Winter made its grand entrance this past weekend and, as a result, many of us lost our external power (we are never without our internal power), my household being one. A huge shout out to Deana for stepping in and blessing you with her beautiful voice. This was a decision that was made early Sunday morning when it became obvious to me that I wasn’t going to be able to do the service. We had been without power from 4 p.m. on Saturday and my initial thought was just to cancel and then my better idea light came on (which is always with us) and texted Deana and asked her to do what she does so well on Friday nights with her hour of music. She agreed and the rest is history. Oh, and we finally got our power back at 5:30 Sunday night.
I am so happy to announce that we reached our Giving Tuesday goal of $15,000 to refurbish the women’s restroom. Construction has begun! Thank you to all who donated and are making this possible.
Not having a review of the message on Sunday gives me the opportunity to share how our special services will be conducted during COVID. This Thursday evening will be a Remembrance Service to honor those who may not be with us any longer.
The Christmas Eve service is in development. We will have with us Julie Thompson, Todd Glacy, Kim Leighton, and Reign Hart with great music. The theme for the service is focused on the 12 Powers. It will be on Facebook Live and YouTube starting at 7 p.m. on December 24.
The New Year’s Eve service will be held as well on Facebook Live and YouTube. It too will be at 7 p.m. Instead of it being a Burning Bowl service, it is going to be a Water Bowl service. We are going to ask you to have a small bowl of water by your side.
Our next special service happens in 2021. It is our white stone ceremony. This will take place on January 3 during our regular Sunday Celebration Service. Wondering if you have reviewed your stone from last year. What was your word? How has it showed up in your life this year? I would love to hear from you.
Before we get too far into the future, let us remember this Sunday is the third Sunday of Advent. The first Sunday was Hope/Faith, last Sunday was Peace and this Sunday is Love.
Here is an advent affirmation: I am one with the all-encompassing love of God.
The following is a writing by Myrtle Fillmore, cofounder of the Unity movement.
Be Still. Be still. Be still. God in the midst of you is substance. God in the midst of you is love. God in the midst of you is wisdom.
Let not your thoughts be given to lack, but let wisdom fill them with a substance and faith of God. Let not your heart be a center of resentment and fear and doubt. Be still and know that at this moment it is the altar of God, of love; love so sure and unfailing, love so irresistible and magnetic that it draws your supply to you from the great storehouse of the universe. Trust God, use God’s wisdom, prove and express God’s love.
As you come out of the Silence, count your blessings and give thanks for them. Realize that only good exists in you and in your world, that the power you contracted in the Silence may have opportunity to multiply and increase your blessings.
Join me on Sunday as we look at another version of the Lord’s Prayer.
You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Patricia Bessey