Principles of Prosperity: Thanksgiving

Principles of Prosperity, Thanksgiving: Abundance through Gratitude

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey

This week concluded the series on Prosperity Principles. How fitting to end on Thanksgiving: Abundance through Gratitude. I say this as we had our women’s retreat on Friday and Saturday at Pilgrim Lodge, 44 women attended, and we were overwhelmed with gratitude and thanksgiving. I have no doubt in my mind these women were transformed at depth in a short 24-hour period; if you were to ask them, they would agree with me. One participant wrote on Facebook “I’ve been re-arranged in the nicest of ways.” Another wrote: “My Heart is blown open.”

A hearty THANK YOU to the Retreat Team: Erin Conway, Kim Cowperthwaite, Michelle Neas and Cindy Uhl, and to Rosie Deer Heart for her amazing wisdom and skills as our facilitator. We have all reclaimed our preciousness.

Here are some thoughts to ponder regarding gratitude:

  • “Gratitude is a spiritual enzyme that hastens the fulfillment of your prayer of faith.” — Rev Charles Roth
  • Gratitude can also be translated as grace. The King James Version of Colossians 3:16 says that we are to be “singing with GRACE in our hearts.”
  • Gratitude is an attitude of grace. It means that we can see God’s grace in all things. Gratitude makes you happier and healthier.

Research is showing that gratitude is truly amazing in its physical and psychosocial benefits. Recent studies have concluded that the expression of thanksgiving can have profound and positive effects on our health, our moods and even the survival of our marriages and all other relationships.

There’s an old saying that if you’ve forgotten the language of gratitude, you’ll never be on speaking terms with happiness.

I am inviting you into a gratitude challenge…

For the next 30 days, practice gratitude by keeping a gratitude journal. Record at least five things you are grateful for every day.

At lunch on Sunday, I stopped by the table where the Salois boys were having lunch with their father Steve, who asked Evan (fifth grade), Jake (third grade) and Gabe (first grade) to tell me what they do before going to bed at night. Their answer was to say what they were grateful for. How blessed they are to be getting this teaching at such an early age.

The more grateful you become, the more aware you will become of God as an active presence in your life. Say “thank you God” as often as possible. Write thank-you notes. Give thanks continually. Each day, note a way you practice gratitude.

Here is an affirmation for you:

I open my heart to the Beloved in a spirit of gratitude and thankfulness.
The Beloved fills me with love in overflowing measure.

To listen to Sunday’s message, click here…

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

Principles of Prosperity: Power

Principles of Prosperity: Power: Abundance through Gratitude

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey

In just a few days, 44 women will be convening for our Women’s Retreat, Reclaiming Your Preciousness, at Pilgrim Lodge. I am so excited and look forward to the program that Rosie Deer Heart has for us. I also look forward to meeting some new friends as well. Not all of the 44 women are from our community.

Men, don’t feel slighted; your retreat is open for registration now. The theme is Discovering and Empowering Your Purpose. Learn more.

The message this past Sunday, in week six of the series Prosperity Principles, is about the power of the spoken word. I asked the question on Sunday: How would you feel if the conversation you were having in your head was suddenly broadcast over a public address system? I am sure you would be embarrassed, even mortified. I know there are times when I would be.

It would be quite revealing, wouldn’t it? And yet, spiritually, that is exactly what happens. Though others may not actually hear the words we say to ourselves, and though we may think that because we have kept it to ourselves no one will ever know what we are actually saying to ourselves, the effects of those words, or vibrations, cannot be hidden.

We live in a universe of vibration. You and I are wavelengths, so to speak. Every thought and every word goes forth with power to affect our lives and the universe. Every day we are choosing our experiences and our life through the words that we speak.

Everything in the universe starts with feeling and emotion. Thinking in your heart is feeling. It is the emotional experience. When we feel, we put it in words. We voice it.

Power of the spoken word is an amazing life-shaping capacity of the mind. The word you speak is creative in nature. We have far greater powers than we sometimes recognize. Every word we speak takes the full energy of who we are and sends it into life. Each word goes out to produce the conditions which correspond to our nature or character at that time. The point is, we can’t be one way and demonstrate another way. What we are is always speaking itself into existence. And it is always coming back to us as experiences, events, and relationships.

This week I invite you to pay attention to your words. Have you listened to yourself lately? First, listen to your inner, silent sound. Then listen to your words, their tones, your moods issuing forth a sound. Listen carefully, because this is your future being formed. You are hearing your future. The quality, the nature of your future is already being determined when you speak.

Your words will become fact. And then you will live in that reality and wonder where it came from. What do you hear when you listen to yourself? Sweetness, love, patience. Do your words really represent you? What do others hear from you? How does your vibration really affect them? Are you music to their ears? Your word is your bond; the universe takes you at your word. There are no idle words. Every word goes forth to do its mighty work.

