Sunday Service Videos October 5th, 2014—”The Long Goodbye”

Sunday Service Videos October 5th, 2014—”The Long Goodbye.” Here are the links and players to the music videos and sermon from 10-05-2014, with Rev. Karen Lindvig’s sermon titled “The Long Goodbye.” The music of the service features vocals by Connor Worley and Erin McGaughan, backed up by the Seattle Unity House Band, with guest drummer Chris Monroe. Also singing are DIOS members Monique Lowe, Jeri Hudson, and Chris Sullivan. Erin McGaughan produced the music for this service.

Connor Worley Sings “Oro Se Do Sheatha Bhaile”

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Connor Worley Sings “Irish Harvest Song”

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Rev. Karen Lindvig Sermon “The Long Goodbye”

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Connor Worley Sings “Fiddler’s Green”

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SERMON DETAILS—Rev. Karen Lindvig gives her sermon titled “The Long Goodbye.” 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 Long Goodbye,” Karen leads the spiritual community to use the clearing, healing process of forgiveness, corresponding to Yom Kippur, the day before, on October 4th, the 10th day of Tishri. This process of healing and atonement involves saying goodbye to others, to unhealed wounds, and to certain limits. This is supported by the Jewish ritual of using bread cast upon water after chosen experiences of forgiveness with the bread. Such processes of atonement and forgiveness help to prevent denial, and set the stage for living long and prospering in life.

Included in her sermon is an update about the condition of former Seattle Unity minister Richard Levy, who has been in hospice and is near death. Rev. Karen read several updates from recent days about Richard and his family. After the service, we found out Richard took his last breath during our service, about 10:20 a.m., Pacific Time. Karen led the community in a song for Richard, at what turns out was just a few minutes after his passing.

Key quotations related to this sermon:

Jesus of Nazareth: “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.”

Genesis 50:20: “Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good.”

Eric Butterworth: “Actually, forgiveness is the simplest way to lighten our burdens. The man who forgives is no more saintly than one who insists upon keeping clean. In reality, the act of forgiveness constitutes a mental bath-letting go of something that can only poison us within.”
Key ideas related to this sermon:

This month our theme is “Live Long and Prosper.” One of the steps to living an abundant life is letting go and clearing the way. The biggest letting go we can do is to forgive.

Yom Kippur is a time to forgive and accept forgiveness.

Tshlich’ literally means ‘casting off’ and involves symbolically casting off the mistakes of the previous year by tossing pieces of bread or another food into a body of flowing water.” (Ariela Pelaia)

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.