Sunday Service for October 31, 2021 - Rev. Janine Grey

Prayer

Mother and Father God hear our prayer:

Your divine love for us brings us to birth, Your divine light guides our lives, and we have learned our lessons for this life we will return home. Spirit, those who have passed over we know are still alive in Your presence, their new Spirit lives on and does not end. We pray for our families and friends, and for all of those who have gone before us. In the wonder of the Christ light, and loving energy let those who have passed on rejoice in our Spiritual home, where all our tears are wiped away, uniting us all together again as one family, We are blessed in this knowledge and comforted by our constant knowing of life living on and being part of the divine spark from the beginning before time. We acknowledge your loving guidance and presence now and always.

Amen

Reading: Halloween’s Origins

Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago, mostly in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1.

This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the New Year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.

In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort during the long, dark winter.

To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes. When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.

The tradition of dressing in costume for Halloween has both European and Celtic roots. Hundreds of years ago, winter was an uncertain and frightening time. Food supplies often ran low and, for the many people afraid of the dark, the short days of winter were full of constant worry. On Halloween, when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world, people thought that they would encounter ghosts if they left their homes. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits.

On Halloween, to keep ghosts away from their houses, people would place bowls of food outside their homes to appease the ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter.

Address

I was ordained on October 30th on a Sunday 5 years ago now, and I remember trying to get as close to Halloween as possible. I love this time of year with the multi-coloured leaves and sunshine peeking through the clouds. It’s such a wonderful time of the year.

I had a black cat in England. Having a black cat was lucky, of course this is not true in the same way a black cat is unlucky. A cat is a pure creature designed by our creator which is incapable of bringing anything but love and happiness into your life. As we know, some people think of us Mediums as weird or strange as they don’t understand our true philosophy, and how the seven principles play in our lives, and love being the key to all and everything. This misunderstanding falls in the same way of things like having a black cat and having Tarot cards, this usually means you’re a witch or spooky and cast spells on people. This lack of knowledge causes biased opinions and fear in some people. Understanding the origins of where these suspicions come from goes back to ancient times where there was a lack of knowledge and which caused fear.

In this day and age I find it funny how these prejudices still are heard of today, even in this modern time. But with these notions that are passed down by our elders, we can change all this, with each generation we have the responsibility to change all this nonsense. You are not a witch for having Tarot Cards or having a cat which happens to be black. Mediums are not weird we are just more open and sensitive than others around us. But we work with love and Spirit that dwell in the light of God and which we are all apart of, we are all connected and entwined. Let’s help stop prejudice on all counts and move forward to strive to make a better world for all of us no matter what colour, sexual preference, or religion you choose. God made you and this is who you are meant to be. Life lessons are hard but together we can make a difference. Let’s make a happier world for all and change peoples opinions on all counts.