Come join Spirit of Peace Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus in the Free Faith Hope Love Joy Peace Series Presentation
Preparing for Christmas 2018
In this liturgical life change presentation series, we focus on five qualities of character: Faith, Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace.
All Are Welcome to join us in this presentation. If you are so inclined, we accept invitations to come to your location for presentation and discussion.
We justify these qualities of character by reading and applying Scripture.
But the Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22.
We exercise our quality of Faith by trusting in Jesus Christ and reliance in His Word.
We walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7.
We experience Hope through expectation of good in our lives.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13.
We practice Love through our readiness to assist the good of others.
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:10.
We engage Joy as an experience in goodness.
If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. John 15:10-11.
We come to know Peace as assurance that aspirations turn out well.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27.
Advent, derived from Latin, defined, is the arrival of a notable person.
We await the coming of Jesus Christ in the Nativity on Christmas Day and His Return in the Second Coming of Christ. In our case, this and every Liturgical Season of Advent will bring us the celebratory arrival of the Christ Child on Christmas Day.
Church Celebration Services
Every week of these four weeks of Advent we will reflect upon, and practice in our lives, building one upon the next, Faith, Hope, Love and Joy. In formal prayer and reflection, we will cover each one of these qualities of character in our liturgical services as we progress through Advent and become prepared on Christmas Day for the Peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guarding our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7.
Pastor Michael Hanus, Spirit of Peace Missional Community
Spirit of Peace Celebrates Thanksgiving Day Environment Preparation Volunteers
There is so much to do in order to organize and present a successful event!
Spirit of Peace is blessed to have helpful volunteers generous with time, energy and other resources. We do our best to show our appreciation for our fantastic generous volunteers.
Some of the environment volunteers are pictured here.
Spirit of Peace celebrates and thanks every one of you!
Peace and Joy! Pastors Michael and Cathy Hanus
PrayerMay the Lord extend His infinite love and assistance to all people affected by Hurricane Michael and its aftermath.
LCMC 2018 GatheringDiscussion
Sugar added to our diets
Americans seem susceptible to anything with sugar added. Steve Darland, see Feature article about Balsamic Vinegar
Greens, Spinach, Mizuna, Chard, Kale
Hearts of Palm
Garden Red Cherry Tomato
Hemp Hearts, raw, shelled, hemp seeds
CRaisins, infused with Cherry juice
Salad Dressing, Balsamic Vinegar,
NB: check your Balsam! see https://www.forbes.com/sites/bradjaphe/2018/08/20/everything-you-never-knew-you-needed-to-know-about-balsamic-vinegar/#40b0812e49b3
Blueberry Passion Smoothie
1 cup Homemade Greek yogurt
1 cup Fresh Garden Blueberries
1 Garden Delicious Apple
1 Organic Orange Citrus, fruit, rind, no peel
add Ice to suit
Red Table Grapes
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law,” Galatians 5: 22-23.
Pray that you and your community will be filled with and known for kindness and compassion.
Father, I desire to display the fruit of kindness, yet sometimes I don’t know how to do so. Through Your Holy Spirit, please grow this fruit in me until it overflows into the lives around me. Prompt me with practical ideas to reach out and offer Your loving-kindness to those around me every day. When I am the one in need, help me to humbly open the door and allow the kindness of others into my life. Begin a movement of kindness in my community that catches and spreads. May we show kindness, not for recognition or a good feeling, but quietly, out of love and appreciation for the kindness You have shown us. Show us this week who needs a smile, a gesture, or a helping hand. Give us courage to act and not to expect anything in return. Amen.
A woman struggles to keep her faith and family intact after her husband is diagnosed with stage three brain cancer.
Come visit with Pastor Michael as he leads us on an “mmm” movie meet-up, meal and mingling adventure in the missional community. This meet-up will take us to a special showing of a movie release prior to its west coast premier scheduled for this upcoming November. We will have a live opportunity to meet members of the cast and family story the movie was written about.
We may fear that being in touch with our feelings will trigger an overwhelming chain reaction of pain and panic. Page 279.
Basic Text, p.30. A common complaint about the Fourth Step is that it makes us painfully conscious of our defects of character. We may be tempted to falter in our program of recovery. Through surrender and acceptance, we can find the resources we need to keep working the steps.
It is not the awareness of our defects that causes the most agony, it is the defects themselves. When we were using, all we felt was the drugs; we could ignore the suffering our defects were causing us. Now that the drugs are gone, we feel that pain. Refusing to acknowledge the source of our anguish does not make it go away; denial protects the pain and makes it stronger. The Twelve Steps help us deal with the misery caused by our defects by dealing directly with the defects themselves.
If we hurt from the pain of our defects, we can remind ourselves of the nightmare of addiction, a nightmare from which we now awaken. We can recall the hope for release the Second Step gave us. We can again turn our will and our lives over, through the Third Step, to the care of the God of our understanding. Our Higher Power cares for us by giving us the help we need to work the rest of the Twelve Steps. We do not have to fear our feelings. Just for today, we can continue in our recovery.
Just for Today: I will not be afraid of my feelings. With the help of my Higher Power, I will continue in my recovery. – (c) 2018. NA World Services.
Step Two. We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Step Three. We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
Step Four. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
All my life
Been running from a pain in me
A feeling I don’t understand
Holding me down
So rain on me
All I am, getting harder
A heavy weight
I carry around
I don’t have to fall apart
I don’t have to be afraid
I don’t have to let the damage
My shadow see through me.