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SPIRITUAL PREPARATION

Just as we prepare for the various tasks in our daily human life experience, so should we consciously prepare for the celebration of the Risen Christ within us—our minds and bodies. This, of course, is a spiritual preparation and celebration that is recognized by two assigned periods of time, and/or holiday – Lent and Easter.

Lent, which has been designated to begin on Ash Wednesday (February 14th in 2018), is a time of preparation on a spiritual level. Although many of the traditional religious groups have an established outer demonstration of this preparation by giving up some unhealthy habit or tradition, such as not smoking, or giving up eating meat, or ice cream, etc.). However, the practice in Unity is to focus inwardly—fasting from thoughts of negative belief, criticism, or judgment.

Just as Jesus did in his 40 day fasting or preparation in the wilderness, we use this period of time to strengthen our resolve to move to the higher consciousness of Truth, Life. Through daily prayer and meditation, we keep watch over our thought, as instructed by scripture -- “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41, KJV). At the end of this preparation time, we are now ready to give praise to the “Risen Christ,” as we celebrate Easter.

Easter, occurring after the first full moon of the spring season (April 1st in 2018), is traditionally the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus. Through his 40 day fasting preparation in the wilderness, Jesus--the biblical and historical human presence of God-- was greatly successful in attaining the Christ Consciousness; thus, Spiritual Resurrection.

In The Revealing Word, Charles Fillmore defines Easter as “The awakening and raising to the spiritual consciousness of the I AM in man, which has been dead in trespasses and sins and buried in the tomb of materiality.” However, like Jesus, we too can celebrate the Risen Christ within our temple of the Living God, by fully first denying any seeming power or force over us that is not of God, our Creator. And secondly, by wholly affirming the One Power and One Presence of God, or I AM.

Therefore, as we remain true in our spiritual preparation for the celebration of Easter, let us meditate on a wonderful prayer published by Unity in 2001, as follows:

"Listen, My Beloved,

You have a purpose, a reason for being, and in finding and carrying out this purpose, remember that you are one with me.

Yes, we are one, you and I. In this oneness, you can do all things.

If you should come upon dark or trying times, turn to Me. Remember that I am with you. I am within you.

I am with you as light to guide you in your search.

I am with you as peace to uplift you on even the most difficult day.

I am with you as love to give you confidence as you discover your way in life.

Let My light shine through you to illumine your way.

Let My peace comfort you.

Let My unending love enfold you always.

Follow your heart, and you will discover your reason for being."


And now, in praise of the power of the Christ within, we affirm, “Christ is Risen in me;” and we live in accord. “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1, KJV).

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Christine Randle, LUT

 

 

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UNITY OF OAK PARK
405 N Euclid Ave
Oak Park, IL 60302

Phone: 708-848-0960
Fax: 708-848-0158
E-Mail: unity@unityoakpark.org

A REFLECTION OF GOD

You are invited to let the words of the beautiful prayer below, from Unity’s 2001 Lent Booklet, entitled Following Jesus, to bless you with peace, joy, health, and harmony during this time of Lent.  As you read this prayer, let each phrase take you into a deep meditation where you are surrounded and fully embraced in the light of God.  Through the voice of your own eyes and mind, truly listen and hear each phrase, as if spoken by the very voice of Our Father, God.  LISTEN!

 

Listen, My Beloved,

I see you as no one else does.

I see you as I created you to be:

Whole

Strong

Peaceful

Free

Joyous.

I see the truth in you—My spirit within you, perfect in every way.

Beloved, look at yourself the way I see you and know that you are made in My image.  You are created to be healthy, to live up to your full potential.  I see you this way every moment of every day.

My life flows through you.

My light shines in you.

My love upholds you.

If you forget this from time to time, turn to Me.  I am here for you.  I will not let you forget the truth about yourself. 

You are a reflection of Me.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

Unity of Oak Park is dedicated to teaching Spiritual Truth; awakening individuals to the indwelling Christ -  I AM; and putting into practice Universal Laws of Love, Peace, Prosperity, and Healing.


Affiliated with Unity Institute and Seminary,   Unity Village, MO

Member of The Association of Unity Churches

UPCOMING SUNDAY SERVICES

9:00 AM & 11:00 AM SERVICES


FEBRUARY

4

Love, Healing and Spiritual Justice
Christine Garza, Ministerial Candidate

11

Love Talk
Rev. Tom Wendt, Guest Speaker

18

What's Love Got to Do with It?
Mary Stewart-Pellegrini, Ph.D.

25

This Thing Called Love

Ryan Priester, LUT-C

 

 


MARCH

4

Lent
Maria Cosentino, LUT, Guest Speaker

11

The Power of the WORD
Stephen Hoxworth

18

On a Mission from God
Alden Studebaker, Ministerial Candidate

25

Following the Path

Rev. Patty Pipia, Guest Speaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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