Next week will conclude this series with “Thanksgiving: Abundance through Gratitude.”

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

Principles of Proserity: Priorities

Principles of Prosperity, Priorities:  Abundance Through Ordering our Priorities

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey

When I sit down to write my thoughts each week it offers me the opportunity to review Sunday from the review mirror and then decide what is pertinent to share. Today I land on looking at the two services we offer and how grateful I am to have an 8 a.m. service that is contemplative. It is a time of preparation for the rest of the day. If you have not experienced this service, I invite you to do so at least once.

On Sunday we held a quarterly community meeting which was very well attended despite it being a beautiful day. Here is a recap of what the Board shared we are working on:

• We are moving our fiscal year from January – December to September – August. There are various reasons for this but mainly, so we are not trying to close out the year at the same time we are in the midst of the holidays. Also, it will change our annual meeting from February to October beginning in 2020. Your contribution letters will still be on the calendar year.

• An update on Sebago Lakes Region Fuller Center for Housing that we are collaborating with other area churches and Saint Joseph College. The board, which Matt Purinton and I are on, is in the process of becoming an established organization serving Standish, Windham and Raymond with a mission to help the elderly in these areas stay in the home by providing help with home repairs.

Giving Tuesday…if you haven’t heard about it you will in the near future. I will leave it at that.

• Building repairs:

  • We are getting estimates for putting a roof over the door coming into the office area, so we are sheltered from ice buildup on the sidewalk.
  •  A cement slab in front of the main doors to solve the wasp and hornet infestation in the summer
  • Refresh the handicap bathroom
  • Put sound panels in Fellowship Hall to reduce the noise and make it more comfortable to have conversations

• River Road expansion… we will only be losing a couple of smaller trees… everything to the left of the driveway coming in will not be touched.

The message on Sunday was “Priorities: Abundance Through Ordering Our Priorities.” We all have a clear set of priorities, even though we may not be conscious of them. Our order of priorities determines everything in our lives:

• how and where we spend our time and money,
• the people we work, play, live with, and
• the car we drive, the house we live in.

When we really begin to examine our lives and our goals, we begin to see the order of our priorities and are often ready to reorder them. It often happens that our priorities and our goals are not congruent.

Your expenditures of money will always tell you
where your heart is, where your energy is going.

Even though we may not be conscious of our priorities, we know in our hearts what they are, and both our time and money follow the heart. When there is an argument between the head and the heart, the heart wins every time, because the intellect is easily converted to a tool for rationalizing what we want.

Our money and our time follow our priorities. When God is our top priority, we are going to set aside time for prayer, study and meditation. We are going to give to the channel which brings us our spiritual growth. It is just that simple, and that demanding.

Money, like everything else, is a symbol of energy. When our energies are placed on our relationship to God, we prosper naturally and easily.

GIVING A PORTION OF ALL WE RECEIVE, TO THE CHANNEL THROUGH WHICH WE RECEIVE, SPIRITUAL GROWTH IS PUTTING GOD FIRST FINANCIALLY.

What is the purpose of tithing? Why should I tithe? Have you ever thought of or asked these questions?

Every individual’s purpose in tithing is to open up his/her awareness of universal laws. Tithing opens you, to you. You are an unlimited individual, deprived of a fuller, richer life partly because of lack of the tithing experience and expression in life. Tithing will help you to truly know yourself. When doing this, remember to rely on God’s ability to provide, not your human ability.

Over and over again in my own experience, and that of others, I have seen how tithing-putting God first, really results in our needs being met. Regular, systematic giving to God first frees us to receive.

“When a person tithes, he is giving continuously, so that no spirit of grasping, no fear, and no thought of limitations get a hold on him. There is nothing that keeps a person’s mind so fearless and so free to receive the good constantly coming to him as the practice of tithing.” — Charles Fillmore, Prosperity (p. 142).

In this week’s message, I shared some of my own experiences with tithing.

Here is a good affirmation to memorize and use when lack shows up, and it will!

The inexhaustible resource of God is equal to every demand.
There is no reality in lack. Abundance is here and now manifest.

Next Sunday’s talk will be Power: Abundance Through the Spoken Word. Join me…

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

Principles of Prosperity: Life Work

Principles of Prosperity, Life Work: Abundance Through Clarity

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey

It is Sunday afternoon as I am writing this, and we are having a beautiful day; however, it is not so for our sisters and brothers in the Bahama’s. A category 5 hurricane is pounding that island with winds in excess of 185 mph. By the time you read this hurricane Dorian is likely to be off the east coast and our continued prayers are going to be needed.

