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November 2018 Theme – Mind Your Ps and Qs!

Our parents may have said this to us when we misbehaved as children, but during the month of November, at The Santa Anita Church, the phrase “minding our Ps and Qs” will take on a different meaning. When we are mindful to Practice Prayer, to Pursue Play, to Quicken our Divine Potential, to Power our Positive Thinking and to Possess a Grateful Presence, we have the formula for creating a life well lived.

November 4, 2018 – “Practicing Prayer”
A life built on prayer is a life built on a strong foundation. Today, we will explore making the practice of prayer, all forms of prayer, a cornerstone of life.

November 11, 2018 – “Pursuing Play”
A life well lived must be a life lived in balance, and pursuing play is an important part of that balance. On this day, we will look at play as a spiritual practice.

November 18, 2018 – “Quickening Our Divine Potential”
Today we take a look at practices and attitudes that quicken our Divine Potential, enabling us to be all that we came to this life to be.

November 25, 2018 – “Powering Our Positive Thinking”
We celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday by realizing we have so much for which to be grateful – even more than you might think!

December 2, 2018 – “Possessing a Grateful Presence”
We are aware of the power of positive thinking, but do we really power up our thinking as much as we could? Today, we will give a jumpstart to the kind of thinking that will move us forward in achieving our dreams and goals.

November Affirmation: Today, I open my eyes to see God’s Good, I open my heart to feel God’s Joy and I open my mind to know who I really am!

October 2018 Theme – The Master’s Promise

Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus said, “I have come so that you might have life, and have it more abundantly.” During the month of October, we will explore what it means to live The Master’s promise.

October 7, 2018 – “Do You Believe In Magic?”
With an attitude of expectancy, an open heart and a willingness to look beyond the known and into the possibilities, we can create magic in our lives.

October 14, 2018 – “Just Say Yes”
Are you driven by fear or love? Fear constricts, love opens; fear limits, love expands; fear inhibits, love empowers. Today, we will look at saying yes to love as the primary motivator in our lives.

October 21, 2018 – “Catch Your Wave”
Taking a lesson from young surfer Bethany Hamilton as chronicled in her book Soul Surfer, we will learn how to catch our wave to the abundant life.

October 28, 2018 – “Who Ya Gonna Call? Ghostbusters!”
Using the “Ghostbusters” movie as the metaphor, we conclude our month of focus on the Master’s Promise by focusing on the power of Spiritual Mind Treatment/affirmative prayer and eliminating the ghosts (illusions) of fear, doubt, separation, etc.

September 2018 Theme – Interesting Conversations

Sitting around the living room engaged in deep conversation with friends and loved ones is
always an enriching experience. We often walk away from those encounters feeling more
connected, having learned something new and happy for the pleasant time we have shared. This
month, we will gather each week not in our living rooms but in our Sanctuary to share in
interesting and deep conversations.

September 2, 2018 – “Returning Home to Peace.”
This month we will begin with a look at Returning Home to Peace. With so much conflict, blaming and arguing going on in the world,
it’s nearly impossible to set our sights on peace – even though that is what we all need more of.
There are very simple ways for us to navigate through the swamp created by negative thinking
and action. Today we will learn some of those ways and what we can do to help ourselves and
the world.

September 9, 2018 – “Can We Talk?”
To begin our conversations this month, we want to hear from you. When you arrive in church
this morning, you will be invited to write down a question, challenge or issue that you would like
to have addressed. All of your submissions will be placed in a basket from which Rev. Terry
will draw to craft today’s message on the spot around issues you want to talk about.

September 16, 2018 – “What Would Ernest Say?”
In 1935, the Institute of Religious Science published a little book entitled Questions and Answers
on the Science of Mind, which is a compilation of questions asked of and answers from our
founder Dr. Ernest Holmes. Today, we will look at some “difficult” questions, and see what
Ernest had to say. Oh, and you can be sure Rev. Terry will add his two cents as well!

September 23, 2018 – “Pray Without Ceasing”

It has often been said that “prayer is talking to God; meditation is listening.” Today we will
explore this idea of talking to God in prayer. But to whom are we REALLY talking? And do we
need to do more than just talk? We’ll gather today to talk about that.

September 30, 2018 – “A Conversation with God”

Contrary to what the title might imply, we will not focus on Neal Donald Walsh’s book,
Conversations with God this morning. Rather, we will gather to have a real conversation with
God! Come be surprised and delighted at what you experience.

August 2018 – The Heat Is On

It is August, and the heat is on — outdoors as well as here at THE SANTA ANITA CHURCH. This month, we will turn up the heat on the concepts of Divine Invitation. We will deepen into the practices of Blueprinting, Bridging and Building the life that is our answer to the Divine Invitation. It will be a hot month at THE SANTA ANITA CHURCH so be sure to be with us!

