The White Stone Service

Sunday Service with Rev. Pat Bessey

WOW! The concert Julie Thompson and Neil Lamb gave after service on Sunday was awesome. Some of the songs they performed were songs that many of us knew and we sang along. It was a perfect ending to a great Sunday service.

It was the White Stone service, which is a new year’s traditional service. The history of the white stone comes from the book of Revelation 2:17, which reads: “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone which no one knows except him who receives it.”

When the early Christian church was being created, most of the area was controlled by Rome and when someone was released from prison, they were given a White Stone. That was all they received, and it was known by all that you had served your sentence and had been released.

So it is fitting that we do the White Stone ritual at the first of the year to signify everything from the past year or more has been released. You are free to start a new life. It is a new beginning from a purified state of consciousness and the ritual is that we are given a new name to live by, which reminds and represents our I AM Christ nature. A new name signifies a new role and a new way of being.

I am going to share my thoughts on the metaphysics of this scripture. I remind you, however, that you are the final authority on what it means for you.

“To him who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone which no one knows except him who receives it.”

Manna — The bread of life; the Word of God. Represents the realization that the divine substance is everywhere present, in every part of the consciousness.

Stone — Refers to the indwelling Christ, which is the keystone of each human being’s character.

Name — New name, remembering the I AM, the Christ consciousness.

To me, it is Spirit saying, “Come with me, spend time with me.” Choose this way and I will give you spiritual food you know not of. And that food is a reminder of who you are. I am going to give you a new name to live by. Keep it close to your heart.

Conquers — Let us use the word overcoming here… who of us has not had to overcome a problem or weakness in our lives… and so the promise to you is – as you overcome – you will be given some new knowledge – some new understanding of God in action in your life.

If you were unable to attend on Sunday and would like to do the ritual, there will be white stones on the information table in the foyer; pick up one and then listen to the talk and the meditation and get your new name!

Before I lose your attention, I want to let you know that registration is open for the retreat with Mirabai Starr on March 14 at Saint Joseph College. Read more about it and register.

Join me this Sunday along with Julie Thompson. The topic for the message is The Four Kingdoms of Awakening.

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

World Peace Meditation

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey and Rev. LeRoy Lowell

2020 a new year and a new decade! Although it is a brand-new year our calendar has a lot of great events in the planning. It begins Sunday, January 12, with the White Stone ceremony, where you will be given a new name or word to take into this year. A bonus Sunday also is our beloved Julie Thompson, and she will be doing an hour of musical fun with her good friend Neil Lamb.

Beginning on January 14, another book group will begin. We have studied so many great books already and now we are onto another, Radical Spirit, written by Sr. Joan Chittister. Sr. Joan is an internationally known writer and lecturer. Her work on behalf of peace and justice, especially for women in church and society, has earned her numerous awards.

About this book… it is an invitation to help you lead a free and authentic life, one rooted in a radical spirit of humility drawn from ancient spiritual wisdom that echoes the insights of the ages…

The book is available in our bookstore.

Later in the month join me and learn that “no one and nothing is against you.” This will be part of the workshop I will be doing called I of the Storm on Sunday, January 26. This book is also available in our bookstore.

This is just January and includes A Course in Miracles, Men’s Gathering, Silent Saturday, and the Peace Vigil.

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

The Trip to Bethlehem – Week 3

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey

It is just seven days before Christmas and although your calendar may be full be sure to take time each day for prayer and meditation. It is in these high activity times we need it more than ever.

Today’s daily reading from Sr. Joan Chittister says, “Christmas is the morning when we all remember what life has been created for: the joy of living it, the sense of achievement that comes with doing it well, the awareness that great delight comes out of darkness if we give ourselves to the mystery of it.”

Meditation is where we delight in the mystery!

The Trip to Bethlehem continued Sunday as we followed Mary and Joseph to the world census which was in Bethlehem. It was there that the birth occurred; however, before we get to the birth let’s look at some of the metaphysical meanings of this centuries-old story.

As I have said you are the final authority on the meaning, so these are the signposts along the way.

World Census symbolizes a time when all beliefs, thoughts and feelings that were gained from the material environment are called to account.

Bethlehem, a city that represents the consciousness of omnipresent substance or the consciousness that teaches us that God is the source and sustenance of life, the provider of all our needs.

Animals represent the instinctual consciousness that has been tamed to serve the Christ or the evolved aspects of our soul.

Gold stands for wealth.

Frankincense represents transformation – a change from a lower state of being to a higher one.

Myrrh symbolizes the infinite wheel of life – and in the Christmas story, foreshadows the resurrection of Jesus.

Peace is what Christmas is all about, no matter how you interpret it.

Here are some simple ideas for you to experience peace during this holiday season and every day..

P.E.A.C.E.

P — begin with a positive attitude.

Even amid grinch-like people, or Ebenezer Scrooge himself…keep your positive attitude.

E — is for expectation.

The manifestation of your expectation is not another person’s responsibility.
• What is your expectation?
• Is it inflexible?
• Is there room for adjustment and error?
• Is there room for God to provide a greater blessing?

A — is for acceptance…

I accept each person for who they are, as they are. It is not another person’s mission to be who or what I want them to be.

To accept the person does not mean to approve of negative behavior, but to accept in spite of it.

C — is for Consecration.

Consecrate your life to its highest expression as a child of God.

E — is for Endurance.

Challenges and differences of opinion are a natural part of our uniqueness and diversity. Enduring tolerance is a key to peace. We endure our differences.

Peace be with you, in this most holy of seasons.

Join me next Sunday as we complete the journey that leads to a whole and wondrous Spiritual Life…that leads to our personal transformation…

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

P.S. Come to the Family Winter Solstice Celebration on Saturday at 4:30 – 7 p.m.… the celebration includes a candle lighting around the labyrinth, Sufi dancing, potluck and more.