Prayer Persistence Pays Off

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey

I want to give a shout-out to our Sunday Sacred Service folks… without them we couldn’t give the quality of service that we do. It starts at 7:30 in the morning with Christine Wolf coming in to do the AV for the 8 a.m. service. She gets everything turned on and ready to go. Don Labbe arrives, as well, to support Deana and the music for the services. And then of course on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays the choir is there as well.

Then about 8:30 Bill Taylor arrives and starts the coffee, followed by the folks in the kitchen, starting the prep for lunch. About that same time 9:30ish the bookstore angel appears, as do our greeters and ushers, ready to welcome you as you come through the door.

Also at 9:30, the angel who is on for the meditation takes his or her place on the platform and leads those who have come early into the silence. Meanwhile, down the hall, the children’s room is buzzing with activity as the teachers prepare for the little folks who will be arriving shortly.

By 10 a.m. the service is ready to go… whew! Can you see the importance of every person and how valuable they are to prepare for your arrival? I often say “many hands make light work,” and this is just an example. We are always encouraging you who are not serving to consider stepping onto a team. If you are thinking about it, but not sure, please talk to me, Steph or someone on the team you are considering. We will be glad to answer any questions you might have.

For those of you who have served over the last year mark, your calendar for June 15. We will be honoring you with a party. More information will be coming out soon.

This past Sunday, the topic of the message was prayer. This is always a timely message because prayer never grows old or is outdated.

prayerI gave a few points that make for a solid prayer life and I will share them with you.

  1. Set aside a few moments every day. Do not say anything. Simply think about God.
  2. Pray using simple, natural words.
  3. Pray as you go about the business of the day.
  4. Do not always ask when you pray, but instead affirm positively that God’s blessings are being given and spend most of the time giving thanks.
  5. Always express being willing to accept God’s will.
    Practice the attitude of putting everything in God’s hands.

I also gave the acronym PEIGH it means “Put everything in God’s Hands.”

A Chinese scholar says: “Prayer is that exercise by which I bring myself into such communion with God that I become possessed of God’s plan, God’s thought, and God’s passion for the world.”

Next week’s message will be “The Hero in Us.” Join us before you begin your Memorial Day festivities.

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

Mother’s Love

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey

I look forward to Sunday mornings and I hope that you do as well… each week we have the greatest people show up and add to the overall experience. I leave after lunch, reviewing conversations I have had with many of you, and feel so blessed.

Speaking of lunch, I know how grateful folks are that we offer a meal after the service. I was talking with someone and mentioned that providing lunch gives many who have no one at home an opportunity to have a meal with others and she said I am one of those and I so appreciate having lunch provided.

This week the men handled the lunch and kitchen. Don Capoldo, who Spirit sent to us, found his place to serve with the hospitality team, and he prepared the risotto soup and minestrone soup this past Sunday. I heard so many comments on how good it was; thank you, Don. Randall Sawyer helped serve along with Bill Taylor, who every week makes the coffee. They also did clean-up along with Tom Herboldsheimer. Thank you, gentlemen!

It was Mother’s Day as you all know, and I have a couple of quotes I would like to share with you from the message on Sunday.

Jane Goodall has spent the past 30 years in Africa as the world’s top authority on chimpanzees. Goodall recalls the support that helped get her started:

When I decided that the place for me was Africa, everybody said to my mother, “Why don’t you tell Jane to concentrate on something attainable?” When I was two years old, I took a crowd of earthworms to bed to watch how they wriggled in the bedclothes. How many mothers would have said “Ugh” and thrown them out the window? But mine said, “Jane, if you leave the worms here, they’ll be dead in the morning. They need the earth.” So, I quickly gathered them up and ran with them into the garden. My mother always looked at things from my point of view. (Newsweek International)

On Children
by Kahlil Gibran
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls’ dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.

I also shared about the “protective mother,” the “supportive mother,” the “instructive mother” and the “loyal mother.”

Next week the talk will be “Prayer Persistence Pays Off.”

A quick reminder that on Thursday evening join me as we host Vanessa Berry from EcoMaine talking about recycling. It begins at 6:30 p.m.

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

Who We Are

Sunday message (audio) by guest speaker Matt Purinton

From Rev. Pat Bessey: A huge shout-out to Matt Purinton, our board chair and facilitator of A Course in Miracles, which has a large group that comes together the first, third and fifth Sundays, who shared the message on Sunday. Thank you, Matt!

The title was “Who We Are.” Here is a quote from Unity writer Imelda Shanklin from the book What Are You?: “When you become aware of your immortal nature, fear of death leaves you, and with it go all other forms of fear. All fear is based on fear of death… Consciousness of your true identity is your awareness that you are as enduring as God. You cannot fear the thing that cannot take place. You know that God’s immortality is your immortality and there can be no death.”

