Plan Your Death, Enlarge Your Life

This Sunday Plan Your Death, Enlarge Your Life:

Dear Friends, 

This past Tuesday was All Saints Day, traditionally when Christians remembered those who died. It’s also an excellent time for each of us to think about our own death.

When it is hard to be sure of anything, death remains the one constant. If you are reading this, you will die. It sounds like a line from a horror movie, but it is one fact we can all agree on. If that makes you nervous, read on.

Our current culture is doing everything possible to distract us from this reality of our own death, turning any talk of death or dying into morbid or negative. Some seem to believe that if you speak of death, you wish it into existence. 

In a culture that teaches there’s nothing more than what you can see, feel, and touch, it makes sense that death is an uncomfortable subject. Death reminds people that no matter how much money we make, what good shape we are in, what good works we do, and what good foods we eat, eventually, their lives will end. The belief that this is all there is causes people great anxiety, leading to a coping mechanism of denial.

But whatever we embrace death as just a new beginning?

This Sunday, I’ll be talking about ways we might think of planning our own deaths that can be transformative to our daily lives.

See you Sunday,


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Readings for The Coming Sunday:

The Transfiguration

17 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became bright as light. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I[a] will set up three tents here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” And when they raised their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

Swedenborg Insight - Secrets of Heaven (§4618)

When we die, the only part that dies is the physical part that was of service and use to us on earth. We continue the life of our spirit in a world where the body is no longer of any use.

Recap of Last Week:

Last Sunday (10/30) we explored the topic of knowing when to give up,  and what can we learn from the story of Jacob's wrestling with an angel.

"We are all going to go through difficult periods. We're all going to face dips in our life, or we'll be going in circles," said Rev. Tafel. "But the only way to grow spiritually is to wrestle with our doubts, to wrestle with the situation, with relationships that may not be healthy, to wrestle with addiction, with health emergencies, with our financial situation, with our desire to be liked and admired... And the lesson of Jacob is, 'Stick with it, don't panic, and seek the blessing you can receive through this new level of growth.' "

A recording of last week's sermon can be found here.

We also recorded the enriching community discussion that followed that sermon, which can be accessed here.

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Overheard on the Grapevine:

New Signage at CHC 

We are preparing new signage for our physical location at 1611 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC, to let our local community learn more about our ministry and our space.

Above is a sign "Pray for Ukraine" with a QR code leading to our church website. This week we will also be putting up a new banner inviting others to consider the church for their wedding venue.

Thought for the Week:

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