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July 2022 Theme – The Freedom Factor

 

As we celebrate the independence of our nation this month, we will also celebrate the idea of being free – truly free. Each week, we will apply the “Freedom Factor” to a different aspect of our lives and emerge stronger, more empowered Incarnations of the Divine.

 

July 3 – Freedom to Stand For
In his Sermon by the Sea, Religious Science founder Dr. Ernest Holmes said: “Find me one person who is for something and against nothing, who is redeemed enough not to condemn others out of the burden of his soul, and I will find another savior, another Jesus, and an exalted human being.” This Sunday, even in the face of so many things in our world we could stand “against,” we will take our place among the exalted human beings as we stand for goodness, love and harmony.

 

July 10 – Freedom to Be Me
It is a fundamental tenet of New Thought that we are each perfect, unique individual expressions of God. But, as you were molded and shaped by your upbringing and environment, were you given the freedom to be you? Many of us were not. This Sunday, together, we experience the freedom to start anew so that we can be who we were meant to be.

 

July 17 – Freedom to Experience Peace
A wise woman once said: “Peace is not the absence of conflict, but serenity in the midst of it.” At every moment of every day, we are free to experience peace – or not. Often, we make the unconscious choice for “or not.” How might we change that automatic, conditioned response which creates a less-than-peaceful experience? Find out this Sunday.

 

July 24 – Freedom to Find Wisdom
The Jewish Torah reads: “Happy and free are those who find wisdom … She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare to her … Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace … Get wisdom, get insight; do not forget!” This Sunday we explore the power of finding wisdom and our inherent freedom to do so.

 

July 31 – Freedom to Love
We conclude our exploration of “The Freedom Factor” by looking at the greatest freedom of all – the freedom to know ourselves as love and the freedom to choose the companions, activities, and experiences that we love. Be sure to be with us this Sunday as we feel the love!

 

This Month’s Affirmation
Freedom is my Divine Birthright. Therefore, I freely choose to stand for goodness, love and harmony. I freely choose to be who I came here to be, I freely choose to experience peace, I freely choose to find my inner wisdom, and I freely choose to love. In this freedom, I am Divinely blessed, and I am a Divine blessing.

June 2022 Theme – Seeing God In Everything

 

When you look around at your friends, your family, your employment situation, even your world, do you see them only from the surface level or do you see God in them? This month, in a variety of ways, we will take opportunities to see God in everything as we deepen into the profound Truth – we really are all one.

 

June 5 – Your Highest Intent
What is the highest intent any of us can ever have? And, did you know that when you align with it, the Universe aligns with you? This morning, we will unwrap this intent and will pose a series of questions to help us stay aligned with it 24/7.

 

June 12 – Get Your Big ‘But’ Out of the Way
How often do we look away from God by saying, “yes this is great, BUT …”? Today, we’ll look at getting that “but” out of the way.

 

June 19 – Listening to the Oracle Voice
Within each of us resides an “Oracle,” a wise, all knowing one. We have the innate ability to access that Oracle within ourselves and to call it forth from others on our behalf. Today, we will explore and then practice this idea.

 

June 26 – Making a Holy Covenant
New Thought giant Emma Curtis Hopkins suggests that we see God more clearly in everything when we walk in close faith and trust. In order to do that, she suggests making a holy Covenant that goes something like this: “I covenant with the God of my Being for my health (for example); and I will do nothing to preserve my health; my health is in the health of Spirit.” We’ll make this practice personal to all who attend this service.

 

This Month’s Affirmation
When I look here, I see God. When I look there, I see God. Wherever I look, I see the beauty, the power and the magnificence of God.

May 2022 Theme – The Bible: The Ultimate Guidebook

 

When was the last time you looked at the Bible as a guidebook for living? This month, we will explore some well-known, and some not-so-well-known, parables and passages from the Bible that speak volumes about our relationship with God and the Universe and provide us with some very powerful guidance for living. Come this month and become reacquainted (or perhaps acquainted!) with the sacred writings contained in the Holy Bible.

 

May 1 – Coming Home
According to author Ervin Seale, the parable of the Prodigal Son is “… a jewel of the Bible and of literature. It is outstanding from any point of view.” Today we explore this “jewel” and apply its powerful guidance directly to our lives.

 

May 8 – The Song of Renewal
Last week, we looked at perhaps the most well-known parable in the New Testament, The Prodigal Son. This week, we look at perhaps the most well-known, oft-quoted, and beloved chapter in the Old Testament – the 23rd Psalm, which could be subtitled “the song of renewal.” Today we will be renewed.

