E-News for October 5th, 2017

Obstacles To Joy
Part 2

Rev. Sharon Ketchum

October 8th, 2017
10:30 am

 All ages are welcome at Celebration Services

   We have "quiet bags" and t.v. tables for kids to use during services. 

   Please note that children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult if they spend time in the lower level of the building. 
The 3rd Sunday of each month, we offer a special children's program at 10:30 am.  Our next Kid's day is October 15th!

Connection Cards

Connection Card: 
I appreciate the "calmer" platform d├ęcor.  Really love the prayer song "Kingdom of Heaven"!  (StoweGood).  I love anything by Karen Drucker. - S.F.

Thank you.  Our Celebration team does some really great work.  Very versatile musically. As for the look of the platform - a new sub-team to the Celebration Team is being developed - the "A" team (A for aesthetics) to work on a cohesive look for the sanctuary and the rest of the building.

Connection Card: 
Please bring back the "Lord's Prayer" and "Our Thoughts are Prayers". Resistance to the Lord's Prayer seems to occur when it is interpreted through the lens of Catholicism.  I know lots of people have issues with this (I did.) If this is the issue, please include training for interpretation. T.C.

"Our Thoughts Are Prayers" is used on a regular basis and is one of several meditations songs we rotate amongst.  Rotating songs is beneficial to keep us expanding our spiritual practice, resonate with more congregants and to help prevent us from making any item of our spiritual practice a "sacred cow" in and of itself.

Regarding the "Lord's Prayer", we assume you are talking about the Malotte version. Musically, it has a difficult range for a congregation to sing.  When Rev. Sharon was hired, she was quite clear that she did not use that version of prayer since it portrays God as masculine and separate. 

Biblically, two different versions of this prayer are recorded - the long form in the Gospel of Matthew in the middle of the Sermon on the Mount, and the short form in the Gospel of Luke when 'one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John [the Baptist] taught his disciples. "'Theologically, the Gospels say to pray in "this manner", not "use these exact words".  In fact, Jesus admonished people for saying prayers by rote.  The words of the Mallotte version were developed by English translators, influenced by Shakespeare.  For many, the words are moving and meaningful and perfect to use in their private prayer practice.  Even more powerful, is writing your own "Lord's Prayer" by creating affirmations that follow the pattern that Jesus laid out as a way to pray.

Lunch Bunch  
Friday, October 6th at 1:00  

at Finley's Grill and Smokehouse, 
6300 S. Cedar, Lansing 48911 .

Between Miller Rd and Edgewood Blvd.

Please RSVP to Peggy by  October 5
517-944-1620  or  willoup05@gmail.com


Spiritual Growth & Development

U.S.C.L. Policy For Classes & Events: 


(No One Turned Away For Lack Of Funds)

Mondays 1 pm 

A group study and discussion 
of the book A Course of Love 
by Mari Parron

Wednesdays at 10:30 am 
Join for  prayer, 
discussion  and laughter. 

Wednesdays at 6:30 pm 

Take a break from the busyness of life 
and join together in prayer 
for yourself and others.

A Course In Miracles Study
7:00pm to 8:30pm.  
We will meet downstairs at 
230 S. Holmes St.

 We welcome anyone who is not familiar with the Course.  
The Course is about teaching us how to remember who we truly are through Love and Forgiveness. 

~ Dan and Carol Maynard facilitators

Call Dan 517.719.0003 Or Carol 517.719.0151 
if you have any questions

 A Note From Lucille Olson

Commune with Spirit
Someone asked me, "What does it mean to commune with Spirit?  I believe it means to take time alone to quietly enter into the silence; to allow all the minds' incessant chatter to fade away and wait silently until you feel the presence of peace and harmony enter into your whole being.  Some find it helpful to focus on the breath.  As you breathe in and out, put your attention on an element of Spirit that you would like to experience such as joy, peace, or love, until you feel that element embracing you.

   We often think that we need to tell Spirit what we need, but Spirit already knows our needs.  It is okay to ask, as Esther and Jerry Hicks explain in their book, "Ask and Ye Shall Receive",  " We never lose our connection with the source from which we came."  All physical beings have a non-physical counterpart that communicates through our thoughts and feelings.  We all have the power to summon the desires of our hearts through this connection.  However, true communion is simply consciously being in the presence of Spirit and experiencing the connection.

   The presence we feel when in communion with Spirit is a presence that is with us at all times.  It is a constant companion that guides us, protects us, and feeds us with the bounty of its love.  We never need to feel alone, abandoned, or isolated, for this one presence is always there.  It is a strong and steady partner in our lives.  It is up to us to take that precious time to enter into the silence and make our connection with Spirit.  Communion with Spirit is one of life's greatest pleasures and privileges.

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing illness, 
bereavement or other life challenges, 
contact Debbie Pennington at   517 485-7762 
or by email at dspennin@  gmail.com 
So that those facing challenges can receive a card from 
Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing's Outreach team.

Heart to Heart Connections Postings 
(of congregants experiencing health challenges)

Know of someone wanting visitation or phone calls? 
Enjoy visiting or talking with members of the congregation? 
Check out the heart to heart connections posting.

Feed Your Spirit For $9.95/ First Year
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Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing provides a safe place for the expression o f a variety of opinions; this does not necessarily constitute an endorsement, expressed or implied, of ideas presented in classes and group discussions. 

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