Sunday Videos October 19th, 2014—”Be Who You Are—Want What You Have”

Sunday Service Videos October 19th, 2014—”Be Who You Are—Want What You Have” Here are the links and players to the music videos and sermon from 10-19-2014, with Rev. Karen Lindvig’s sermon titled ““Be Who You Are—Want What You Have.” The music of the service features vocals by Erin McGaughan, backed up by the Seattle Unity House Band, with guest guitarist DIOS member Tony Serzo. Also singing are DIOS members Mitch Hunter, Carol Monteleone-Whiteside, and first timer CK Brown, who also plays flute. Erin McGaughan produced the music for this service.

Erin McGaughan Sings “We May Never Pass This Way Again”

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Erin McGaughan Song “Faith Lets the Tide Roll In”

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Rev. Karen Lindvig Sermon “Be Who You Are—Want What You Have”

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SERMON DETAILS—Rev. Karen Lindvig gives her sermon titled “Be Who You Are—Want What You Have.” 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 “Be Who You Are—Want What You Have,” Karen leads the spiritual community to think deeply about prosperity relative to giving to others; the dangers of coveting; not appreciating what we have. She told the Tibetan tale of two brothers about giving and not giving.

Rev. Karen examined generosity and tithing in this talk.

She brought us to a new appreciation of the meaning of “love what you have”.

One of the key lessons she emphasized is this:

To create an authentic sense of fulfillment in life, we have to learn how to want what we already have in our lives with gratitude. She spoke of the importance of authentic connection to what you give to—giving to what inspires you that week, whether that be a person, a church, an institution—whatever it is that enriches soul soul at that time. She talked of this danger of covetousness—that this takes you out of the present moment and keeps you dissatisfied with what you have now.

She also asked Gerry Schley to speak. He’s a member of the congregation and current President of the Board of Directors of Seattle Unity Church. He talked about his experiences in coming to Seattle in which he started a new career, and how his inspiration with generosity and giving helped him to prosper.

Funeral Service for Richard Levy Announcement

Former Seattle Unity minister Richard Levy died at 10:20 a.m., on Sunday, on October 5th. In her sermon, Karen announced the funeral service for Richard. It will be held at Seattle Unity on Saturday, November 1st, 2014 at 11 a.m.

Key quotations related to this sermon:

Exodus 20:17:  “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

C.G. Jung: “The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”

Brene Brown: “Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real and let our true selves be seen.”

Malachai 3:10: “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.”

Key ideas related to this sermon:

1. Appreciating what we have is a spiritual practice that expands the heart. It keeps us in the present moment.

2. When we love what we have, we become more generous.

3. Sayings by Jesus: “Give and will be given, heaped down, shaken together and running over . . . To he who has even more will be given and he who has not, even that will be taken away.”