Sunday service at Ananda
— All are welcome —
Sunday Service, 10–11:30 am
& Sunday School for children 4-12
Meditation, 9–9:45 am
Our hearts and our sanctuary are open to people of all faiths, races, orientations, truth-seekers, people exploring meditation for the first time, and anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of the meaning and purpose of life.
Before service begins at 10 am, you are welcome to a period of silent meditation from 9 to 9:45 am. Those who wish can also participate in a ceremony of individual prayer for freedom or clarity about a personal challenge, called the Purification Ceremony. You may offer that prayer at the altar and receive a blessing from one of the ministers.
The Sunday worship service at Ananda is inspired by the meditation tradition of the East and the ancient teachings of mystical Christianity, with inspirational readings from both the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita. Service includes music, group chanting and meditation, an inspirational talk drawn from the writings of Paramhansa Yogananda, and a unique blessing ceremony called the Festival of Light. Hear a Sunday Service. All of the Sunday talks you hear during an Ananda service are given from the heart with clarity, wisdom, and humor.
After Service, you are invited to meet the ministers and others in the congregation over snacks, usually outdoors in during the warm weather.
Sunday school meets from 10 to 11:30 am and is available for children ages 4-12. Each week the children experience some age-appropriate aspect of Yogananda’s teachings which may include chanting, yoga postures, energization exercises, meditation, stories of inspiration and devotion, art, song, or play.
Sangha = Spiritual Fellowship
Joining together with people who share your longing for truth and soul awakening helps to strengthen us in our journey. The world places before us many challenges and obstacles to sharing our hearts and aspirations openly. When we have times that we can come together in fun and in learning and devotion, the journey becomes an adventure unlike anything we have ever imagined possible.
Joyful, inspiring music
Inspiring, joyful, and profound—Ananda music is a powerful part of the Sunday morning worship. A small sampling: