Our February theme for worship is mystery. Mystery is an important spiritual idea that relates to humility. We do not know it all, we can not know it all, and in many ways the more we know, the more we realize how little we know. There is a tradition for monks of the Benedictine order, where the final progression of their spiritual life is giving up any notion they have of the sacred or holy, living in awe of the mystery of not knowing the divine nature. I find a lot of wisdom in that since we come dangerously close to false concreteness in our thoughts and beliefs where a healthy question mark is more true than a conclusive period.
On February 9th I will be preaching a sermon entitled "Let It Go" where we will discuss the power of unknowing in spiritual life. Unknowing includes letting go old and tired notions that no longer fit and that constrain us. Unknowing embraces humility as a tool for growth. Encountering mystery is not solving a puzzle or a who done it, but a daily experience of seeing the world afresh.
On February 29th, Unity Church will be hosting an all congregation stewardship carnival supper. We will have food and entertainment and a movie for the kids. You are warmly invited to come participate, and hear the good news of how the congregation is doing with your support and see what we can do in the coming year with your commitment. Additionally, we will have the band serenading us and a congregational competition for desserts with the Great Unity Church Bake Off hosted by Unity's version of Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry or Prue Leith depending on which judge speaks most to your inner baking fanatic. Watch out because I've been working on my biscuits, tray bakes, meringues and pies this fall and winter so the competition will be something special, of that there is no mystery.
Dr. Andrew Tripp
Coordinator of Ministry
Unity Church Easton