Dear Friends,

Last week we heard about a powerful ministry story from Jarvis Johnson, who used his professional football background to help and counsel others. This week is the Super Bowl, but since we had a professional NFL player preach last week, you are free not to watch the Super Bowl and attend church instead.


This Sunday, I’m continuing my series on Conscious Leadership with a message entitled “Emotional Wisdom: What is It and How Can You Learn from It?” I’ll discuss what we can learn from anger, sadness, fear, and joy. We will also look at how Jesus experienced each of these emotions, as seen in this week’s readings.


This commitment reads:

“I commit to feeling my feelings all the way through to completion. They come, and I locate them in my body then move, breathe and vocalize them so they release all the way through.”


I hope you can join me. I’ll be there in person. If you want to get dinner after church, just let me know in advance.


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Readings for the Coming Sunday

ANGER - Matthew 21: 12-13

Jesus Flips Tables in the Temple

And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.


SADNESS - John 11:32-35

Jesus Finds Out is Close Friend Has Died

Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept.


FEAR - Matthew 26:36-43

Jesus Anticipates His Arrest, Torture and Execution

36 At that time Jesus went with His disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and He told them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee and began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38 Then He said to them, “My soul is consumed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with Me.”


39 Going a little farther, He fell facedown and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.”40Then Jesus returned to the disciples and found them sleeping. “Were you not able to keep watch with Me for one hour?” He asked Peter. 41“Watch and pray so that you will not enter into temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”


42 A second time He went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cup cannot pass unless I drink it, may Your will be done.” 43 And again Jesus returned and found them sleeping—for their eyes were heavy.


JOY - John 15:9-17

Jesus Shares the Joy in Being and Giving Love

9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

Swedenborg Insight

Divine Providence §321:3

Angels never tell people what to believe or do; otherwise, their human rationality and freedom would be destroyed. Things are managed so that they act freely and rationally and, to all appearances, autonomously. If some inflow tells us what to believe or what to do, it is not the Lord or any angel of heaven who is telling us but some fanatical spirit . . . and we are being led astray.

Heaven and Hell §446

The deepest communication of our spirit is with our breathing and our heartbeat; thought connects with our breathing, and affection, an attribute of love, with our heart.

Secrets of Heaven §176

I remained at one with the heavenly angels, held in a fairly close embrace in the area around my heart, as I perceived and also felt in my pulse.

Ash Wednesday Communion Service

Please let us know if you would like to attend a half-hour Ash Wednesday communion service on February 14th at 6 PM EST for anyone who wants to celebrate the beginning of Lent.

Lent marks the 40 days leading up to Easter. Traditionally, Christians give something up for Lent, and on Ash Wednesday, some Christians get ashes on their forehead to commemorate a period of prayer and fasting.

If folks in our CHC community are interested, Rev. Tafel will host it online and in person.

Church News in Photos

Explore the memorable church moments through these images!

Photo 1: CHC Vice President Dr. Malcolm Peck and Mathias Valenta, 

our newest Board Member.

Photo 2: Snapshots of last Sunday's hybrid service at Church of the Holy City.

Tracy Chapman Performance at the Grammys and What That Can Teach Us About Our Emotions

Rev. Tafel will talk about his connection to this performance by Tracy Chapman last week at the Grammys in his sermon on Sunday. We will play the song as our music.

Find out how that performance can teach us about our emotions.

CHC Read and Discuss Group To Explore

Determined: A Science of Life without Free Will

Our CHC Read and Discuss Group will be starting a new book, Determined: A Science of Life without Free Will, by Robert Sapolsky on Monday, February 12th. The group meets weekly at 7 PM EST.

For those interested in joining, the log-in for recurring meetings is linked below.

Zoom Link to Join Monday Book Discussions

Thought of the Week

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