Rev. Karen Lindvig’s 2018 Easter Sunday Sermon
“Crossing the Threshold”
Easter Sunday Service Video April 1st, 2018—“Crossing the Threshold”—Here is the link and player to Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Easter Sunday sermon of 04-01-2018.
Every year, Rev. Karen Lindvig develops an annual theme for framing the sermon lessons for the year. In 2018, our Annual Theme is “The Inner Pilgrimage.” The sub-theme for April is “Thresholds.” In this Easter Sunday sermon titled “Crossing the Threshold” Karen focuses on how the thresholds that the Easter story offers can help us with our own personal spiritual development.
Here are highlights of the April 1st Easter service.
Scott offers a reading from John O’Donohue’s “Thresholds” (Full Text below)
In this week’s Easter Sunday sermon—“Crossing the Threshold” Rev. Karen Lindvig begins a month of emphasis on thresholds within the 2018 Annual theme of developing one’s Inner Pilgrimage. Relating the origins of Easter in history and the events surrounding it in scripture, Karen reminds us of… (see more below)
Scott’s Easter Sunday Sunday Reading—”Thresholds”
Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Easter Sunday Sermon—”Crossing the Threshold”
Title: “Crossing the Threshold”
http://seattleunity.org — In this week’s Easter Sunday sermon—“Crossing the Threshold,” Rev. Karen Lindvig begins a month of emphasis on thresholds within the 2018 Annual theme of developing one’s Inner Pilgrimage. Relating the origins of Easter in history and the events surrounding it in scripture, Karen reminds us of key definitions, recounts Easter events, and asks important questions. She explores the historical origin of Easter; retells the Easter Jesus story of descent and resurrection from scripture; and does a deep dive into the meaning of thresholds, including biological metamorphosis. She celebrates what the Jesus story exemplifies, including listing key thresholds he crossed. Then Rev. Karen explores important thresholds in our lives when we may have, or will in the future, descend and rise up, go into some mysterious underworld and come out, through a threshold of change, into new capacities, new forms of consciousness, an expanded mind or reconnected soul, and more. She concludes with a message for dealing with the threshold each of us may encounter in our life.
Quotations related to this sermon:
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
“Jesus brought his body under the mastery of his mind. We must rise to the conscious realization that every thought of mind, every atom of body, every molecule of being, every function of nature, and every force is divine, and that all of these do and shall vibrate to the harmonies of Spirit. This is the resurrection of man, there is no other.”
Ferris Jabr, writing in Scientific American:
“First, the caterpillar digests itself, releasing enzymes to dissolve all of its tissues. If you were to cut open a cocoon or chrysalis at just the right time, caterpillar soup would ooze out. But the contents of the pupa are not entirely an amorphous mess. Certain highly organized groups of cells known as imaginal discs survive the digestive process. Before hatching, when a caterpillar is still developing inside its egg, it grows an imaginal disc for each of the adult body parts.
“Once a caterpillar has disintegrated all of its tissues except for the imaginal discs, those discs use the protein-rich soup all around them to fuel the rapid cell division required to form the wings, etc.
“When we begin to cross the threshold, we are confronted with the greatness of our unknowing. We are called to recognize that we do not know what the future brings.”
Christine Valters Paintner:
“Thresholds are potent places, full of the power of possibility. We launch into a liminal space where time seems to shift, and things do not necessarily move along as expected.”
“A voice comes to your soul saying, Life your foot, Cross over. Move into emptiness of questions and answer and question.”
Key questions related to this sermon:
What are the thresholds of your own life?
Which thresholds are calling you to cross but feel difficult to face or challenging to imagine?
What is your favorite form of self-numbing that takes your awareness away from what is happening both within and without?
At what threshold are you now standing?
These questions call us to surrender to something much bigger and more meaningful, even as it calls us away from familiar patterns.
Easter Sunday Reading Text by Scott:
Scott offers a reading of John O’Donohue’s “Thresholds.”
by John O’Donohue
“The beauty of nature insists on taking its time. Everything is prepared. Nothing is rushed. The rhythm of emergence is a gradual slow beat always inching its way forward; change remains faithful to itself until the new unfolds in the full confidence of true arrival. Because nothing is abrupt, the beginning of spring nearly always catches us unawares. It is there before we see it; and then we can look nowhere without seeing it.
“Change arrives in nature when time has ripened. There are no jagged transitions or crude discontinuities. This accounts for the sureness with which one season succeeds another. It is as though they were moving forward in a rhythm set from within a continuum.
“To change is one of the great dreams of every heart—to change the limitations, the sameness, the banality, or the pain. So often we look back on patterns of behavior, the kind of decisions we make repeatedly and that have failed to serve us well, and we aim for a new and more successful path or way of living. But change is difficult for us.
“So often we opt to continue the old pattern, rather than risking the danger of difference. We are also often surprised by change that seems to arrive out of nowhere. We find ourselves crossing some new threshold we had never anticipated. Like spring secretly at work within the heart of winter, below the surface of our lives huge changes are in fermentation. We never suspect a thing. Then when the grip of some long-enduring winter mentality beings to loosen, we find ourselves vulnerable to a flourish of possibility and we are suddenly negotiating the challenge of a threshold.
“At any time you can ask yourself: At which threshold am I now standing? At this time in my life, what am I leaving? Where am I about to enter? What is preventing me from crossing my next threshold? “What gift would enable me to do it? A threshold is not a simple boundary; it is a frontier that divides two different territories, rhythms and atmospheres. Indeed, it is a lovely testimony to the fullness and integrity of an experience or a stage of life that it intensifies toward the end into a real frontier that cannot be crossed without the heart being passionately engaged and woken up. At this threshold a great complexity of emotions comes alive: confusion, fear, excitement, sadness, hope. This is one of the reasons such vital crossing were always clothed in ritual. It is wise in your own life to be able to recognize and acknowledge the key thresholds; to take your time; to feel all the varieties of presence that accrue there; to listen inward with complete attention until you hear the inner voice calling you forward. The time has come to cross.”