Christmas: A Season of Love

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey The countdown is on! Only four more days until Christmas Eve. We have a special service planned for 10 a.m. and our traditional Christmas Eve candle light service at 7 p.m. There will not be an 8 a.m. service, and following the 10 a.m. service coffee and tea will be provided and you have an opportunity to share with us some of your favorite holiday cookies and pastries. This past Sunday, “Love” was the word for advent — and both services were filled with love. Our children performed a play titled “A Celebration of Interfaith Traditions,” which was both entertaining and educational! I want to give a hearty thank you to Elizabeth Peterson for writing and directing the play and to our Youth Education leaders and parents for supporting the rehearsals and making it such a memorable experience. In keeping with the theme of love, … Continue reading

What Is a Peacemaker?

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, as snow is falling and it is chilly out. We are less than two weeks before Christmas day. Just a reminder about our Christmas services: there will only be the 10 a.m. service on December 24 and then our Christmas candle light service at 7 p.m. It is a perfect service to bring family and friends. At the 10 a.m. service we will have coffee and tea and we invite you to bring baked cookies and other sweets that are family favorites to share with your spiritual family. I want to give a shout out to Bonnie LePage for the years of service she has given to providing us with excellent audio/visual for our Sunday Celebration services. This Sunday she will be handing over the reins to Gary Wane and Andrew Williamson, who will continue giving … Continue reading

Awakening To Hope And Faith: The Christ Consciousness

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey My heart is full to overflowing after the wonderful reception that both LeRoy and I received yesterday from this amazing community after having been away. It felt so good to be back! The sanctuary is dressed to the nines for the holidays, thanks to Patti Lacombe and Randall Sawyer. Please note that there will not be an 8 a.m. service on Christmas Eve morning, as we will be having a play put on by members of our community. Advent began this past Sunday with the message of Hope and Faith. The focus of the message was that we are the light to dispel the darkness that seems to be surrounding us. Jesus, our elder brother and wayshower, came into the world to awaken within us the indwelling Spirit. John 1:9 reads, “The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.” The spiritual … Continue reading

It’s A Wonderful Life

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey My practice is to write this article on Monday mornings: It is like Monday morning quarterbacking. I review the Sunday service and lesson, and then share my thoughts with you. As I am doing so, it is lightly snowing and beauty abounds. I am so grateful that the snow waited until Sunday night and gave us a beautiful Sunday for our service. Following the regular service, we offered a special Remembrance Service for those who we have lost due to death, a relationship change, a job change or other circumstances that resulted in loss and pain. Participants wrote the names of those they wished to remember on heart-shaped tags and hung them on our Christmas tree. Those tags will be available next Sunday if you would like to add to them. This coming Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Advent, and the focus word … Continue reading

Christmas Compassion: How To Give Christmas Gifts All Year Long

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey We are embarking on a wonderful time of the year called the “Holiday Season,” which includes Advent, Christmas and New Year’s. We have always looked upon this period as a time when we tend to become spiritually closer to each other, a little friendlier, a little more grateful and a little more conscious of how blessed we really are. We hope the season will be this way for you. It is also a time when your Church home offers a wide range of inspiring and uplifting activities designed to help you derive the greatest benefit from the opportunities for spiritual growth which the season affords. We encourage you to take advantage of this time to participate in our Holiday Season events, to deepen your relationship with God, and to prepare yourself to meet the opportunities in the year ahead with faith, courage and a … Continue reading