Seattle Unity Sermon Video 02-25-2018—”A Pilgrim’s Blessing”

 Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sermon
“A Pilgrim’s Blessing”

Sunday Service Video February 25th, 2018—“A Pilgrim’s Blessing”—Here is the link and player to Rev. Karen Lindvig’s sermon of 02-25-2018.

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 annual theme aims to achieve a number of things: it addresses the times, the context, and the zeitgeist of the outer world around us, in our community and locally, nationally and globally; it helps to align and prepare our inner worlds with that outer world; and it expands and builds on the previous themes.

Here are highlights of the February 25th service concerning how to relate a Pilgrim’s Blessing with your Inner Pilgrimage.

In this week’s sermon, Rev. Karen Lindvig’s “A Pilgrim’s Blessing” leads to a meditative prayer called “A Pilgrim’s Blessing.” She reviews the power of blessings, citing… (see more below)

Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sermon “A Pilgrim’s Blessing”

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Sermon Summary

Title: “A Pilgrim’s Blessing — In this week’s sermon—“A Pilgrim’s Blessing” —Rev. Karen Lindvig’s ideas lead to a meditative prayer called “A Pilgrim’s Blessing.” She reviews the power of blessings, citing the case of Myrtle Fillmore’s self-healing of TB, as a catalyst for starting the Unity Movement; Karen’s own meditative fasting experiences in an ashram; and the independent connection each of us has with the divinely sacred in the Universe, obviating the need to be blessed by someone else. At the conclusion of her sermon, Karen reviews the ideas from Unity, and from various scriptural sources to shed light on the benefits of the Pilgrim’s Blessing. She points out that such a blessing is a traditional way to embark on a Pilgrimage. She also works with the Seattle Unity band and a vocalist to co-create a speaking, chanting prayer song. This blessing exercise includes a ritual with a tiny vial of oil as a way to anoint oneself, one’s body, and one’s journey on the Inner Pilgrimage.

Quotations related to this sermon:

Psalm 23 5-6:

You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Indeed, goodness and mercy will pursue me
all the days of my life;
I will dwell in the house of the Lord
for endless days.

James W Goll:

“A blessing is a word spoken for good that carries spiritual power and authority.”

A Pilgrim’s Blessing:

Feet—bless your feet, asking that they might carry you forward in this season of new possibilities.
Hands—bless your hands, asking that they might help you to give form to creative expression.
Heart—bless your heart, asking it be open to compassion and kindness.
Throat – bless your throat, asking that you gain courage to speak your truth.
Eyes—bless your eyes, that you may see the Divinity in all beings.
Crown—bless the top of your head that you may awaken to the presence of God.

1 Corinthians 12-26:

As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit. Now the body is not a single part, but many. If a foot should say, “Because I am not a hand I do not belong to the body,” it does not for this reason belong any less to the body. Or if an ear should say, “Because I am not an eye I do not belong to the body,” it does not for this reason belong any less to the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God placed the parts, each one of them, in the body as he intended. If they were all one part, where would the body be? But as it is, there are many parts, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I do not need you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I do not need you.” Indeed, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are all the more necessary, and those parts of the body that we consider less honorable we surround with greater honor, and our less presentable parts are treated with greater propriety, whereas our more presentable parts do not need this. But God has so constructed the body as to give greater honor to a part that is without it, so that there may be no division in the body, but that the parts may have the same concern for one another. If [one] part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy.

Deuteronomy 11:26-28:

See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: he blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today; and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn from the way that I am commanding you today, to follow other gods that you have not known.