Seattle Unity Sermon Video 05-26-2019—”Closing a Chapter”

Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sermon
“Closing a Chapter”

Sunday Service Video May 26th 2019—“Closing a Chapter”—Here is the link and player to Rev. Karen Lindvig’s sermon of 05-26-2019.

Every year, Rev. Karen Lindvig develops an annual theme for framing the sermon lessons for the year. The Annual Theme for Rev. Karen Lindvig’s 2019 sermons is “Riding the Tide of Impermanence.” In this sermon — the last in the old 1959 church building — Rev. Karen Lindvig offers perspectives on closing this phase of the life of Seattle Unity as a community. Titled “Closing a Chapter,” Karen offers a sermon about riding the tide of impermanence into the creation of a new building for our community. She notes how this process is…(see more below)

The video includes a reading by Johnnie Woods titled “A Ritual for Leaving” by Rabbi Michael Howald. Also included is our final closing circle ceremony.

Johnnie Woods Reading “A Ritual for Leaving”

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Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sermon—”Closing a Chapter”

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Our Final Chapter Closing Circle

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Sermon Summary

Title:Closing a Chapter”

http://seattleunity.org — In this sermon — the last in the old 1959 church building — Rev. Karen Lindvig offers perspectives on closing this phase of the life of Seattle Unity as a community. Titled “Closing a Chapter,” Karen offers a sermon about riding the tide of impermanence into the creation of a new building for our community. She notes how this process is a good lesson for all of us in how we deal with the impermanence in our lives, as a crucial part of the reality of our existence. She reviewed the service from the night before — Saturday May 25th, 2019 — on the history of both Seattle Unity and the Unity Movement. She provides many ideas and analogies for how to deal with the many aspects of our lives that involve change, including, especially, our process of creating a new building for our beloved Seattle Unity Community. Karen concludes with a closing prayer.

Quotations related to this sermon:

Lao Tzu:

“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.”

Pema Chodron:

“When we resist change, it’s called suffering. But when we can completely let go and not struggle against, when we can embrace the groundlessness of our situation and relax into its dynamic quality, that’s called enlightenment, or awakening to our true nature.”

Myrtle Fillmore:

“Life became sweeter and more interesting, and we began to see a new world. In all these years, our interest has not lagged, and we have continued to enjoy the unfoldment of God’s plan in our lives.”

Rabbi Michael Howald:

“Today, we close one chapter of our lives and begin another. We remember with gratitude the many blessing we enjoyed under the shelter of this roof. We honor with affection all those who crossed this threshold with us. With them, we marked the holidays and the milestones of our lives. By leaving one home and making another we know we do not leave God. As we begin a new chapter of our lives, we pray that our new home will provide us with all the fulfillment we enjoyed under the shelter of this roof and upon its foundation.”

Rabbi Michael Howald Reading:

A Ritual for Leaving

Today, we close one chapter of our lives and begin another.
Every life of accomplishment contains many such passages
Like them, we linger and celebrate all we received in this place.

As we close one chapter of our lives and begin another.
We remember with gratitude the many blessings
We enjoyed under the shelter of this roof.

In this sanctuary, we built a haven from the outside world.
Its light drove away the darkness that crouched at night.
Its warmth nurtured our love and gave us proof against the cold.
We remember with gratitude these many blessings.

We celebrate with joy the community we built upon this foundation.
Into this sanctuary, we poured our dreams and prayers.
We shared our love and filled these rooms with youthful laughter
And an argument or two along the way.

We honor with affection all those who crossed this threshold with us.
We celebrated our triumphs and joys and shared our sorrows and fears.
With them, we marked the holidays and the milestones of our lives.

We honor with affection all those who crossed this threshold with us.
Today we close one chapter of our lives and begin another.

By leaving one home and making another we know we do not leave God.
As we begin a new chapter of our lives,
We pray that our new home will provide us with all the fulfillment
We enjoyed under the shelter of this roof and upon its foundation.

Image of the reading “A Ritual for Leaving”:

Link to the reading image:

https://seattleunity.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/A-Ritual-For-Leaving-1.png

Link to service flyer for 05-26-2019:

https://seattleunity.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/oos20190526-Sunday-Service.pdf

 

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