Hello and welcome! Abundant Life Spiritual Center is a dynamic spiritual community with a focus on awakening those who walk through our doors to the divine within and inspiring them to live confidently, passionately and powerfully. Together we learn how to Live Fearlessly and Love Outrageously because life is meant to be filled with joy and lived with ease as a positive experience, not a struggle. We named ourselves Abundant Life because we know that the Abundant Life - a life of wholeness and authentic self-expression, purpose, creativity and love - is the divine birthright of everyone and we want to support your living it.
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Join us on Tuesday, December 24 at 5 PM for our annual Christmas Eve candle lighting service. As in past years, it will be held in the beautiful sanctuary of First Church of Christ Scientist, 155 Deerfield Road in Deerfield. During the service, we will lead you through a metaphysical interpretation of the traditional Christmas story, supported by the wonderful, mystical live music of our band, The Grateful Living, as well as congregational caroling. The service will end with a traditional candle lighting ceremony as we experience the Peace and Joy of the Christ Presence awakening within us.
I have a friend who doesn’t give Christmas gifts. The first time I gave her a gift it was met with gratitude. Then an uncomfortable feeling followed when she explained to me that she didn’t give Christmas gifts. For her, gift-giving had become a source of stress and she just gave it up. Can you imagine? It took me just a few awkward moments to discern how powerful her position was. What if we all took control of the season doing only what feeds our souls and letting go of what doesn’t? What if we didn’t worry about what people thought about us, and whether we were meeting their expectations? What if we didn’t buy into the frenzy?
As a start, listen carefully for how many times you say to yourself, “I have to get this” or “I have to do this.” It’s pretty revealing.
Our Kids' Community starts back up with a four-lesson series called, “I Believe: Exploring the Wisdom Found in the Polar Express,” on Sunday, December 8. The Polar Express is a 2004 computer-animated fantasy film based on the children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Alsburg. Our kids will explore spiritual ideas within the story such as listening for guidance, standing in faith, and learning how the Spirit of Christmas lives within. This will be fun for all ages, including adults.
During our regular Sunday service on December 29, we will have a “Fireside Chat” led by Rev. Carol Saunders. Bring your spiritual inquiries. What do you ponder? What is still a mystery to you? Do you want to better understand a Bible story metaphysically? Yes, we will sit in front of a crackling fire, and be in conversation together. What a great way to unwind after Christmas and to ready ourselves for the New Year.
Grammy-nominated Matthew Santos returns to us as a guest musician on Sundays, December 8 & 15. Santos is a remarkable rock/folk artist with a large following. While he is widely known for his musical collaboration with Lupe Fiasco on the song Superstar, his original music penetrates the soul.
Santos blessed us during our November “Wisdom of the Beatles Series: Part 4 - The Long and Winding Road of Life,” when he was a guest musician along with drummer Rich Stitzel and bass player Graham Czach. We are grateful that he returns to us for our Christmas season. Take a listen to some of his music here: