#ThursdayTheology: #Beatitudes inspired by #MLK

By Dr. Carey Wynn II, from “Martin Luther King, Jr. – A King Family Tribute”

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The Beloved Community #MLK #WednesdayWisdom

“Long before he was a leader, I think he had a deeply felt dream of the Beloved Community, a concept he envisioned where people could work and live together, no matter their differences.” -Christine King, MLK’s sister from the book, “Martin Luther King, Jr. A King Family Tribute”

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#Tunesday “Still I Rise” @cincimusechoir

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“…The Time is Ripe…” #MLK

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“…the time is always ripe to do right” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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#FridayFeeling: Lift Others and Rise

“We rise by lifting others.”-Robert Ingersoll.

Hope this touches your day.

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The Power of Prayer; Hope, Comfort, and Joy

From https://swedenborg.com/the-magical-power-of-prayer/

Regarded in itself, praying is talking with God, while taking an inward view of the things we are praying about. In answer we receive a similar stream of speech into the perceptions or thoughts of our mind, so that our inner depths open up to God, in a way. The experience varies, depending on our mood and the nature of the subject we are praying about. If we pray from love and faith and focus on or seek only what is heavenly and spiritual, something resembling a revelation emerges while we pray. It discloses itself in our emotions in the form of hope, comfort, or an inward stirring of joy. (Secrets of Heaven §2535)

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Sermon Notes for the #Epiphany, 1/5/20

Wise Men of the Creche

By Rev. Dr. Sherrie Connelly on the occasion of the Epiphany. January 5, 2020. New Church of Montgomery, at the Glendale New Church.

Isaiah 60: 1-6 

The light has come with the Lord’s glory.

All nations will come together into the light.

In radiance your heart will thrill.

Camels will bring gold and frankincense.

Psalm 72: 1-7, 10-14 

A psalm of liberation freeing those who are oppressed. The rain refreshes the earth and beings kneel before the Lord.

Ephesians 3:1 to 12 Paul speaks of how he has come to understand the mystery that is Christ. To help all see the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things.

Matthew 2: 1-12 the wise men from the east came to Jerusalem asking after the child proclaimed king of the Jews. They noted the star which they had followed. Herod hearing this posed a threat to the child. When the star stopped they found Mary and the Christ child, brought him gifts, and returned home by another route.

Emanuel Swedenborg Divine Providence (Dicht Pulsford, n. 178) man anticipates the future but does not predict it; has no knowledge of it. In this we have hope. He is free and his reason, prompted by his loves – Delight is completed and the event and cause and effect must operate together, in tandem, interdependent, each on the other two.

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Seven Lessons of Epiphany

1. Follow the star to where it leads

2. Embark on the journey, however Long or difficult.

3. Open yourself to wonder along the way.

4. Bow down at the holy encounters in messy places.

5. Carry your treasures and give them away freely.

6. Listen to the wisdom of dreams.

7. Go home by another way.

Message from Rev. Connelly:

“2020 vision” is looking ahead with good clear eyes and full and warm hearts. Through divine influx we are privileged to receive Divine Wisdom and to make it our own. By continuing to listen and learn, our ongoing growth is assured, and our direction is guided with the help of Divine Providence. While we cannot predict the future, we can live into it fully.

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