Laying the Groundwork
SYNOPSIS: We have all heard of the idea of a "tipping point," the moment at which there is enough critical mass for a major change to occur. But what about a "turning point"? This month, with the support of the strong foundation of our Unity teachings, we will have personal turning point moments that will shift us in the direction of greater love, joy, peace and manifestation.
FEATURED MUSICIAN: Gary Edwards
TAKEAWAYS: When we stay focused on what we want, rather that what we do not want, we set into motion a new way of being in our world for the better.
We wish you a very healthy, prosperous, peacefilled and creative 2016 — a year filled with infinite possibilities. Ernest Holmes, founder of Science of Mind wrote:
The Infinite can never be contracted whereas the Finite can always be
One of the our New Year rituals in Unity is the White Stone ceremony. This ritual has been created from an ancient Roman tradition. When slaves were freed they were given a white stone indicating they were truly free. It was comparable to starting anew with a clean slate. Ultimately, the White Stone helps us set in motion the idea of expanding our finite self to become more of who we truly are and grow into our infinite self.
There is a Bible passage from Revelation 2:17 which refers to the white stone. The white stone represents freedom — freedom to let go of old ways of being and embrace new ways of being; freedom to entertain new qualities, new ideas, new opportunities. Some people use the white stone to set a theme or intention with a special word to focus on in the new year. Some even allow themselves to receive a new name or a new spiritual name.
One year, I received the inspiration to change my middle name from Gayle to Grace. Although I haven’t changed it legally, I do consider Grace to be my middle name.
This year, Rev. Jeni St. Claire and I will lead this service. We are adding a new component to the White Stone ritual by adding a Spiritual Baptism ceremony. The White Stone is a perfect way to begin the new year with a specific intention and the Spiritual Baptism confirms this intention. Baptism reflects and confirms the new consciousness we want to embrace.
Be with us, won’t you? The music is going to be great! We welcome back our music director Gwen Gathercoal. Gwen has been on a medical leave the past month & half. Joining Gwen will be featured soloist and guitar player Gary Edwards, Pamela Van Kirk on bass, Dagan Williamson on drums and Gwen on piano. Our Song leaders are Mark Soss and Lisa Sherman.
The first Sunday of the month is also our Friendship Sunday where we acknowledge those people who have birthdays in January. In addition we have a potluck lunch following the 11 a.m. service. Please bring a dish to share. I look forward to beginning the new year with you. May it be the best ever for Unity in North Idaho!
Blessings for a very Happy New Year,