Although I wasn’t there to hear Matt, I have heard from many what a great talk he gave.

Wild Mercy

This month we have an array of wonderful classes and events. If you are free during the day, the Tuesday class Wild Mercy by Mirabai Starr is causing quite a positive stir, and the participants are enjoying the book and the connection with others in the community.

Wednesday evening offers another class based on a book by Mirabai Starr. This time the book is God of Love. In this class you will have deep discussions on the ideas Mirabai puts forth, and time also will be dedicated to meditation and writing. Join us at 6:30 p.m., ending at 8 p,m.

If this isn’t enough, the Season for the Earth has a great event with Vanessa Berry from EcoMaine talking on wishful recycling and how it harms. This will be on Thursday, May 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Keep your calendar open, as there is one more event for you to add. My good friend Bill Keller will be offering a course that I am looking forward to, and that is “Exploring Google.” Bill teaches adult ed classes on this and other computer science classes. This will be on Thursday, May 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Come and learn more with me on what we can do with the little phone we hold near and dear.

Of course, we have our regular groups and events that we do monthly.

Join me next Sunday. As it is Mother’s Day, bring your mom to church with you!

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

 

A Flow of Abundant Good

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey

Just imagine that you have fed 40 plus people and then begin the cleanup to find out you have no hot water. This is the situation that Ingrid and her team experienced on Sunday morning. As they prepared to do the dishes the water never got hot. It is our hope that a new water heater will be installed this week. These are the kinds of things that happen when you own a home like we do. Unexpected expenses pop up. Which leads right into the talk on Sunday, which was titled “A Flow of Abundant Good.”

The message was focused on what are the thoughts we hold about abundance in our own lives. One of Unity’s core teachings is prosperity, and yet we find ourselves often living in lack. There were two areas that I would be looking at, and the first is looking at new ways to be in relationship with abundance and second what might need to change in order to have a new relationship with abundance.

In her book Trance of Scarcity, author Victoria Castle writes: “We often think of abundance as being like a river: flowing but moving only in one direction. That image is misleading because abundance is much smarter than that. Abundance renews and replenishes itself, flowing in a circular pattern the same way the breath moves. Each part of the cycle naturally makes way for the next.”

So, imagine, if you will, a circle. It is the Circle of Abundance. And this Circle of Abundance is like a clock, in that we will start at the top and work our way around clockwise.

12 o’clock, high noon is ALIGNING. We must start by aligning. Aligning with what? Aligning with the realization that we are already in the Circle of Abundance. Always have been; always will be. We can’t not be! When we recognize that we already belong in the Circle simply because of who we are, we will awaken to inspiration and opportunities and ideas, which are God’s first currency.

The second stop around our Circle of Abundance, at approximately 2 o’clock is the idea of GENEROSITY because when we are aligned, sharing/giving come naturally. We are made in the image and likeness of the Infinite Giver. To give, to be generous of spirit, is our Divine Nature.

GENEROSITY then sends us to our next stop around the Circle of Abundance at about 5 o’clock. That stop is ATTRACTING. A generous soul is a soul that is attractive to its good. Why, because generosity comes from a place of sufficiency; I have more than enough, so I give. And knowing that we already have is the key to attracting what we desire!

ALIGN with Spiritual Truth, be GENEROUS of Spirit not out of obligation but out of a knowing that supply is unlimited and ATTRACT our good by knowing it is already here.

To be a powerful ATTRACTOR even when circumstances do not appear to be abundant, we must realize that the absence of evidence is NOT the evidence of absence.

Then we move to 7 o’clock, which is RECEIVING. Receiving is the depth of inhalation. Ernest Holmes wrote: “[Principle] is ready to fill everything, because It is infinite. So, it is not a question of Its willingness, nor of Its ability; it is entirely a question of our own receptivity.”

And finally, at approximately 10 o’clock is GRATITUDE. If we receive fully, gratitude follows naturally. Gratitude is a generative energy that acknowledges our connectedness. Eckhart Tolle wrote: “It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.”

And, of course, when the spiritual dimension of life opens, we are beautifully and powerfully aligned, so we have returned full circle back to 12 o’clock, to ALIGNMENT.

Alignment—Generosity – Attracting – Receiving – Gratitude – back to Alignment.

That’s the Circle of Abundance. Today, I invite you into a relationship with the Circle.

I look forward to hearing the success you have using the Circle of Abundance. I am also seeing it work with a new water heater. We are open to receive an inflow of unexpected income to more than cover the cost of the heater and installation.

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

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