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A Christmas Carol

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey

It is Monday morning (December 17) as I write this article and it looks like a winter wonderland outside. As the song goes… “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!” Just one week from today will be Christmas Eve and I am personally inviting you and your family to spend part of the evening with me. The Christmas Eve service will begin at 7 p.m. I will let you in on a little secret: The service will include the spiritual understanding of the Christmas story along with some of our children participating in the service and lots of music with many of our talented folks. I will guarantee you will enjoy every minute of it.

This past Sunday was a most extraordinary service… we were blessed with our Unity thespians along with some new friends as they performed A Christmas Carol. There are not enough words of praise to shower on them…they were outstanding. This took place under the direction of Meredith Eldridge, who is amazing, and, as someone said, “She brings out the best in us.” If you are on Facebook, go to our page and see all the pictures posted there. Bravo, kudos and high fives to the entire cast.

At the 8 a.m. service, I did a condensed version of the same story, A Christmas Carol. What I didn’t know was that Charles Dickens wrote this in England in 1843 at a time when Christmas was falling out of fashion. Can you possibly imagine Christmas falling out of fashion?

The story’s lessons of charity, family, and a shared humanity spoke directly to a Victorian society that, in Dickens’ view, oppressed the poor and the working class in the name of industry. The work’s impact has endured far beyond the 19th Century, and its message has reached audiences far beyond Great Britain.

So what lessons might we take away from this classic in 2018? Sounds like our society today is much like what it was when Dickens wrote this. Although we can’t make changes for others like Scrooge, we can make changes in our own life; a ghost from our past or even a frightening look into our future. We can make needed changes in our life and thus help change the world for the betterment of all. We can become a better person.

That’s the positive message of Dickens’ classic, just as it is the message of Christmas itself. The gift of the little baby born in a manger is the gift from God of not only a second chance, but a third, fourth, fifth or however many chances we need to make a meaningful change in our life. And isn’t that what God seeks in us all?

Here are a few final thoughts:

  • “If you sacrifice everything for money that’s what you end up with.”
  • “Money is worthless if you do nothing with it.”
  • “Investing in the common welfare of others does not mean you can’t be rich.”

The 8 a.m. message was recorded for this week’s podcast. This coming Sunday will be “A World of Joy” and it is the fourth Sunday in Advent Joy!

Friday evening the men are joining together to celebrate the Winter Solstice. The fun begins with a potluck at 6 p.m.

A reminder that this Saturday is Silent Saturday from 9:30 a.m.– 3 p.m. Give yourself a gift of an hour or more to just be.

You are a blessing in my life.

Rev. Patricia Bessey

P.S. The office will be closed from December 20 to January 2.

A World of Peace

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey

Only 13 days to Christmas! I do hope you have given yourself the gift of being peaceful and calm. It is okay to let go of some of the things you have always done. Your family and friends will benefit from you being present to them more than to whatever it is that will cause you more stress.

This past Sunday – the second Sunday in Advent – the focus was on peace. In Attitudinal Healing, one of the principles is: “You can be peaceful on the inside regardless of what is happening on the outside.” Peace is an internal job. Nothing outside of you can contribute to your lack of peace unless you allow it.

You are the one. You make the decision whether you’re going to be peaceful in this day and in this moment or not. You cannot lose your peace based on what others are doing. You lose your peace because of what you are thinking/doing — or failing to think/do.

The whole reason we celebrate the birth of Jesus is because he was on a holy mission to bring us a message — not just to the world, but to us as individuals. His message was a message of peace and it must be alive inside of you and me today, or it’s dead.

Peace is not just going apart for a while and meditating and praying. Peace is a state of being alert. It is a state of consciousness. Peace is an atmosphere of your heart. It is a state of your individual soul. It has nothing to do with environment or circumstance. When you are at peace, you are an open channel for that which is yours by Divine right.

How can you live your life better today, tomorrow or next year? This is what we’re talking about. We are not here studying about Jesus; we’re taking on the teachings of Jesus.” What does that mean? In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says, “Blessed are the Peacemakers.” Fr. John Dear in his book The Beatitudes of Peace said that “Blessed are” is an incorrect translation. A more accurate translation would be “Arise, get up, get moving… start walking and walk forth.” In The Beatitudes of Peace, Fr. John shares a conversation with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Listen to this week’s Sunday talk to hear it.

Here is an affirmation you can use this week: “I bless the world with words of peace and actions of goodwill.”

Next Sunday at the 10 a.m. service we will be enjoying the play, A Christmas Carol. This production with our Unity players is not to be missed. Invite your family and friends to join you.

Thank you to all who contributed once again to a successful collection of stuffed toys for the Boston Shriner’s Hospital for Children and for those who took tags from our tree supporting Opportunity Alliance as they fill the requests from families who need a little help to make Christmas for their children. We are a very giving community and we are richly blessed by all of you.

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

P.S. Friends, you may feel like you are hearing more about giving than you have heard in the past and quite frankly you are. We have done some amazing things this year, like complete the Kid’s Cottage and put on a new roof. However, our general fund has been lagging. I will take some responsibility for that as 2018 has been a year where my energy has been split between caring for Rev LeRoy and the ministry. As a result, I have not offered classes on prosperity or other exciting topics and that has greatly affected our bottom line. Please know that I plan to remedy that in 2019. However, it doesn’t make balancing the budget for 2018 happen. So if you feel we have been asking for your help we have… and we are grateful for all that has been given and will continue to come in this month.

A World of Hope

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey

I mentioned at the service on Sunday that I am entering my 22nd year of the Christmas season as a minister and I am just as excited about it this year as in years past. I love Advent and the anticipation of Christmas Eve and all that leads up to it. I love the beauty of our sanctuary decorated and throughout the church. Again, this year we had angel gift tags from Opportunity Alliance to help make Christmas for those who are in need. By the end of the service almost every tag was taken. The gifts are due back this coming Sunday, December 9, unwrapped. They can be in gift bags and the gift tag needs to be in the bag as well.

The message on Sunday was A World of Hope and the candle lit for the first Sunday in Advent was for Hope. Sunday at sundown also marked the beginning of Hanukkah. Hanukkah is a message of hope. Known also as the festival of lights, it literally shines its light on the darkness and lifts up its people and reignites hope.

Just recently, letters written by Nelson Mandela during his 27 years in prison became public, and they are filled with hope. Hope is what got him through when things looked the most hopeless. Hope was like a warm bath to him. He shares of reading The Power of Positive Thinking written by Norman Vincent Peale and how that was instrumental in him holding onto hope. He makes the point that it is not so much the disability one suffers from that matters but one’s attitude toward it. His example was that the person who says, “I will conquer this illness and live a happy life” is already halfway through to victory. Those of you who know Rev. LeRoy can see he is a great example of the point being made here.

Inspired by Peale, Nelson Mandela said, “Remember that hope is a powerful weapon even when all else is lost.” Mandela was a beacon of hope not only to his country but to the world.

I also shared from Paul K. Chappell’s book Peaceful Revolution on the chapter on “the muscle of hope.” Here are a couple of quotes from that chapter:

“As long as we are alive, the possibility of hope lives within us.”

“Realistic hope is one of our strongest allies in the struggle to solve our personal, national and global problems. To harness the power of hope we must explore and understand what it really is. We must recognize that hope is a form of trust. And like trust, hope is not easily gained.”

Paul shares there are three forms of trust: trust in yourself, trust in other people, and trust in your ideals. He also talks about the difference between naive hope and realistic hope. I invite you to listen to the complete message.

I leave you with this – Hope is like a light shining in a dark place… and never forget that Christ in You is Your Hope of Glory.

Join us next Sunday for the second Sunday of Advent and the message will be A World of Peace.

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

Hanging the Greens

(No audio file for this service) Despite iffy weather on Sunday, what a fun service we had on Sunday! A new Christmas tradition got established for the Sunday following Thanksgiving with the “Hanging of the Greens.” A special thanks to Patti Lacombe for planting the seed of involving the community…

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