#WeekendPlans: 8/29 “Thinking Together & the Search for Truth”

Friends, please join us for our zoom service this Sunday, August 29,2021, featuring Guest Minister, Rev. Dr. Jonathan Mitchell. Rev. Mitchell is the acting co-pastor at the Garden Church in San Pedro, CA.

Sunday School is at 9:45 am, Fellowship time at 10:30, and Worship at 11:00 am.

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“Our thoughts and feelings are never ours alone — at least if we believe what Emanuel Swedenborg teaches. Even when we are apparently by ourselves, thinking our own thoughts, we are thinking together with a spiritual community, whose thoughts and feelings we share. The social ability to observe the same things and agree on how they are to be described makes possible the scientific endeavor. Unfortunately, the social practice of agreeing on how to describe things also underlies pseudoscience, prejudice and mass delusion. In a world where the social, cultural and political rifts are getting ever deeper and more embittered, how can we think together in a common search for the truth?”

Rev. Jonathan Mitchell

Our Readings will be:
Psalm 19
Emanuel Swedenborg: Nunc licet intrare intellectualiter in arcana fidei. Now it is permitted to enter with understanding into the mysteries of faith.

#WeekendPlans: 12/6 Guest Minister Rev. Jonathan Mitchell, via Zoom

Please join us over Zoom, for fellowship (10:30 am) and Worship (11:00 am) this Sunday, December 6, 2020, with Guest Minister Rev. Jonathan Mitchell. This Sunday is Peace Sunday, in our Advent sequence. We will be having Communion, so have some bread and wine or juice to partake from, at home.

The theme for this Sunday, is: On the Way Home

The Advent story describes a journey to Bethlehem, for Joseph and Mary, a journey to their ancestral home. Traveling has become problematic in 2020, hence our online travel to worship this Sunday. All the more reason to undertake the spiritual journey to our ultimate home in heaven, the place where we most fit in, the place where we most deeply understand each other.

Bethlehem in Hebrew means the “House of Bread.” For Swedenborg, Bethlehem corresponds to the “Spiritual of the Celestial.” In, I hope, more accessible language, the spiritual journey to Bethlehem moves us into a deeply intuitive and compassionate understanding of our fellow humans.

In the midst of a year of fire, flood, conflict and pestilence, the Lord calls us to compassion and healing. Join us this Sunday as we help each other on the way home. ~ Rev. Mitchell