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The Flint Spiritual Church
 
The October eNewsletter of The FSC

OUR MISSION

We are an independent, progressive, non-traditional, Christian Church and are founded upon the sacred teachings of the Holy Bible; to bring mankind the understanding of spirituality according to the fundamentals of Spiritualism.

ARTICLES OF FAITH

 

BIBLICAL SPIRITUALISM

Independent Voice differs from Direct Voice in that the ectoplasmic voice box is not connected to the medium by way of an ectoplasmic rod. A trumpet is not required. The voices of spirit are simply heard as if coming from midair, and from any point in the room.  The following are references to independent voice manifesting with both Moses and Paul:
 
Num 7:89 And when Moses was gone into the tabernacle of the congregation to speak with him, then he heard the voice of one speaking unto him from off the mercy seat that was upon the ark of testimony, from between the two cherubims: and he spake unto him...... KJV
  
Act 9:1 And Saul, as yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest
Act 9:2 And asked of him letters to Damascus, to the synagogues: that if he found any men and women of this way, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
Act 9:3 And as he went on his journey, it came to pass that he drew nigh to Damascus. And suddenly a light from heaven shined round about him.
Act 9:4 And falling on the ground, he heard a voice saying to him: Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
Act 9:5 Who said: Who art thou, Lord? And he: I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. It is hard for thee to kick against the goad.
Act 9:6 And he, trembling and astonished, said: Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?
Act 9:7 And the Lord said to him: Arise and go into the city; and there it shall be told thee what thou must do. Now the men who went in company with him stood amazed, hearing indeed a voice but seeing no man.
Act 9:8 And Saul arose from the ground: and when his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. But they, leading him by the hands, brought him to Damascus. KJV
 
 

Biblical Spiritualism

 

THE SERENITY PRAYER

 
The Serenity Prayer contains one of the major keys to personal transformation, and is said at the beginning of all AAA, ACOA and other programs for changing addictive behavior.
 
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
 
The wisdom to know the difference between when it is my action that is needed and when God’s current takes over is gained by the process of being there. The best analogy I can think of for this is being in a canoe on your favorite river…the river that is your life. There are times when you need to dip your paddle in, sometimes merely turning it ever so slightly to avoid a snag, and at other times making swift sure strokes to get back in the flow. The important step is to put your paddle in the water. Sitting in the canoe is not enough. You are the creator of your life through your choices, your inactions and inactions. There are no victims here. Once you figure that out you can begin your journey fully empowered. God is the water that carries you, and when you connect to the source everything changes.
 
Life is not static, it is movement, it is change. The individual cells in your body are constantly changing but what is happening in your mind? We like things to remain the same so that we will have an easy reference point. But the world within and without you is changing, so your desire for stability is an illusion. Push off from the shore, change your perspective, your perception, your beliefs. The water is fine…it is your element.
 
The one thing that is constant in your life is God, the presence of God within and without. God said, “I will never leave you.” God is the energy of the universe, the dots and the space in between. My sister Abby says “birds live on the edge.” Young wood ducks leap from their nest high in the trees. Sometimes it takes a few minutes for them to work up to it, but they all leave the safety of the nest. “I will never leave you…”
 
Once I gave a presentation in which I started with that same quote from Hebrews. Then I stepped off the platform and performed a version of the yoga Sun Salutation that I had learned from a friend. He got it from a priest who lived on one of the islands off the coast of England. When he led me through the movements everything fell into place. I discovered several things at that point. I realized the power of thought and movement combined, that the physical expression of an inward state gives it greater depth. It puts you in a state of grace. I also understood the dynamics of living my life in all its fullness, without fear, without judgment, but with love in all its expressions…being immersed in God. Each position of the “dance” represented the different aspects of setting one’s course for the day, those movements which signified immersion into God.
 
I ended the presentation with a Rumi poem translated by Coleman Barks which resonates deeply with me.
 
Come. Come, whoever you are!
Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving
Come. This is not a caravan of despair.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve broken your vow
a thousand times, still come,
and yet again, come!
 
