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Sunday Themes and Curriculum

  
Our Theme for the Year: Spirituality in Action
2020 

 

July Theme: Freedom/Choice

July’s lessons encourage us to uncover our truth. Living in that truth we get to experience ultimate freedom.

Week #2: Living an Empowered Life

Affirmation: “I am free to be the best me that I AM” –Author unknown

Mindfulness practice and Prayer: Ecstatic Dance: This month’s mindfulness practice is a movement meditation to beat music (no vocals or very ambient sounds, choose what works for you). Everybody dances in any way they feel inspired… like no one is watching!

Spiritual Lesson: “We live empowered lives by having an unshakable and firm foundation in the love and light of God, and upon that foundation we nurture and develop that relationship with God by the use of spiritual practices. We use mindfulness and introspection to become self-aware, meditation to connect, and believe in and live in principles based in love. From those principles we practice non-judgment and eliminate blame and shame from our lives. In this way we live empowered lives. We use spiritual mind treatment to affirm our good and move our focus from them and onto ourselves.”  – Rev. Karen Linsley

Active Listening: We will be reading a story from the book Free To Be… You and Me by Marlo Thomas

Creative Expression: Today is show and tell. We will share all of our creative expressive art, adventures, and stories.

We will go over 8 Steps to Personal Empowerment and draw pictures of ourselves open to possibilities, expressing our truth to the world, being our best, trusting ourselves, trying something new, loving what we do, showing grace during difficult times, and enjoying what is happening now.


July 19, 2020: Freedom – Living in Choice

Affirmation: “I choose to live a kind and compassionate life, honoring all living beings and the planet that sustains them.” Rev. Sandra Smith

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July 12, 2020: Freedom –Moving beyond our story

Mindfulness practice and Prayer: Ecstatic Dance

This month’s mindfulness practice is a movement meditation to beat music (no vocals or very ambient sounds, choose what works for you). Everybody dances in any way they feel inspired… like no one is watching!

Spiritual Lesson: Moving beyond our story

We all tell stories.  Sometimes we do it when we are with friends, teachers, family even strangers.  Any time we recall and verbally share an event from our past we are telling a story of what occurred.  Some times our stories are based on fact, sometimes they are made up or fantasy. 

Anytime we remember our good, that we have the power and potential to change our thinking, we shift out of old stories and into new light filled possibility.

Creative Expression: Pick a summer project

Today we share what fun summer project that we are working on. Youth will be given indoor and outdoor projects to choose from in addition to their own creative ideas.

Teens: Transforming our stories

Teens often get stuck in the trap of re-telling stories of discontent. It is a sometimes but not always situation as some of our teens have the ability to move beyond their “stories” quickly.

Spend some time with your groups and investigate if there are any old stories that are being replayed in their minds. Is there something that is holding them back, or causing them to feel anxious and limiting them from using the full potential and power of the creative Law of Mind?


June 28, 2020

June Theme: Mindfulness

“Mindfulness is increasingly recognized as an essential education tool. It develops attention, emotional and cognitive understanding, and bodily awareness and coordination, as well as interpersonal awareness and skills. Most importantly, by diminishing stress, anxiety, and hostility, mindfulness enhances our total well-being, peace, confidence, and joy… Mindfulness is a powerful tool to help children develop the skills to promote peace in them and in the world around them.” –Thick Nhat Hanh

This month we will be utilizing the lessons and activities from the book, Planting Seeds by Thick Nhat Hanh to experience and play with Mindfulness.


June 14, 2020

Mindfulness

“Mindfulness is increasingly recognized as an essential education tool. It develops attention, emotional and cognitive understanding, and bodily awareness and coordination, as well as interpersonal awareness and skills. Most importantly, by diminishing stress, anxiety, and hostility, mindfulness enhances our total well-being, peace, confidence, and joy… Mindfulness is a powerful tool to help children develop the skills to promote peace in them and in the world around them.” –Thick Nhat Hanh

This month we will be utilizing the lessons and activities from the book, Planting Seeds by Thick Nhat Hanh to experience and play with Mindfulness.


June 7, 2020

Mindfulness

“Mindfulness is increasingly recognized as an essential education tool. It develops attention, emotional and cognitive understanding, and bodily awareness and coordination, as well as interpersonal awareness and skills. Most importantly, by diminishing stress, anxiety, and hostility, mindfulness enhances our total well-being, peace, confidence, and joy… Mindfulness is a powerful tool to help children develop the skills to promote peace in them and in the world around them.” –Thick Nhat Hanh

This month we will be utilizing the lessons and activities from the book, Planting Seeds by Thick Nhat Hanh to experience and play with Mindfulness.


MAY 2020

May 31 2020

Theme: Listen To Your Heart

Weekly Topic: These Hands (and Feet)

Opening Song: When You Believe by Eddie Watkins Jr.- LIVE (Mile Hi Church) – WE will start our class listening/dancing to this song to start creating our miracles!  

Affirmation:  “The Creative Power of Spirit is moving through you. Just do it.” – adapted from Tom Kelly

Spiritual Quote: “Today, I consciously and powerfully let go of the past and create my life from love!” Rev. Sunshine Daye

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May 24, 2020

Theme: Listen To Your Heart

Weekly Topic: The Path That’s Clear

Affirmation: “Today is a day of wonder. I welcome the wonder of this day to fill me to overflowing with joy, peace and happiness.” Susan Robinson, RScP

piritual Quote: “Today, I consciously and powerfully let go of the past and create my life from love!” Rev. Sunshine Daye

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May 17 2020

Theme: Listen To Your Heart

Weekly Topic: The Great Work of Your Life

Affirmation: “Today is a day of wonder. I welcome the wonder of this day to fill me to overflowing with joy, peace and happiness.” Susan Robinson, RScP

Spiritual Quote: “God’s Mind is the only mind there is and God is Eterna. We live because God lives in us, and we are able to think because the Mind of God is in us.” Living the Science of Mind, p. 173

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May 10, 2020

Theme: Listen to Your Heart

Weekly Topic: God Talks to the Heart

Affirmation: “I am guided and supported by Divine Love every day in every way. I trust and live a fulfilled life from my heart.” Rev. Jill Broklehurst

Spiritual Quote: “We could coin no better expression than to say that God speaks to the heart through a language of feeling, a feeling which is affirmative.” Living the Science of Mind, pg. 164.

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May 3, 2020

Theme: Listen to Your Heart

Weekly Topic: Seat of the Soul  

 Affirmation:  “Heaven is here. I allow its inherent presence to resurface, reenergize, and reset my mind.” — Rev. David Ault

Spiritual Quote: “Enlightenment is when a wave realizes it is the ocean.” –Thich Nhat Hanh

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April 2020

April 19, 2020

Theme:  Transformation and Evolution

Weekly Topic:  Demonstrating the Invisible

 Affirmation:  “Today, the word I speak is spirit and life giving.  I am the Truth and nothing but the Truth.” –Rev. Carolyn J. Douglas Senior Minister Illuminata Spiritual Center

Spiritual Quote:“Every living soul is a point of personified God-consciousness… Know that within you now dwells the eternal God, for all the presence, all the power, and all the God there is, is with you and in you now.” (Love and Law, page 146.2, 3)


April 12, 2020 – Transformation and Evolution

Weekly Topic – Broken Open/Easter

Affirmation: 

“I praise my life, I raise my life, in the name of Love.” –Rev. Dr. Kathy Hearn


April 8, 2020

Theme: Transformation and Evolution

Weekly Topic: Bright Beginnings

Affirmation: I choose Love today and I know that Love always points me in the best direction. Knowing this truth, I blossom. –Adrienne Cherry adapted from Rev. Karen Rice.

Spiritual Quote: “Love points the way. Law makes the way possible.” Science of Mind, pg 43.


March

March 29 2020 – All Experiences of the Divine

Weekly Topic: How to Create a Spiritual Chain Reaction

Affirmation:

“The beauty of life surrounds me. My power is to be with who I am right now.” – Adrienne Cherry

Spiritual Quote:

“It is wonderful to realize that we can sit in the quiet of our own being and consciously direct a Power greater than we are for the definite purpose of helping ourselves and someone else.” Living the Science of Mind, pg. 241


March 23 2020 – You Are Rooted in the Divine

Weekly Topic: Self-Evident Truth within You (LSOM p. 141)

Spiritual Quote:

“You are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for God to be the unique person it has created you to be. There’s never going to be another you, ever! God made just one. Nobody talks like you. Nobody thinks as you do. No one can love the way you can love. You’re an original piece of work, created by a Master Artist.” Rev. Chris Michaels


March 15, 2020 – You Are Rooted in the Divine

Weekly Topic – Self Awareness in Action

Affirmation: 

“I am a spiritual being demonstrating my invisible power in physical form.” –Adrienne Cherry


March 8, 2020

Weekly Topic – Creating Sacred Relationships

Affirmation: 

“All that I am and all that I will ever be is an expression of God.” – Rev. David Ault


March 1, 2020

Theme: You Are Rooted in the Divine

Weekly Topic: Your Personal Self

 Spiritual Lesson: Your personal Self:
We have within us the ability to tune into what is sometimes called our big self—the God/Spirit self and act from love, peace, kindness and confidence every moment. All it takes is our awareness and willingness to believe we are rooted in the divine.


