Sunday Service Videos October 12th, 2014—”The Covenant.” Here are the links and players to the music videos and sermon from 10-12-2014, with Rev. Karen Lindvig’s sermon titled “The Covenant.” The music of the service features vocals by Erin McGaughan and Kerry O’Connor, backed up by the Seattle Unity House Band, with guest drummer Ben Morrow. Also singing are DIOS members Meg Tierney, Jennifer Bolles, Dahlia Cohen, and first-timer Rose Gamble. Erin McGaughan produced the music for this service.
Kerry O’Connor Sings “You are the Sunshine of My Life”
Erin McGaughan Sings “A Place in the Choir”
Marelu Marson Greco Leads Children’s Meditation
Kerry O’Connor Sings “Forever Young”
Rev. Karen Lindvig Sermon “The Covenant”
Kerry O’Connor Song “All Things Bright and Beautiful”
http://seattleunity.org—Rev. Karen Lindvig gives her sermon titled “The Covenant.” This sermon expands the theme for 2014 called “Soul-Trek.” The sub-theme in the month of October is “Live Long and Prosper.” In her sermon “The Covenant,” Karen leads the spiritual community to experience the story of Noah, the flood, and the ark, while embracing the covenant to live long and prosper with our creation, our nature on Earth, amid our own “floods.” To support this lesson, Karen facilitates the sound effects of the flood, with the community making the sounds; shows a film about people spontaneously saving beached dolphins; tells a story of a whale saving a human from death; and connects all the dots to the experience of activating spiritual consciousness amid the floods-like events we experience in our lives—from the events that affect all of us such as climate change, to personal floods such as the death of a loved one.
Included in her sermon is an announcement about the passing of former Seattle Unity minister Richard Levy. Richard died at 10:20 a.m., last Sunday, on October 5th, during our service that day. Last week, Karen led the community in a song for Richard, at what turns out was just a few minutes after his passing. That song begins at about 16 minutes into the sermon of October 5th.
Karen announced that she will be communicating with Richard Levy’s wife, Maureen Levy, to expiore how to honor Richard and his life.
Key quotations related to this sermon:
Genesis 5: 15-17,22: Then God said to Noah, 16 “Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh—birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth—so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth. As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”
Dereke Bruce: “In order to keep a true perspective of one’s importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him.”
Rachel Carson: “The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”
Jean Coceteau: “I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little they become it’s visible soul.”
Samuel Butle: “All of the animals except man knows that the principle business of life is to enjoy it.”
Key ideas related to this sermon:
1. We are facing another “flood” in the form of climate change.
2. If Noah, the ark and his family represent spiritual consciousness that can survive great challenges – then this may be a road map to demonstrate how we can manage the challenges that face us today.
3. How are you called to be a blessing to the Earth?
Updated Prayer for Protection
“The Light of God Surrounds you.” I AM Light.
“The Love of God enfolds you.” I AM Love.
“The Power of God protects you.” I AM Power.
“The Presence of God watches over you. I AM Presence.
“Wherever we are, God is.” I AM.