Well in just a few days we will be holding in person services again. I know it is met with mixed reviews. For some of you being back in person is what you have been waiting for. For some of you the number of cases of the virus are still too high and you are much more comfortable staying at home. Wherever you land we can assure you that we will be with you on Sunday morning.
It is our hope that with this opening we will be able to reestablish some of the services we have had in the past. We will begin with tea and coffee at fellowship following the service. We would like to see the Unity Bookstore open and of course most importantly to offer classes for the children. These will be phased in over the next couple of months. For us to be running at full capacity we will have opportunities for you to step into service. You may be thinking I don’t know where I am called to serve. I have just the answer for you. On April 2 I will be offering a Spiritual Gifts workshop that will help you discern where you are best suited to serve and where you will feel the joy of serving.
The series on early Unity authors concluded this past Sunday with Rev. Eric Butterworth. Eric’s signature phrase was “Let something good be said.” Eric is well known in Unity for the many books he has written. One that gets taught a lot in Unity churches is Discover the Power Within You. Oprah Winfrey said this book changed her perception on life and religion. Maya Angelou said that Eric would be her teacher always.
Eric once wrote an article titled “The Truth in a Nutshell.” He said that after giving thousands upon thousands of talks, it’s humbling to admit that all these millions upon millions of words can be synthesized into just a few sentences. Really three basic concepts – The omnipresence of God, the Divinity of man, and the creative power of thought.
There is much more to say about Eric Butterworth so if you missed the service on Sunday you can watch it here.
In April 2003, Eric made a peaceful transition into the Flow of Eternal Life. He lived in the flow of life, and he passed by flowing into the next phase of his soul’s journey.
In Closing – some of Eric’s favorite expressions –
• “My age is none of my business.”
• “I am as old as God and as young as the morning.”
• “Let something good be said.”
Today begins Lent. I will be using Charles Fillmore’s book Keep a True Lent as the talk series through Easter. Each morning I will publish on Unity of Greater Portland Facebook page the daily meditation from the book.
On Sunday we will be having our White Stone Ceremony. We were unable to have it in January so now is the perfect time. If you are not going to be with us in person and you have a stone from the past you can use it and place your word on the blank side. For those coming in person, we will have stones for you.
Have a wonderful week and remember: Let something good be said…
You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Patricia Bessey