Talk on 29 January

At the beginning of January we started a journey, the journey of the Season of Epiphany where are being revealed to ourselves. We ask and we are shown who we truly are.

As we learn about different aspects of ourselves we are given the opportunity to love and embrace all these parts. As we allow the unloved parts to come out to play again and by accepting ourselves as we are, we heal.

The part of ourselves we hate or shun tends to draw attention to itself by acting out and causing trouble and become the wicked. Often, in response to our ‘unjust’ treatment this part of our personality becomes a nuisance, it becomes a constant bother in some way or another.

But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8

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Talk on January 22

Control vs. faith in grace

” … But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved — … For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. ….” Ephesians 2:1–22 – By Grace Through Faith (extracts)

I was watching a film the other day, in which there was a young boy of about 10. He was mowing the lawn, one day. His father came to the garden checking on him. He noticed a patch of grass not having been cut and said to his son: Son, you have left this bit out. Let me show you how to do it right!” The boy looked up sadly and nodded in agreement. A few minutes later, the boy was putting his model airplane together in the basement. His father showed up angrily complaining about the smell of glue in the house. “You are using too much glue, son! Look! Let me show you how to do it right!” The boy stood up and as his father set down at the table the boy left the basement silently.

So, why do we try and control life?

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Talk on January 15

Surrender

When we surrender to Life, we give up control over what should or should not happen. We become present. Instead of thinking about how to outsmart Life, we can have what we truly want: to be aligned with ALL.

At that moment we make ourselves available both to Self and God.
As we develop the observer status ( we talked about how to reach the observer status last week, please check HERE), we can have a look at our disturbances, discomforts, judgements without acting upon them.
In surrendering we make ourselves available to God who talks to us:

I praise you, LORD,
for being my guide.
Even in the darkest night,
your teachings fill my mind.
8 I will always look to you,
as you stand beside me
and protect me from fear.
Palm 16:5-8 

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An invitation to meditate

In offering 10% of our precious limited resource, TIME, to God, we state the importance of our ever developing relationship with Him. In our silence God speaks and whispers soothing words that our soul recognizes. In response to His calling, His sparkle that dwells in us, awakens and smiles back at Him. In silent meditation we recognize our likeness to God and realize our God-Essence.
Come and join us!
Event description HERE.

 

 

The Season of Epiphany – An Invitation!

Epiphany (Greek: επιφάνεια, “the appearance; miraculous phenomenon”) is a Christian feast intended to celebrate the ‘shining forth’ or revelation of God to mankind in human form, in the person of Jesus. The observance had its origins in the eastern Christian churches, and included the birth of Jesus; the visit of the three Magi, or Wise Men (Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar) who arrived in Bethlehem; and all of Jesus’ childhood events, up to his baptism in the Jordan by John the Baptist. The feast was initially based on, and viewed as a fulfillment of, the Jewish Feast of Lights. This was fixed on January 6.

This is also the day of the year that we celebrate the Incarnation of God into the person of Jesus Christ. We have gone through to get to the light of Epiphany.

January 6, the last day of Christmas or the “12th Days of Christmas”

The Season after the Epiphany extends through 28 February 2017, which is the day before Lent begins. The Season of Epiphany begins on the Epiphany, 6 January, and ends on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. This season varies in length, depending on the date of Easter Day. Its climax of the season is the Transfiguration on the last Sunday after the Epiphany.

 

Please read the verses below as the beginning and the end of the Season. We can walk together with Christ in this season of transformation.

Epiphany – Matthew 3:13-17

16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of Goddescending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

 

The Transfiguration – Matthew 17:1-13

17 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.

5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

 

An Invitation

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Silent meditation

We are inviting you to our ongoing

Silent Meditation

event from 6.30-9pm every Thursday evening starting on January 12th, 2017

Please, arrive on time (suggested arrival time: 6.20pm) for a 6.30pm start.

To make your meditation more comfortable please bring your own ‘gear’ (pillows, chair, etc.). There is plenty of room to share.

 

 

The Art of Chi-Gong

JOIN US
AS WE EXPLORE AND EXPERIENCE
THE ART OF CHI-GONG

Facilitator: Charlie Racette

Classes : Every Wednesday from 6:30 – 7:30 beginning January 4th through February 8th you can join at any time in the series. Type of Chi-Gong will be Chi-Lel Chi-Gong which focuses on enhancing one’s health. During these classes, Charlie Racette will be serving as your guide presenting a primary exercise La-Chi and the form “lift Chi up and pour Chi down”. Donations accepted for the use of the Brigade of Light.

For information, contact Charlie Racette at 260-414-4899

@ The Fort Wayne Ministries of The Brigade of Light Venue: 6722 E State Blvd Ft Wayne, IN 46815-7762

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Talk on December 18

Walk in or without God

James 2:14–26
Faith Without Works Is Dead

14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! 20 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the al-tar? 22 You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteous-ness”—and he was called a friend of God. 24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

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Talk Summary

On Sunday, December 4, 2016, Rev. Conra Kay Faor shared about how the Church could better serve the community during this Holiday season.

She said that the main focus of our Church is to raise people up. One can only do that, however, when one is focused in the Loving and share that Loving with others. The Loving presence within us is the real power that can transform the world around us all. The Loving within allows us to be who we really are as a Soul. As we stay focused on our own Loving within during our meditations, it illuminates us and our presence illuminates everyone we meet. We become the true gift of Christmas as we speak the language of Love.

Our Loving connects us to one another at this Christ-Mass season.

Heart-shaped Christmas ornament
Heart-shaped Christmas ornament

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