 

May 15 – The Pearl of Great Price and Other Hidden Treasures
Jesus once said, “The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking good pearls and when he had found one pearl of great price, he went and sold everything he had, and bought it.” These words have often been used to confirm the idea that materiality and spirituality cannot co-exist. But a deeper look into them and other scripture suggest a very different story.

 

May 22 – Being Fertile Ground
A farmer tosses seeds to the ground and some seeds are received by fertile ground and others are not. So does God “broadcast” Divine Seeds of Truth to us. The question is — are our hearts fertile ground to receive them? Using Jesus’ parable of the sower of the seed, we will explore levels of our own consciousness and examine our own receptivity to God’s broadcasts.

 

May 29 – The Protecting Presence
We take our final look at the Bible as our Ultimate Guidebook as we explore the ultimate promise – that we are loved beyond measure and protected at all times.

 

This Month’s Affirmation
As I live in harmony with the Divine, I am guided, I am loved and I am protected. As I come home to Myself, I live with ease, openness and joy.

April 2022 Theme – Shining our Brilliance

 

There was a song released by Rhianna several years ago called “Diamonds,” which talks about how love can “Shine Bright Like a Diamond” and (with a few strategically adjusted lyrics), it could be our theme song for this month. Each and every one of us came into this life to shine bright like a diamond. Perhaps we need a bit of polishing, or the rough edges could be softened, but at our core there is Brilliance with a capital “B” waiting to be shone. This month, we will introduce this idea in a most holy and moving Easter service, and in the other weeks, we will take one of the four “Cs” of rating a diamond’s quality — cut, clarity, color, and carat — and see how each of those qualities supports us in Shining our Brilliance.

 

April 3 – From Cuts To Brilliance
Your life is like a faceted gem. There are so many aspects that make up YOU! When diamonds are cut, they reveal their brilliance. Join us this week as we explore how your life, just like a gem, can become a brilliant reflection when you make the right cuts.

 

April 10 – Clarity of Being (Palm Sunday)
Clarity is one of the four ratings of a diamond. Within the clarity rating, there is a five-point scale. Where a diamond lands on that scale plays an important role in determining its value. Today we will explore how we might apply this Diamond Clarity Scale and, in that application, bring a new level of clarity of being into and throughout our lives. Be sure to stay for our sacred rose ceremony at the close of the service.

 

April 17 – Arise and Shine (Easter Sunday)
As we explore the metaphysics behind Jesus’ resurrection and ascension and look at a number of the profound teachings of this Spiritual Master, we are invited to arise and shine into our own unique Brilliance. Be sure to be with us today for a unique and utterly brilliant experience. And how about inviting a friend? Easter is a wonderful Sunday for that.

 

April 24 – The Colors & Carats of Your Conviction
A diamond is highly valued by the absence of color. A chemically pure and structurally perfect diamond has no hue, like a drop of pure water. When we reflect Source at the highest level, we are exactly like this, so transparent that only God shines through. How you choose to color your life is paramount to Shining your Brilliance. The final quality that gives a diamond its value is its weight, which is measured in carats. Larger diamonds are rarer than smaller diamonds; consequently, the value rises exponentially as the diamond gets larger. What carat is your conviction that you are a walking, talking manifestation of God? How large is your trust in yourself as an expression of God? We will address these weighty questions . . . and more . . . on our last Sunday of shining bright like a diamond.

 

March 2022 Theme – What’s Luck Got To Do With It?

 

In 1984, Tina Turner released a song that became an instant classic rock song entitled, “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” Spiritually, we could answer that by saying “Just about everything!” This month, we’ll take the same question, change just one word and ask, “What’s luck got to do with it?” Your immediate answer to that question may be, “Just about nothing,” but in this series, we’ll combine some fascinating scientific research with our powerful New Thought principles to find that there’s much, much more to living a lucky life than meets the eye!

 

March 6 – How to Luck Out
“You really lucked out on that one!” – that’s a phrase we often hear when a random happy moment or coincidence has just occurred. What do scientific research and spiritual principles have to say about how we can “luck out”? Today we find out.

 

March 13 – The Luck of the Draw
This common phrase is used to describe an outcome based on chance, over which we have no control — like drawing the short stick. But are we really at the mercy of the luck of the draw? Science, as well as spirituality, says we are not – but it takes a specific attitude, coupled with precise activities to create our own luck of the draw!

 

March 20 – Lucky Charm
On this Sunday-after St. Patrick’s Day, we will each discover our own personal Lucky Charm and learn how to use it quite effectively. And if you wear green to service today, you might just find yourself extra lucky.

