Posted by: campkehonka | August 23, 2009

Camp Kehonka Sunday Service

Excerpts below are from Sunday Service, August 11, 1985
 
Camp Kehonka - Sunday Service

Camp Kehonka - Sunday Service

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To attain peace, we must start with contentment. Learn to appreciate nature. Just sit and observe the quiet beauty that surrounds us. Contrast it with the hustle and bustle of society. Take nature with you in everyday life and communicate the serenity we may find there. We must learn peace with ourselves; a satisfaction with what we have, not what we want. Peace with our brothers will follow. If we are content with what is ours, competition with others, even nations, will eventually subside.

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We are each of us angels with only one wing. And we can only fly embracing each other.
    
– Luciano de Crescenzo

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Hymn: Pass It On

Camp Kehonka Sunday Service Choir, circa 1959 (photo: David Fetzer)

Camp Kehonka Sunday Service Choir, circa 1959 (photo: David Fetzer)

It only takes a spark to get a fire going.
     And soon all those around can warm up in its glowing.
That’s how it is with God’s love, once you’ve experienced it.
     You spread His love to everyone; you want to pass it on.

What a wonderous time is Spring when all the trees are budding.
     The birds begin to sing, the flowers start their blooming.
That’s how it is with God’s love, once you’ve experienced it.
     It’s fresh like Spring; you want to sing; you want to pass it on.

I wish for you, my friend, this happiness that I have found.
     You can depend on it, it matters not where you are bound.
I’ll shout it from the mountain tops, I want my world to know:
     The Lord of love has come to me; I want to pass it on.

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At the Gorge of Lu, the great waterfall plunges for thousands of feet, its spray visible for miles. In the churning waters below, no living creature can be seen.

One day, Kung Fu-tse was standing at a distance from the pool’s edge, when he saw an old man being tossed about in the turbulent water. He called to his disciples, and together they ran to rescue the vitim. But by the time they reached the water, the old man had climbed out onto the bank and was walking along, singing to himself.

Kung Fu-tse hurried to him. “You would have to be a ghost to survive that,” he said, “but you seem to be a man instead. What secret power do you have?”

“Nothing special,” the old man replied. “I began to learn while very young, and grew up practicing it. Now I am certain of success. I go down with the water. I follow it and forget myself. I suvive because I don’t struggle against the water’s superior power. That’s all.”

     -Chuang-tse

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Each person carries peace within himself.

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The Footpath to Peace

To be glad of life, because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars; to be satisfied with your possessions, but not contented with yourself until you have made the best of them. To despise nothing in the world except falsehood and meanness, and to fear nothing except cowardice; to be governed by your admirations rather than by your disgusts; to covet nothing that is your neighbor’s except his kindness of heart and gentleness of manners; to think seldom of your enemies, often of your friends and everyday of Christ; and to spend as much time as you can with body and spirit in God’s out-of-doors. These are little guideposts on the footpath of peace.

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