August 5, 2018 –“But, What Does It Look Like?”

Often times, when we are asked to describe what we want, we immediately begin describing what we don’t want. For some reason, that seems easier for us. And while contrasting what “it” is with what “it” isn’t is an important distinction, eventually we must be able to say what the answer to the Divine Invitation looks like and claim it to be ours. Today, we clarify and claim our blueprint for that life.

August 12, 2018, – “We Actually Can Get There From Here”

Yes, we actually can get there from here — if we are willing to bridge the gap, even when the terrain gets shaky and uncomfortable. Today, we will shine the light on what may be causing the bridge to rock and roll, and we will put one foot in front of the other to cross it anyway.

August 19 – “The Tools Needed”

Hammers, saws, pliers, levels, drills, nail finishers and wrenches, as well as the “know how” to use these tools, are all necessary to erect a new building or structure. Powerful spiritual tools and the “know how” to use them are needed to build a larger consciousness that makes us a welcoming space for our highest dreams and desires. Today, you will receive seven spiritual tools – the Sacred Seven – that will help you build that welcoming consciousness.

August 26 – “Building the Life”

We’ve blueprinted, we’ve bridged and we’ve employed the Sacred Seven spiritual tools. Today, we turn up the heat by using all of that as the springboard for building the life that is our answer to the Divine Invitation. It is a life that brings us joy and abundance, a life that serves the greater good, a life in which the Divine is expressed uniquely and powerfully as and through us. It is a life that is truly glorious and one each of us richly deserves!

July 2018 Theme – “Sail-abrating” Life!

As summer leaps into full-swing, thousands of residents head to the coasts for beach and boating fun.  Here at The Santa Anita Church, we will “sail-abrate” by pulling up anchor and letting God take the rudder as we examine how to navigate through life no matter what the condition of the sea.

July 8 – The Limitless Sea of Receptivity

As we “sail-abrate” Independence Day today, we will explore our inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and how to experience these rights by “throwing ourselves with complete abandon into the Limitless Sea of Receptivity” (to quote our founder Ernest Holmes).

July 15 – Calming the Internal Sea

What’s the state of the internal sea of your mind? Does it consist of rough waters or is it smooth sailing? The truth is — if our minds are constantly churning and rolling, we simply cannot be letting God take the rudder and successful navigation cannot possibly occur. Today, we will explore a number of ways to hand the rudder back to God.

July 22 – Stay the Course of Light

As we set sail to create lives of passion, fulfilling our dreams and our higher purpose, we can (at times) get distracted. Using the familiar Biblical story of Samson and Delilah, today we look at what can get us off course – and how to get back on track.

July 29 – Heading Due N-O-R-T-H

All good sailors rely on their compasses to navigate the seas. As we wrap up our month of “sail-abrating,” we will turn our compass due N-O-R-T-H to keep our gaze on God.

June 2018 Theme – From Surviving to Striving to Thriving

Many of us spent what seemed to be a lifetime just trying to survive. At some point in our journey of unfoldment, we may have moved into the place of striving — striving to make our lives turn out the way we wanted. And many of us have been successful with that mode of operation. But there is yet another way to be and that is to thrive. During this month, we will explore what it means to move out of the place of merely surviving to releasing the struggle of striving and then to being in the sweet space of thriving – knowing that when we thrive we are in the space of Pure Potentiality and Creativity in which Spirit meant for us to be! Each Sunday will build on the previous, so don’t miss a single one. And, those attending every Sunday of this series will receive a special gift on the last Sunday of the month.

June 3 – Survive, Strive or Thrive?
In this service, we will define what it means to survive, what it means to strive and what it means to thrive by exploring concepts from the “Why Me, By Me, Through Me, As Me” model as well as from other models of consciousness.

June 10 – Surviving Strategies
Once we move into the “striving mode,” we develop personal ways of being to be successful in the world. They become who we are and, up to a point, they can be very effective. But, those strategies will not take us to the place of thriving. This Sunday, we will investigate what those strategies might look like.

June 17 – Last Word on Surrender
Before we can begin to thrive, we must release any notion of should be, ought to be, what is right and what is wrong, realizing that, once we have done all we know to do, the outcome is not in our hands – life will simply turn out the way it turns out. This is the ultimate definition of surrender, which can lead to complete freedom!

June 24 – Accept the Impossible?
Once we experience the freedom of true surrender, we are ready to move into the place of willingness to create that which previously seemed impossible. Are you willing to accept that the impossible just might be possible?

June 31 – Thrive Into Your Future
We are meant to thrive. We are meant to BE our impossible dream. We are meant to be miracle workers. This Sunday closes our series with a powerful ceremony during which everyone will have an opportunity to thrive into their future.

