A Christmas Carol

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey

It is Monday morning (December 17) as I write this article and it looks like a winter wonderland outside. As the song goes… “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!” Just one week from today will be Christmas Eve and I am personally inviting you and your family to spend part of the evening with me. The Christmas Eve service will begin at 7 p.m. I will let you in on a little secret: The service will include the spiritual understanding of the Christmas story along with some of our children participating in the service and lots of music with many of our talented folks. I will guarantee you will enjoy every minute of it.

This past Sunday was a most extraordinary service… we were blessed with our Unity thespians along with some new friends as they performed A Christmas Carol. There are not enough words of praise to shower on them…they were outstanding. This took place under the direction of Meredith Eldridge, who is amazing, and, as someone said, “She brings out the best in us.” If you are on Facebook, go to our page and see all the pictures posted there. Bravo, kudos and high fives to the entire cast.

At the 8 a.m. service, I did a condensed version of the same story, A Christmas Carol. What I didn’t know was that Charles Dickens wrote this in England in 1843 at a time when Christmas was falling out of fashion. Can you possibly imagine Christmas falling out of fashion?

The story’s lessons of charity, family, and a shared humanity spoke directly to a Victorian society that, in Dickens’ view, oppressed the poor and the working class in the name of industry. The work’s impact has endured far beyond the 19th Century, and its message has reached audiences far beyond Great Britain.

So what lessons might we take away from this classic in 2018? Sounds like our society today is much like what it was when Dickens wrote this. Although we can’t make changes for others like Scrooge, we can make changes in our own life; a ghost from our past or even a frightening look into our future. We can make needed changes in our life and thus help change the world for the betterment of all. We can become a better person.

That’s the positive message of Dickens’ classic, just as it is the message of Christmas itself. The gift of the little baby born in a manger is the gift from God of not only a second chance, but a third, fourth, fifth or however many chances we need to make a meaningful change in our life. And isn’t that what God seeks in us all?

Here are a few final thoughts:

  • “If you sacrifice everything for money that’s what you end up with.”
  • “Money is worthless if you do nothing with it.”
  • “Investing in the common welfare of others does not mean you can’t be rich.”

The 8 a.m. message was recorded for this week’s podcast. This coming Sunday will be “A World of Joy” and it is the fourth Sunday in Advent Joy!

Friday evening the men are joining together to celebrate the Winter Solstice. The fun begins with a potluck at 6 p.m.

A reminder that this Saturday is Silent Saturday from 9:30 a.m.– 3 p.m. Give yourself a gift of an hour or more to just be.

You are a blessing in my life.

Rev. Patricia Bessey

P.S. The office will be closed from December 20 to January 2.

Hanging the Greens

(No audio file for this service) Despite iffy weather on Sunday, what a fun service we had on Sunday! A new Christmas tradition got established for the Sunday following Thanksgiving with the “Hanging of the Greens.” A special thanks to Patti Lacombe for planting the seed of involving the community…

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