The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman

Talk title: 
Looking Up to God
Speaking: 
Reverend Maryum Morse gives the talk via ZOOM

Center of the Heart is a Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Barbara California. Lead by Spiritual Leader & Senior Minister Reverend Maryum Morse for over ten years. Our Center is non-denominational, non-judgmental, where we give total acceptance, allowing for spiritual growth and healing of your emotions so that you can become happier, experience more joy, miracles and release fears. You will find a healing spiritual community to embrace your creativity, celebrate your individuality, learn laws of prosperity and abundance and the tools to deepen your connection with Spirit


Meditation Service takes place
every Sunday morning
at 10:00am – 10:15am
Via Zoom

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This week Denise Foxwell, RScP. leads our Meditation Service.

"Looking Up to God"
Sunday, January 31, 2021 @ 10:30 am

Via ZOOM video-conferencing
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Rev. Maryum Morse gives the talk: "Looking Up to God"
this Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 10:30am via ZOOM.

As Rev hosts this virtual Celebration Service, her talk will focus on:
How we look to God up in the sky. She will discuss ways to elevate our thoughts and connect with Spirit as well as ways to maintain that connection for your continual well-being..

She will give examples from Ernest Holmes, other New Thought authors, as well as wisdom gained from her own life experiences to further illustrate this topic with the intention to uplift, inspire and bring your mental more in keeping with the Spiritual perfection that God intends for our lives.

Denise Foxwell,, RScP will be on virtual pulpit duty which includes running our Meditation Service @ 10am.

Eje Lynn-Jacobs & George Friedenthal provide live music to frame this service beautifully. We look forward to your presence with us on ZOOM and/or on livestreaming on Rev. Maryum’s Facebook!

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Sunday, January 24 2021 
Zoom Recording
Center of the Heart Sunday Celebration 01 24 2021

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This week's quote:
“When prayer removes distrust and doubt and enters the field of mental certainty, it becomes faith; and the universe is built on faith. “
Ernest Holmes

This Week’s Affirmation:
“God's love is working through me now and always.”


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Reverend Maryum's Weekly Prayer
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“THE HILL WE CLIMB”
A Poem given by Ms. Amanda Gorman,
Youth National Poet Laureate, at the Inauguration of President Joseph Biden

January 20, 2021


Mr. President, Dr. Biden, Madam Vice President, Mr. Emhoff, Americans, and the world: When day comes, we ask ourselves, 'where can we find light in this never-ending shade, the loss we carry, a sea we must wade?'
We've braved the belly of the beast, we've learned that quiet isn't always peace. And the norms and notions of what just is isn't always justice. And yet the dawn is ours before we knew it, somehow we do it. Somehow we've weathered and witnessed a nation that isn't broken, but simply unfinished.


We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president only to find herself reciting for one.
And yes, we are far from polished, far from pristine, but that doesn't mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect. We are striving to forge our union with purpose. To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters, and conditions of man.


And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us, but what stands before us. We close the divide, because we know to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside. We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another. We seek harm to none and harmony for all.

Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true: that even as we grieved, we grew; that even as we hurt, we hoped; that even as we tired, we tried; that we'll forever be tied together victorious, not because we will never again know defeat but because we will never again sow division.


Scripture tells us to envision that 'everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree and no one shall make them afraid.' If we're to live up to our own time, then victory won't lie in the blade but in all the bridges we've made.
That is the promise to glade, the hill we climb if only we dare it, because being American is more than a pride we inherit – it's the past we step into and how we repair it.


We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it, would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy. And this effort very nearly succeeded. But while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated.
In this truth, in this faith we trust for while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us. This is the era of just redemption we feared at its inception.


We did not feel prepared to be the heirs of such a terrifying hour, but within it we found the power to author a new chapter, to offer hope and laughter to ourselves. So while once we asked, 'how could we possibly prevail over catastrophe,' now we assert: 'how could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?'


We will not march back to what was but move to what shall be: a country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce, and free. We will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our enaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation.


Our blunders become their burdens, but one thing is certain: If we merge mercy with might, and might with right, then love becomes our legacy in change, our children’s birthright.


So let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left. With every breath from my bronze-pounded chest, we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one. We will rise from the gold-limbed hills of the west, we will rise from the winds swept north, east where our forefathers first realized revolution. We will rise from the lake-rinsed cities of the midwestern states. We will rise from the sunbaked South. We will rebuild, reconcile, and recover in every known nook of our nation and every corner called our country, our people diverse and beautiful will emerge battered and beautiful.


When day comes, we step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid. The new dawn blooms as we free it. For there is always light if only we’re brave enough to see it, if only we’re brave enough to be it."


Shared with love,
Rev. Maryum Morse

Center of the Heart Mantra
Miracles follow miracles;
Wonders always increase;
I give thanks for this amazing day