May 2018 Theme – Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude

At page 53 of The Science of Mind textbook, Ernest Holmes wrote, “[Our] thought should tend more and more toward an affirmative attitude of mind that is positive, stable and — above all else — toward a real unity with Spirit that is already complete and perfect.” During the month of May, we will focus our attitude “toward a real unity with Spirit,” which lifts us higher and higher.

May 6 – You Are Feeling Lucky?
Based on 1994 research on “luck” by Dr. Richard Wiseman, today we will explore the common attitudes of “lucky people” and see how luck really has nothing to do with it at all.

May 13 – Be-Attitudes, Part I

The Master Teacher Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount is rich in counsel on developing the proper attitude toward Spirit. In this first of a two-part talk, we will explore the deeper and metaphysical meaning of the first four Be-attitudes.

May 20- Be-Attitudes, Part II

Picking up where we left off last week, today we delve into the second four Be-attitudes, as attitudes that move us “toward a real unity with Spirit.”

May 27 – Remember to Remember

Using Memorial Day as our backdrop, this Sunday we will focus on remembering there is a Divine Presence at the Center of all things, that this Divine Presence responds to us and that our awareness of this Presence – our ability to remember the Presence – can be so strong, so real that we feel it everywhere, in everything, in everyone and in every situation.

April 2018 Theme – Lord, I am Your Instrument

The month of April will be spent exploring the profoundly beautiful prayer known as the Prayer of St. Francis. Spoken almost 800 years ago, this prayer serves as a timely reminder of our responsibility to be bearers of the light, particularly during this time of global transformation. Each week, we will deepen into a meaning of one of the lines of this exquisite prayer and feel what it means to be God’s instrument.
 
April 1 – Easter Sunday – An Instrument of Peace
An abbot in a remote Tibetan monastery once said “Peace is of the greatest importance in our world today. In the absence of peace, we lose what we have gained. In the presence of peace, all things are possible.” Today we explore the first line of this profound Prayer of St. Francis to become instruments of possibilities.

April 8 – Where There is Hatred, Let Me Sow Love
Here’s an idea to chew on: “The truth about hatred is that hate is love.” That sounds like a Zen Koan, doesn’t it? If it got your attention, come today to find out who said it and what it actually means as we discover how to be sow-ers of love!

April 15 – Where There is Injury, Let Me Sow Pardon
Culminating in a sacred and holy Rose Blessing Ceremony, today we will explore St. Francis’ meaning of the words “injury” and “pardon,” which are used in ways different from what you might initially think. In fact, they are St. Francis’ way of expressing his desire to heal the sick and bring recovery to the wounded. Today we will do just that.

April 22 – Where There is Doubt and Despair, Let Me Sow Faith and Hope
On this Easter morning, today we instill a profound lesson that the Master Teacher Jesus came to teach us . . . that our faith in the Divine (even faith the size of a mustard seed) can move mountains.

April 29 – Where There is Darkness and Sadness, Let me Sow Light and Joy
The ancient Egyptians believed that upon death their answers to two questions would determine whether they continued their journey into the afterlife. The first question was “Did you find joy?” The second was “Did you bring joy?” As we bring our theme to a close today, we will become instruments of joy and light.

March 2018 Theme – The Prayer Chest

Ernest Holmes in The Science of Mind, p. 283, wrote:

No class of people on earth believes more in prayer than we do. Our whole theory is based not only on the belief in Spirit, but in the availability of It – Its immediate response. We even go so far as to say in everyday language: “Pray right and God cannot help responding.”

These are powerful words by the Founder of Religious Science, and yet they beg an important question – what does it mean to “pray right?” Using the spiritual novel, The Prayer Chest, written by August Gold and Joel Fotinos, we will delve into our core spiritual practice of prayer and will explore secrets of “praying right.”

March 4 – The First Secret of Answered Prayer
The novel The Prayer Chest explores three secrets to answered prayer. Today, using the novel as our backdrop, we will look at and begin to embody the first secret.

March 11 – The Second Secret of Answered Prayer
Continuing our journey through the novel The Prayer Chest, we will uncover the second secret to “praying right” and ensuring that our prayers are answered.

March 18 – The Third Secret of Answered Prayer
The third secret to answered prayer is a place of powerful transformation – a place where not only prayers are answered, but lives are changed forever.

March 25 – The Fourth Secret of Answered Prayer (According to The Santa Anita Church)
If you have read the novel The Prayer Chest, then you know there are only three secrets to answer prayer. However, at the end of the novel, an opening is left for a fourth secret. In this service, we will explore the fourth secret according to us! Be sure to bring your personal Prayer Chests to service today to have them blessed.

January 2018 Theme – Awakening to Life

Could 2018 be the year that we awaken, truly awaken, to the beauty of life that Spirit intends for us to live? What would it be like if we were fully awake and present for it all — fully present to the life we now have, fully present to who we are in every moment and fully present and available to the life we are creating? What might that awakened life look like? Each week this month, we will explore those questions while we reground ourselves in our fundamental New Thought teachings. This month will be a rich and deep experience for all, those steeped in our beliefs and those new to them. Be sure to set the stage for your year by being with us each week.

