"Change your MIND, change your LIFE"

Family and friends of UP Church,
Although we find our world in turmoil, God is still in charge. And, though we may not understand how or why things are playing out the way they are, we must hold to the vision that Absolute Good not only prevails but is primary. It is time for people of faith to see the truth through the haze of nuttiness that has appeared.
Be focused,
Assistant Minister
Father/Mother God,
You’ve given me this vision for peace. I am holding to that vision right now. I am asking for guidance, direction and courage to do what you are asking me to do. Help me to be a part of manifesting Your kingdom here on earth. Let me not participate in any activity that contributes to the oppression of another person, another people or another species. Let me be love in action all the time.
For the mothers and fathers that grieve, Father, send Your peace. Help them to find comfort today in the midst of the hurt and the anger and the pain. As a person of faith, I know that I am an integral part of this world and an essential element in its unfoldment. Inspire me to do the right things today and every day that build a world where all people are safe. Show me how to take the right action to sow a seed for the world You want manifested.
I put my hopes and dreams in Your hands Spirit. Guide me. Direct me. Make Your will perfectly clear to me. Thanks God. Amen.
Family and friends of UP Church,
We send you blessings of peace and well being. In the wake of all that is happening in our world, take heart. “If nothing can define your happiness, then nothing can take away your happiness.” ~ Rev. Charles Taylor #ferguson
Be patient,
Rev. Sherri James
Assistant Minister
Father/Mother God,
I am calling for Your peace like never before. I need the spiritual wisdom to respond to all the things that are happening around me. I want to always walk in alignment with Your will. So I need some direction this morning.
Families are grieving. Mothers are deeply concerned about their sons. Whole groups of people feel as though their lives do not matter. Spirit, this is not right. This is. Not. Right. I’m calling on You for help today. Fill my heart with comfort and help me process this pain.
What are we supposed to do right now Spirit? Where should our attention be placed? How do we develop a consciousness of safety that gets reflected in our world? How do we develop a consciousness of justice that gets reflected in our world? I am not waiting on the world to change. I am coming to You to be changed.
I surrender what I think I know and I asked to be prepared by You to be love in this world. Give me the thoughts to think that produce a consciousness of safety. Inspire me to right action so that I may do the things that contribute to a world where all lives matter. Show me who I have to be in order to have a world where all life is sacred.
I lean not on my own understanding. Help. Amen.
Family and friends of UP Church,
May your week be full of thanksgiving and appreciation. Let today’s prayer help you set the tone for your week. 
Be grateful,
Assistant Minister

Father/Mother God,
I praise You for all that You do for me. Every need in my life is met with and fulfilled by Your lavish abundance. I just feel grateful for Your presence because I know that the places where I can feel You are the same places in my life where I am receptive to miracles. So, I work on my spiritual sensitivity.
I am grateful for so much – my health, my home, my friends, my clothes, my eyes, my ears, my family, even my so-called problems. I feel deep gratitude for it all. Everything I have is part of a continuum of good that flows freely into my life from You.
May Your grace flow through me and extend to everyone I touch today whether by phone call, email or in person communication. Let the light that I have turned on through this prayer precede every interaction today and linger behind me like a sweet aroma that reminds people of how good it felt to connect with me. Thanks God. I know You hear me when I pray. Amen.
Family and friends of UP Church,
We lift you up today in the light of Christ. We affirm that you have overcome. Nothing can hold you down. 
Be courageous,
Assistant Minister
Father/Mother God,
We lift Your name on high. We thank You for Your grace and mercy. The best part of waking up is this time alone that I get to spend with You. As I breathe in, I fill Your Spirit fill my lungs. I am more enlivened because of this time with You.
What manner of good shall we co-create today? Who can You use me to give more love to? Is there someone whose path You want me to cross and give some joy to through my smile? What attitude of mind do I need to maintain in order to be a blessing to everyone I meet?
I surrender my wants and needs to You Spirit. I know You’ll fulfill them in ways that will surprise me and delight me. I affirm Your perfect will of absolute good in my life, world and affairs. Amen.
Click here to learn My Secret to Staying Focused.
Family and friends of UP Church,
May all the doors of happiness, peace and rest open for you this weekend. Let these words guide you in remembering your spirit today. 
Be blessed,
Assistant Minister
Father/Mother God,
I invite the Your peace to flow through me right now. Fill my heart with a gentle joy. No matter where I am or what I do, let that joy flow just beneath the surface. I allow myself to be happy and joy-filled for no reason at all.
Thank You for my health. Thank You for my wealth. Thank You for my happiness. I appreciate the friendships You’ve given me. I appreciate the love relationship You’ve given me. I am simply thankful for everything. And I acknowledge as the Truth that underlies each of these seeming separate and unique experiences. I know that they’re all possible because You permit it to be so.
My heart is filled with gladness. I carry this beautiful feeling with me all day. No matter what appears or occurs, this sense of joy cannot dissipate. Thanks God. I affirm Your Perfect will in my life, world and affairs. Amen.
Click here to learn My Secret to Staying Focused
Family and friends of UP Church,

