#MindfulMonday It’s Gonna Be a Hot One!


And also, some practical tips for today to avoid actual heat stroke via WebMD:

Symptoms of Heat Stroke

The hallmark symptom of heat stroke is a core body temperature above 104 degrees Fahrenheit. But fainting may be the first sign. (Seek medical attention)

Other symptoms may include:

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#FBF Visiting Ministers: A thing of the past & present

swedenborgian-cincinnatiSundays at the New Church of Montgomery (@GlendaleNewChu) are vibrant due to the variety of voices that of our visiting Ministers bring to the pulpit. This is not a new idea in our church.  In this “Messenger” article from 1906, we see that the Cincinnati Church at Oak and Winslow enjoyed the presence of numerous voices.

Here is the text:

Regular services were resumed September 30th, the Rev. S.S. Seward filling our pulpit on that date. Preliminary services, however, were started a month earlier to give our people an opportunity of hearing other ministers before the regular fall work in their own Societies had begun.

Our Society has greatly appreciated the assistance rendered by other ministers who, in addition to their own duties, have responded most heartily to our invitations to preach for us one, two or more Sundays and, in this manner, our pulpit has been supplied by the Rev. Messrs. King, Schreck, Hunter, Whitehead, Seward; and at present Mr. Hoeck, from Brockton, Mass, is preaching for us, to be followed by the Rev. Mr. Sperry of Bath, Mr. Dole of Wilmington, and in addition we hope to have the Rev. Mr. Smyth of New York.

The Question of the ministry is in the hands of a committee, of which Mr. George Merrell, President of the Society, is chairman. No action whatever has been taken to fill the pulpit left vacant by the decease of Mr. Mercer. Our people are united in their belief that is is most useful to make haste slowly, fully considering the situation, not only in our own Society, but in the Ohio Association as well. We are, therefore, asking the co-operation of all the ministers available without regard to permanent pastorate.

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#ThursdayTheology #Trinities

“Embracing Love and Eternal Life”

Sermon by Rev. Dr. Sherrie Connelly

New Church of Montgomery

Trinity Sunday, May 27, 2018

In our reading today, Psalm 29 brings us “The Voice of God in a Great Storm.”  We worship our great Lord, in glory, strength, and holy splendor.

The God of glory thunders over the waters, full of majesty.

The voice of the Lord breaks cedars of Lebanon, and Lebanon skips in delight, like a calf.

The Lord flashes flames of fire.  The oaks whirl, and God bares the forest.

The Lord watches over the flood, as king enthroned forever.  He gives his people strength, and blesses them with peace.

Romans offers us “Life in the Spirit.”

If you transcend the body, and live by the spirit, you will live.

If you are led by the spirit, you are children of God.

When we acknowledge the Father in spirit, we are of spirit, bearing witness, heirs of God and heirs of Christ.  In suffering, and glorified with him.

The spirit who births us is like a mother, a womb, from which we spring.  A loving being in whose embrace we rest.

The Gospel of John tells of Nicodemus visiting Jesus.

Nicodemus asks Jesus how can I be born again as an old man?

Jesus says you must be born from above, born of water and of spirit.

The son of man is of heaven, and will be lifted up, much like the wind, and, in being lifted to heaven in spirit, will have eternal life.

Then in reading from Emanuel Swedenborg’s True Christian Religion (Rose, n. 168) we find an understanding of the Trinity as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  The three essentials of the one God.  Much like soul, body, and operation in human beings.

The Buddha also offers us a trinity of sorts.  Quoting, “In the end, only three things matter:  How much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”

“Embracing Love.”  

Most of us probably watched the Royal Wedding in England this week.  The Presiding Bishop of the American Episcopal Church Rev. Dr. Michael Curry offered a much-quoted sermon about love, using the word “love” 68 times.  I am glad I didn’t have to count them.

He blessed the couple.  He blessed the congregation.  He blessed the community and the whole world.  In the present and in the future.

Quoting Michael Curry,

“When love is the way, poverty would become history.

When love is the way, the earth will be a sanctuary.

When love is the way, we will lay our swords and shields down by the riverside, to study war no more.

When love is the way, there’s plenty of room for all of God’s children.”

