The 21st century belongs first and foremost to a new mental breed of humans driven by a strong, sensitive, spiritual individualism.” The truth is, there is only one person on earth who can dream your dreams. That person is YOU! And, there is only one person alive who can kill that dream. That person is you as well! So, what shall it be?


January 26 – A Life — and a World — at Peace
January 30 marks the beginning of the Season for Non-Violence – 64 days between the anniversaries of the death of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Gandhi once said, “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” As we conclude this series, we will look at being the change in 2020 by living a life of peace, which can lead to a world at peace.

December 2019 Theme – Holiday Light

During this holiday time of year, we sometimes feel we have too many things to do and too little time to do them, winding up harried and hurried. Or, for some, this time of year intensifies past or current hurts and sorrows, and we spend the month in sadness. This month at The Santa Anita Church, we will gather each week to release all of that as we learn how to experience the L-I-G-H-T of the holidays – Living Inside God’s Highest Truth.


December 8 – The Christ Light
In the Science of Mind Textbook, Ernest Holmes wrote, “In studying the life and teaching of Jesus, the most unique character of history, we discover a few simple ideas underlying his philosophy, the embodiment of which enabled him to become the Christ.” Today, we will look at two of those simple, yet transforming ideas, the embodiment of which will illuminate our Christ Light.


December 15 – Sharing Our Light
As expressions of God, the Great Giver of Life, we each express our Highest Truth and shine our lights most brilliantly when we choose to be givers to life — not in obligatory ways, but because it is our Divine Nature to give. Today we look at gifts we can share that don’t cost a cent and what it is like to adopt the Buddhist attitude of being a “kingly” giver.


December 22 – The Inside Light of Christmas
We are all familiar with the elements of the Christmas story – Jesus was born in a stable because there was no room in the inn surrounded by shepherds and wise men who had followed a star to be with him. As colorful as this story may be, this is the outside story of Christmas. Today, we will look at the INSIDE story of Christmas and how it can lead to our living in the Light.


December 29 – Be Ye the Light
We bring our month and the year 2019 to a close by focusing on our Light. Not only will we focus on our Light, but we will build our body of light through a powerful meditative experience you won’t want to miss.

November 2019 Theme – Steps on the Path of Transformation

In his profound book, The Third Jesus, Deepak Chopra writes: “Jesus asks us for personal transformation. Every step that brings us out of separation and closer to unity is valuable.” During the month of November, we will use Chopra’s book to view Jesus’ teachings as a roadmap for transformation by delving into Fifteen Steps to an awakened God Consciousness.


November 3 – Steps on the Path, Part I
Today we begin our exploration of Jesus’ roadmap for transformation by looking at the concepts behind his words of (1) the Kingdom of Heaven is within you; (2) my yoke is easy and my burden is light; and (3) being in the world but not of it.


November 10 – Steps on the Path, Part II
Steps 4, 5 and 6 on our path of personal transformation delve into the ideas that we must (4) ask in order to receive; (5) forgive those who trespass against us; and (6) be still and know.


November 17 – Steps on the Path, Part III
Part III of our fifteen steps on the path focuses on the ideas that (7) as you sow, so shall you reap; (8) resist not evil; and (9) in my father’s house are many mansions.


November 24 – Steps on the Path, Part IV
Today’s steps help us to realize that (10) we are born from above; (11) we are the light of the world; and (12) we need not worry about tomorrow.


December 01 – Steps on the Path, Part V
Today we conclude our Fifteen Steps to God Consciousness by exploring these teachings of Jesus: (13) Abide in me as I abide in you; (14) where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them; and, finally, (15) what does it profit a man to gain the whole world if he loses his soul?

October 2019 Theme – The Spirit of Oz

Loved by children of all ages, the classic movie The Wizard of Oz offers some profound spiritual teachings, completely aligned with those of New Thought. Join us this month as we travel down the Yellow Brick Road to discover the Spirit of Oz.


October 6 – Over the Rainbow!
The greatest gift with which we are endowed (after Life itself) is the gift of choice. And with our choices come natural results or consequences. We’ll begin our journey with Dorothy as we explore the consequences of her — and our — choices.


