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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

Principles of Prosperity: Freedom

“Principles of Prosperity: Freedom: Making Room for Abundance” —

Third in a series of Sunday messages by Rev. Pat Bessey

I am not much for celebrations and often times major events slip right by me like the one I am going to share has… I realized this morning that on August 7, 2011 I started my journey as the lead minister here at Unity Center for Spiritual Growth. If I have done the math correctly, I am entering my ninth year. Wow!

The Levins

We had a rocking Sunday. The energy in the building was electric. The Levins, Ira and Julia, provided us with great music along with our own very talented Deana Gurney. We celebrated with Selma, a resident of Westbrook who passed her citizenship test this past week; we had prayed for her success the Sunday before.
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Lunch was delicious… a shout out to Anna, Jody, Dee, Michelle, Ken and Martha for a great job in the kitchen.

The talk’s focus was “Making Room for Abundance.”

“Holding a grudge doesn’t make you strong; it makes you bitter. Forgiving doesn’t make you weak; it sets you free.” — Dave Willis

The topic was forgiveness… the only way to create a clear channel for good in our lives is to forgive.

Forgiveness is a six-step process. The first two steps are intellectual, while the other four are emotional.

ACKNOWLEDGE OUR OWN HUMANITY

Acknowledging our own humanity means recognizing the ways we have been inconsistent with our highest and best potential. Forgiveness of self comes in acknowledging our humanity…we make mistakes…we fall short of the mark…

ACKNOWLEDGE THE DIVINITY OF ALL PEOPLE

When we recognize our own humanity and that of others, we can take the next step and acknowledge the divinity of all people. This is simply recognizing the truth about ourselves and others. This is easy to do, intellectually. “I am a child of God; every person is a child of God”.

WILLINGNESS TO FORGIVE

There is a universal longing, a hunger in every human soul for forgiveness; both to be able to give it, and to receive it. Remember, you can play judge and jury just as long as you want. It will not have the slightest effect on the other person. Just being willing to forgive is a big step, because forgiving can be very difficult. Your prosperity can wait until you are ready.

FEEL YOUR FEELINGS

We tend to build walls around our wounds, separating them as far as possible from our active emotions. Remember, you can play judge and jury just as long as you want. It will not have the slightest effect on the other person…Just being willing to forgive is a big step, because forgiving can be very difficult.

PRACTICE FORGIVENESS DAILY

There will be many next times because we are alive and human and will always have lessons and challenges and because we live in the world, and we are not the only person thinking on this planet. Because we are irrevocably linked with all others, we are influenced by their thoughts and emotions.

Collective consciousness is very powerful when we allow it to be. The wonderful thing is, that when we practice forgiveness regularly, daily, we are cleansing not only our own mind but the collective consciousness of all people everywhere, making it easier and easier for others to join us in this great enterprise.

GET READY TO RECEIVE

“We must forgive as we would be forgiven. To forgive does not simply mean to arrive at a place of indifference to those who do personal injury to us; it means far more than this. To forgive is to give for — to give some actual, definite good in return for evil given.” — H. Emilie Cady

Replacing the resentment with love is a vital part of the forgiveness process, moving your soul from being a junk heap of old pain to being a holy place of God.
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Nothing is lost. All the good the Universe wants to give you will come to you when you make room for it.

Affirmation:

God is the love in which I forgive you

God is the love in which I forgive myself

I lovingly and joyously bring this love alive in the world.

This coming Sunday, Debra Engle will be back with us at the 10 a.m. service. Deb was well received last year, and we look forward to seeing her again.

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

Principles of Prosperity: Relationships

“Principles of Prosperity: Relationships. Our Place in an Abundant Universe”

Second in a series of Sunday messages by Rev. Pat Bessey

Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi said, “Voluntary service of others demands the best of which one is capable.”

This talk on Prosperity Principles focuses on relationships and our place in an abundant Universe.

The relationship we develop with God (or whatever your name for God is) is very private and personal and is the foundation of our prosperity. We demonstrate prosperity in our lives when we serve God, and we serve God through serving the people around us.

I SERVE GOD THROUGH SERVING THE PEOPLE AROUND ME
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The most prospering decision you can make is to see everything you do with new eyes… as I often say, put on your God glasses and see whatever you are doing; whether it is your work, caring for a parent, child or grandchild, see it with eyes that further the will and the work of God.

When we are working for God it is God who compensates us. Our good may not come from the place we think or expect. God has many ways to bring prosperity to us and is not limited to sources we think logical. Therefore, our prosperity always needs to go to the edge of what we believe possible.

We all have a comfort zone, in which we can be quite cozy. As we get to the edge of that comfort zone, however, the coziness disappears, and we can become a little nervous. This is where we always need to be, at the edge, because that is how we grow. As we keep pushing the edge of our comfort zone out further and further, we begin to find the world a very comfortable and friendly environment.

So I am living this week at the edge of my comfort zone… I have passed beyond it! A couple of weeks ago I got a call from the scheduler for Maine Calling with Jennifer Rooks that airs on MPR at 1 p.m. daily, asking if I would be on a panel discussing New Thought on Friday August 16. Of course, my immediate response was “yes,” which is what I am known to do without thinking through what is being asked of me. I am very excited and somewhat nervous as well… certainly beyond my comfort zone.

I also get to put into practice what I am sharing with you. It is appropriate for the Universe to support all of us. The Universe does support us at the level of our service when we allow it by being receptive. My saying “yes” is receiving what the Universe has to give me and Unity Center for Spiritual Growth. Giving and receiving are related; anyone who wants to be a great giver must also be a great receiver, allowing good to flow freely.

There is much more to be said on this topic, so listen to the complete message.

The affirmation we closed with is this: “I am richly compensated by a loving, lavish God for all the service that I render to the world.”

Next Sunday will be “Freedom: Making Room for Abundance.” I hope you will join me. The Levins will be with us as our guest musicians.

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