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Clergy Corner: You are still loved

<strong> Clergy Corner:  You are still loved</strong>
Courtesy of Pastor Kirk BeardPastor Kirk Beard, Parkway Baptist Church ■ Pastor Kirk Beard, Parkway Baptist Church / Contributed “And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you. And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for (more…)
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FAITH IN BRIEF – January 10, 2019

Hemet Valley Christian Church hosts life study Hemet Valley Christian Church hosts an ongoing Life Study every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Please check www.hemetvalleycc.org for new session updates. Blended worship on Sundays at 10:45 a.m. Communion served every Sunday. Come join us, bring a friend. Call 951-925-7212 for more information. Hemet United Methodist Church Hemet United Methodist Church warmly invites you and your family to come and experience our powerful praise and worship on any of our three Sunday services. Warm and caring members welcome all with open hearts and open minds. Sunday Services: 8:45 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., Children Sunday School 9:30. Please see our website for more info. (more…)
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Clergy Corner: New Year – new you!

■ SUSAN BECKETT / Contributed You probably know “The List” by now: Eat better. Lose weight. Save more and quit smoking. We yawn and think – here we go again. It’s the same old New Year’s resolutions that roll around each year! But they do beat the alternatives: Rob a bank. Steal a car. Commit identity theft. Get drunk. You’re probably thinking, geez, where is she going with this? Well, I’m that ever-hopeful person who thinks that just maybe this year, things can really be different. Perhaps we can come up with some type of blueprint for 2019 that will make a difference in our lives. At least we can give (more…)
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Advent is a time to meditate on Mary’s role in God’s plan

■ Erin Armstrong / Contributed We have entered a time the Church calls Advent. While the world has rushed straight from Thanksgiving to Christmas, caring about the hot new toy to buy or what color cup Starbucks is offering, the ancient tradition of the church calendar calls us to pause for a season of waiting. At Trinity Lutheran Church in Hemet, the color we use to mark the season of Advent is blue. We adorn our altar and sanctuary in blue as a color of hope, the color of a clear sky that covered the little town of Bethlehem, and a color often associated with Mary, the mother of Jesus. Many (more…)
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Clergy Corner: The journey to Christ Consciousness

<strong> Clergy Corner:  The journey to Christ Consciousness</strong>
File PhotoReverend Rhonda Tretsven. ■ Rhonda Tretsven / Contributed Here we are once again in the holy-day essence. We are all pilgrims on a journey into the “Christ Consciousness.” This month, we will be walking with and celebrating through the recognition of Advent; faith, peace, love and hope. We bring them with us into the Christmas season through our consciousness, through living each one as being the true nature of God. The qualities of the divine are in and through everything and everywhere present. As we connect with the essence of who we truly are we demonstrate these qualities as and through our own life. We are each called to look (more…)
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FAITH IN BRIEF – December 13th, 2018

Unity Valley Church’s Twice loved holiday sale December 7 – 8, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., 140 N. Buena Vista St. Come join us for our gently used holiday decoration sale! You’ll find what you need, and at incredible prices! Hemet Valley Christian Church hosts life study Hemet Valley Christian Church hosts an ongoing Life Study every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Please check www.hemetvalleycc.org for new session updates. Blended worship on Sundays at 10:45 a.m. Communion served every Sunday. Come join us, bring a friend. Call 951-925-7212 for more information. Hemet United Methodist Church Hemet United Methodist Church warmly invites you and your family to come and experience our powerful praise (more…)
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Clergy Corner: Imagine yourself free from your suffering

<strong> Clergy Corner: Imagine yourself free from your suffering</strong>
File PhotoRev. Kent Leydens. ■ Rev. Kent Leydens / Contributed T. S. Eliot began his poem The Wasteland, writing “April is the cruelest month.” I wonder if these days we may write, “December is the cruelest month.” Eliot’s lament was that springtime meant the vast armies assembled in Europe would move from winter slumber to begin again their slaughter and destruction in what we call World War I. Our battles are different. This time of year, our culture presses upon us a joyous, bright and hectic season that is supposed to be full of good cheer and celebration, or you are not doing it right; however, for many people, what we (more…)
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Clergy Corner: It’s Christmas, so let the celebrations begin

■ Susan Beckett / Contributed My husband and I once attended an outdoor wedding in a large amphitheater. It was built on the side of a hill and seated hundreds of people. As the time for the wedding approached, everyone involved in the ceremony began to take their places. Then an amazing thing happened: a little girl, dressed like Cinderella herself, appeared at the back of the amphitheater. As she slowly began to work her way towards the front, she rang a bell and loudly declared: “The bride is coming! The bride is coming!” The crowd stood to its feet as we all felt the excitement of the moment begin to (more…)
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Clergy Corner: In order to see the light, there must first be some darkness

<strong> Clergy Corner:  In order to see the light, there must first be some darkness</strong>
Pixabay.com ■ By Ken Leydens / Contributed The Gospel of John opens with the beautiful declaration that Jesus is the light of the world. It says also that humanity tends to love darkness rather than light. Even so, the light of the world shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John points us back to Genesis, where darkness is what God pushed back when creating light. In the Bible, darkness has spiritual significance. In Matthew, people saw Jesus and exclaimed that for those who sat in the shadow of death, light has dawned. In 1 John, God is light and in him there is no darkness. 1 (more…)
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Clergy Corner: Nearer than your breath

<strong> Clergy Corner:  Nearer than your breath</strong>
File PhotoRev. Bill Heller is senior minister at Unity Chapel in Hemet. ■ Rev. Bill Heller / Contributed “Nearer than your breath” speaks to God’s presence in your life. The article provides an opportunity for the discovery of those sacred, holy moments you can have that bring a different experience to your life. I am convinced each of us have the opportunity for such experiences: the question is, are we open and willing? The moments I am referring to are those when you receive inspiration—when you have an experience of clarity about an aspect in your life. Whatever label you choose, this inspiration is sourced in a higher truth, a higher (more…)