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Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey
Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable. ~ William Pollard
Change is once again in the air! We see it in nature as the leaves are beginning their change in color and it is happening at Unity of Greater Portland, as well.
Our Prayer Chaplain program is evolving and the change begins with a new name. It will be known now as our Prayer Partner Ministry. Sue Vittner, who has been the team leader for the Prayer Chaplains for the last few years, is stepping away as her life moves in a new direction. We are so grateful for Sue’s leadership and the dedication and commitment she has given to us. With this change, we saw the program also was moving in a new direction. The changes are mostly internal, except for the name. You will not be affected at all. If you are receiving prayer calls, that will continue. And personal prayer on Sunday will be offered as it has been. The new leaders will be Barbara Kowalska and Jack Cole. From all of us at UGP, a hearty thanks to the folks who make up our Prayer Partner Ministry: Barbara, Jack, Lorrie Adams, Carolyn Sanford, Bonnie Grover, Mimo Otis, Karen Bailey, Christine Wolf, and Matt Purinton.
The series Unity Practical Christianity continued this week with the topic of “Prosperity.”
To know the real meaning of prosperity and to find out what true riches truly are, we must get away from the realm of appearances. In cleansing the mind of base ideas concerning prosperity, the first error to be erased is the belief that the possession of things constitutes prosperity.
True prosperity is the consciousness of abundance based on and steeped in the understanding of God as the inexhaustible infinite Resource always open to everyone. This quote says it all: “The Inexhaustible Resource of Spirit is equal to every demand. There is no reality in lack. Abundance is here and now manifest.”
One of the Attributes of God IS Substance and the manifestations of Substance are life and love and wisdom. Substance is omnipresent, all-penetrating, and is the foundation of the Universe, all things being formed from it. Substance is invisible to the eye of the senses, but is visible and tangible to the mind and is handled by thought. By our thoughts we form from it whatever we will.
Understanding of God as Substance forms the foundation for true spiritual prosperity. Those who know God thus have an assurance of unfailing supply.
We then have the law of giving and receiving and its relationship to Substance. We live, move and have our being in this sea of Substance, and there is a law that it must have both an inflow and outflow. This we call the law of giving and receiving. Substance flows into consciousness, where it is given form according to the faith and understanding of the receiver; then it must be given out in blessing in whatever form he is able to express it. People sometimes say, “I have nothing to give,” but they do not say it after they come into the understanding of Spirit-Substance.
Looking for something meaningful to do this Friday evening? Here it is: I am extending a special invitation to observe the Fall Equinox with Visionary Authors, Filmmakers and Futurists, Connie Baxter Marlow and Andrew Cameron Bailey for the Maine Premiere of the short film SEEDS OF FREEDOM: A Vision for America Liberty! Justice! Equality!
This new perspective presents a revolutionary look at the syntheses between European colonists and the American Indian in the evolution of the American democracy, mind and spirit.
Oh, did I mention that there is a potluck happening at 6 p.m. with Connie and Andrew?
You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Patricia Bessey