February: All the Colors of Love


February 23, 2020

Weekly #4: Seeing Love with Belief, Faith and Prayer

Affirmation: “I am love, I am purpose, I was made with divine Intention.” Rebekah Boruki – bex.life.com


February 16, 2020

Week #3: Receiving Revelations of Spirit

Affirmation: 
“Freely and joyously, I open to Divine Guidance as it is revealed to me, moment by moment.”  Rev. Trish Hall


February 9, 2020

Week #2: Love is My Spiritual Essence

Affirmation: 
“Today I express my Spiritual essence by spreading joy, kindness and love to everyone I come in contact with.”  Susan Robinson, RScP

February 2, 2020

Week #1: Love is My Religion

 Spiritual Quote:
“There is a Power for good in the Universe greater than we are and we can use it. This power is equally present everywhere and available to ALL. There are many religions in the world, but there is only One reality, One truth.” Rev. Gerd Pontow


January: Getting Grounded (Back to Basics)

January 26, 2020

Week #4: Levels of Consciousness and The Global Vision

Message: We envision a world that works for everyone and for all of creation. UNITY.

As we begin our journey together this New Year, you are invited to imagine how the world would look and feel if we all got along. How wonderful it would be if we all shared our resources; treated our planet and each other with respect, acted from kindness, practiced forgiveness, explored our creativity, gave back to the World and lived our lives filled with Peace, Love and Harmony as a Global Family.  That’s what we get to practice this new year of 2020.


January 19, 2020

Week #3: Thoughts are Things

Message: There are no limitations in our life other than the ones we have placed there. When we feel a sense of God within us we seem to lose all of our self-centeredness. This week, we will use the parable of The Good Samaritan to demonstrate the way we think, feel and act toward others governs the results we experience. It is in our own thought that love and harmony or hate and discord have their beginnings.

Quote: “Stand guard at the portals of your mind, and decide what you will let enter there.” –paraphrasing Mary Baker Eddy


January 12, 2020

Week #2: How to Use Thought

Affirmation: My thoughts are Law in Action

Spiritual Lesson:

Everything in the universe acts in accordance with Law, behaving in an orderly manner.  An idea or thought must precede the appearance of anything of a tangible nature.


January 5, 2020

Week #1: In the Beginning, God!

Spiritual Lesson: What is the Science of Mind?

Ernest Holmes studied many different faith traditions in his lifetime. His study focused on the points in which we all agree or have in common. He developed a scientific approach to explain how the Infinite Intelligence of Mind, (another word for God or Spirit) works in our individual minds. He created a teaching tool to help explain how our thoughts become our experience and he encouraged his students to practice noticing how their thoughts shaped their experience.


2019 Sunday Themes  
Our Theme for the Year:
Spirituality in Action

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December 2019 – Science of Mind Through the Holy Days

Each week this month, we are exploring a global tradition that is celebrated in (or near) the month of December. This expanded view, incorporating various traditions, allows us to deepen our connection with the world and its peoples. We are all One!


December 22, 2019

Spiritual Lesson: Christmas

December is a magical time. For many it is a holy celebration of the birth of Jesus and the life he led by example of compassion, kindness, love and selfless healing. It is a time of year where many cultures celebrate the return of the Light and the power and presence of the Living Spirit.

At this time of the year we are celebrating the greatest event of history, the birth of Jesus whose destiny it was to proclaim the good news that the kingdom of God is at hand and he demonstrated this. So, the birth of Jesus is symbolic of the birth of the God-man in the human soul, the incarnation of the living Spirit in you and in me.”


December 15, 2019

Spiritual Lesson: Solstice (Winter Solstice)

Winter Solstice is the time of year when (in the Northern hemisphere) the sun appears at the lowest point above the horizon, which usually occurs on Dec. 21st or 22nd.  This year Solstice is celebrated on the 21st. It is the shortest day and longest night of the year and signifies the return of the light.

