* Type of worship: The services open with an upbeat musical
presentation by the church's professional six-piece jazz/blues band
with piano, bass, drums, synthesizer, guitar and saxophone. Two songs
led by Scott follow the opening music.
Music is a big part of the services and sets the tone for the
morning's message. Turrell delivers the message after a time of
affirmative prayer and a song by a guest soloist. The guest artist
performs another musical offering after the message, and the service
concludes with the "Peace Song" or the upbeat gospel-style song "I
* Message: Turrell's messages are always centered on ways to
realize and practice the principles of love, peace, joy, harmony,
forgiveness and unity. The teachings of the church are inclusive and
honor all the world's great spiritual teachings. It draws from their
wisdom while maintaining a focus on the practice of affirmative
prayer. The need to honor all people as expressions of the Divine
Presence, whatever their awareness of that truth may be, is
"Through the practice of unconditional love, affirmative prayer,
the continuous study of spiritual principles and service to others,
we believe it is possible to stay peaceful and centered -- no matter
what is occurring -- and to be of real assistance others in their
awakening to the positive and powerful goodness within themselves,"
* Recent messages: Turrell spoke on "Awakening the Consciousness
of Peace," using the principles discussed in Don Miguel Ruiz's "The
Four Agreements" to demonstrate how this can be accomplished.
* Upcoming messages: From now until the New Year, the church has
aprogram called "PAX 2K" -- "pax" from the Latin word for peace and
2K referring to the new century. During this time, Turrell's messages
will focus on practical ways in which peace can be a daily
experience, regardless of circumstances.
* Church programs: The church offers eight-week classes
throughout the year, in addition to periodic three- and four-week
classes. Turrell is teaching a three-week class titled "Visionary."
The class meets Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday