Seattle Unity Sermon Video 12-03-2017—”The Adventure Begins”

Sunday Service Video December 3rd, 2017—“The Adventure Begins”—Here is the link and player to the Rev. Karen Lindvig’s sermon from 12-03-2017. In this Sunday sermon titled “The Adventure Begins,“ Rev. Karen Lindvig elaborates on the Annual Theme of the Transformational Journey. In “The Adventure Begins” Karen celebrates this day as the first day in Advent, marking the time when we symbolically call back the light, preparing the way for the seasons and festivals of light—Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Solstice and Dwali. She does this through… (see more below)

Rev. Karen Lindvig Sermon “The Adventure Begins”

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Title: The Adventure Begins

http://seattleunity.org—In this Sunday sermon titled “The Adventure Begins,“ Rev. Karen Lindvig elaborates on the Annual Theme of the Transformational Journey. In “The Adventure Begins” Karen celebrates this day as the first day in Advent, marking the time when we symbolically call back the light, preparing the way for the seasons and festivals of light—Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Solstice and Dwali. She does this through defining the Holy Spirit; telling the Christmas story as an adventure; casting Mary as representing the intuitive self; and saying “Yes!” to one’s inner voices and feelings, especially fears. And she recounts her own instances of saying “yes” to opportunities during her 27-year career at Seattle Unity, including the new building project.

Key quotations related to the sermon:

Luke 1:35-36 & 1:38: “And the angel answered and said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.’ Then Mary said, ‘Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.’ And the angel departed from her.”

Charles Fillmore: “Zeal is the mighty force that incites the winds, the tides, the storms; it urges the planet on its course, and spurs the ant to greater exertion. It is the urge behind all things. Zeal is the affirmative impulse of existence, its command is ‘Go forward!’ ”

Christine Valters Paintner: “We have a life impulse and a death impulse. Each choice allows us to move toward the things that bring us life. If we don’t choose the path of growth, we can move toward that which drains us of life.”

Deuteronomy 30:19: “I call Heaven and Earth to witness that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live.”

Key ideas related to this sermon:

1. It is no accident that as the nights become longer, we consciously celebrate the light.
2. The light is not just the sun but *inner* light.
3. And perhaps it is in the darkness that the light becomes so much more pronounced.
4. Saying *yes* to your light will radically change your life.
5. It open the doorways to your dreams. Most of us live in fear of following our dreams and passions. We brush them off as silly ideas or even as something too good to be true, and continue living life as is and wonder why we’re so unhappy.
6. You never know who you’ll meet.
7. Your life will become more exciting and full of potential.