Using Automator with the Apple Mail app

I want to do something that I think should be easy! I have the text of an e-mail message that I want to send to a specific mailing list. The list is in an Address Book group. I want to personalize each e-mail so that it goes to just one person and is addressed to "Dr. <last name>" at "<e-mail address>," where both are in a separate Address Book entry.
I've tried a couple of scripts using the actions provided by Apple but they fall down because I can't get Automator to reference my e-mail message. I get the error, "There is no outgoing Mail message. (-2700)) occurred in Group Mailer."
Anyone know how to properly present Automator with my mail message?

That depends on the type of email account and the settings. You can leave mail on the server or remove it.

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