Sunday Service Videos December 18th, 2016—”Journey to Awakening”—Here are the links and players to the music videos and sermon from 12-18-2016, with Rev. Karen Lindvig’s sermon titled “Journey to Awakening.”
Seattle Unity Choir Sings “Hark the Herald”
Honoring Finance Manager Gali Winsauer—Retirement Ceremony
Seattle Unity Choir Sings “Order My Steps”
Rev. Karen Lindvig Sermon “Journey to Awakening”
Seattle Unity Choir Sings “Joyful Joyful”
http://seattleunity.org—Rev. Karen Lindvig’s sermon is titled “Journey to Awakening.” The theme for the month of December is The Sage. She explores how The Sage within each one of us can bring out the truth seeker, the monitor, the advisor, the teacher, and the Wise Man or Crone (Wise Woman). This includes invoking or identifying our cultural sage characters including Dumbledore in Harry Potter, Jiminy Cricket, Deanna Troy from Star Trek, and Yoda from Star Wars. In this sermon, Karen recalls the journey to Bethlehem by Jesus and Mary. The long journey can be seen as a metaphor of our own awakening as human beings, along our own long journey in life. In this life journey each one of lives can be one of awakening to our own wisdom. Rev. Karen reveals the conclusions of extensive research on adult human development concerning what makes for a good life.
Some Key Ideas and Questions Related to this Sermon
about the Journey to Awakening:
1. The journey is difficult.
2. Ask: “How do I learn from experience?”
3. Ask: “What determines whether any of us is living a good life?”
4. Ask: “How do I make my journey through life a journey to awakening?”
5. Ask: “How do I determine the difference between a real problem and a pseudo-problem?”
6. Ask: “Is there someone I need to reconnect with?”
7. Ask: “What are the qualities of my important relationships I want to appreciate, amplify and fully live.”
Key Quotations Related to this Sermon:
Luke 2: 4-7 Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Walt Whitman: “Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it by yourself. It is not far. It is within reach. Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know.”
Scott Peck: “Problems call forth our courage and our wisdom; indeed, they create our courage and our wisdom.”
Rumi: “The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want. Don’t go back to sleep. People are going back and forth across the doorsill, where the two worlds touch. The door is round and open. Don’t go back to sleep.”
“This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
Meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.”