March 18 It’s Time to Boogey

Someone once said that “Inspiration without action amount only to entertainment.” Yes, it is important to take action and we see this very clearly in all the stories that we read about in scripture. Before most of the miracles of healing that Jesus performed, there was some action that was taken before the healing actually took place. Let us explore, how specific action can move us in the direction of our dreams. See you at 10:AM

February 18, 2018 This Sunday

We all have heard the phrase, mind over matter at one time or another. In a nutshell, it means that our minds have power over outer circumstances.  Yet this Sunday, I will propose to you that the phrase, Mind over mind (upper case and lower case are intentional) not only makes more sense, but it has a much practical application whether we are seeking to express wholeness, harmony or prosperity. I look forward to seeing you Sunday at 10. On the way to church, please only go through clear intersections.

This Sunday, Feb 11, 2018

How did Myrtle Fillmore’s healing from tuberculosis actually happen? Does anyone know? Was it overnight or was it the result of mental paradigm shift?

These and other questions that can bring about healing will be discussed this Sunday. Ishtar will be our vocalist.

Donate

There are many ways you can support Unity Center for Positive Living: with your love and prayers; your presence at Sunday services and classes; and your financial support, too. Our spiritual community is thriving because of the generosity of people like you, who put feet on their prayers by giving of their time, talent and treasure.

If you would like to make a donation to support Unity Center for Positive Living, please use the button below to make an online donation using MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, or PayPal. If you would rather send a check, please mail it to:

Unity Center for Positive Living
1239 South US 17-92
Longwood, FL 32750

 

Weddings and More

Weddings, Christenings, Memorial Services, and Home, Office and Pet Blessings and more… all are among the ways we can support you in your desire to recognize and celebrate the spiritual dimensions of the passages in your life and the lives of your loved ones. For more information, please contact us.

brideWeddings
We can help make one of the most important days of your life even more meaningful. Unity is a Christian church where people of all faiths may be married. Our ministers officiate at weddings in many locations. You may choose to have your wedding in an outdoor garden, in your favorite hotel, at home, or another special place.

Christenings
Christening is an ancient ritual that predates even the earliest Christian traditions. The rite and the interpretation of its meaning have undergone many changes over time, and today christening is practiced in many different ways. The purpose of Christening is to recognize the spiritual identity and purpose of a soul. In Unity, we look to the example of Jesus as our guide.

mother and childIn Mark 10: 13-16 we read that Jesus took children in his arms and blessed them.

Christening in Unity is the act of welcoming a child into our world and recognizing this soul by name in its human journey. It is a time for parents to dedicate themselves to raising their child in an awareness of God’s loving presence.

Godparents ~ You may choose as many people as you wish, or have no Godparents. There is no legal obligation or responsibility made through a Christening service.

Spiritual Baptisms ~ For children and adults, we also provide a baptism service.

butterfly-monarchMemorial Services
At the time of the passing of a loved one, many people want a service and don’t know where to turn. We are here to support people in times of grief and loss. We can provide services at the location of your choice. Our services are positive, uplifting celebrations of the life lived. We honor each person’s spiritual traditions.

Home Blessings
A private home blessing ceremony acknowledges and honors your home as sacred space, a sanctuary of love, peace and joy. Many people request a home blessing as they settle into a new home or apartment, but a home blessing ceremony is appropriate at any time, whether you have just moved in or have lived in your home for many years.

Power of Prayer

prayerThe Prayer for Protection*
The light of God surrounds me;
The love of God enfolds me;
The power of God protects me;
The presence of God watches over me.
Wherever I am, God is!

“Beloved, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours.”
– Mark 11:24

Unity is a ministry founded on the power of prayer. It was through prayer that our co-founders, Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, received significant and seemingly miraculous healings. Prayer always has been central to Unity and to our ministry at Unity Sample.

If you are experiencing circumstances in your life, or in the life of a loved one, that requires prayer support, please complete a confidential online prayer request now or fill out a prayer request any Sunday during our service, and we will add you to our prayer list.

Want someone to pray with you right now?