Indeed, room for all of us.

“Conveying Love.”

Insofar as our God, the Holy Lord, has loved us, so we are anointed in love, carriers of love, and conveyors of love to others, each and every day, forever and ever.

Quoting from actor Daniel Day-Lewis,

“Love does not put everything at rest; it puts everything in motion.

Love does not resolve every conflict; it accepts conflict as the arena in which the work of Love is to be done.

Love does not separate the good people from the bad, bestowing endless bliss on one, and endless torment on the other.

Love seeks reconciliation of every life so that it may share all the others.”

“Eternal Life.”

As conveyors of love, we carry a charism, we carry an energy, a tone, and a magical essence, which enables all to live.

Which conveys the essence and possibility of eternal life.

In closing, I offer a poem (author unknown), posted by my friend Nowl McInnis.  He noted that searching for its author identified four possible authors, who knows?!

“There are stars you haven’t seen

And loves you haven’t loved.

There’s light you haven’t felt

And sunrises yet to dawn.

There are dreams you haven’t dreamt

And days you haven’t lived.

And nights you won’t forget

And flowers yet to grow.

And there is more to you

That you have yet to know.”



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#Sunday #Picnic and #Party in #Cincy

potluckThe Glendale New Church hosts and celebrates New Church Day this Sunday.

from Pastor Clark Echols:

Friends, – and all others you want to invite!

This Sunday we celebrate the 248th birthday of the New Church. And our historic Sanctuary is in its 157th year! That is a lot of story. It is hard to imagine the primitive Glendale of the 1860’s. And the beginnings of the New Church in the 1770’s is very hard to understand. And the reality of Jesus’ civilization, 2000 years ago, is a unreachable by our minds and hearts. And yet, the stories impact our thinking and feeling, or minds and hearts.
The Word assures us that telling the stories will give us all a sense of our place and contribution, not merely in history, but in all creation! We each hear the stories, and experience the uniqueness of our identity. We especially experience our connection to our Creator, and our Redeemer, and our Savior.
Come celebrate the story of the Lord’s New Church! Experience your relationship to God! Immerse yourself in your connection to Jesus Christ as your Savior!
Our worship begins at 11 AM.
And then we will have a picnic! Our excellent cooks will prepare hot dogs, chicken and hamburgers on order. And a variety of beverages will be available. And our traditional cupcakes will be provided. Please bring a salad or side dish to share with 12 others and any desserts or adult beverages you wish to share!
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A Song for #Tunesday “American Pulse”

Words of the composer, Amy D. Rubin:

This is a midi recording of my piece for String Orchestra, AMERICAN PULSE composed in 2009.
It’s polyrhythmic, layered and a tapestry of fragments sewn together, much like a quilt. I was thinking of our diversity as Americans yet our ability to come together to create a whole larger than the sum of our parts.

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#MondayMemories #Volunteering @BethanyHouseSvcs #Cincinnati

bethanybreakfastYesterday, members of the New Church of Montgomery helped serve breakfast to the guests of Bethany House Services. Pancakes, chicken sausage, and orange juice were brought to share with the moms and kids who make their temporary home at Bethany House. (Eggs have been requested for next time!)  It is a small thing to do to be in community with women at a time in their lives when they are experiencing homelessness.

Other services are provided to the women who live at Bethany, including money management classes, nutrition classes and yoga, among others. The women attend classes at the house in the evening, and childcare is provided during the sessions.

In the fall, The New Church of Montgomery will be holding its Fourth Annual Toy Swap and Bake Sale to provide toys and money to the women and children of Bethany House. Please subscribe to our website via the Follow Button at the lower right hand corner of our site to be notified of the TBA date of the Toy Swap and of other exciting programs being offered by our church and the Glendale New Church, whose home we share.

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#ThursdayTheology #Forgiveness First?

…when sins been set aside, they are forgiven. Repentance must precede forgiveness, and part from repentance there is no forgiveness. DP, NCE, #280 -Swedenborg Controversial? Read about God’s vs. mankind’s forgiveness and where repentance belongs for wrongs perpetrated, in Rev. Wilma Wake’s sermon on forgiveness:http://swedenborgiancommunity.org/forgiveness

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