Welcome to The Church Within website and to the very idea of The Church Within itself. The Church Within was founded in 1992. We are an ever-evolving spiritual community, dedicated to offering unconditional support and love to all who seek inner wisdom through a spiritual life.

The best way to get to know us is to share in the joy, spirit, and celebration of our 10:00 AM Sunday gathering. The best "brochure" we have is us.

We are folks whose pasts include other churches or no church at all. Some come simply to expand their current faith experience. As one of our members puts it, "I come to The Church Within, because it helps me discover my faith and live it out in the world."

We are a diverse, informal gathering who believes in the power of prayer, in God (whatever name you use for Source), and in each other.

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Sunday Service 1/18/15 – “Walking in Courage”

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Message for 1/18/15

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Sunday Service 1/11/15 – “From Whence Will We Come”

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Sunday Service 1/5/14 – “The Next, First Step”

Published on January 6, 2015, by in Featured.

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Christmas Eve Service

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Message for 12/24/14

Unfortunately, due to a recording error, the last few minutes of the of the service were not recorded. Here from Pastor Darren’s script are the missing paragraphs.

“Borg and Crossan remind us that we have been Israel. We have experienced exile, captivity, mourning, loneliness, and longing. That longing is an epiphany of human longing. The words of that song, “O come desire of nations, bind – in one the hearts of all mankind. Bid thou our sad divisions cease, and be thyself our king of peace.”

Tonight, on Christmas, we remember the story of a couple traveling and seeking shelter. We remember their looking for a place that could offer them not only comfort, but safety, as the woman was with child. They finally found that place among the lowly animals in the manger where Mary gave birth to the Christ child… the anointed one. He was visited by magi, kings, shepherds. He was brought gifts for they knew that, in the midst of the darkness of the world, the light had come that could outshine all. They knew that hope had been born that night.

We know that this is the night when that light is come. Not in the past, not only in that baby, but in us all. We carry within us that same hope, that same grace, and we are invited to shine it into the world. As a way of bringing that promise into view, let us kindle these small candles while we sing together, Silent Night.”

“We stand together in sacred stillness, inviting the light of Christ to shine from our lives. We vow to do in this world that which is our soul’s deepest purpose. As the Maccabees, a few who overcame the many were successful, we know that the voices of the many who would strip us of hope can not overcome the voices of the few who remind us again and again that the light of the world is come – that it shines on us and from us. As we extinguish these flames, we know that the flame of love burns within us and we let it light our path as we begin a new year in service to all.

And so it is, amen.”

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Sunday Service 12/21/14 – “Standing Still”

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Sunday Service 12/14/14 – “Turning to God”

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Sunday Service 12/7/14 – “Common Union”

 

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ACIM Class Thursday, December 4 7:30 p.m.

Just 3 more Course in Miracles classes in 2014: the 4th, 11th, and 18th of December. (Christmas and New Year’s both fall on Thursday this year.) Thursday ACIM classes will resume on January 8, 2015.

“AS GOD CREATED ME” will be the topic for ACIM on Thursday, December 4, 7 p.m. at The Church Within. “I am as God created me” is the most repeated lesson in the Course — check out Lessons 94, 110, and 162 — so it’s an important idea.

LESSON 162.I am as God created me.
W-pI.162.1. This single thought, held firmly in the mind, would save the world. .These words are sacred, for they are the words God gave in answer to the world you made. 5 By them it disappears, and all things seen within its misty clouds and vaporous illusions vanish as these words are spoken. 6 For they come from God.

Please check out your calendar for Thursday December 18. If there is enough interest, we’ll have a potluck prior to class.

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Sunday Service 11/30/14 – “Expectant Waiting and Preparation”

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Sunday Service 11/23/14 – “We Give Thanks”

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