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Christmas Service of 2005

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12-25-2005 Sunday Christmas Service of the Church Within #479
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th 1996

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

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Humor of the Week
Recently, I was diagnosed with A. A. A. D. D. - Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder. This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden.

. As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide my car needs washing.

. As I start toward the garage, I notice that there is mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mail box earlier.

. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.

. I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full.

. So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage first.

. But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first. I take my check book off the table, and see that there is only 1 check left.

. My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Coke that I had been drinking.

. I'm going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the Coke aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over I see that the Coke is getting warm, and I decide I should put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

. As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye--they need to be watered.

. I set the Coke down on the counter, and I discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning.

. I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers.

. I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly I spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table.

. I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I will be looking for the remote, but I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I'll water the flowers.

. I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor.

. So, I set the remote back down on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill.

. Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

. At the end of the day:

* the car isn't washed

* the bills aren't paid

* there is a warm can of Coke sitting on the counter

* the flowers don't have enough water,

* there is still only 1 check in my check book,

* I can't find the remote,

* I can't find my glasses,

* and I don't remember what I did with the car keys.

. Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day long, and I'm really tired.

. I realize this is a serious problem, and I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my e-mail.

. Do me a favor, will you? Forward this message to everyone you know, because I don't remember to whom it has been sent.

Don't laugh -- if this isn't you yet, your day is coming!!


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

We've been doing a Christmas Services for 9 years now---since Dec. 25
th of 1996. You would'a thought that we would have had at least One Christmas day fall on a Sunday in that many years, but NoOoo. This is our very first Sunday Service that has actually fallen right on Christmas Day! (alright… alright… I cheated a little last year and just did one Service for both Christmas and Sunday… but that was because Christmas fell on Saturday, and I sent it Out real late… ;-).

When the Topic for Today's Sunday Christmas Service “invaded” my mind I thought, “I Know I must have done That one before…” and so I went to our Sunday Service Archives at the web-site and checked out all of our past Christmas Services since 1996, starting at 2004 and working backwards. I got all the way back to 1996 before I found one that had the same overall topic as the one I was contemplating for This Christmas. The “Usage” of the word in '96 was rather different, though a fair number of associated thoughts from '96 were practically Identical with what I was thinking right now. OH Well… I decided to use our 1996 Christmas Service (The Church Within's First one), as today's Quote. [You know… the old “two birds with one stone” thing?] So….

The topic of today's Christmas-Sunday Service, #479, is Christmas Gifts…


(From: The Christmas Service of the "Church Within" 12-25-96
On this day that most of the world unites to celebrate the birth of our Master Jesus, let us remember the real importance of the life that He lived on this planet. Jesus experienced human life as lived by each and every one of us. This Divine Son of God came into this world as a helpless infant, totally dependent on the love and nurturing of his human parents. When he was hungry, they fed him. When he was dirty, they cleaned him.

When he was tired, he was laid to sleep. Every necessity of human life had to be provided for him as is the case with all human babies. His family was not rich in material pleasures. His first bed was a manger, a trough where animals were fed. His first meal was at his mother's breast. A blanket was his first clothing. The Prince of Peace was born, not into a wealthy royal family, but into a poor one. From this humble beginning, The Son of God and The Son of Man began his life as one of us.

He experienced joy and sorrow as do we. He had to learn to survive in the human world, the same as any other child, and yet, he grew to be the greatest man who ever walked the face of this strife torn planet. Certainly he was the Son of God, yet are not each one of us also God's children? He knew that God was his Father... should we not also? He loved unconditionally and served unselfishly. This is what He would have us learn from his life among us. He once said: "Love one another as I have loved you." and "He who would be greatest among you, let him be server of all." Should this not be the purpose of our lives, our supreme privilege?

On this day that the world celebrates the birth of the Christ Child , let us give to him a gift. The greatest gift we could possibly give to the one who has everything. Let us Love each other Unconditionally and Serve each other Unselfishly as He asked us to.

The Sermon
So anyways… when I got to meditating about what the topic of Christmas Service 2005 would be… Right into my mind popped “Gifts” and so I thought, “OK, what do you give to the guy who has Everything… what do you give to Jesus for his birthday?” I sidetracked a bit (I presumed), and started thinking about how much I enjoyed seeing others use and enjoy the gifts I had thought deeply about and given to them.

From there my mind suddenly jumped to contemplating the Gifts that He had given to Me, and then… is He seeing me use and enjoy those gifts? Is He getting from me the Enjoyment that I receive from experiencing the joy of others using the gifts I have given to them??

I tend to think that the “Gifts” I have been given to use in my life here on earth were not intended to be exclusively for just me alone. They weren't given to me so that my ego could get stroked when someone said, “Oh you have such a Gift!” …or so that I could use my “Gift's” in isolation for my own personal pleasure and satisfaction.

I believe that the “fruits” of our Individual and Unique “Gifts” are intended to be for the benefit of all of Creation… for the benefit of This world as well as the Next. Any time Your God Given Gift directly benefits another single person, it Indirectly benefits Many, Many Others as well… Exponentially. Every time we use our Gifts with loving intent, the World is Changed because of it. Indeed we may not be able to See the extent of the change (in fact it is likely that most will not), but never the less, it is a Reality.

The Greatest Gift that any of us can give, is the Gift of Our Self. It may or may not be a gift that all are able to appreciate… but if only even One appreciates it, then it is a gift well Given.

Give the Gift of Yourself this Christmas. The Wealthiest person on Earth is incapable of giving Anything of greater value!!!

The Prayer
Dear God,
        Whatever it is that I have that I can give, it is Only because First, You have given it to me.

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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