First Congregational Church
Corner of Main and Front Streets
Binghamton, NY 13905
at 11:45 AM in the Eden Room
Fellowship & refreshments shared with FCC at 11:15 AM in the Parlor
This Week at Unity 8-19-18
This week we welcome back Jamie Walters! The title of her message is:
The Hidden Power of ???
When we use more question marks — inquiry — than hard-core statements (period!), we open to new streams and possibilities for healing, humanity, and bridge-building in these conflict-filled times.
Jamie Walters is a writer, spirit-centered advisor and teacher, and the curator and creatrix of Sophia’s Children. She spent 20+ years consulting on more skillful communication between individuals and groups often at odds with one another, and knows that the need for skillful communication and awareness has only increased in our current times — *and* that it begins with, and within, each of us.
Learn more about Jamie on her website: sophias-children (dot) com. (Editor’s note: When you put this in your browser use a “.” In place of the word dot, and leave out the parenthesis. This bulk email doesn’t allow us to use dot com links.)
3rd Sunday Potluck Lunch & Board Meeting:
Following the service, feel free to join us for lunch, and stay for the meeting! This month we won’t be meeting in the fellowship hall but will be congregating upstairs. Bring a dish to share if you’d like, though it isn’t required. There’s always plenty of food. The board meeting will follow lunch. Come and be a part of what’s happening with Unity in the Southern Tier. Your input is always welcome!
PLEASE JOIN US!!
Affirm with us:
I choose to awaken to divine possibilities!
August 26 Edmund Cotton
UNITY WORLD DAY OF PRAYER:
Thursday September 13, 2018
This year marks the 25th anniversary of World Day of Prayer when we join in focused, intentional prayer with people from all over the globe. This year the theme is “Courage to Heal” and the affirmation is “I AM a healing presence.”
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO, WORLD DAY OF PRAYER BEGAN AS A UNITY SEMINARY STUDENT PROJECT. THIS YEAR WE CELEBRATE A QUARTER CENTURY OF FOCUSED PRAYER WITH INDIVIDUALS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE. THIS YEAR WE ALSO HONOR THE THEME “BE STILL AND KNOW” DURING OUR 24-HOUR PRAYER VIGIL. WE WILL HAVE A NEW SCHEDULE TO ENCOURAGE ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN SITTING IN THE SILENCE AND AFFIRMING, “I AM A HEALING PRESENCE.”
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES FOR WORLD DAY OF PRAYER:
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2018
6:45 p.m. Opening music in the Activities Center.
7 p.m. Opening Service in the Activities Center with keynote address. Music provided. Live-streamed at worlddayofprayer.org. A candlelight walk to the Silent Unity Chapel will follow the opening ceremony. 8:30 p.m. 24-hour Prayer Vigil begins in the Silent Unity Chapel and continues through Thursday, September 13.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2018
11 a.m. Silent Unity Prayer Service in the Activities Center. Live-streamed at worlddayofprayer.org.
1:30 p.m. Sacred Circle prayer experience in the central courtyard.
2:30 p.m. Music and spoken word to lift and release prayers of healing in the Activities Center. Live-streamed at worlddayofprayer.org.
3:30-6:30 p.m. Open. Join in consciousness at the 24-hour Prayer Vigil.
7 p.m. Closing celebration in the Activities Center. Live-streamed at worlddayofprayer.org.
8 p.m. Closing of the 24-hour Prayer Vigil in the Silent Unity Chapel.
Aligning my mind and heart with the mind and heart of God, I center myself in Pure Being. In a state of spiritual realization, I remember I can never be broken, limited, or unworthy. Courageously, I rise into my true spiritual nature in this moment of healing. I heal the whole of me as I accept that I am brave. I am bright. I am beautiful.
As I heal in body, mind, and spirit, I support healing in my family, my community, the earth, and the world. Centered in Pure Being, I am a healing presence.
Vera Scroggins has taken several videos of recent Sunday Services. To find her videos of Rev. Diane Sickler, Rev. Art Suggs, musical guests & other speakers:
- First, type in youtube in your search engine.
- When youtube comes up type in her name, Vera Scroggins, in the search bar on top of page.
- Click her name and face to get to her channel.
- Look for Rev. Sickler’s name in a picture icon and look across icons till you see
Rev. Suggs picture icon. Click on those to view the sermons and live music.
Vera can send you a link if you prefer as she wasn’t able to send links in the Unity email.
Anyone with questions can call or write Vera Scroggins:
veraduerga@gmail (dot com) or 607-237-9685.
We believe that all people are created with sacred worth. Therefore we recognize the importance of serving all people within the Unity family in spiritually and emotionally caring ways. We strive to reach out to all who seek Unity support and spiritual growth. Our spiritual community is free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, creed, national origin, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.
The Courage To Imagine
The 2018 Unity yearly theme is The Courage to Imagine. It is through the power of imagination that we can transform our lives. Whatever outcome we envision, we can achieve. Using this gift, we can release limiting thoughts and realize our divine potential.
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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