 

March 27 – Don’t Push Your Luck
Today, we complete our “What’s Luck Got To Do With It?” series by looking at how we never need to “push our luck,” but rather how to tap into that which will pull us to our highest good.

 

February 2022 Theme – Soaring on the Wings of L.O.V.E.

 

It is a tradition in February to explore the topic of love. Not just romantic love, but the Love of the Divine, which we give expression to – or don’t – depending on how we choose to live. What would your life be like if you chose to soar through life on the wings of L.O.V.E.? Each week this month, we will explore different aspects of L.O.V.E., so come spread your wings and fly with us into Light & Laughter; The Omni-3 (Omnipresence, Omnipotence & Omniscience); Vibrant Vision & Vitality; and, finally, Enlightened Enthusiasm!

 

February 6 – Light and Laughter
Humor and lightness are gifts of God’s Love. Our ability to laugh in the midst of circumstances and have a light touch on life are indicators of our how much we are living into and from this Love. Today, we shine our Light and Laughter in places that could use a big ol’ dose of God’s Love.

 

February 13 – The Omni-3
In the religion of our childhood, we may have found the idea of God’s Omnipresence, Omnipotence and Omniscience a bit troubling. After all, who wanted an ever-present, all-powerful and all-seeing judge? But, if we look at God from the New Thought perspective, being surrounded by an ever-present, all-powerful and all-seeing Presence of Love is an entirely different story, isn’t it? Today, we feel into that story.

 

February 20 – Vibrant Vision and Vitality
Love is one of the highest energetic vibrations there is. If we brought Love – Divine Love – to our visions, our hopes and our dreams, think about the vitality they would have. Today, we will do just that.

 

February 27 – Enlightened Enthusiasm
Enlightened Enthusiasm. Those words sound good together, don’t they? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be so deeply in touch with God’s Love that we felt enthusiasm in everyday events? There are several keys to creating a life of enlightened enthusiasm. Today we are going to learn what the masters have to say about it and explore the paths that will allow us to do just that.

 

This Month’s Affirmation
Knowing that Love is the strongest drawing power on earth, I attune my heart and my mind to Love and open myself to experience a life I love living.

January 2022 Theme – Tipping Point or 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 2 – New Year Welcome & Burning Bowl Chat
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 greatest 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 2 – A Solid Foundation
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 greatest 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 9 – It Works (When You Work It)
“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 16 – Working to Turn
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 23 – DIY Miracles
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! Greater still, we’ll come to the realization that we ARE the miracle, so come BE the miracle today!

 

January 30 – What’s Up?
As we wrap up this month, we ask “what’s up” with you? What Science of Mind questions do you have? What concepts do you want to understand more fully? 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. Gina Milligan invites you to share what’s up with you!

 

December 2021 Theme – The Lord’s Prayer

 

This month, we are going to take some time to 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 known as “The Lord’s Prayer.”

 

December 5 – Breath of Life
The Aramaic language, like Greek, Hebrew, and Arabic, has layers and levels of meaning. The words are organized and defined by a poetic system where different meanings of every word are possible. So every line of the Lord’s Prayer could be translated into English in several different ways, and it has been. Today we look at a beautiful translation from first century Aramaic.

 

December 12 – A Chat with God

 

December 19 – The Little Drummer Boy

 

December 26 – One Minute with God
A top 10 list for having a rich and robust personal prayer life.

 

November 2021 Theme – Share the Love, the Light, the Truth

 

This month, we take an in-depth look at 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! Week by week throughout this month, we will explore and experience the depth of who we are and what that means in today’s ever-changing world, we will lay building blocks of Spiritual Truth to create a solid foundation upon which we can firmly stand.

 

November 7 – 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 to explore 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!

 

November 14 – 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!

 

November 21 – 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 which we don’t like comes into our existence, 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 question today as we look at what “there is only One” really means.

 

November 28 – 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!

 

This Month’s Affirmation
Knowing I am simply here to let God be God in me, I live in the infinite flow of God’s Love, Light and Truth. All is well. All is good. All is perfect! I am well. I am good. I am perfect!

October 31 – Down to the Nitty-Gritty

All month, we’ve been saying that we’re happiest, that our Joy Meters are highest, when we’re in the process of & making progress in consciously creating…something. We’ve shared the secrets, tools & mindset we need to courageously leap into limitless happiness. We’ve put all of the pieces together in neat rows and figured out all of the steps we need to take…but what if you don’t know what or how to “create”? What if you’re not feeling inspired to do arts & crafts, write poetry, sculpt? This week, we’re going to talk about what “consciously creating” means, and how incredibly simple it is for every single one of us to implement its practice in our lives.

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!