Gratitude & Thanksgiving Prayers

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey

As you receive this on the eve of Thanksgiving, many hands will be busy peeling, cutting, baking and preparing to welcome family and friends for dinner tomorrow. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

This past Saturday and Sunday, this is what was happening at Unity Center for Spiritual Growth. With the able hands of Ingrid Avery and Dee Capoldo in our kitchen, along with many other helpers, we enjoyed an awesome Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday. I don’t have a final count; however, I believe over 65 people were served.

Serving lunch on Sundays is one way we fulfill our mission of creating community. It is here that folks get to know one another and share their spiritual walk. I am so grateful for our folks in the kitchen and if you want to play with a great group join their team.

The service on Sunday was outside the box for me and the community. It was the close of the Season for Inter-spiritual/Intercultural Celebration and, to highlight this, we had gratitude prayers from the major religions, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Native American and Christianity. You can read them here.

At our last community meeting, there was a request to have a service where we had an extended period of “sharing the good news” so this Sunday was the perfect service to do that… the gratitude prayers were interspersed with sharing from our friends in the service.

Join me and others this Saturday as we transform the sanctuary into an old-fashioned Christmas. The time is 9:30 a.m., and I am told there will be an atmosphere of festivities, with hot chocolate and hot cider along with Christmas cookies. Come and get into the spirit of Christmas.

Advent begins on Sunday, and as we celebrate each Sunday, we will be taking a “Trip to Bethlehem” based on a book written by Unity author Hypathia Hasbrouck. The basic assumption of the book is that the traditional Christmas story is based on the fact that Jesus actually lived. In Unity, we believe there was such a person, and that he did, indeed, walk this earth.

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

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