“I will never leave you.” Heb. 13:5
 
Rev. Margie Kivel

 

THE FSC FINANCIAL REPORT

The FSC is dedicated to maintaining financial transparency.  Any contributor that would like to receive a detailed report please contact Rev. Rick Root. 
     After this eNewsletter we will be reporting on a quarterly basis through both the church website and here in this newsletter. 
     We made a donation to Catholic Outreach which received matching funds for thier food pantry. 
 


SEPTEMBER 09 GENERAL FUND
Balance Forward $1,147.31
Donations to the FSC $140.00
Expenses -$10.00
Donations made by FSC -$50.00


Balance $1,227.31


GENERAL FUND YEAR TO DATE
2008 Balance Forward $673.59
Total Donations to the FSC $971.50
Total Expenses -$182.78
Total Donations made by the FSC -$235.00


Balance $1,227.31


SEPTEMBER BUILDING FUND
Balance Forward $401.18
Donations to the Building Fund


Balance $401.18


Donations to the F.S.C. can be made online at FlintSpiritual.com or through the mail.  Please make your checks payable to:  The Flint Spiritual Church, PO Box 530, Flint, MI 48501  We appreciate your continued support.

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THE SHUTTLE MOVES

 
 
 
 
 
The shuttle moves,
skirting the yarn
 
with lightening speed
it adds another thread,
this time the color
of oak leaves in the fall
 
deepening the weave
with another reverberation
felt throughout the universe.
 
Must not sleep
too much experience
not yet woven in,
the pattern unfinished.
 
Forget the loose strands!
 
Concentrate on…
the concentric circles of the pond’s
water weavings and add to yours.
 
Get out there and live it
 
fast
 
       and
 
                  d
                    e
                      e
                        p
 
you can breathe later.
 
Rev. Margie Kivel
23 September, 2009

 

JOHN 4: 1-26

Jesus with the woman at the well.

In This Issue:

OUR MISSION
BIBLICAL SPIRITUALISM
THE SERENITY PRAYER
THE FSC FINANCIAL REPORT
THE SHUTTLE MOVES
JOHN 4: 1-26
THE FSC WEBSITE
OCTOBER'S AFFIRMATION
PRAYER REQUESTS
LAUGH OF THE MONTH
WORSHIP IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH #1
Links


THE FSC WEBSITE

The new website is now up and running with a new look and feel.  I hope you enjoy it and your comments will be welcome.  Thank you for your patience. 

The FSC Website

 

OCTOBER'S AFFIRMATION

This month's affirmation is adapted from II Cor. 5:21,  Eph. 6:14 and Isaiah 32:17 which states, " And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever."  This is a series of 3 affirmations that can be used individually or collectively.
 
I have been made the righteousness of God in Christ.  I put on right standing with God as a breastplate, and this brings me inner peace.  I am at peace. 
 
My right standing causes an inner quietness so I hear His voice at all times.  I am spiritually guided, taught and corrected. 
 
I have put on right standing, I am faith filled and spiritually confident for I put my trust in the love and power of God.

Affirmation Archive

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

Upon request, your prayer petitions will be held in strict confidence by our Prayer Warriors, as they continue to pray with you and for you during the next 30 days. 

"Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Phillipians 4: 6-7

REQUESTS FOR PRAYER
9/30/09  Rev. Loris
9/30/09  Millie Davis, uterine cancer
9/30/09  Jackie Goodman, hospitalized, dialysis patient
9/30/09  Maggie Maue, hospitalized possible stroke
9/30/09  Carol Dipzinski (liver transplant patient)
9/24/09  Phil Simmons
9/24/09  Rev. Nellie Vardaman
9/24/09  Chad Chuney
9/24/09  Lou S. (transition) and his family
9/24/09  Rev. Kessel (in hospice)
9/22/09  Corrine Clark (23) - unknown neurological condition
9/18/09  Patricia Jabrel - Transition
9/18/09  Lori Gonwicha - foot surgery
9/18/09  Walter Gonwicha
9/18/09  Sheila D.
9/18/09  Baby Chase George

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LAUGH OF THE MONTH

 

WORSHIP IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH #1

By Rev. Rick Root
 
This article is the introduction to a series of lessons on the type of worship service that Jesus instituted through his disciples. This Divine Service is a cooperation between mankind and God's spirit-world to progress and perfect us. It also develops mediums and brings us into communion with Christ. 
  