January 7, 2018 – “The Four Kingdoms of Awakening”

As we walk the spiritual journey of awakening to the Truth of who we are and the beauty of life, we often experience that journey in stages, or what we might call Kingdoms. Today we will look at the four Kingdoms of Awakening and see how to awaken to the higher realms of the Kingdom. The work we do today will support the rest of the month, so be sure to be with us!

January 14, 2018 – “Awaken My Heart to Grace”

God’s Grace may mean something different for every one of us. Today, you will have an opportunity to awaken to your personal definition of this concept and then to move it out of the concept stage into an active, awakened experience in your life. It is through God’s Grace that we experience a life of beauty and wonder.

January 21, 2018 – “Staying Awake While Navigating the Wake”

It is an absolutely Truth that Spirit intends for us to live a life of beauty and wonder. And it is also a human experience that, at times, we feel like we are living in the wake of pain, upset, challenges and strife. At those times, we might just want to pull the covers over our heads and go back to sleep. But the true beauty comes when we stay awake even in the middle of the wakes of life!

January 28, 2018 – “Claiming Our Awakened Presence”

As we bring our exploration of an awakened life to a close, this morning we will each have an opportunity to make a mighty proclamation as we individually and collectively claim our places as awakening beings!

December 2017 Theme – “The Prayer of the Master”

While the outside world is embroiled in the trappings of the holiday season, each week at The Santa Anita Church, we will turn inward to find rich and deep transformative meaning in one of the most well-known and oft-cited prayers in human history – the prayer taught by the man whose birth we celebrate this month. This prayer, known as “The Lord’s Prayer” or “The Our Father,” has gone through many translations and interpretations. Be sure to be with us to receive a full spectrum of the wisdom found in this prayer of the Master, and then be with us on Christmas Eve day and New Year’s Eve day for two very special services.

December 3, 2017 – “THE BREATH OF LIFE”
“Oh Thou, From Whom the Breath of Life Comes” is the beginning of an early translation of the Prayer of the Master. Today we explore the depth and beauty of this version, and you may find some real surprises in it! And you will most definitely find some deep wisdom for living a rich and full life today.

December 10, 2017 – “FATHER-MOTHER OF THE COSMOS”
In this translation of the Master’s Prayer, which begins with “O Birther! Father – Mother of the Cosmos,” we find a road map for being in relationship with others as well as more deep, ancient wisdom applicable to our lives today.

December 17, 2017 – “OUR FATHER, WHICH ART IN HEAVEN”
Today we will look at the most familiar translation of the Master’s Prayer, but we will look at it in a most unfamiliar way. Come be surprised and delighted at what you experience.

December 24, 2017 – “GIFT OF CHRISTMAS, GIFT OF YOU”
Thus far this month, we have explored three different interpretations of Prayer of the Master and have had some deep and rich experiences. This Christmas Eve morning, we will examine how we can live these opening lines in two versions of the Prayer: “May Your light be experienced in my utmost holiness” and “Focus Your light within us – make it useful.”

December 31, 2017 – “OUR PERSONAL Prayer”
Today we move away from the Master’s Prayer to delve into our own personal prayer life. If you ever wanted to know the Top Ten List for creating a robust prayer life, today’s the day you will receive it. Come celebrate New Years’ Eve morning with us as we set the tone for a prayer-filled 2018.

November 2017 Theme – Abundant Living as a Way of Life

In his New Thought classic, “Prosperity,” Unity co-founder Charles Fillmore examines abundant living as a way of life. This month at The Santa Anita Church, we gather to explore the deep and timeless ideas contained in this rich (pun intended!) book.  If you are seeking a more fulfilling human experience, a greater understanding of God and a way to apply the spiritual principles of abundance in all areas of your life, then this month is for you.  Come and be blessed!  And, remember, your presence is a blessing to others!
   
November 5, 2017 – “The Key to it All”
Our in-depth exploration of Fillmore’s book “Prosperity” begins at the beginning – by clarifying and deepening into the fundamental basis of the Universe.  You may think you know what this is . . . and you may.  Then again, there may be more to be revealed!

November 12, 2017, – “You are the Inlet and the Outlet”

November 19, 2017, – “Rich in Ideas, Rich in Life”
It’s been said that ideas are God’s first currency.  Fillmore writes in “Prosperity,” that “our rich ideas will keep us in constant touch with abundance.”  What does it mean to trade in the currency of ideas?  Come today as we explore this profound idea!

November 26, 2017, -– “Let God Pay Your Debt”
If this title intrigued you, then it served its purpose.  As we bring this impactful month to a close, we look at the power, the significance and the seeming magic behind the idea of letting God pay our debts.