The holidays are upon us. Let us begin today to move into a space of gratitude and thanksgiving. This attitude of mind is causative. It sets in motion a law that must bring a positive effect. That which you give thanks for today is now yours.

Be grateful,
Rev. Sherri James
Assistant Minister

Father/Mother God,

I am so grateful for all that You’ve given me. You make sure that all my needs are met in abundance and I just want to acknowledge You as the only power and presence active in the universe. No matter what is appearing, I am not fooled. I know that You are everywhere evenly present and I am divinely protected.

I call on Your divine energy to harmonize all the hurt and mistrust in our world. There are so many people who are suffering and do not know the pleasure of Your company. I ask for their hearts and minds to be opened toward You. Give them comfort from the things that plague them. Whether it be hunger or lack of love or lack of resources – whatever it is – give them some relief from the pressure and the stress.

I am willing to do my part. I open my heart for direction on how I can be of greater service to this world. Let Your divine will of Absolute Good be done in my life, world and affairs. Thanks God. Amen.
Happy Thursday!
Actually, can you believe it’s Thursday?! This week seems to have flown by. Did anyone else have that experience?
Tomorrow night is Metaphysical Movie Night. Join us at 6:50pm in Culver City to see Beyond the Lights. All are welcome. For questions, send an email to uped@upchurch.org
Sunday is our Harvest Service. I hope you’ll join us because it’s one of our funnest (I know that’s not a word but it fits) services of the year. Plus, we have a special treat for you. 
Let today’s prayer help you make the most of this 24 hour gift we’ve been given. And hopefully, we’ll see you this weekend at Movie Night or Sunday Service. 
Be kind,
Assistant Minister
Father/Mother God,
I declare myself open and available for any miracle You want to bless me with today! I’ll take the miracle of being in my right mind. I’ll take the miracle of breathing without assistance. I’ll take the miracle of waking up. I am open! And I appreciate all that You do for me. I am grateful for the wisdom to appreciate what some call “the little things.” For me, life without “the little things” is no life at all.
I ask for an opportunity to be a blessing to someone today. If humankind is You in action, I want to live this truth by being someone’s blessing today. I ask for the inspiration to say the right thing to each person I meet today. You know the exact words of encouragement and inspiration that each person needs to hear. I volunteer to be a vessel for Your words all day today. Tell me what to say and I’ll say it. Tell me what to do and I’ll do it. Let me be Your partner in blessing others today.
I accept my life as my life as You’ve designed it. I affirm that Your perfect will is at work right now in my experience. And I am listening deeply for Your guidance and instruction. Each day I get better and better at surrendering my agenda and allowing Your will to be done. Thanks God. I love You. I adore You. Amen.
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