Evelyn Underhill, Mysticism - published 1911, defines worship as: "The adoring acknowledgment of all that lies beyond us—the glory that fills heaven and earth. It is the response that conscious beings make to their Creator, to the Eternal Reality from which they came forth; to God, however they may think of Him or recognize Him, and whether He be realized through religion, through nature, through history, through science, art, or human life and character."
 
Worship is defined as the reverent love and devotion accorded a deity, an idol, or a sacred object and the ceremonies, prayers, or other religious forms by which this love is expressed. The act of adoring, especially reverently. To regard with great awe and devotion. To feel deep, devoted love for God.
 
Jesus said, “... believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth. For the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4: 21-24 KJV
 
F. M. Perry states, “In this scripture Jesus was speaking to a Samaritan woman at Jacob's well in Samaria. As background, you will remember that the Samaritans didn't go to Jerusalem to worship God in the Temple there. They attempted to offer worship to God in another temple on a mountain in Samaria. Many years before, during the time of the divided Kingdom, the Northern Kingdom of Israel had established its own temple on a mountain in Samaria while only the southern Kingdom of Judah remained faithful to worship at the temple in Jerusalem. During the time of Christ only a remnant of the Israelites of the Northern Kingdom, people of mixed blood, still lived in the area. They were called Samaritans and they were still going to the temple in Samaria to worship God. The woman speaking with Jesus at the well had raised the old question with Jesus, should temple worship be done in Samaria as she had been taught, or in Jerusalem as the Jews taught. Remember, she was referring to worship in a temple, a building built by people in a specific location on the map. Jesus answered her with the words quoted above from John 4:23-24.”

“In essence, Jesus said that the hour is near when true worshipers will not need to go to a specific temple building to find God to worship Him. In the future, worship will be done in spirit and truth. And to explain what He meant by the use of the word "spirit" He added, "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." It appears that Jesus was making a contrast to the thoughts of the Samaritan woman which were about going to the right place on the map of earth to worship God. Jesus, in His answer to the woman was looking to the time, shortly to come to pass, when the temple at Jerusalem would have served its purpose and would no longer be important in worship of God. No longer would people have to worry about which is the true geographical place of worship, whether it is in Jerusalem or in Samaria, for Jesus was saying that your worship from now on is to be centered in something spiritual rather than material.”

“People often seize on the latter part of the statement, the part which says, "those who worship (God) must worship Him in spirit and truth," and conclude that "worshiping in spirit" simply means worshiping with "the right attitude." With that simplistic explanation one assumes the word "spirit" here means little more than what we mean when we speak of the "the spirit of the competition," "the spirit of the football game," or "the spirit of the pep rally," giving the word "spirit" primarily an emotional content. We forget that in the first part of Jesus' statement He defined what He meant by "spirit" when He said, "God is spirit." The spirituality of God can scarcely be explained with the word "attitude."”

“In the New American Standard Bible as well as in several other authentic translations of the Bible, in the statement "God is spirit," the word "spirit" is not capitalized. It has a little "s." This means that the translators did not think that the use of the word "spirit" here denotes God's "Holy Spirit." It does not mean here that "God is Holy Spirit," although that is certainly one aspect of our Triune God. It means that God, in all His aspects, is part of the "spiritual realm." The Amplified Version of the New Testament says, "God is a Spiritual Being." The American Standard Version says, "God is a Spirit." So, when Jesus said "God is spirit," and when He spoke about our "worship in spirit," He was neither speaking specifically about the Holy Spirit nor was He speaking about the human emotional attitude toward worship.
He meant that our worship must be in the "spiritual realm," the realm in which God and other spirits dwell.”
 
Who is better fitted for worship in the spiritual realm than the Spiritualist?
 
 
Johannes Greber, in his translation of the New Testament, states it this way. “The time is coming, in fact it is already here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father under the guidance of a spirit and of the truth. For only such worshippers does the Father care to have. God is a spirit, and those who worship Him must therefore be under the guidance of a spirit of God and of the divine truth when they come to do Him homage.”
 

 
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