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September 2021 Theme – A Life that Works Without All the Work

This Labor Day month we will take a fresh look at creating a life that works without all the hard labor. When we live from certain spiritual principles, apply certain spiritual practices and then leave the rest to the Divine, life really can flow with ease and grace. Each week, we look at this idea from a different angle and learn how to create a life that works without all the work!


September 5 – Celebrating Un-Labor Day
This weekend we celebrate Labor Day, a day set aside in the United States to honor the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country. Monday is a day off from that labor, a day to rest and rejuvenate. What if we rested from labor all the time and yet still contributed to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our own lives and the lives of others? Be with us today and find out how.


September 12 – Be the Change
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” is regularly attributed to Gandhi. But, did he really say it? And if he didn’t say it, what did he say? And what does it have to do with us, anyway? Today, we take a deep look at Gandhi’s real words that inspired this very famous quote and find a rich, new meaning for it, one that moves us to a new level of awareness of how we can easily and gracefully walk in this world.


September 19 – Say ‘Yes’ to what W.O.R.K.s
What are you saying “yes” to in your life? It may surprise you to know that you say “yes” to a lot more than just what you would consciously choose to have in your life experience. Today, we say yes to the qualities that W.O.R.K. together to create a life of fulfillment.


September 26 – Creation Rather Than Control
TRUTH: The Universe is a whole lot smarter than you might think. TRUTH: Creation is much more fun than control. Based on these two TRUTHS, today we complete our month focusing on “A Life that Works Without All the Work.”

January 2021 Theme – Turning Point


We have all heard of the idea of a “tipping point,” the moment at which there is enough critical mass for a major change to occur. But what about a “turning point”? A “turning point” is the moment of decision, the moment we individually or collectively decide to make a shift, to head in a different direction, to view things another way, and that decision results in a radically different outcome. Or said another way, a “turning point” can result in a different “tipping point.” This month, with the support of the strong foundation of our Science of Mind/Unity teachings, we will have personal turning point moments that will tip us in the direction of greater love, joy, peace and manifestation.


January 3 – Laying the Groundwork
As we explore the idea of “turning points” in our lives, today we anchor into foundational concepts that will send us in the direction of our individual and collective Good and even greater Good. This morning will lay the groundwork for our entire year, so be sure to be with us, and bring a friend or two!


January 10 – Doing the Work
“God can only work for us by working through us.” No truer words have ever been said! With the help of international bestselling author Pam Grout in her book “E Cubed,” this week and next, we will do some work to turn us in the direction of being who we came here to be and doing what we came here to do.


January 17 – Continuing the Work
Picking up where we left off last week, today we continue the work of creating turning points in the direction of being who we came here to be and doing what we came here to do.


January 24 – Achieving the Miraculous
American Physician and author Bernie Siegel once wrote, “We have nothing to lose by attempting to achieve the miraculous.” When we have made the turn to a more expansive view of ourselves, our possibilities and the role we play in the world, we will achieve the miraculous. Actually, we will be the miracle, so come be the miracle today!


January 31 – What’s Up?
As we wrap up this month, we ask “what’s up” with you? What Science of Mind/Unity questions do you have? What concepts do you want to more fully understand? What guidance and support would you like in creating your personal turning points? In this impromptu talk, with opportunities to do spiritual practice together, Rev. Terry invites you to share what’s up with you!


December 2020 Theme – Deck the Halls


Our theme this month is inspired by a very familiar and joyous holiday song, “Deck the Halls.” Each week, we will deck the halls of our hearts and our minds with the Peace, Power, Grace, Faith and Love of God. And to anchor our theme, our congregational song for the month will be this classic holiday song, with the lyrics slightly modified – Santa Anita Church-style!


December 6 – Bedecked, Bejeweled
Everywhere we look this holiday season, we see bling, bling, bling – everything is bedecked and bejeweled with tinsel and lights and colors so bright! But, do we always feel bedecked and bejeweled at this time of year? Are the halls of our hearts and minds always decked with light and joy? Perhaps not. Today, we work from the inside out to call forth the shining light, the shimmering jewel that is within us all.


December 13 – Tis the Season for Some PPG
That would be . . . “Tis the Season for Some Peace, Power and Grace.” With Christmas rapidly approaching and perhaps still a lot yet remaining on our “to do” list, today we get about the important task of decking the halls of our hearts and minds with what really matters – the Peace, Power and Grace of God.


December 20 – Reflecting, Remembering and Radiating Love
Today, we pause to reflect, remember and radiate the Love of God, as it is so beautifully demonstrated in the story of the birth of Jesus. Today we will renew and refresh by consciously engaging the Love of God in a very real and tangible way.


December 24 – Putting On The Christ
In Atom Smashing Power of Mind, Charles Fillmore writes, “Manifest man, personal man, began evolving the ideal man, that is ‘putting on the Christ,’ ages and eons ago. We are now nearly midway in this evolution.” Today we move us along in our evolution as we “put on the Christ” through surrender of limitation and acceptance of Truth. Now, that’s something to celebrate!


December 27 – The Power of Faith
We bring 2020 to a close in a sacred service that will deck the halls of our hearts and minds in a deep and abiding faith. Through words, music, meditation and prayer, this service will support you in being strong in the power of your faith and in your faith in the Power.


This Month’s Affirmation
Today I deck the halls of my heart and mind with God’s Peace, Power, and Grace. In this season and in all the seasons of my life, I reflect, remember and radiate God’s Love. I anchor it all in the Power of my Faith and in my Faith in the Power.

November 2020 Theme – 28 Days of Transformation


At Romans 12:2, we are told, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” For the next 28 days, we will engage in a journey of transformation.


