VIA POSITIVA: YES! IN DEED! – Embodying Hospitality

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

This Sunday, July 8, 2018, we continue our Via Positiva theme of Yes! In Deed! exploring the various ways that we can embody our “Yes!” our “Oh, Yeah” in the world.

This Sunday we used music from Paul McCartney and Wings to learn how to truly embody hospitality for every person and creature on this earth.

Readings: 
From the Jesus Story: Luke 10:1-10: I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves.
From the Apostle Paul: Galatians 6:1-10: let us not grow weary in doing what is right

From A Course in Miracles, Chapter 19: The Holy Spirit has given you love’s messengers

Song used in the sermon: Let ’em In – Paul McCartney & Wings


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VIA POSITIVA: YES! IN DEED! – Ya Gotta Serve Somebody

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

This Sunday, July 1, 2018, we continue our Via Positiva theme of Yes! In Deed! exploring the various ways that we can embody our “Yes!” our “Oh, Yeah” in the world.

This Sunday we used music from Bob Dylan to learn how an being of service in the world can help us embody the joy we seek in the world.

Readings:
From the Jesus Story: Luke 9:57-62: I will follow you wherever you go.
From the Apostle Paul: Galatians 5:1, 13-25: If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.
From A Course in Miracles, Chapter 18: You have been willing to bring the darkness to light

Song used in the sermon: Serve Somebody – Bob Dylan

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VIA POSITIVA: YES! IN DEED! – Embodying Abundance

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

This Sunday, June 24, 2018, we begin our Via Positiva theme of Yes! In Deed! exploring the various ways that we can embody our “Yes!” our “Oh, Yeah” in the world.

This Sunday we used music from Susan Werner to learn how an attitude of gratitude can help us embody the abundance we seek in the world.

Readings: 
From the Hebrew Scripture: Isaiah 55:1-5: … you that have no money, come, buy and eat!
From the Jesus story: Matthew 14:13-21: They all ate and were satisfied …
From A Course in Miracles, Manual for Teachers: The teacher of God is generous out of Self-interest.

Song used in the sermon: I Will Have My Portion – Susan Werner

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VIA TRANSFORMATIVA: YOU CRACK ME UP – Embracing Creation

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

We continue our Via Transformativa theme of “You Crack Me Up!” During this quarter, we’ll be exploring how the Holy “cracks” us open to reveal the true divine, spirit that dwells within each of us.

This week, June 17, 2018, we explored how opening ourselves up in reverence to all of creation can crack open that egoic shell and help us emerge into our true, divine self.

Readings:
From the Hebrew scriptures: Psalm 65:6-13: the river of God is full of water
From the Jesus story: John 17:13-21: They do not belong to the world
From A Course in Miracles, Chapter 4: God is praised whenever any mind learns to be wholly helpful.

Song used in the sermon: God is a River by Peter Mayer


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VIA TRANSFORMATIVA: YOU CRACK ME UP – Seeing Rightly

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

We continue our Via Transformativa theme of “You Crack Me Up!” During this quarter, we’ll be exploring how the Holy “cracks” us open to reveal the true divine, spirit that dwells within each of us.

This week, we explored how seeing the world through the eyes of the Holy can crack open that egoic shell and help us emerge into our true, divine self.

Readings:
From the Hebrew Scriptures: Exodus 23: 1-5, 9: You know the heart of an alien …
From the Jesus Story: John 8: 3-11: Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone
From A Course in Miracles, Chapter 19: It can indeed be said the ego made its world on sin. 

Song used in the sermon: In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel

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VIA TRANSFORMATIVA: YOU CRACK ME UP – Solitude & Community

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

We continue our Via Transformativa theme of “You Crack Me Up!” During this quarter, we’ll be exploring how the Holy “cracks” us open to reveal the true divine, spirit that dwells within each of us.

This week, we explored how finding a balance of solitude and community can crack open that egoic shell and help us emerge into our true, divine self.

Readings: 
From the Hebrew Scriptures:  Exodus 33:7-16: Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp
From the Jesus Story: Luke 5:15-25:
he would withdraw to deserted places
From A Course in Miracles, Chapter 8: “Know thyself”

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VIA TRANSFORMATIVA: YOU CRACK ME UP – The Spirit of Pentecost

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

We continue our Via Transformativa theme of “You Crack Me Up!” During this quarter, we’ll be exploring how the Holy “cracks” us open to reveal the true divine, spirit that dwells within each of us.

This week, we explored how the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit broke through into our world, can help us break open our egoic shell and allow our authentic, divine self emerge.

Readings: 
From the Jesus story: John 16:7-15: When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth
From the Christian Scriptures: Acts 2:1-13: “They are filled with new wine.”
From A Course in Miracles, Chapter 15: … all are invited and made welcome.

Song used in the sermon: Room at the Table by Carrie Newcomer


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VIA TRANSFORMATIVA: YOU CRACK ME UP – You are the Creator

We continue our Via Transformativa theme of “You Crack Me Up!” During this quarter, we’ll be exploring how the Holy “cracks” us open to reveal the true divine, spirit that dwells within each of us. 

This Sunday, May 13, 2018, Jubilant Todd Hoppock talked about how God uses our creativity to crack open our ego and allow the Creator within us to emerge.

Readings:
From the Hebrew Scriptures: Genesis 1:1-31: In the beginning
From the Jesus story: John 1:1-5: Before time itself was measured, the Voice was speaking
From A Course in Miracles, Chapter 7: Wrong perception is the wish that things be as they are not.

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VIA TRANSFORMATIVA: YOU CRACK ME UP – Anam Cara

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

We continue our Via Transformativa theme of “You Crack Me Up!” During this quarter, we’ll be exploring how the Holy “cracks” us open to reveal the true divine, spirit that dwells within each of us. 

This Sunday, May 6, 2018, we used music from Bruno Mars to learn how the Holy Spirit uses other people and our relationships to crack open our ego and allow us to ascend to our higher, divine self.

Readings:
From the Hebrew Scriptures: Psalm 23:
I fear no evil, for you are with me 
From the Jesus story: John 10:1-10:
He calls his own sheep by name 
From A Course in Miracles, Chapter 7:
The ego’s “enemy” is therefore your friend.

Song used in the Sermon: Count on Me, by Bruno Mars

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VIA TRANSFORMATIVA: YOU CRACK ME UP – Let It Go

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

We continue our Via Transformativa theme of “You Crack Me Up!” During this quarter, we’ll be exploring how the Holy “cracks” us open to reveal the true divine, spirit that dwells within each of us. 

This Sunday, April 29, 2018, we used music from Carly Simon to learn how letting go – doing the spiritual practice of subtraction – can crack open our ego and allow us to ascend to our higher, divine self.

Readings:
From the Jesus Story: John 20:15-18: Do not hold on to me

From the Letters of the Apostle Paul: Colossians 3:2-4,8-11: Set your minds on things from above
From A Course in Miracles, Chapter 28: The cause of pain is separation

Song used in the Sermon: I Haven’t Got Time for the Pain – Carly Simon

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