First Congregational Church
Corner of Main and Front Streets
Binghamton, NY 13905
at 11:30 AM in the Eden Room
Fellowship & refreshments shared with FCC at 11:00 in the Parlor
This Week At Unity 12/10/17
This week, 12/10/2017, Rev. Art Suggs returns as our speaker! Rev. Suggs indicated that he would like to share a bit of historical context to first century Palestine and then the birth of Jesus in that context, eg. Roman conquered and occupied Palestine with the attendant tension between Hebrew and Roman theology. He says this may sound about as boring as it gets, but what it does is put into stark relief the radical teachings of Jesus and how non-normal they were. Come find out what he’s talking about! Our congregation always loves the discussions that Rev. Suggs brings forth with his lessons, so join us!
Second Sunday Fellowship Hosting
This Sunday is the second Sunday of the month and it’s our turn to supply the refreshments for our fellowship time in the Parlor at FCC. We will gratefully accept any food contribution you would like to make, typically in the form of light snacks, baked goods or fruit. Fellowship is at 11-11:30 so please come early and join us as we share time and treats with the other congregations.
Upcoming Speakers for December
December 10-Rev. Art Suggs
Second Sunday hosting of Fellowship in the parlor
December 17-Rev. Diane Sickler followed by
Potluck lunch and BOARD MTG.
December 24-Jerry Neary
Don’t Miss This!
Candle Lighting Service at Unity of NEPA, Wilkes-Barre, PA
On Friday, December 22 at 7:00pm, Rev. Diane Sickler will be performing a candle lighting service at Unity of NEPA, 140 S. Grant Street, Wilke-Barre, PA 18702. Unity does have a few ceremonies that are traditional and beautiful and deeply moving. This is a favorite that occurs each year at Christmas time. Our candle lighting service is unique to Unity, since we honor the 12 disciples representing the 12 faculties of our Divine essence. These 12 powers, when in balance, express the powerful energy of the indwelling Christ that exists in each and every one of us.
Do bring your friends and family members to this delightful, family-oriented service.
Affirm with us: We are open and receptive to the rich, divine ideas that now perfectly sustain Unity in the Southern Tier.
Affirm: This is God’s day, a good day. I pronounce this day and all of its activities good! I am now shown new ways of living and new methods of work.
The 5 Basic Principles of Unity Teachings
Unity encourages you to explore and apply Unity teachings based on your own spiritual understanding. We believe this spiritual understanding is enhanced through reflective prayer and meditation. The five basic ideas that make up the Unity belief system are: 1) God is the source and creator of all. There is no other enduring power. God is good and present everywhere. 2) We are spiritual beings, created in God’s image. The spirit of God lives within each person; therefore, all people are inherently good. 3) We create our life experiences through our way of thinking. 4) There is power in affirmative prayer, which we believe increases our connection to God. 5) Knowledge of these spiritual principles is not enough. We must live them.
Do You Know About the 12 Powers?
The Twelve Powers are core abilities within each of us that we are using whether we know it or not. We consciously use them to handle every life situation so we can be the best we can be. Each of our Twelve Powers has a focused use and purpose, and we use them together, in concert, to master the art of living. They are faith, strength, wisdom, love, power, imagination, understanding, will, order, zeal, elimination, and life.- Rev. Kelly Isola
What is Affirmative Prayer? (from unity.org)
When most people think of prayer, they think of asking God for something.
Not so in Unity.
Unity uses “affirmative prayer.” Rather than begging or beseeching God, this method involves connecting with the spirit of God within and asserting positive beliefs about the desired outcome. Affirmative prayer is the same method of prayer Jesus taught when he said, “So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24).
If, for example, one were to pray traditionally, one might say: “Please God, help me find a job.” By contrast, an affirmative prayer might be: “I am now guided to my right and perfect employment.”
Affirmative prayer reflects the certainty that we are each being led to our highest good, despite any temporary appearances.
Metaphysicians believe that thoughts transmit magnetic energy and this energy attracts other energy of the same frequency. Whether you are conscious of it or not, your thoughts are transmitting energy that is attracting more of the same. When you remain focused on your intentions, you will draw those things into your life.
Rosemary Ellen Guiley, author of Prayer Works, states that affirmative prayer “sets into motion the forces that enable us to manifest what we pray for.”
She adds, “Prayer is ineffective when it is accompanied or followed by negative thinking, or the endless repeating of affirmations. We have to put power and intensity into our thought, change our thought, and believe in the guidance we are receiving. If we spend energy on negative beliefs and feelings, we will get negative results, even if we and others pray daily for us. For example, if you pray for a job and then complain to others that you have no job or can’t find one, you are undermining your prayer.”
By using an affirmative prayer approach, we can visualize and plan for the future with faith that the power of God is continually blessing our lives with unlimited possibilities. Affirmative prayer leads to an awakening of our spiritual selves. In faith, we pray giving thanks in advance that the Universe is meeting our every need.
Our Unity Prayer Request Box
We encourage you to make a list of all of your prayer concerns for both yourself and others, and to put it in the prayer request box either before or after the service on Sundays. Prayer requests will be sent on to Silent Unity where they will also be prayed about every day for 30 days.
Feel free to bring a new prayer list every Sunday.
Silent Unity … May We Pray With You? 24 Hours A Day
Download the free mobile prayer app from Silent Unity
Hal Fischbeck’s Phone Ministry
Hal Fischbeck is essentially the founder and “Father” of our Church. He has revitalized his phone ministry called Unity Thoughts, and the phone number is (607) 757-0009. He changes the message a couple of times each week. Call the number anytime you need a spiritual lift or a blessing.
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For prayer support: Rev. Diane Sickler, Sr. Minister, at firstname.lastname@example.org,
Phone: (570) 639-0878.
Mailing Address: 72 Lewis St,
Binghamton, NY 13901
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