Church Within
Christmas Service of 2000

Offered by

Pastor Daniel Joseph Megow     [visit]

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12-24-2000 The Christmas/Sunday Service
of the Church Within #222

Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

Welcome by: Pastor Daniel
Greetings my Beloved Sisters and Brothers, and welcome once again to the Church that is Within.

All of us at the Church Within wish You a Blessed, Joyous and Loving Christmas 2000!

(From: The Urantia Papers – Paper-117 Section-4)
God first loves man and confers upon him the potential of immortality--eternal reality. And as man loves God, so does man become eternal in actuality. And here is mystery: The more closely man approaches God through love, the greater the reality--actuality--of that man. The more man withdraws from God, the more nearly he approaches nonreality--cessation of existence. When man consecrates his will to the doing of the Father's will, when man gives God all that he has, then does God make that man more than he is.

(From: The KJV Bible - John 4:23-24)
"But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

(From: The Urantia Papers – Paper-117Section-6)
        Men all too often forget that God is the greatest experience in human existence. Other experiences are limited in their nature and content, but the experience of God has no limits save those of the creature's comprehension capacity, and this very experience is in itself capacity enlarging. When men search for God, they are searching for everything. When they find God, they have found everything. The search for God is the unstinted bestowal of love attended by amazing discoveries of new and greater love to be bestowed.
        All true love is from God, and man receives the divine affection as he himself bestows this love upon his fellows. Love is dynamic. It can never be captured; it is alive, free, thrilling, and always moving. Man can never take the love of the Father and imprison it within his heart. The Father's love can become real to mortal man only by passing through that man's personality as he in turn bestows this love upon his fellows.

The Sermon
        Much of our world Celebrates the birth of Jesus on December the 25th... Christmas Day. Many Celebrate it with little conscious thought about Jesus, Son of God and Son of Man, whose Life, and the Way he lived it, is the whole reason we celebrate his Birth.

        He Lived among us not Like a man, but AS a man... a man Dedicated to doing the Father's Will. He showed us God's Compassion, he Demonstrated to us God's Love, he Taught us that we were all God's Children and that we should Love One Another as He loved Us. He cared for the sick and the afflicted, the unloved, the forgotten; He gave Hope where there was none. He showed us how to Live in Love, how to Live with Passion and Purpose.

        Jesus Loved people and people loved Him. He Cherished the Children and the Children Cherished Him. And This is why the world remembers him, This is why the world Celebrates his Birth.

        He told us he would send his Spirit to dwell with us... The Spirit of Truth, of Compassion, of Love. Do you Feel it? Are you aware of it Right Now? That Spirit of acting the part of Santa Clause, of sharing your Love and of bringing Joy to others (You know the one), is but a partial reflection, a human representation, of that Loving and Giving Spirit of the one whose birth is celebrated on Christmas Day.

        Let that Spirit flow In...
        Let that Spirit Encompass...
        Let that Spirit flow Out...
...and Tomorrow, and the day after, and the next, let us do the same.
        Let it Transform Life...
        Let it Motivate Purpose...
        Let it Radiate from the Core of our very Being...

It is the "Way" toward "Peace on Earth and Goodwill to Men."

Merry Christmas to All,
        and to All a Good Life!

The Prayer
Dear Jesus,
        Thanks for Coming here; thanks for Being here. Show me the way to let Your Spirit flow Through me to one and All, that I may become more and more like you with each passing day.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal

The Creator's Infinite Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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