Sunday Service Video November 12th, 2017—“The Good Samaritan”—Here is the link and player to the Rev. Karen Lindvig’s sermon from 11-12-2017. In this Sunday sermon, titled “The Good Samaritan,“ Rev. Karen Lindvig elaborates on the Annual Theme of the Transformational Journey, by focusing on generosity using the archetypal identity found in Scripture called the good Samaritan. In her sermon she unpacks the story about the good Samaritan as told by Jesus. She recounts the story; then connects the story to the dilemmas we experience… (see more below)
Rev. Karen Lindvig Sermon “The Good Samaritan”
Title: The Good Samaritan
http://seattleunity.org—In this Sunday sermon titled “The Good Samaritan,“ Rev. Karen Lindvig elaborates on the Annual Theme of the Transformational Journey, by focusing on generosity using the archetypal identity found in Scripture called the Good Samaritan. In her sermon she unpacks the story about the good Samaritan as told by Jesus. She recounts the story; then connects the story to the dilemmas we experience every day with people in need, such as the homeless; and then provides a number of possible solutions for identifying with the good Samaritan through our generosity without enabling harmful, self-destructive behavior in people in need by simply giving them money.
Karen introduces—as a part of a solution—the work of Jessica Huffman and her colleagues at Samaritan (formerly “GiveSafe”). Jessica and her organization have developed a free app called “Samaritan,” It enables passersby to know the story of a nearby homeless person who is wearing or carrying their Bluetooth beacon that identifies them as someone in the system. Then, the user of the Samaritan app can choose to donate credits to this person for things they need in their life that they can purchase through the network of vendors, such as Goodwill, associated with the app.
Karen’s sermon also explores how to be a Good Samaritan by recounting a number of stories about generosity, including the anti-generosity ending of the TV series Seinfeld, and a cat visiting Buckingham Palace to see the Queen of England, but noticing what cats notice.
Key quotations related to the sermon:
Luke 10:25-37: The Parable of the Good Samaritan
Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”
But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’
Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
Stanley Tousaiant: “What you do is dependent on what you see.”