Message of Faith – Sacred Service

This weeks Message of Faith submitted by Rev. Joanne Rowden

Rev. Joanne Rowden
Rev. Joanne Rowden

From the website, we read, “Sacred service begins with the knowledge that everything and everyone in the universe is a unique sign of Divine Beauty, Power and Perfection. Gradually this knowledge grows into love for all as one. Then, this radiant love blossoms into selfless service to all creatures seeking by it nearness to the Creator.” In Unity, we know that each and everyone is the unique and individualized expression of the Divine. Each one has unique gifts, talents and abilities to share. Sacred service becomes an opportunity for us to share our abilities in a way that honors the Divine in all we do.

Sacred service moves us beyond simply volunteering. Often, as a volunteer, we step in to do the things that need to be done for the good of the organization. Sacred service invites you to step into sharing your unique abilities in order to grow in your understanding of your relationship to God. While the organization will surely be blessed through your service, the intention is to develop your understanding of yourself in relation to God while honoring the Christ Spirit within all.

In reality, every moment of every day provides us with an opportunity to be in sacred service. No matter what I am doing in any given moment, I can dedicate the activity to service to God, with the intention that it be an opportunity to deepen my understanding of my sacred self.

What might this look like in our lives? One of my challenges this past week was to discover how to make cleaning the bathrooms a sacred service. It is one of my least favorite jobs. This week, I became aware of the miracle of the water that runs through my taps with the turn of a knob. In an instant, I have hot water with which to bathe. What a blessing it is to have a toilet and a body that knows how to release and surrender what no longer serves. As I clean my bathroom, I allow my mind to take in all of these blessings. What an honor, then, to keep this room clean. Centered in the blessing, in the honor, I am able to move from cleaning the bathroom as my least favorite job, to serving my family with love and joy.

Some things are easier to move into sacred service. For example, as I am preparing my meal, I can take the time to honor and respect each one whose hands went into bringing this food onto my table. I can remember the oneness with which all of life is connected. I can know that the sun, the minerals, the water that grew the food, now nourishes my body. I can center in gratitude and fill this meal with my love. In the process, meal preparation becomes much more spiritual as I give myself over to sacred service.

Of course, sacred service is also experienced when we reach out to our brothers and sisters who may be going through a challenge and in need of support. However, sacred service allows me to remember that we are one, and that they are not less than I in any way. As I serve them in a soup kitchen, in donating clothing or necessities, in handing a few dollars to a homeless person, I remember that they are a unique and individualized expression of the Divine.

You can engage in sacred service at all times. As you set the intention to do so, you will come into a deeper understanding of God and God’s vision for your life. Together, in service to God, we can co-create a world that works for all!

Abundant peace and blessings… Rev. Joanne


Rev. Joanne Rowden
Rev. Joanne Rowden

Rev. Joanne Rowden is the senior minister at Unity Spiritual Center in Westlake, OH. She served as the minister at Unity in Edinboro for 13 years before taking on this new position on November 1, 2014. She lives in Hinckley, OH with her husband.

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