Give Thanks to the Lord…

Crabapple Tree in Suburbia

Thank you to the Swedenborgian Church of North America for their recent email with the following text from Emanuel Swedenborg:

For everything that flows from the Lord… is freely given. The Lord does, it is true, demand humility, worship, thanksgiving, and much else from a person, which seem like repayment, so that His gifts do not seem to be free. But the Lord does not demand those things for His own sake, for the Divine derives no glory at all from a person’s humility, worship, or thanksgiving. It is utterly inconceivable that any self-love should exist within the Divine, causing Him to require such actions for His own sake. Rather, they are required for humankind’s own sake, for if someone possesses humility they are able to accept good from the Lord, since in that case they have been parted from self-love and its evils which stand in the way of their accepting it. Therefore the Lord desires a state of humility in a person for that person’s sake, because the Lord can flow in with heavenly good when that state exists in them. The same applies to worship and thanksgiving.

Emanuel Swedenborg

#WeekendPlans: “Love One Another” 5/2/21 w/ @ChaplainSherrie

Join us via zoom this Sunday 5/2/21, for Sunday School at 9:45 am, Fellowship at 10:30 am, and Worship at 11:00 am.

Rev. Dr. Sherrie will deliver our message entitled “Love One Another.”

Church members and their contacts will receive a zoom link.

Did you miss @GlendaleNewChu’s 2/14/21 #Meditation & #sermon, “#DoNotWorry”?

We are happy to enjoy a close relationship with our sister church, the Glendale New Church. We share their message here today, courtesy of Pastor Clark Echols via YouTube.

Please leave your reflections in the comment section.

“In this time of increased threat can we really not worry and trust God?” ~Rev. Clark Echols

Worship Theme for 10/18: “When Tragedy Strikes…”

Oct. 18th, 2020, Guest Minister Kit Billings’ Zoom worship theme will be: “When Tragedy Strikes, Love Attends and Never Loses Sight of Life’s Goal”
No matter who we are, what our background may be, and how fortunate we’ve been in life, at various times in life tragic things happen to us or to someone we love. Why does a divinely loving and wise God allow or permit bad things to happen in life (such as a worldwide pandemic)? How would you answer this vital question? Could it be because out of purest love and wisdom, the Lord’s great, complex system of gradual salvation must protect our freedom to believe in His divine presence and support…or, to not believe? How is your faith journey going lately, when tragedy strikes?

#FridayFeeling: 400 Years and Still Not Right

This month, we remember…that 400 years ago, enslaved Africans were sold and forced onto boats to land here and work here without pay or basic human rights; on what would become the United States.

We struggle still, to become “United” and to overcome divisions that threaten to separate us. Divisions that were created in this de-humanizing of our brothers and sisters still exist. Working to end bigotry and hatred and the undervaluation of human life and labor is an ongoing battle.

What can we do to overcome? What can we do to build everyone up? What can we do to love our fellow human? Keep working towards the goal. It doesn’t end because we’re not as barbaric as we were hundreds of years ago. The barbs exist in our words and in our actions. Love others, be wise and do good on the earth, for all. Each day.

  • This Sunday, September 1, the topic of Guest Minister, Rev. Kit Billings’ Service is “Overcoming Divisiveness“.
  • Hospitality time begins at 10:30 am, Worship Service at 11:00 am.
  • We meet at the Glendale New Church: 845 Congress Ave, Glendale, OH.