Rev. Karen Lindvig Palm Sunday Sermon
“Follow Your Path”
Palm Sunday Service Video April 14th, 2019—“Follow Your Path”—Here is the link and player to Rev. Karen Lindvig’s sermon of 04-14-2019 along with the reading by Tom Palmersheim.
In it, Rev. Karen celebrates Palm Sunday, using the story of Jesus as a forger of a path different than what his followers expected — a new path. She shows how…(see more below)
Plus we have a reading by Tom Palmersheim.
Tom Palmersheim’s Reading—”The Road Less Traveled”
Rev. Karen Lindvig Sermon—”Follow Your Path”
Title: “Follow Your Path”
http://seattleunity.org — This sermon is titled “Follow Your Path.” In it, Rev. Karen celebrates Palm Sunday, using the story of Jesus as a forger of a path different than what his followers expected — a new path. She shows how the example Jesus set on Palm Sunday offers a basis for understanding that any worthy path is not easy, nor does it offer a clear way forward. She shows how this idea of forging a new path, as Jesus did, applied to a musical group, the creation of the recent Black Hole Photo, and our Seattle Unity building project.
Quotations related to this sermon:
Ralph Waldo Emerson:
Follow Your Path“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
“There is and always has been a path for your soul, and if you follow that path, it will lead you to the inner utopia that your soul longs to experience in this life-time.”
“I believe God has a path for me. I’ve always been in the right place at the right time — not because of my efforts, but because of my preparation and because of the guides that I have, the mentors that I have, the spiritual walkers that I’ve had all my life.”
And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?”
They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen.
A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Hosanna in the highest!”
“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it, and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.
Tom Palmersheim’s Reading “The Road Less Traveled”:
The Road Less Traveled
by Kit McCallum
How often we must bear the challenges of life;
The endless roller coaster between happiness and sorrow;
The constant ups and downs of daily strife.
And always the question remains …. why?
Life is not an easy road for most;
It twists and turns with many forks in the road,
Although always, and inevitably, we are given a choice …
Do we turn to the right … or the left?
Do we take the high road … or the low road?
Do we take the easy path … or the difficult one?
Decisions are not easy for those struggling for direction …
And sometimes the many choices and signs become overwhelming.
While standing at a crossroads in life,
The urge is to take the most comfortable path;
The road with least resistance …
The shortest or most traveled route.
And yet, if we’ve been down that comfortable road before;
Have gleaned its lessons in life, and learned from our experiences;
Do we yet again follow the known?
Or does our destiny lie in another direction?
The fear of the road less traveled is tangible and all too real;
It manifests itself in many ways,
And tends to cloud the issues that might otherwise be clear.
It is in these times of confusion,
That we must seek peace and solitude;
Time to contemplate on our life,
Our experiences and our choices past;
Time to look back, and reflect on what we have learned
Without fear or confusion.
For only each of us knows our own personal thoughts;
Our unique past and personal history;
The experiences that brought us to the crossroads we now face.
We can always learn a small degree from others experiences,
And yet … no one person can walk in our shoes,
Others know not, the trials and tribulations faced in private …
For each is individual … unique … and personal.
And that is why … while standing at a crossroads,
Only “we” can formulate the decision for ourselves;
The true direction that lies within;
The choices we must deliberate on with clarity and wisdom.
For it is only through personal reflection,
That we can now choose our destiny;
… Our next adventure;
… And the future we will embrace.
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