A shout out to our wonderful congregation for a delicious potluck today. The first Sunday of the month is a potluck and it was wonderful to see the folks coming in carrying crock pots, bakery boxes, and other yummy food. Thank you for stepping up and giving our cooks a Sunday off.

Some Sundays I have a little apprehension about how the message I am giving is going to be received. Today was one of those Sundays. The talk title was “Life Work: Abundance Through Clarity.” The focus was on creating your own mission statement and goals to support the mission. Organizations have learned that having a clearly defined mission statement tend to do better in business than those who do not have a mission statement. This holds true for individuals as well.

Each of us has a mission in life. God longs to express through us, and our mission is the spiritual quality we are here to express. It is the reason we are here. We cannot be truly happy or prosperous unless we are fulfilling our mission. The word “mission” comes from the Latin word which means “sent”. It is God’s message to the world that we are sent here to deliver.

When we are integrated spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally we have our mission clearly in mind; we have our values and priorities in order; we have goals that support our mission and values. The first and vital task is to state clearly and unequivocally what we believe to be our life’s mission.

Your mission statement should answer these questions:
Why am I here?
What gifts am I here to give?
What is God’s mission for me?

This is something you know deep within yourself and bringing it to your conscious mind is a remembering. When you have written your mission, read the sentence you have written at least once each day. If it does not feel right, tweak it until it rings true.

When you have formulated your life’s mission, it is time to discover your life’s work. Your life’s work must support your mission. Your life’s work is the way, the channel, for giving your gifts to the world. A way to discover your life work is to ask God in prayer to reveal to you your life work. “Ask and you shall receive,” holds true here as everywhere.

This requires listening carefully, attentively, sincerely. It requires that you stop intellectualizing about what you have trained for, your age, status, economic limitations, employment, experience. When you stop intellectualizing, you can feel when something is right.

Here is a good exercise…each morning for 30 days respond to this question, “If I could do anything, how would I spend this day?”

This is a very revealing exercise because it unshackles you from the ties you think you have. It allows your imagination to roam free and gets you in touch with your true dreams, desires, joys.

Now to add goals to your mission and life work click here to listen to the complete Sunday message which includes S.M.A.R.T. goals…

Join us next Sunday for “Priorities: Abundance through Ordering Our Priorities,” and following the service we will have a community meeting.

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

 

The Power of One

Deb Engel

Debra Engel

Sunday message by guest speaker Debra Engle

Message from Rev. Pat Bessey:

School is starting this week for many of our children and teachers, which is an indicator that summer is coming to an end. It still baffles me that school starts before Labor Day. It is so interesting how the energy begins to shift when we are ready to change seasons. I can feel it within myself as I start to make plans for the fall calendar. In ministry, I am always looking four to six months out and, as a result, lots of programs are already in the works.

On September 14 – September 22 is Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions. Our actions will be Peace Vigil at the rotary, Peace Concert with Todd Glacy and Silent Saturday. Our women’s retreat “Reclaiming Our Preciousness” is happening on September 20 and 21. Our Season for Inter-spiritual/Intercultural Celebration will begin on September 29 with guest speaker Joel Grossman, who will speak on Judaism and Rosh Hashana.

We are holding a community meeting on September 8 and the Board and I hope that you will join us as we will be sharing with you the latest on Sebago Lakes Region Center for Fuller Housing. We are one of five churches and Saint Joseph College that are forming this organization to support the elderly to live out their lives in their homes. This is also a time for us to share with each other the highest and best for Unity Center for Spiritual Growth going forward.

On Sunday we had as our guest speaker Deb Engle, author of her third and latest book, Be the Light that You Are. Deb’s message was so relevant to living a successful life. She shared about a conversation she had with a friend and the issues her friend was experiencing and what could she do. I surely identified with her friend’s situation and listened closely to what Deb said to her.

Here are the three important points she made:

1. Our only job is to be JOY;
2. Our goal is to have the peace of God in all situations;
3. Our purpose is to be the light that I am.

Here is an opportunity to apply Deb’s message. Many of us have been following the arrival of several hundred asylum seekers into Portland. They are now all being placed into homes with other families or in their own homes. They have a great need, as most came to Maine with just the clothes on their backs. I have learned of a Facebook page that has been set up to let us know what they need and how to get items to them.

There are two Facebook pages: One is Maine Needs and the other is Better Together. They are the clearinghouses for requests from those in need. Better Together is for folks in Cumberland County. If you do not live or work in Cumberland County you can find the page for your county.

Here is their purpose statement: Better Together – Cumberland County (ME) is a location-specific donation coordination group. Our goal is to act as a bridge connecting those who need specific items with those looking to donate specific items. All are welcome but you must live or work within Cumberland County, Maine. Invite local friends and family members to join and help or be helped.

Next Sunday the message will be “Life Work: Abundance through Clarity.”

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