You also can reach Silent Unity, our movement’s worldwide prayer ministry, any time of the night or day by calling 1-800-669-7729. Every request to Silent Unity also is kept confidential and receives loving, compassionate attention.

Or you can complete a confidential online prayer request to Silent Unity right now; just click here.

*The Prayer for Protection was written by the late James Dillet Freeman, poet laureate of the Unity movement and director of Silent Unity, Unity’s worldwide prayer ministry.

Meet Our Ministers

Revs. Alinda and Coco Ramos

Ministers Alinda and Coco Ramos seemed destined for shared spiritual service from the time they met in 1966. Since then they have worked together as church volunteers, traveled around the world with their music ministry, and worked together at Unity Village, Missouri, central offices of the Unity movement.

Alinda and Coco Ramos were married in 1972 and have two daughters, Alinda and Lillian.

Alinda and Coco discovered Unity in 1978 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA. In 1981 the couple moved to the mainland and settled in Orlando, Florida. In 1997 they answered a call to Ministry and moved to Missouri. Alinda was ordained a Unity Minister in 2001. Coco became a Licensed Unity Minister in 2004 and was  ordained a Unity Minister in 2008.

Alinda holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education, a Master of Science in Computer Education, and a Specialist Degree in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages. She also is a graduate of the Unity Institute, formerly Unity School for Religious Studies.

Coco Ramos holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education and has completed the Personal Development and Leadership tracks at Unity Institute as well. During his time in Missouri Coco was the Executive Producer of the Multimedia Department at Unity. He is a recording artist with five compact discs to his credit.

Coco has conducted studies in Pastoral Clinical Education and currently serves as a Hospital Chaplain at Florida Hospital in Altamonte Springs, FL

The Ramos couple has been featured as presenters at National and International Conferences for Unity Ministers. Supported by their love for each other and inspired by their understanding of God’s love, they have together committed their lives to the Unity Ministry.

You Still Have Time

Dear friend,

As 2017 comes to an end, we look back at the treasured memories from this year. We have cultivated new friendships and new relationships. We look forward to getting to know you more in the new year.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that this is your last opportunity to give a year end gift to Unity Center for Positive Living. We are a 501(c)corporation under the IRS, and at least this year, your contribution is totally tax deductible.

To support our ministry, visit WWW fmnet1.com/cocoseptera And look for the yellow PayPal button. In addition, you may send your contribution to 1239 S. US Highway 1792, Longwood, FL 32750.

We remain in gratitude. Have a happy and prosperous New Year

Revs Alinda and Coco RAMOS

Nurture the Gift December 17 2017

INTRO

 

For to us a child is born,

to us a son is given,

and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

 

During this month and this time of Advent, I have exploring this concept of THE GIFT. We talked about expecting a gift in any situation or condition. Las week we spoke about receiving the GIFT and today, I would like to explore the notion of NURTURING the gift. Not only we will talk about nurturing the gift, but also how can we nurture the gift.

 

By now, it should be pretty clear that the gift is not a material gift. Rather, the gift is non other than the Presence of God in us, around us, and through us.

 

Jesus told us, Seek first the Kingdom of God and its righteousness and ALL THESE THINGS would be added onto us. The Kingdom of Heaven, according to Charles Fillmore is the realm of Divine Ideas, the realm of infinite possibilities.

 

I find it interesting that the Hebrews for hundreds of years were expecting a liberator, a political Messiah that would free them from the oppression of the Romans. Instead, their political Messiah came in the form of a baby, that grew up to be Spiritual Master that taught about the presence of God and about compassion and love among human kind.

 

So, how are we going to connect with this Kingdom of God, with this realm of Infinite potential, with his kingdom of infinite possibilities? There is only one way. THROUGH PRAYER.

 

Now, PRAYER, might mean something different to different people. However, there is perhaps a definition of prayer that we can all agree with. I call it a (PPT) Conscious Awareness of the Presence and the Activity of God,in all, through all and as all. That form of prayer becomes an attitude rather than a specific act such as reciting prayers, repeating affirmations, using beads, chanting or whatever. Mind you, there is absolutely nothing wrong with any of those things, as long as we do them in and from that awareness of the presence of God.

