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New Years Service for 2009

Offered by

Pastor Daniel Joseph Megow     [visit]

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"Assurance" by:Daniel

2009 New Year's Service of the Church Within ~ 1-1-2009
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Today's Service is offered by: Pastor Daniel J. Megow

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Humor of the Week
If you don't have a sense of humor, you probably don't have any sense at all.

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

2008 (in much of the U.S.) began in the midst of a record breaking winter and ended in the midst of another. Here in the Inland Northwest, 2008 gave us in excess of 18 feet of snow…13' in the beginning of the year and 5'+ at it's close… both records. Hardship on some level touched the lives of all and yet, perhaps 2008 will most be remembered as the end of one era and the beginning of another.

(From: Kofi Annan, In his report to the United Nations General Assembly)
In an era of global abundance, our world has the resources to reduce dramatically the massive divides that persist between rich and poor, if only those resources can be unleashed in the service of all peoples.

The Sermon
With all of the economic, ideological, political and ethical failures the world witnessed in 2008, brought about as a result of an era of greed, selfishness, egotism and unabashed materialism, I'm thinking that a New Era is about due… however much it may seem overly Past Due to many.

The old way will not leave easily nor willingly. It has been too long entrenched in the fabric of society for a graceful exit strategy. And yet… many who believed in and embraced it are beginning to critically question and examine if not abandon it. This time, and for the first time, there was no one else to blame for it's failure other than it's proponents. There are those who still try to lie the blame upon “the way that will replace it”, hoping that the ignorant will still be fooled and easily manipulated by their lies, but their numbers slowly dwindle and their effectiveness diminishes. The Obsolete can only be held onto for so long before it becomes laughable, and laughter eliminates the fear that once gave it power.

The New way must lean toward a philosophy of Compassion, Hope and Brotherhood… of Peace and Love and Empathy if it is to survive.

As Gandhi once said, “You must Be the change you want to see in the world.”

If not now, then When?

The Prayer
Dear God,
        You have given us a rare and valuable opportunity. Help us to stop fighting against it and to embrace it with Love and Wisdom.

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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