October 13 – If I Only Had a Brain
The Scarecrow sought a brain; the Tin Man a heart. Yet despite their perceived lack, the Scarecrow had all the great ideas, and the Tin Man loved unconditionally. Could it be that we are all spiritually supplied with everything we need from the beginning whether we know it or not?


October 20 – Hold Tight to Those Ruby Slippers
We are born with a Divine Spark, which no one can take away. Dorothy’s ruby slippers are a radiant symbol of the inner spark of infinite potential for goodness and greatness that is within us all.


October 27 – There Really Is No Place Like Home
T.S. Eliot once wrote: “We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and to know the place for the first time.” Dorothy learned this profound spiritual Truth. As we conclude The Spirit of Oz, so will we.

September 2019 Theme – Truths We Were Never Told

As we were growing up, many of us were told, in verbal and nonverbal ways, a lot of things that just weren’t true. And we were not told many things that were true. This month, we will dispel false beliefs and open ourselves up to explore some spiritual Truths we may never have been told.


September 8 – Why Were You Born?
This seems like a pretty deep question, and today we will dive right into it. The truth is every one of us was born into this life here and now for some very important reasons, reasons we were not necessarily told. Come find out what they are.


September 15 – Just How Worthy Are You?
Feeling worthy of a happy, productive life; feeling worthy of love; feeling worthy of God’s Grace; feeling worthy of success and abundance – many people struggle with these feelings of worthiness. Today, we will end the struggle by moving into the consciousness of profound worthiness, which is your Divine Birthright, now and always!


September 22 – You Are Naturally Creative
“I’m just not that creative” is what many of us tell ourselves. Yet, we are made in the image and likeness of the Creator of the Universe. Some of that creative ability must have rubbed off! Today, we will experience just how much.


September 29 – The Have-Do-Be Model Doesn’t Work!
Many of us were taught that in order to BE who we want to be, we must first HAVE something and then DO something with it. For example, we have been told we must HAVE the right education in order to DO the right job so that we can BE successful or we must HAVE enough money in order to DO the things we want to do so that we can BE happy. The Truth is life works much better when we rearrange the model.

August 2019 Theme – The Secrets of the Millionaire Moses

In the month of August, we will delve into the prosperity secrets of Moses, one of the wealthiest men of the Bible. Using Catherine Ponder’s classic book The Millionaire Moses as our reference, we will reveal the fascinating metaphysical code of this Biblical story and unveil the mysteries Moses knew for ongoing, unlimited prosperity — mysteries as applicable in 2019 as they were 3,500 years ago.


August 4 – The Power of the Great I Am
Moses spent three significant periods in his life, each deepening his prosperity consciousness. Within the second period, he learned the Power of the Great I Am. Today, we will apply these three periods of growth to our lives and discover for ourselves the power of the Great I Am.


August 11 – On the Red Sea
In moving from bondage to freedom, the Israelites needed to cross the Red Sea and have enough food and water to sustain them on their journey, should they make it across. In the physical realm, it was impossible to cross such a vast sea and equally impossible to bring along enough sustenance. Yet, they did cross the Red Sea and they had plenty of food and water. Today, we reveal the profound prosperity promises found in these two “miracles.”


August 18 – Secret Weapon for Prosperity
Your secret weapons for prosperity are symbolized in two incidents in Moses’ life in the desert. From these two events, we can learn how to quickly claim our good even in the face of opposition and even in the midst of hard conditions. Today, these secret weapons will become yours.


August 25 – Prosperity Laws of Opulence
Moses learned the prosperity Laws of Opulence when he was a prince in the Court of Pharaoh. This knowledge enabled him to provide lavishly for his followers over 40 years in the wilderness. By following these prosperity Laws, you too can be lavishly provided for.


September 1 – Speaking the Word of Completion
With all his heart and soul, Moses wanted to take the Israelites out of the wilderness and into the Promised Land. Yes, he failed on both counts. Nonetheless, he knew he had done all he could and realized when you have done all you can about a situation, then you have done all you are supposed to do. By speaking the word of completion and letting go, he opened the way for results to appear. Today, we follow Moses’ lead and speak the word of completion.


August Affirmation
I am one with God and God’s Goodness. I am well, wealthy, whole and happy, and every phase of my life is in Divine Order now!