November 8 – The Process of Transformation
Today, we use the caterpillar that would be the butterfly as our teacher and guide. We can learn a great deal about our journey through his process of transformation, which is a true metamorphosis. This day promises to be uplifting and inspiring with a special gift for everyone who attends.


November 15 – The Call of Transformation
Just like the call of the butterfly is within the caterpillar, the call of transformation is within each one of us. What is calling you? What is your next revolution around the spiral of evolution? Today, we help discern the answers to those questions by listening to the C.A.L.L.


November 22 – Navigating Transformation
As we experience the newness of a transformed life, we may not be completely comfortable in our own skin. We may not yet quite know how to navigate life in this new way. Using an analogy taken from the sports world, Rev. Terry will walk us through the steps to find our way in the newness of it all.


November 29 – Transformation through Trouble
Mother Teresa is quoted as having said, “I know God will never give me anything I can’t handle, I just wish He didn’t trust me so much!” Whether she actually said that or not is irrelevant. What is important is that often our greatest moments of transformation come through troubling times. Today we bring some wisdom to this idea, wisdom that will support us in those transforming moments.


This Month’s Affirmation
As I renew my mind, I transform my life. As I answer the call, I evolve my consciousness. As I stand for transformation in times of trouble, I transcend them. And, as I commit to all of this, I am a living testament to God’s Beauty, Power, Grace and Love.

October 2020 Theme – Go Up, Then Out


In our action-oriented society, we can often move into “doing” before we anchor ourselves in Source and in the Divine Wisdom, Freedom, Love, Joy, Peace and Abundance of Source that lives within us. We can often become so outer-driven that we forget first to be inner/upward-directed. But Ernest Holmes in The Science of Mind tells us, “… the control of affairs is from within out and not from without” OR Charles Fillmore tells us in Talks on Truth, “[our] … external, striving, wandering must stop its restless seeking without, and repose at the center.” Each week this month, we take the time to go IN and UP to the Source of our Being before we move OUT into action.


October 11 – Seven Up, Part I
Today, we set the stage for our month by exploring three and a half of seven upward ideas (Lift Up, Look Up, Lighten Up and a little bit of Make It Up) that will cause tremendous inner movement and support the outward expression of Wisdom, Freedom, Love, Joy, Peace and Abundance in our lives. This will truly be an UP-lifting experience, so be sure to be with us!


October 18 – Seven Up, Part II
Continuing the journey of causing inner movement that supports the outward expression of the life we desire, today we finish our “Seven Up” series as we Make It Up, Kick It Up, Give It Up and Start It Up. Between this week and last, you will have the complete package!


October 25 – Up, Up and Away
It is when we first choose to go up (as we’ve done for the past two weeks) and then send away that which no longer serves that we can truly soar in the beautiful balloon of life in which we are meant to ride. Did you catch the references to a 1967 Grammy-winning song? If not, come and learn what it is while being profoundly moved. If so, come and celebrate your 60’s music savvy and be profoundly moved! Either way, it will be a morning to remember.


November 1 – Is It Really Up to Me? (online only)
Robert Schuller once wrote a book entitled, “If It’s Going to Be, It’s Up to Me.” Our question of the day is, “Is it really only up to me?” In answering that question, we will unravel a seeming paradox of our New Thought teachings after which we will engage in a sacred ceremony to anchor going in and up before going out.


This Month’s Affirmation
I consciously choose to turn within and go up to the Source of Divine Wisdom, Freedom, Love, Joy, Peace and Abundance before moving out into the world!

September 2020 Theme – Returning Home


As we walk this journey in life, we can, at times, be tossed and turned by conditions and circumstances. We can, occasionally, get thrown off course and lose our way. We can, now and again, forget who we are. Has anything like that ever happened to you? If it has, then this month will serve you in a profound way as we Return Home, home to the Source of All Good.


September 13 – Returning Home to the Changeless
Today, we build our foundation for handling change—any kind of change, whether it’s the type of change that causes us to say “Thank Goodness” or “Goodness, No!” Using Jesus’ analogy of the man who built his house on solid rock, we return home to the ever-present, unchanging Power of God.


September 20 – Returning Home to Peace
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.


September 27 – Returning Home in Faith
We could all benefit by returning home in faith, couldn’t we? The real question is: faith in WHAT? We all have a lot of faith, but in what do we have faith? Often times, especially in challenging times, our faith in misplaced. Today, we return home to a faith in the beneficence of God, in the Unity of all life and in the integrity of the Universe. Come today and test your faith!


October 4 – Returning Home to Truth
We round out our month of Returning Home by returning home to Truth, the Spiritual Truth that when we keep our eyes lifted to Spirit we can create miracles, we can attain lofty goals and dreams and we can create day-to-day lives that simply work better!


This Month’s Affirmation
Today I return home to the Divine that I am as I see beyond appearances and see only God in all situations.  I return home to the knowing that God is the Source of all my Good.  Today, I return home to Truth.

August 2020 Theme – 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 Divine Invitation concepts we explored last month, and particularly those we explored last week. 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 2 – 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 9 – 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 16 – A well deserved break
Reverend Terry takes a break this week.


August 23 – 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 30 – 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!


September 6 – The Finished Product – For Now
Today we celebrate a job well done and reap the rewards of a life lived in answer to the Divine Invitation.


This Month’s Affirmation
As I turn up the heat of my intention and combine it with my focused attention, I quickly and easily get from “here” to “there,” realizing that both “here” and “there” are joy-filled, abundant and glorious places to be!

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 Affirmation
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 Affirmation
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 Affirmation
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!