Palm Sunday Service Videos April 9, 2017—”Riding High”—Here are the links and players to the music videos and sermon from 04-09-2017, with Rev. Karen Lindvig’s sermon titled “Riding High.” In this Palm Sunday sermon titled “Riding High” on Rev. Karen Lindvig recounts the story of Jesus on Palm Sunday, riding high as he enters Jerusalem. Consistent with the theme of April—”Rising Up”—she describes the story of Jesus riding high at the pinnacle of his ministry. She recounts the story, and then explores key lessons from it.
Stephanie and Brian Emery sing “All the Right Reasons”
Mercedes Nicole sings “Everything Must Change”
Rev. Karen Sermon “Riding High”
Jennifer Bolles Sings “Rise”
https://seattleunity.org—In this Palm Sunday sermon titled “Riding High” on Rev. Karen Lindvig recounts the story of Jesus on Palm Sunday, riding high as he enters Jerusalem. Consistent with the theme of April—”Rising Up”—she describes the story of Jesus riding high at the pinnacle of his ministry. She recounts the story, and then explores key lessons from it. These lessons include the cyclical nature of events in life, exemplified by the ups and downs and ups of the last period of the life of Jesus. She explores how knowing life has a higher purpose enables us to ride the ups and downs of life by following inner guidance towards that purpose, in profound acts of courage, particularly when the others don’t have the same purpose.
Key quotations related to this sermon:
Zechariah 9:9: “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
Matthew 21:8-9: A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Hosanna in the highest!”
Luke 19:35-43: They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.
Carrie Otis: “Life inevitably throws you curve balls, unexpected circumstances that remind us to expect the unexpected. I’ve come to understand these curve balls are the beautiful unfolding of both karma and current.”
Key ideas related to this sermon:
1. Palm Sunday marks the pinnacle of Jesus’s ministry. All that he has worked for and all that he has been is now in it’s full phase.
2. Life is cyclical. Events rise and fall. From this pinnacle moment Jesus could rule the world. Instead, he chooses an unexpected path. Why? Because he has a different perspective and knows there is a higher purpose to his life.
3. Following your inner guidance is an act of courage particularly when the rest of the world doesn’t hold the same view.