October – 2017

Oct 1

A Reading from the Wisdom of Albert Einstein
“[Our] ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. [One] would indeed be in a poor way if [one] had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.”

A Reading from the Torah
Exodus 20.1-17

God declared: I am PURE BEING, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not make wrongful use of the name of your God… Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that your God is giving you. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Oct 8
A reading from the Wisdom of Daisy Baum
“…back of all the visible universe there must be an invisible cause…[This] corresponds with the bible statement : “One God and [Source] of all, who is above all, and through all and in you all.” Since Omnipresence is all-inclusive as Life, Substance and Intelligence, the individual must help to make up that all-inclusive Life, and in so far as [one] is awake to the truth of this statement [one] enjoys the fullness of the Omnipresence.”

A Reading from an Epistle of St. Paul
Philippians 3.4-14

[The Apostle Paul wrote]:…If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith…Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own…Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.

Oct 15
A Reading from the Psalter
Psalm 80.7-8, 14

Restore us, O God of hosts; show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved. You have…planted [a vine]. You prepared the ground for it; it took root and filled the land. Turn now, O God of hosts, look down from heaven; behold and tend this vine; preserve what your right hand has planted.

A Reading from the Wisdom of Caroline Myss
“Ego says, ‘Once everything falls into place I’ll feel peace.’ Spirit says, ‘Find your peace and then everything will fall into place.”

A Reading from an Epistle of St. Paul
Philippians 4.8

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Oct 22
The Wisdom of Malinda Cramer

“It was early one morning in the year 1885, during an hour of earnest meditation and prayerful seeking, that I asked the following questions in faith…’Is there any way out of these conditions? Is there any power in the vast universe that can heal me?’ The immediate and all-convincing response was not an audible voice, but was an intuitive response by the life-giving spirit, which penetrated the body through and through, and which illumined and vivified its every atom with newness of life…
The answer to my earnest inquiry, as to whether there was any power that could heal me, was an all absorbing realization of a presence not heretofore realized. This presence was more than personal; it was omnipresence, and was so real, and so vivifying and illumining, that I became It. I realized It to be my Life, my Being, my health, knowledge and power. It was as a “consuming fire,” in that all things became It, and were this Presence manifested. Simultaneous with finding myself in God, I experienced the indrawing of all things; that is, that all are embraced within…One Infinite Source and Cause, and as I looked out over the Infinite’s Creation, I beheld what to me was “a new heaven and a new earth.”

The Wisdom of Nona Brooks
“I, myself, was in very poor physical condition, being able to eat only very soft, especially prepared food. For more than a year I had been praying almost constantly ‘God give me light.’ Then [one] Sunday…I attended my church, where during the communion service the song to be sung was, Nearer My God to Thee. I could not bring myself to sing the first stanza—‘nearer my God to Thee, nearer to Thee, e’en tho’ it be a cross that raiseth me.’ I rebelled—I and my family had had all the crosses we could possibly bear. As the congregation sang I was filled with an inner turmoil, but as the song progressed I realized a complete surrender of myself and of the family conditions in order that I might be nearer to God, and so I was able to sing the last stanza with the others.
It was [later] that my whole being was completely flooded with a great light—a light brighter than sunlight, brighter than any other light I had ever seen. It filled me! It surrounded me! I was conscious of nothing but that intense white light! I thought that of course all in the room had seen the light too, but they had not. I alone had experienced this wonderful light which flooded my entire being and which I discovered had healed me instantly and completely.”

A Reading from the Torah
Exodus 33.18

Moses said to the Holy One, “Show me your glory.”

Oct 29
A Reading from the Psalter
Psalm 90.1

Lord, you have been our refuge from one generation to another.

The Wisdom of Fannie James
Since we have learned to know God as spirit, as love, as life, and as truth, it is easy to understand how Love may be everywhere at the same time, for it is not a person or a shape, but a Presence that fills every place—a very great God indeed!

A Reading from the Torah
Deuteronomy 34.1-9

Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho, and the LORD showed him the whole land…The LORD said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham [and Sarah], to Isaac [and Rebecca], and to Jacob [and Leah and Rachel], saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants’; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.” Then Moses, the servant of the LORD, died there in the land of Moab, at the LORD’s command. He was buried in a valley in the land of Moab… but no one knows his burial place…Moses was one hundred twenty years old when he died; his sight was unimpaired and his vigor had not abated. The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days; then the period of mourning for Moses was ended. Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands on him; and the Israelites obeyed him, doing as the LORD had commanded Moses.


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