Artwork: Berthe Morisot [Public domain] "Woman and Child on a Balcony" *
From Rev. Jeri Linn
Greetings Dear Unity Friends & Family:
I am back in Southern California after enjoying a brief vacation with my nephew and his four (4) little girls (and the family dog)! They live in a bedroom community of West Phoenix, called Laveen, Arizona. It was a fun time and the baby (10 months old) kept us all entertained. The best part of my visit was watching baby Mayzie take her first steps!
On the flight from Phoenix to Burbank, I felt so grateful for the time with family … even through late nights watching movies and getting up early to help my Nephew's fiancé, Jessica, make school lunches and take the children to school. It was good for me to experience a completely different daily routine.
In the glow of gratitude, I was so appreciative of our new web master, Malayna Dawn for filling in as our Guest Speaker last Sunday. I have had "Good Reports" on her Lesson and that she even brought her mother to the service with her. She is a very talented young lady and a 3rd generation Unity student!
This Sunday is Mother's Day and our Guest Music Director is Ms. Madison Johnson, so we can look forward to beautiful music for our service and hopefully, she will join in our hospitality time after the service. I had thought that to honor memories of our mothers, we could bring a favorite appetizer, casserole or dessert that our mothers made for us for dinner or even as a picnic treat.
Our Lesson this Sunday honors what, in Christianity (and other spiritual pathways, as well) is called the "Upper Room" experience or Pentecost. It honors the conclusion of the 40 days after Jesus' Resurrection when he appears to his disciples in a small, upper room in Jerusalem and as Scripture relates the event, "breathes the Holy Spirit upon each of the disciples … and flames of fire appear over each of their heads." Jesus commissions the disciples to go forth and spread the Gospel across the lands and they are then called Apostles of Jesus's message, or the Christ life. They are the leaders of the early Christian Church. The Lesson is simply titled: "The Holy Spirit."
I am grateful for each one of you in our Unity Church of the Valley and look forward to sharing the metaphysical interpretation of the Upper Room experience with you on Sunday.
It is good to be home!
Rev. Jeri Linn
*Berthe Morisot was an Impressionist who, in 1864, exhibited for the first time in the highly esteemed and government-sponsored Salon de Paris. After six subsequent Salons, she joined the not-officially approved Impressionists in the first exhibition in 1874, showing with the likes of Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Alfred Sisley. When she married Eugene Manet, she became the sister-in-law of her friend and colleague, Edouard Manet.