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New Years Service for 2007

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Pastor Daniel Joseph Megow     [visit]

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12-31-2006 Sunday Service #532 & 2007 New Year's Service
of the Church Within
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th 1996

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

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Humor of the Week
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An optimist stays up to see the New Year in. A pessimist waits to make sure the old one leaves.
(Bill Vaughan)

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

Good Lord… another new Year! Thank You Good Lord!!

Tired of making “Resolutions” year after year? Maybe there's a different answer…

The topic of today's Service, #532, is Newness…

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The Sermon
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Doesn't it seem like we spend much of our lives searching, often vainly, for that pleasurable and joyful Feeling of Newness?

A New Year!!!

“New Year's” has always seemed able to bring about for me, that special “Feeling of Newness” that is so attractive in life. Does it do that for you as well?

When I was very young, say about 9 and under, Everything was New and Exciting because I hadn't yet begun to think I Knew everything yet. New Year's Day always seemed to get the “older” folks (over 10), pretty excited, pretty Celebratory if you will, and so I quite naturally joyfully and exuberantly joined in the Celebration. “Happy New Year!!” Of course back then every day to me had that “Feeling of Newness” about it so… if the Grown-Ups who seemingly knew Everything were getting excited, well…

So starting at about age 10 or so (give or take), when the fantasies and fairy-tales began to lose their reality for me, that “Feeling of Newness” started to become just a bit more valuable to my growing young self. Of course I was already beginning to feel like I Knew Everything… Today was pretty much like Yesterday and Tomorrow will probably be fairly much like today, so… New Places and New Experiences and New “Things” well… Those were what I Waited for. New is Good! New Year? Yay…

In my teens I was pretty darn sure I finally already Did know everything, so Material things seemed paramount in providing that increasingly elusive “Feeling of Newness” that was so yearned for, so Important. All the New Physical and Emotional and Psychological changes I was experiencing were gradual enough that they went mostly unacknowledged unless of course they were painful. Girls and Cars and “Grown-Up Toys” served to renew the “Feeling of Newness” that so characterized the early childhood days.

After the Hormones settled in a bit, the “frantic” began to dissipate for me somewhat and the world began to open up significantly. Now “in charge” of life, the Newness was up to Me… I was no longer subject to it's whims, I could find and discover and create it myself. Hope was alive and well, opportunity was wherever I chose to look for it. The “Feeling of Newness” was available as long as I made the effort to actualize it. Life's “Milestones” became farther apart, but somehow the “before you know it” factor became increasingly recognizable at the same time.

The first realizations of “middle age” start to bring on a moderate sense of urgency to the “Feeling of Newness” quest. The recognition if inevitable mortality has a way of rousing that in a person's consciousness. Do I still have time to fix my mistakes… to change directions… to realize “the Dream” to… create something New? Newness becomes more and more Precious.

For some, the “frantic” of the teen years resurfaces at this point disguised as something different. “Buy something New!” Nope… that didn't do it.
“Something Bigger!” Well… lasted a bit longer, but that didn't do it either.
“New Environment!” Maybe… but not fully.

Less and less do the “things of this world” serve to satisfy the insatiable craving for the “Feeling of Newness” that truly cannot be found outside of oneself, but only within.
A New Attitude…
A New Perspective…
A New Paradigm…
A New Understanding…
A New Resolve…
Indeed These are the things that we can yet change, and these come Only from Within. They come not without effort… perhaps even the most Challenging effort of a lifetime. But then, Great Also is the Reward.

How do I Get there?
Have you ever watched a little child get a New Gift and then after taking it out of the box… spend hours playing with the Box?

Yeah… It's kinda' like That…

How's that saying go?

“Unless you become as a little child…” Yeah! That's the one.

Happy New Year!

Let it be.

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Quotes
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(From: Oprah Winfrey)

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.

(From: Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book)
If life doesn't offer a game worth playing, then invent a new one.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-48 Section-6)
Sometimes the planting of a seed necessitates its death, the death of your fondest hopes, before it can be reborn to bear the fruits of new life and new opportunity.

(From: Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

(From: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)
Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.

(From: John Cage (1912 - 1992)
I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-157 Section-2)
Do not allow yourselves to become blinded by prejudice and paralyzed by fear. Neither permit reverence for the traditions so to pervert your understanding that your eyes see not and your ears hear not. It is not the purpose of true religion merely to bring peace but rather to insure progress. And there can be no peace in the heart or progress in the mind unless you fall wholeheartedly in love with truth, the ideals of eternal realities. The issues of life and death are being set before you--the sinful pleasures of time against the righteous realities of eternity. Even now you should begin to find deliverance from the bondage of fear and doubt as you enter upon the living of the new life of faith and hope. And when the feelings of service for your fellow men arise within your soul, do not stifle them; when the emotions of love for your neighbor well up within your heart, give expression to such urges of affection in intelligent ministry to the real needs of your fellows."

(From: Robert J. Furey)
To become acquainted with kindness one must be prepared to learn new things and feel new feelings. Kindness is more than a philosophy of the mind. It is a philosophy of the spirit.

(From: Sir William Bragg (1862 - 1942)
The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.

(From: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

(From: The Urantia Papers - Paper-144 Section-4)
No child has aught to do with earning the status of son or daughter. The earth child comes into being by the will of its parents. Even so, the child of God comes into grace and the new life of the spirit by the will of the Father in heaven. Therefore must the kingdom of heaven--divine sonship--be received as by a little child. You earn righteousness--progressive character development--but you receive sonship by grace and through faith.

(From: Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)
Every new life is a new thing under the sun; there has never been anything just like it before, never will be again. A young man ought to get that idea about himself; he should look for the single spark of individuality that makes him different from other folks, and develop that for all he is worth. Society and schools may try to iron it out of him; their tendency is to put it all in the same mold, but I say don't let that spark be lost; it is your only real claim to importance.

(From: Helen Hayes (1900 - 1993)
Every human being on this earth is born with a tragedy, and it isn't original sin. He's born with the tragedy that he has to grow up. That he has to leave the nest, the security, and go out to do battle. He has to lose everything that is lovely and fight for a new loveliness of his own making, and it's a tragedy. A lot of people don't have the courage to do it.

(From: Sean O'Faolain (1900 - 1991)

There is only one admirable form of the imagination: the imagination that is so intense that it creates a new reality, that it makes things happen.

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The Prayer
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Dear God,
        Grant me the Wisdom to recognize that Every day, everything is New.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,
The Creator's Infinite Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel


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