SABBATH AND SABBATH COMMUNITY UNITY MEETING
<1>After Sabbath, a day of fasting, prayer, and
rest on Saturdays, the community gathers together for their regular
weekly meeting. <2>Before the formal meeting begins,
they read the words below. This will bring into focus and
reiterate the purpose of Sabbath. It also reminds all that the
meeting is for strengthening the community and furthering the
resolution of any problems that might exist in the community.
It teaches members not to be attached to their proposals and to
learn to work with a group with diverse opinions and levels of
consciousness. That group will grow together.
<3>Communities of Light are the base of the Kingdom Of Heaven On
<4>As God created the universe in six stages (periods, days) we
also work to establish His Kingdom for six days each week and rest on
the Sabbath (as He did on the seventh day).
<5>After He finished the creation, He sat back on the seventh
period (day) and contemplated His creation. <6>We also have to
use the Sabbath to contemplate the last six days of our lives and see
how we spent them. Did we use them for His Purpose and/or Will?
<7>We eventually have to reach a point where we feel as God felt
about His Work. We look and see that it has been blessed by God.
When God created the universe and saw that it was Good (God), He blessed
it and was pleased. <8>He did not look for approval or
disapproval from anyone. He did not need to be praised by anyone.
But He was pleased with Himself that He had done a perfect job.
<9>That also should be our approach to life. We do the job
(His Will) but leave the results to Him.
<10>On the Sabbath we re-evaluate our work and improve it to a higher level,
as God also is perfect.
<11>We meditate on our week and contemplate on the problems in
the community. We recognize the ones related to our own emotions and
have nothing to do with community. <12>We find the true (real)
problems. Then we can further contemplate what kind of solution we
<13>In the evening after the Sabbath is over, at the time of the
community meeting, we will bring up these real problems to discuss them
with others. We will not be attached to our findings but we will
leave them on the table for all to see.
<14>This will result in "brain
storming." The problem will be discussed. Maybe it is not
really a problem. Maybe there are deeper reasons for its existence
which we either did not realize or still are not realizing. Maybe
it is a legitimate problem, but the community is not ready to see it
<15>Therefore, if a solution is
not found and/or a proposal is not accepted or is replaced by some other
solution, we gracefully accept the situation.
<16>We will further meditate on the situation, and if
further reason is found to bring the matter to the meeting, we will do
so at the next Sabbath community meeting.
<17>We always have to accept the
limitations and sacrifices necessary to live in a community. We
also have to consider the blessings it will bring to us, to the
community, and to the earth in whole.
<18>Only then can we create
Communities of Light. Communities of Light are the base of the Kingdom
Of Heaven On Earth.