The Spiral of the Call

Guest Speaker Marjory Zoet Bankson (audio)

Message from Rev. Pat Bessey: Sunday was a day for celebration… it was the one-year anniversary of the peace vigil that happens the third Sunday of the month. Trish Vogel, who was the one that got this started, shared this during sharing the Good News. Meeting at the rotary of 302 and 202, and reminding people that peace is possible with wonderful signs, between 12:15 and 12:45 p.m. is just one way we can get the message out for peace and non-violence.

On Sunday we also welcomed Marjory Zoet Bankson who spoke at the 10  a.m. service and then shared more in a workshop in the afternoon. Her topic was the spiral of call. She reminded us that over our lifetime we can have many calls. Most often we resist the call until we can no longer turn away from it. Moses is a great example. Remember Moses saw the burning bush and heard the voice of God telling him to go and free his people. Moses had many excuses, and don’t we do the same thing.

She also shared that we are called to let go of some things before we can receive the new call. I am reminded of when I got the call to ministry. I resisted for a long time and then when I finally said “yes” it meant I had to let go of my sense of responsibility to my mother and let go of my identity as race car driver, Joe Bessey’s mother, who was running his trucking business. Once I let some people know that I was going to apply for ministerial school, then the ball got rolling and I started the process. Marjory says it is important for us to let some know of our call so that we can be supported as we lean into it.

Each transition we go through gives us the chance to ask “who am I,” “what is my work” and “what is my unique gift.” Transition always begins with endings, moves on to a wilderness period, also known as the void, and only then do we reach the beginning of something new, remembering always that it is our true nature to be creative, to be always birthing new ways of sharing our planet together.

This Sunday (October 27), join Rev. Barbara Kowalska as she will be speaking on prayer.

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

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