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Great post by oneragamuffin! Great message for this Sunday!

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I’ve prayed this prayer many times on many different occasions. Never once has God answered my prayer by changing my circumstances, i.e. making my life easier, taking away my difficulties, instantly transporting me to the other side of my trials. What He has done is reminded me ever so subtly that He will be with me as He always has during my dark road.

Peace isn’t always  a feeling of contentment. Sometimes, the butterflies remain but so does the promise that God won’t forsake me. For me, a feeling of peace doesn’t always mean peace, nor does a lack of it indicate its absence. Try and work that one out and see if it makes sense.

After all, it is a peace that is beyond my utmost understanding. I don’t need a god who I can figure out and manage and understand. I need a God who is bigger than…

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Posted by on August 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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What’s your favorite scripture?

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Thanks to all the followers of my blog!  I thought it might be fun to have an interactive blog and talk about what our favorite scriptures are and why they are so meaningful to us.

I have a lot of favorites, but the one I like the most is from Romans 8:38-39.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

I love this scripture especially when I am going through a hard time because it reminds me that God is always with me no matter what.

Now it’s your turn.  Let me know what your favorite scripture is and why it is meaningful to you.  I am looking forward to your messages!

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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SwIMC Webcast #1

There is a new webcast on youtube from our Mission Center President Terry Read and our Financial Officer Ryan Sharp about the events that will be happening in our Mission Center.  The video is informative and fun to watch and they will be doing more of these webcasts in the future.  I heard from a few people that they had trouble finding the video so I am posting here for your enjoyment!  Have a good week!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IW-UBxfpZSo

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Prayer for Peace

 

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Thanks so much to the new people following my blog!  Tomorrow I will be giving the prayer for peace during the service and I wanted to post it here.  I believe it is a prayer that can be said for all of us!  May you have a wonderful week!

Divine Creator of all Being, we would like to offer a prayer for peace and in quiet reverence we humbly acknowledge our joyful gratitude for the life, intelligence, potential, agency, and worth of each other and all others.  Help us recognize and appreciate our commonalties as well as our diversity of beliefs, values, and achievements.

We have come together today with many concerns, burdens, hopes and dreams.  We ask that you surround us with your spirit as we seek to know you better and learn how to share that spirit with others.

May each one of us, whoever and wherever we may be, experience your in-dwelling Presence, guiding, comforting, sustaining, healing and enlarging our attitudes and actions.

Help each one of us understand how others feel, care, and need the love we have for them.

May we care enough to earnestly develop the will and skill for truly listening to each other so that we can bring healing and reconciliation to our congregation, communities and in all our relationships.

May we each and all incarnate hope, love, joy and peace in all our interactions so that Peace may become actuality today and tomorrow for all the peoples of our communities and the planet earth.  In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Encourage One Another

 

Hi.  Last week my dad and mom (Paul and Connie Allen) and myself were in charge of the service and I gave a Testimony about how the people of the Community of Christ Church have helped me through my life struggles.  I thought I would share that with you.  Thanks for reading!

 Encourage One Another

 

 Today’s theme is encourage one another and I would like to tell you about how I have been encouraged by the people in this congregation and beyond.  Many of you know that I started attending El Cajon about 3 years ago.  I grew up in the Community of Christ church but in the early 2000s I decided that I needed a break and I spent about 7 years exploring different things.  In that time I learned a lot and had some wonderful experiences. I also made some wonderful friends along the way and I think I have a more profound relationship with God because of that, but in 2007 I realized that I was missing something and that was my home church, the Community of Christ. 

 In 2007 I started attending the Clairemont branch and from the moment I walked into the door, there were people there who greeted me and made me feel welcomed.  After I attended Clairemont for a while, I was invited to attend the women’s retreat where I met Dede and the members of the El Cajon branch.  Dede has been more than supportive of me and I call her my surrogate mother.  (No offense mom 🙂 ) I find the women’s retreats to be wonderful as they are a place where I can really relax and share with other women what I am experiencing in my life.  The women there have been so supportive of me as Montie and I go through our journey of becoming parents some day.  People have also been supportive of Montie as he goes through his employment struggles.  There are women there from all over the mission centers so wherever I go in the mission center there are people there who know our stories and encourage us.

 Speaking of that, I think God knew that we were going to have a long journey ahead of us so he put it in my heart to go back to the Community of Christ so that I would have a spiritual home and people who would encourage me and I cannot thank people enough for all of their words of encouragement, cards, emails and prayers.  They have sustained Montie and me over the years.  You seem to know intuitively when we need something.  Last month I was having a particularly hard time and Helen came to me and said that she felt I needed a prayer.  We sat together after the service and she prayed with me and it helped me a great deal.  I also want to thank Clairemont as they have sustained Montie and I also.  I spoke there on October 30th as I want to give back to them and Sandy and Doug Hardy administered to me during the service.  It was a beautiful moment as I got to give to them and they gave back to me.

 I changed from Clairemont to El Cajon a few years ago because it is closer to my home but also because I also want to give back to you what you have given me over the years.  I am proud to serve as your secretary and I will be glad to help in any way I can.  Let me know if you need a prayer or word of encouragement, as I will be glad to do so.  Thank you!

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Enjoy the Journey!

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I had a great time with my friends at the Women’s Retreat last weekend.  We met together, worshiped and prayed together and helped each other with our struggles.  We also learned that life is a journey full of ups and downs, but we should enjoy every minute of it.  Sherry Kirkpatrick was a wonderful speaker and taught us so much about what is happening in the areas of Africa and India.  Her stories were so inspiring about how her organization and our church is helping people to have better lives in that part of the world.  Dede and Patti organized everything so well and everyone else who helped did such a wonderful job.  Also, the food was excellent!  I loved the cinnamon rolls!  The only problem we had was that Dede fell on the ice on Sunday and broke her wrist so keep her in your prayers please!  If you have not had a chance to go to women’s retreat, put in on your list of things to do for next year.  I promise you will not be disappointed!

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Japan

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My fellow blogger Amseaman posted this to help us get our heads around the horrible tradgedy in Japan.  One of the things we can do is pray, not just say any prayer, but pray for specific things that people might have peace and be able to do the incredible task at hand. This advice in this post was originally written by Don Wright, who wrote, “Reaching Japaneese for Christ”
I hope this will help you as you try to find ways to help the people in Japan.

http://amseaman.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/how-to-pray-for-japan/

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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