 

Another thing to consider is that awareness assumes that the person is not praying TO God, as an entity that is separate, but rather FROM that awareness of a living presence in which live, move and have our being.

 

Now, because we are looking at this awareness as THE GIFT, we are going to value, and protect that gift, by staying close to it and not letting it go. And the only way that such a thing is possible is by nurturing our prayer life and making it a priority. Everything we do, should be in this awareness.

 

 

HOW TO

 

How to we consciously and intentionally enter into this awareness? Perhaps the text from Isaiah can help us to relate to God as the Divine Presence that God is.

In Unity we teach that God is unchanging principle, however to the individual consciousness, God can express as the energy (archetype ?) that we need at that particular time.

 

Isaiah referred to this awareness as, (PPT) Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

 

These names can serve as a guide for us to relate to the Infinite Presence of God. If we are in need of guidance, we might think of God as Wonderful Counselor. If we feel that we need nurturing or protection, Mighty God or Everlasting Father might be a way in which we choose to relate to God at that particular moment. If the situation in our lives has something to do with the apparent lack of harmony in a given situation, maybe to think of God as Prince of Peace might be a good idea. In another part of the text, Isaiah uses the name Immanuel, which literally means GOD WITH US or GOD AMONG US, indicating that we are never alone or separate from God.

 

Now in order to get into this place of a conscious awareness of the presence of God. We need to travel a very short distance, roughly, 18 inches. It is the distance FROM THE HEAD TO THE HEART.

 

It is necessary to let go of the intellect and connect from our heart where the center of spirituality resides.

 

I find it interesting that John the Baptist, which some refer as the one who prepared the way for Jesus, when someone asked him if HE was the Messiah that they were expecting, he replied: I MUST DECREASE SO HE CAN INCREASE. What does that mean?

 

According to the Metaphysical Bible Dictionary, John the Baptist represents the Illumined Intellect. He represents that part of our consciousness that GETS IT; but it gets it UP HERE (HEAD) It is the part of our consciousness that does not necessarily has INTERNALIZED the truth and taken it all the way to the heart. Jesus, on the other hand, represents, the Christ within. The energy of the Christ within is located in our LOVE CENTER, which is the physical heart. That is why I walked you through that exercise last week which we are about to do again. I guarantee you that if you get used to praying by taking a few seconds and making that HEART CONNECTION, your life will change for the better.

 

So I must decrease so he can increase, means that our intellectual analyzing needs to diminish so our heart centered awareness can grow and increase.

 

Let’s do the exercise for just a moment. Take a second to get comfortable……. Take a few deep breaths…..Place your hand over your heart and begin to breathe into that area, as though you were breathing through your heart muscle.   INHALE……..EXHALE.

 

I AM NOW IN THE PRESENCE OF PURE BEING

“I am now in the Presence of pure Being, immersed in the Holy Spirit of Life, Love, and Wisdom. I acknowledge Thy presence and power, O blessed Spirit. In thy Divine Wisdom now erase my mortal limitations. From Thy pure substance of Love, bring into manifestation my world according to Divine Law.”

 

One last thing. The Apostle Paul invited us to pray without ceasing. First, we cannot enter into a genuine awareness of the presence of God if we are holding resentment or a grudge towards someone, something or even to ourselves.

 

There is a place in Scripture that says that before we bring an offering to the altar, if we have a resentment towards our brother, to go and seek reconciliation first and then come back and place your offering at the altar.

 

We need to be walking prayers. And How do We become a WALKING Prayer? ELEMENTARY MY DEAR WATSON. We become a walking prayer when we share with others the

gifts of JOY, PEACE, POSITIVITY,FORGIVENESS,

NON-JUDGEMENT, AND COMPASSION.

 

CLOSE

 

We have expected the gift, we have received the gift, Now we know how to nurture the gift. During our Candlelight services we will embrace the energies of expecting, receiving and nurturing as we embody the different characters in the Christmas story. Then we simply can BECOME THE GIFT, which is what our Candlelight service is all about. I hope to see you all Tuesday Night. Merry Christmas.