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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VIA TRANSFORMATIVA: YOU CRACK ME UP – Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

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 22, 2018, we used music from Mary Chapin Carpenter to learn how the Spirit can crack open our ego while we experience our spiritual journey as two steps forward and one step back.

Readings:
From the Jesus Story: Matthew 16: 13-20: Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven.
From the Letters of the Apostle Paul: Romans 12:2-8: be transformed by the renewing of your minds
From A Course in Miracles, Chapter 15: Choose littleness and you will not have peace

Song used in the sermon: The Bug – Mary Chapin Carpenter

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VIA TRANSFORMATIVA: YOU CRACK ME UP – Risk-Takers

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

This Sunday, April 15, 2018, 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, we used music from Ben Lee to learn how the Holy can crack open our fearful ego if we’re willing to step outside our comfort zone and gamble everything for love. Deb Varn and Candace Chellew-Hodge also shared original songs with us.

Readings: 
From the Hebrew scriptures: Exodus 2: 1-10: She named him Moses, because, she said, “I drew him out of the water.”
From the Jesus Story: Luke 5: 1-11: Do not afraid. From now on you will be catching people.
From A Course in Miracles, Manual for Teachers: You think you made a place of safety for yourself.

Song used in the sermon: Gamble Everything for Love by Ben Lee

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VIA TRANSFORMATIVA: YOU CRACK ME UP – Breathe Deeply

By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

This Sunday, April 8, 2018, 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. 

One of the best ways to crack open that ego is to breathe deeply and be here in this present moment and we learned about the Buddhist meditation practice of Tonglen that can help us use the healing power of our breath in the world. This is what we explored this Sunday with an original tune written by Candace Chellew-Hodge. 

Readings: 
From the Hebrew Scriptures: Psalm 150: Let everything that has breath praise the Lord
From the Jesus Story: John 20:19-23: he breathed on them

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

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