Sunday Service at Church of Two Worlds:
Questions and Answers for Newcomers
Haven't attended a church in years? Not sure what to expect from a Spiritualist worship service? Here are some common questions newcomers ask before attending a Sunday service at our church:
What should I wear?
You are welcome to wear whatever makes you comfortable — just come as you are. Most of our members dress in casual attire. Many men wear either jeans or Dockers and a shirt (ties are rarely seen). Women wear either dresses/skirts or pants. Children should wear comfortable clothes, such as jeans and sneakers.
What happens during the worship service?
Each week our service is unique, but a typical Sunday service consists of
The healing service begins with a short guided meditation.
The Healing Chairperson leads the healing service, and will serve as a monitor for the NSAC Certified Healers and Students Healers as they act as Mediums for healing energy.
The process of Spiritual Healing is a safe and peaceful time to regain a healthy mental and physical balance. A time to mediate upon the causes of your "dis"-ease and the actions you must take to improve your health. The process can best be summed up in The Spiritualists Healing Prayer:
" I ask the great unseen healing force
To remove all obstructions
From my mind and body
And to restore me to perfect health
I ask this in all sincerity and honesty
And I will do my part.
I ask this great unseen healing force
To help both present and absent ones
Who are in need of help
And to restore them to perfect health.
I put my trust in the love and power of God."
Always interesting, thoughtful and more often than not, great fun--often deeply personal and touching, very different from what you may expect in a "sermon".
We have a time for announcements; Church business, activities, classes prayer requests; we take a collection to pay for the hall and expenses.
You will be asked to remain seated during this portion of the service.
Stay for our after service casual potluck and friendly dicussions
What are the sermons like?
Our sermons may be unlike what you grew up with, since we don't try to tell anyone exactly what to think or do. Instead, our lecturers strive to offer personal and thought-provoking ideas on a topic so that you can examine that topic more deeply and determine your own beliefs about it.
What would my children do during the service?
We have a small area in the back of our hall with "quiet" activities, or if you prefer, your child is welcome to stay with you during the entire service.
Will I be welcome?
Yes, we welcome everyone. One of our core beliefs is accepting and celebrating the wide diversity of humanity. Over the years, we have had members who were rich and poor, black and white, young and old, walking and wheeling, heterosexual and homosexual. Our members come from many different occupations, cultural heritages, and religious backgrounds.
You will be doubly welcomed if you show up early, introduce yourself and help with the weekly set up. You can see and experience Spiritualists at "work".
Is your church accessible to people in wheelchairs?
Yes, our building and bathrooms are handicapped accessible. All elements of the Sunday service can be enjoyed while remaining seated.
What if I'm part of an interfaith family?
Many Spiritualist families embrace more than one religion and specifically choose our church because we honor and celebrate many religious traditions. This means each spouse or other family member can continue to practice some elements of his/her faith, while sharing in a common faith with other family members.
Will I be welcome if I'm gay or lesbian?
Yes, some of our members are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered (GLBT). Spirituialism has always been a "Welcoming" religion to people of all sexual orientations--our understanding of Spirit and the nature of the universe allows for no other response but understanding and acceptance.
How about if I'm agnostic or atheist?
Yes, some of our members are agnostics, atheists, humanists, scientists, and others who don't fully embrace the dominant culture's notion of "God." So why do they come to our church? We give people a safe place to explore and grow spiritually, wherever they start from and wherever they journey. And we provide a vibrant social community — everyone likes interesting conversations and potlucks!
Will I be pressured to join or convert?
We do try to be friendly, by greeting visitors as they enter the church and chatting with them during our potluck hour. However, we would never ask or demand you to join our church right away, since we recommend you visit for a few months to see whether we are a good fit. And we would never pressure you to convert, since we respect everyone's personal spiritual beliefs and accept all religious traditions. Eventually, we'd be happy if you decide to become a member of our church, but we won't push ourselves on you.
