Reconnect, Remember, Rejoice! — Join SIF for Easter

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

10:30 a.m. Informal Gathering

Potluck Following

At Kim’s house

Contact Susan for directions: 928.282.0293, Cell: 928.274.1444

Reconnect, Remember, Rejoice!

Easter reminds us of resurrection following crucifixion (times of pain, suffering, loss), a time to rejoice in all that is good, all that is God.  Our informal Gathering will be a chance to reconnect with one another and with the spirit within us.  Let’s share what inspires us about Easter, Spring, Resurrection, and/or perhaps what we find challenging during this time.  We’re here to be in community, to share our joys and our burdens.  Let’s join in love and light!

Potluck following:  We’ll supply dinnerware, beverages, and dessert.

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Easter Sunday Celebration – March 31

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Easter Sunday: The iconic Christian celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.  Yet, it is also a powerful interfaith event for all humankind that demonstrates the strength and magnificence of God and of ourselves.  Jesus demonstrated what is available to all of us, if we will only open our eyes and see ourselves as God sees us, see our brothers and sisters as God sees them.  This will be an “eye-opening” experience for participants – a fun surprise!

A potluck will follow the Easter service at the Fellowship home/office.  Maps are available at the service.

Each Sunday at Sedona Interfaith Fellowship, inspirational sacred word and stories of compassion are interspersed with an eclectic musical mix offered by Music Minister Jon Michael, culminating in a thought-provoking, practical, and often moving message on a particular theme of interest, provided by Spiritual Leader, Reverend Susan Perry.  As time permits, sharing or special offerings take place.

Sedona Interfaith Fellowship is dedicated to finding and using the beauty and wisdom from all of the world’s sacred paths, and is committed to serving as an opening through which individuals may more deeply experience the presence of God.

logoSunday Service: Sedona Library, 9:30 a.m.

Rev. Susan Perry: 282-0293.

 

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Sunday, December 16 — Shine Your Light!

Light festivals continue at Interfaith

At Sedona Interfaith Fellowship, we use Advent to honor festivals of light from several traditions, as a symbol of inviting the light to come and recognizing the divine within.

This Sunday we honor Divali, meaning “row of lights,” a Hindu celebration of renewal, cleansing and purification, celebrated at the end of the harvest season. Lamps and candles burn brightly during the three-day festival, and gifts are given to neighborhood servants that have been helpful, and to family members.

Remember to bring a candle to light on the altar, and a favorite short poem or quote about the light within, candles, or this time of year.  It’s not mandatory, and we’ll have extra candles and quotes there for anyone that would like to participate.

Rev. Susan Perry and Music Minister Jon Michael will lead participants through music, meditation, sacred word, and an inspiring message. A discussion may follow, as time permits. Fellowship at a local restaurant will follow.

There will be no Sunday Gathering on December 23, but Monday, December 24, there will be a Candlelight Gathering at Sedona Creative Life Center.  Watch your mail for more information.

Sedona Interfaith Fellowship is dedicated to finding and using the beauty and wisdom from the world’s sacred paths, and is committed to serving as an opening through which individuals may more deeply experience the presence of God. Sunday Gatherings: 9:30 a.m., Sedona Public Library, Community Room. Rev. Susan Perry: 282-0293.

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Sunday, December 9 – Celebrating Light!

Continuing the celebration of Light Festivals during the Advent season, Sedona Interfaith Fellowship will honor Hanukkah this Sunday. While being a minor festival, this Jewish celebration has become honored over time, a festival of lights in which menorahs are seen burning everywhere, acknowledging the miracle that occurred in 165 B.C., when Judah Maccabbee led a small band of rebels in reclaiming Jerusalem and the temple.  Upon lighting the temple menorah for their rededication, they discovered there was enough oil for only one day, but the lamp miraculously burned for eight days.

Sunday Gatherings are an opportunity for you the participant to go on an inner journey, to explore what spirituality means to you.  As you open up to the wisdom found in the worlds of spirituality, psychology, theology, and the fragile complexities of what it means to be a part of humanity, the opportunities and possibilities are boundless.

The following Sunday, the 16th, the Fellowship will use the Hindu light festival of Divali during this time of preparation, leading to a candlelight gathering on Christmas Eve.  No Sunday Gathering on December 23.

We look forward to connecting with you this Sunday!

9:30 a.m

Sedona Public Library, Community Room

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July 22 – SIF’s 16th Anniversary Celebration!

Just another Sunday?  Perhaps in the greater scheme of things.  But for us, another milestone has been reached, another year has been served in our humble ministry.  16 years…. It’s hard to imagine!

Yet, what do all of these years help us to see?  Surely the sea of faces has changed over the years.  And surely, we age, we mature, we evolve.

One of God’s lessons for me personally that is at the root of why I continue in this ministry is to understand — really understand at a very core level — the unity of all humankind.  The Oneness we share in God’s family is an amazing force, if we but stop a moment to accept it, to experience it.  This Sunday, we’ll have the opportunity to embrace this principle together.  I hope you will join us.

Sunday Service begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Sedona Library’s Community Room.

We’ll head to a parishioner’s home for a Potluck BBQ Celebration, at about 11:30 a.m.  Bring something to grill, and a small potluck dish to share.  We’ll supply the buns and fixin’s, and also the beverages and dessert.  Directions to the home located in VOC will be at the Service.

It would be great to see you!

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Sunday, November 20 — For What Are We Grateful?

With Thanksgiving next Thursday, this Sunday the Fellowship celebrates a day of gratitude.  When hearts are open in thankfulness, individuals open themselves to the presence of God within, for gratitude is an expression of hope and joy and love.

Giving thanks isn’t just about having the things desired in life or knowing that needs are being met, though.  Giving thanks is about recognizing one’s true Identity and purpose.  It is knowing that God loves everyone, and allowing that love to flow freely, as an expression of gratitude.

Gratitude is found within, regardless of external circumstances.  One might recall the stories heard of people who are grateful even in prison or in the midst of war.  They’re not deluded; rather, they simply recognize the truth.  Let’s start our own thanksgiving by opening to God’s love, and by remembering what gratitude is really all about.

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