Greetings Dear Unity Friends & Family:
Thank you, God for such a beautiful day in La Crescenta, CA! Yes, Spring will come! In fact, please remember to set your clocks ahead one (1) hour on Saturday night. It is time to "Spring Forward!" on Sunday, March 8th!!
The talented L.A. musician, Marc Bosserman, will entertain us with beautiful music this Sunday. He will also play for us on March 22nd! Rev. Jeri Linn's Lesson is: "The Mystery of God," based on the Apostle Paul's letter to the Colossians "... the mystery hidden for ages and generations,.. which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." Colossians 1:26-27. Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, believed that this Scripture reference clearly defined the central message of Unity. We believe that the Christ (God Self) dwells within every heart. Every human being is a spiritual being. We all have the gift of Free Will and according to our demonstration of Free Will, we express our true, spiritual nature in our journey in this earth plane.
Our Unity Lenten study booklet: Fasting and Feasting 2020 has a beautiful message for Sunday, March 8th: "The Mystery of God in You." We still have a few copies available for those who attend our service this Sunday. Lent is our spiritual preparation for Easter, which celebrates Jesus' Great Demonstration of Life over death. As we build our energy for victorious living during Lent, we "Feast" on spiritual ideas ... Affirming the whole, radiant life of God within us and in all that we think, say and do in our relationships, health, creativity, prosperity and actions to create a world that works for everyone. We "FAST" from negative, fearful or limiting thinking, speaking or harmful outer actions. We seek to contribute to the global experience of unlimited good and withdraw our energy and participation from criticism and limiting judgments.
On March 2, 2020, our church received an email letter from Rev. Patricia Tush Bass, who is the Interim CEO of Unity Worldwide Ministries regarding the guidelines suggested by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about everyone giving intentional thought to being prepared for the effects of the corona virus 2019 (COVID-19). Personally, I am glad that she lists the first step as "PRAY." Prayer is central to everything that we do in Unity. The letter then suggests some BASIC PREVENTION STEPS. They are very common sense ideas for all of us to implement.
A copy of Rev. Bass's letter will be an insert in our Sunday Bulletin for you to take home and discuss with your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.
In closing this email message, let me say that I believe in our personal prayer and meditations, we seek spiritual guidance and ask God to prompt us to take whatever reasonable steps we can take to stay healthy and positive in every way. "This, too, shall pass." I don't believe in giving in to being overly anxious or fearful of any outer condition. So, that is our FAST. I do believe in affirming the every where present power of God in all matters. That is our FEAST. In our FEAST, we shall ask for Divine Intelligence to direct us. Some people confuse Unity with Christian Science and over the years, I have done my best to clarify, that "Yes, Unity believes that doctors and medicine are channels of healing and it is perfectly within our Unity principles to take advantage of all the breakthroughs in medical technology, whenever you are guided to do so." Logic states that: It must ultimately be Divine Intelligence that created the ideas that lead to the vaccines, the breakthroughs in medical treatment; that inspires the medical practitioner or Alternative Healing Practitioner to give you the very best care that encourages the Life Force (God in You) to express fully and beautifully.
So, let's all be at peace and know that only our highest and best will manifest for truly God in us directs our lives, every step of the journey.
Rev. Jeri Linn