(excerpted from National Spiritualist Associations of Churches web site)
"Spiritualists believe that God or Infinite Intelligence is ALL That Is,expressing through all creation by love, light and law. Humanity, the most complex of life on earth, reaches this Divine Source through prayer, meditation, listening to the inner awareness, and service. Why service? Because every living thing is a part of God, so as we serve life we also serve the Higher Energies.
Life is consciousness - without consciousness there is no existence. Consciousness is the totality of one's thoughts, feelings, emotions and impressions on the mind. The state of thinking is how we create our consciousness. Spiritualism teaches that through the Law of Action/Reaction or Cause/Effect we take control of our lives as we control our thoughts. Positive thinking leads to happiness and assists the individual to grow.
Spiritualism encourages growth of loving consciousness in the physical world not only for the immediate benefits, but also the future rewards in the Spiritual Dimension. The Law of Continuity and the Law of Attraction teach us that "As within, so without. As above, so below." A soul arriving in the next plane of existence will find they take their consciousness with them and will be in the company of like-minded entities. The more loving and spiritual the soul has become, the more beautiful and rewarding will be the new home and associates in the spirit land.
Life is continuous, the consciousness never dies for it is part of God and the Infinite is forever. Upon the cessation of the physical housing the spirit graduates to the next plane of existence. This plane is similar to our earthly plane but at a higher rate of vibration and luminosity. One method of service in spirit is to communicate, assist and help illuminate those that are living on the earth plane. Mediums in the Spirit World and mediums in the physical world adjust their vibrations to enable communications between the two planes of existence. It has been demonstrated in our Churches, home circles and in scientific investigations that "there is no death, there are no dead."
All life moves in a gradual state of evolution or change. Arrival in the Spiritual realm does not mean instant knowing. Rather the personality of the individual and the understanding gleaned on the earth plane continue at the same level, ready to begin the next phase of unfoldment. The physical world has aches, pains and struggles. These are not taken to the spiritual realm which is love, light, law, peace, cooperation, sharing, and growth. The soul body is whole and shining forth that which is within its essence. Falsehoods, separateness, and illusions are left behind as the desire to progress awakens. The rewards follow according to the goodness of the entity.
Life concerns growth. We, Spiritualists, try to keep an open, even mind so new truths may be incorporated into our principles. In keeping with this, we have no bound creed or set of dogmas. Our Declaration of Principles, which form the basis of our beliefs, has changed over the years as new clarification has been gleaned. We know that truth is the highest religion and endeavor to test our beliefs, altering them as new truths are proven.
Humans are spiritual beings, an indivisible part of the Divine. God is The Spirit within each individual waiting to be consciously accepted and activated. One of the desires of Spiritualism is to awaken this spirit within, to move beyond the five senses to higher awareness. Each person has free choice and is personally responsible, yet Spiritualism, through communication with the higher teachings derived from the Spirit World, tries to provide a way, a guideline, a set of principles, to help the world travelers to proceed upward, toward the light."
Church of Two Worlds
1550 San Leandro Blvd.
San Leandro, CA.
Healing Service: 10:25 AM
Lecture & Message Service:
Casual Potluck after service
The Deaf Community Center
(Across from San Leandro BART)
1271 Washington Avenue #140
San Leandro, CA 94577
Rev. Betty Nauratil, NST
Rev. Sandra Deckinger, NST
NSAC Declaration of Principles
1.We believe in Infinite Intelligence.
2. We believe that the phenomena of Nature, both physical and spiritual, are the expression of Infinite Intelligence.
3. We affirm that a correct understanding of such expression and living in accordance therewith, constitute true religion.
4. We affirm that the existence and personal identity of the the individual continue after the change called death.
5. We affirm that communication with the so-called dead is a fact, scientifically proven by the phenomena of Spiritualism.
6. We believe that the highest morality is contained in the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
7. We affirm the moral responsibility of individuals, and that we make our own happiness or unhappiness as we obey or disobey Nature's physical and spiritual laws.
8. We affirm that the doorway to reformation is never closed against any soul here or hereafter.
9. We affirm that the precepts of Prophecy and Healing are Divine attributes proven through Mediumship.