Mary Magdalene, Extraordinaire

Easter Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey

A special thank you to Christine Wolf, Patti Lacombe and Jaclyn Ashla for preparing the flowers for our 10 a.m. Easter service and Ingrid Avery and her team for a wonderful brunch. We are so blessed by committed, dedicated individuals who make our community such a welcoming and loving place to be.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7d/The_resurrection_day.jpgIt isn’t always easy for the minister to find an angle to the Easter story that will keep people interested. This year I focused on what it must have been like for Mary Magdalene to find the tomb empty. I also gave some important facts about Mary Magdalene and how she often gets confused with the other Marys in the New Testament. I received an email from a congregant, and she said she found the talk fascinating. She also said she had a friend who wrote a book about Mary Magdalene and found she learned more by what I shared. It is nice to get this feedback. Listen for yourself and see what you might learn you didn’t know.

We have moved into the Season for the Earth and on the window sills in Unity Hall we have trays of seedlings growing for our garden. Anna is going to be looking for help to get the beds ready to welcome the new seedlings. We will have a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board for you to put your contact info on if you are available to help. This help might be an hour or two for planting, watering or weeding throughout the summer. You might find a buddy and do it together … do lunch or dinner together and then come by and do a little gardening.

Education is an important component for Season for the Earth, which is why we are hosting Deborah Perkins on Tuesday, April 30. Deborah, who is a wildlife habitat ecologist and has traveled and worked extensively throughout Canada and the United States, will be offering to us Landscaping for Wildlife. Please join us at 6:30 p.m. for an informative evening.

Later in May we will be hosting a representative from EcoMaine and the topic will be “recycling.” Watch for the date!

Join me on Sunday, April 28, when the talk will be “A Flow of Abundant Good.”

You are a blessing in my life.
Rev. Patricia Bessey

Radical Option

Sunday message by Jack Seery (audio)

Message from Rev. Pat Bessey:

Today is the 37th day of Lent, which means we are just days away from the great experience called Easter. We are smack dab in the middle of Holy Week. Holy Week is the week where Jesus had a strong “knowing” of what was his to do. He had to enter Jerusalem, where he had been warned there was much danger for his life. Why the persistent proceeding? If he was to be slain it must be in Jerusalem, fulfilling the prophecy. And it must be at the time of the Passover. This great tragedy could have been avoided. But he refused to accept all counsel and did what he “knew” was his to do. Have there been times in your life like this also? Might there even be one like this for you now? Little opportunities like this seem to come to me almost daily of letting go of old ways of thinking/seeing/doing/being less than Love.

This past Sunday, which was Palm Sunday, Jack Seery shared his reflections on the scene at the time of Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem and the juxtaposition between the Roman army under Pilate’s leadership coming into the city from one direction with their pomp and circumstance and horses and chariots armed with swords ready to do crowd control. They were fearing there would be demonstrations, knowing this rebel rouser named Jesus was on his way. At the other end of town was Jesus, the compassionate, peaceful and loving teacher coming in with his band of merry men and women riding on a donkey. The crowds that had been collecting as he made his way to Jerusalem were cheering him and waving palms in a celebratory way as they welcomed this man who was preaching love, forgiveness, nonviolence and a God of Love.

We know how the story goes and the events leading up to the big event. This Thursday evening, join Jack Seery and me as we remember the last meal Jesus has with his disciples and then goes off to the garden to pray. The theme for the evening is Sacred Meal. We will be offering a physical communion and an extended meditation time. Please join us.

On Sunday will be our Easter celebration, which includes a flower service. Come one, come all!!!

You are a blessing in my life.
Rev. Patricia Bessey

Who Do You Think You Are?

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey

As I write this, I am watching snow falling… yes, snow falling. I am so over it! Oh well, so much for living in Maine. As said in many other areas as well as here in Maine, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.”

On Sunday we had the installation of our new Board of Trustees and the community warmly welcomed these individuals who have said “yes” to serving at this high level. We look forward to working together and expanding our presence in the greater community.

We were also blessed to have the Outreach Ensemble of Women in Harmony doing our special music. They are a treat to host and experience their beautiful harmonizing voices.

The message was titled “Who Do You Think You Are?” It is a mini-series on Easter Moments, moving us into Holy Week. Easter Moments are those moments when we consciously, intentionally, deliberately let something die that does not serve us so that we can rise into:

• a heightened spiritual awareness,
• a new consciousness and
• an expanded way of revealing the spiritual nature that is already ours so that we can share our gifts with the world.

Perhaps, just perhaps, who you THINK you are has nothing to do with who you Really Are and what you are meant to do in this world.

Seneca, a Roman philosopher at the time of Jesus, said: “What you think of yourself is much more important than what others think of you.”

In his book Know Yourself, Ernest Holmes writes: “The insistent and universal desire for self-expression is the Divine Urge within us, even God Himself ‘tapping at the walls of our heart,’ urging us on to a fuller life.”

What can you let die so that you can more clearly hear God tapping at the walls of your heart?

Have you made what could be labeled mistakes in the past and think you are defined by them? Could you have an Easter Moment today and release defining yourself by that mistake or those mistakes of the past? Might you say, “I am going to let that die, so I can dare to be magnificent and glorious and make a difference in this world!”

This week in your quiet time, listen to God tapping on the wall of your heart and find – or rediscover — a part of yourself that got lost in ignorance or fear, and rid yourself of those lesser ideas about yourself so that you can rise into:

• a heightened spiritual awareness,
• a new consciousness and
• an expanded way of revealing the spiritual nature that is already yours.

Next Sunday is Palm Sunday, and a tradition we have established is walking the palms… join us for that and take part in a spiritual baptism. See you there!

You are a blessing in my life.
Rev. Patricia Bessey