Sunday Service Video September 10th, 2017—“ ‘I AM,’ I said”—Here is the link and player to the Rev. Karen Lindvig’s sermon from 09-10-2017 titled “ ‘I AM,’ I said.” In this Sunday sermon titled “ ‘I AM,’ I said,” Rev. Karen Lindvig elaborates on the Annual Theme of the Transformational Journey by further exploring the story of Exodus in the Old Testament in even more depth than the previous week. Extending the previous sermon, Karen elaborates on aspects of the story of Exodus, by exploring how the call to the Promised Land experienced by Moses, is a call that each of us can invoke to make… (see more below)
Rev. Karen Lindvig Sermon ” ‘I AM,’ I said”
http://seattleunity.org—In this Sunday sermon titled “ ‘I AM,’ I said,” Rev. Karen Lindvig elaborates on the Annual Theme of the Transformational Journey by further exploring the story of Exodus in the Old Testament in even more depth than the previous week. Extending the previous sermon, Karen elaborates on aspects of the story of Exodus, by exploring how the call to the Promised Land experienced by Moses, is a call that each of us can invoke to make a difference in our world to solve problems, to reduce suffering, to make our world a better place. Karen then extends the Exodus story to provide a method for dealing with the personal-scale and family-scale-crises we face in our own lives, as well as the large-scale, regional and global crises we all have been and will continue to face in the forms of hurricanes, fires, earthquakes and more. She does this through the mystical and deep spiritual identity of the consciousness of “I AM THAT I AM,” experienced by Moses that played a part in overcoming his initial resistance to the call of the burning bush.
Quotations related to this sermon:
Breaker consciousness quotations:
Genesis 1:26: “And God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the Earth.’ ”
Shariff Abdullah: “This consciousness has yielded wonderful results in the fields of health, science, world explorations, commerce, and entertainment. Breakers were able to wipe out polio and smallpox.”
Mender consciousness quotations:
Exodus 3:13-14: But Moses said to God, “If I come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
Exodus 4:10-13: But Moses said to the LORD, “O my Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor even now that you have spoken to your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” Then the LORD said to him, “Who gives speech to mortals? Who makes them mute or deaf, seeing or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you are to speak.” But he said, “O my Lord, please send someone else.”
Haruki Murakami: “When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
Dhaval Patel: “ ‘Tonglen’ is a Tibetan word which means ‘giving and taking,’ As a spiritual practice, it refers to the sending and receiving of energy; taking in the negative (pain, suffering, fear, etc.) and giving back the positive (peace, joy, comfort, well-being).”
Key ideas related to this sermon:
We are called to the Promised Land.
We are called to move beyond Breaker consciousness to Mender consciousness.
When you feel like saying, ““O my Lord, please send someone else,” allow Mender consciousness to fill your being. Hear the words: “I AM THAT I AM HAS SENT YOU to this time and place to make a difference.” Act on those words. Rise to the occasion of helping to make our world a better place.