The word Solstice comes from two Latin words: sol meaning, “sun” and sister meaning “to stand still” because on this day it appears that the sun and moon stop moving across the sky.  Solstice celebrations date back over 30,000 years and mark the season of re-birth and light. 

Today Winter Solstice is celebrated by many different cultures as part of or in place of the Christmas holiday season.


December 8, 2019

Spiritual Lesson: Rohatsu – or Bodhi Day!

“Rohatsu is a Japanese word meaning ‘December 8”. Rohatsu marks the morning Buddha achieved realization or enlightenment.

The services and traditions of this celebration vary in form depending on the sect or culture in which they are practiced, however, each celebration acknowledges Buddha attaining Nirvana, also called enlightenment, after his 7-day meditation sitting under the Bodhi Tree.


December 1, 2019

Spiritual Lesson: Science of Mind perspective on Christmas/Holy days:

“Our thoughts of gratitude, thanksgiving, and recognition should ever go up to the Divine Presence.  Like the wise men of old, we too need to be guided by the star of life to that holy place within us where the little child we are — the Child of God — is cradled in the arms of infinite love and wisdom. “ Science of Mind Magazine


November 2019 – Mindfulness

“Mindfulness is increasingly recognized as an essential educational tool. It develops attention, emotional and cognitive understanding, and bodily awareness and coordination, as well as interpersonal awareness and skills. Most importantly, by diminishing stress, anxiety, and hostility, mindfulness enhances our total well-being, peace, confidence, and joy… Mindfulness is a powerful tool to help children develop the skills to promote peace within themselves and in the world around them.” –Thich Nhat Hanh

This month we will be utilizing the lessons and activities from the book, Planting Seeds by Thich Nhat Hanh to experience and play with Mindfulness.


November 24, 2019: Leading from Heart-awareness

Week #4 Understanding and Compassion

Message: I vow to develop Understanding in order to live peacefully with people, animals, plants, and minerals. I vow to develop my Compassion in order to protect the lives of people, animals, plants, and minerals. –The Two Promises. In order to love, you need to understand, because love is made of understanding. Meditation is looking deeply to understand the needs and suffering of the other person. When you feel that you are understood, you feel love penetrating you. –excerpt from the book, Planting Seeds by Thich Nhat Hanh

November 17, 2019: Leading from Heart-awareness

Week #3 Inner-being

Message: Food is the gift of the whole universe: the earth, the sky, the rain and the sun. We thank the people who have made this food, especially the farmers, the people at the market and the cooks. We only put on our plate as much food as we can eat. We want to chew the food slowly… We want to eat in a way that nurtures our compassion, protects other species and the environment, and reverses global warming…in order to be healthy and happy, and to love each other as a family. –excerpt from the book, Planting Seeds by Thich Nhat Hanh


November 10, 2019: Self Mastery

Week #2 Fresh, Solid, Calm, Free

Message: Pebble Meditation can help children and adults cultivate freshness, solidarity, stillness, and freedom. It can be done anywhere without difficulty. As a flower, we see ourselves beautiful, fresh, pleasant and lovable. When we have this freshness and beauty, we have a lot to offer to other people and the world. As still water, we are calm and can see things as they truly are. As space, we offer freedom and space for those we love and create freedom in our hearts. –excerpt from the book, Planting Seeds by Thich Nhat Hanh


November 3, 2019: Breathing with a Bell to Calm the Mind

Message: The sound of the Bell is the voice of the Buddha within, because there is a Buddha within every one of us. The Buddha represents our capacity to be mindful, compassionate, and understanding. Listening to the sound of the bell is listening to the voice of understanding and compassion within us, calling us home…calling us back, saying, “Come home, come home to yourself. Don’t lose yourself in anger, in frustration.” –excerpt from the book, Planting Seeds by Thich Nhat Hanh


October, 2019 – Cherish the Human Family

October 27, 2019: Seeing Others as One
Value: Unity

Principal/Science of Mind point of view:
We recognize that God is all there is, and that this being so, then the totality of our
being is Divine as well. If this is true of ourselves, then, by Law, it must be true of
everyone and everything.

Spiritual Quote:
“Everything that lives proclaims the Glory of God. Every person who exists manifests
the Life of God. There is One Spirit in which we live, One Mind by which we think, One
Body of which we are a part and One Light that lighteth every man’s pathway.” – Ernest
S. Holmes, Sermon by the Sea at Asilomar, Saturday, August 15, 1959

Affirmation:
With an open heart, I listen to understand others. I treat them the way they wish to be
treated.

