Week of Dec 2nd - Dec 8th, 2013

"Even true devotees think sometimes that God does not answer their prayers. He does answer silently, through His laws; but until He is absolutely sure of the devotee He will not answer openly. He will not talk to the devotee. The lord of the Universes is so humble that He does not speak, lest in so doing He influence the devotee’s use of free will to choose or to reject Him.”

 - Paramahansa Yogananda 

This Week's Services:

Please join us this Sunday, December 08 for our weekly Service Reading entitled “Receiving God’s Answer to Your Prayers". The service is from 11 am to 12 noon. Sunday School for children ages 3-12 is also held from 11 am to 12 noon. Parents with younger children may enjoy the service from the infant room located in the Sunday School building. The Reading Service is preceded by a meditation service from 10 to 10:45 am, and by group practice of the Self-Realization Fellowship Energization Exercises at 9:40 am.

Weekly Affirmation:

“I know that just behind the screen of my love demands Thou art listening to the silent words of my soul.”

(Metaphysical Meditations)


  • Our next Day of Service and Fellowship is this Saturday, December 7, and in addition to the regular chores, we will be also decorating the chapel for Christmas and getting everything ready for the upcoming monastic visit. We will start promptly at 8:00 am. A delicious vegetarian lunch will be served at noon, which includes veg burger and other dishes/fruits. If you haven’t yet informed Sudha and are planning to attend, please email him at vasudhaven@yahoo.com so we can get accurate head count for Lunch.
  • If you would like to donate extra in order to help us cover the expenses for the upcoming Monastic Visit from Thursday, December 12 to Sunday, December 15, we would like to remind you to please make your checks payable to the ‘Houston Mediation Group’ as we are currently unable to change our bank account to reflect our new name – “Houston Center”. We will be sending out a general announcement when the official name has been changed on our bank account.
  • Our all-day Christmas Meditation will be held in the chapel next Saturday, December 14 from 9 am to 4 pm and will be conducted by Bro. Saralananda and Br. Klaus. Detailed instructions in English and Spanish are available by clicking on the hyperlink and are also available in the foyer. All members and guests attending the meditation are required to enter the chapel before 9 am as we will not be able to admit anyone into the chapel once the meditation has started.
  • Please join us this and every Sunday after the services for our weekly juice social in the Sunday School building.