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October 20, 2019: God and the Universe

Principal/Science of Mind point of view: Our lives and how we see our lives are an expression of our belief in God and the Universe.

Spiritual Quote: “Know that you are God/the Universe and that anywhere you aim/focus your consciousness you create reality in one of the infinite physical and
nonphysical realms. It all begins with thought, contemplation, prayer,
dreams, plans, desires or any method of focusing your consciousness. If you
wish to praise or blame God/the Universe for something, you should do it
in a mirror. It is you and has always been you in charge of all reality
Russell Anthony Gibbs, The Principle of Oneness, Pg. 47

Affirmation: “All Life, my life is of God”

October 13, 2019: The Principle of Oneness and the Magic Within
Value: Unity


Principal/Science of Mind point of view:
“When we know our Oneness with God and Law, what a great burden is
removed. Any sense of opposition is removed from the consciousness
which perceives Unity.” Science of Mind (page unknown)
Spiritual Quote:
“Choose to love every facet of yourself unconditionally. You are a complex,
multidimensional being and loving yourself requires identifying, accepting
and loving all of our seemingly separate parts. This includes your personal
self, broader self (other people), balance of the physical world (nature,
activities, concepts…) and the collective Universe/God.” P. 66 (Kindle
version: The Principle of Oneness by Russell Anthony Gibbs)
Affirmation:
“ I AM connected to ALL Life”


October 6, 2019: Cherish the Human Family
Value: Unity

Principal/Science of Mind point of view:
“We are all just a little unique, for each wears a different face but behind
each is the One Presence – God. Unity does not mean uniformity. Unity
means that everything draws its strength, its power, and its ability to live
from One Source. One life does flow through everything, but this Life is
never monotonous; It is forever doing new things in you and me.” (p 29.1)
365 Science of Mind (2001)

Spiritual Quote:
There is One, and not two. Never forget that. Anywhere in the universe,
just One. That one life is the substance of everything. It is one in unity but
multiple in manifestation. It is one substance from which an infinite variety
of different things come but every one of those things is made out of the
one thing. (p. 48.2) Love and Law (2001; teachings 1918-1920)

Affirmation:
“ We are all connected to each other.” Neil deGrasse Tyson


September, 2019 – Ensure the Stewardship of our Planet

September 29, 2019

It’s our 5th Sunday Youth/Adult Service! Join us in the sanctuary where the youth will assist Rev. David in teaching how we can develop a harmonious relationship with time.

September 22, 2019

Weekly topic: Community and Connection

Principal/Science of Mind point of view:
“Our common-unity and the power of our collective consciousness is vitally important to our existence together here on planet Earth. … As a universal community, we desire a healthy planet to sustain us.”
(Excerpt from the ministerial outline by Rev. Theresa Fieberts for today)

 Spiritual Quote:
 “I believe the Spirit is in the wind and wave and manifests its presence throughout all Nature.” Ernest Holmes – Can We Talk to God

 Affirmation:
 “I am One with All Life. My thoughts, words, deeds and actions reflect this deep connection I have with our planet.”

September 15, 2019

Weekly topic: Ensure the stewardship of our Planet

Principal/Science of Mind point of view:
“Fear and faith are identical in that the energy used in the one is the same energy as that used in the other, since there is but one final Energy in the universe and this Energy is the energy of thought.” Effective prayer by Ernest Holmes p.50.3

 Spiritual Quote:
“No fear can remain where faith holds sway. Faith reunites us with the original, creative Spirit, the Divine Mind, which already exists at the center of our being.” This Thing Called Life p.26.5

 Affirmation:
“I am the manifestation of God in form. Watch out world, here I come!”
Rev. Gayle Dillon

September 8, 2019

Weekly Topic: Healing is a Revelation

Affirmation:
“My mind and body is attuned to the wisdom of the universe.”
Donna Miesbach

Spiritual Quote:
“Healing is the revealing of the wholeness already within.”
Dr. Robert Bitzer

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September 1, 2019

Weekly Topic: One Healer

Affirmation:  “Health, wealth, radiating love and creativity are mine to be embraced and expressed in every now moment.” Rev. Moira Fox

CSL Olympia Youth & Family Program will join Unity Youth and Family classes and share lessons.