Seattle Unity Sermon Videos 09-16-2018—”The Practice of Beginning Again”

Rev. Karen Lindvig Sunday Sermon
“The Practice of Beginning Again”

Sunday Service Video September 16th, 2018—”The Practice of Beginning Again”—Here is the link and player to Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sunday sermon of 09-16-2018. Rev. Karen continues her 2018 sermons to create in-depth understanding of how to practice the 2018 Annual Theme, “The Inner Pilgrimage.”

In this sermon, Karen celebrates our Jewish tradition of Rosh Hashanah—the Jewish New Year of September 9-11. Karen invokes key lessons from…(see more below)

Also, Evangelina Lynn Reslock receives her blessing from our Spiritual Community in a christening ceremony accompanied by her parents, her two sisters and brother.

Plus, Christopher Martin offers a reading titled “Life Is a Journey” (Details and video below.)

Evangelina Lynn Reslock Christening—Rev. Karen Lindvig Officiates

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Christopher Martin Reading “Life Is a Journey”

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Rev. Karen Lindvig Sermon “The Practice of Beginning Again”

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Sermon Summary

Title: “The Practice of Beginning Again”

http://seattleunity.org — Reverend Karen Lindvig’s sermon on September 16th, 2018 is titled “The Practice of Beginning Again.” Rev. Karen continues her 2018 sermons to create an in-depth understanding of how to practice the 2018 Annual Theme, “The Inner Pilgrimage.” In this sermon, Karen celebrates our Jewish tradition of Rosh Hashanah—the Jewish New Year of September 9-11. Karen invokes key lessons from the Jewish tradition whereby God inscribes each person’s fate for the coming year into a book, the Book of Life, on Rosh Hashanah, and waits until Yom Kippur to “seal” the verdict. That begins her discussion of the practice of beginning again. To do this, she invokes Matthew, Chapter 18, verses 1 to 3, where Jesus states that to “become like children” is a key criterion for entering the kingdom of heaven. Karen then draws on the concept of identity that need not be limited by particular social, family, career or other roles, but rather can be profoundly expanded with spiritual practices. She expands this to the story of Odysseus and his pursuit of his mission at sea, and to her mother’s career transition away from a job at a grocery store. Karen then relates the story of the potted plant, which sometimes needs a new pot, with new soil in order to grow, to the rebuilding of our new Seattle Unity Spiritual Community building as a kind of “new pot” in which our community may grow in new and profound ways as we engage in beginning again. And then Karen concludes with a meditation to help the community integrate the lessons into their lives.

Key quotations related to this sermon:

Rumi:
“Come, even if you have broken your vow a hundred times. Come, yet again, come.”

Thomas Merton:
“There are only three stages to this work: to be a beginner, to be more of a beginner, and to be only a beginner.”

Mark Nepo:
“Throughout our lives, we begin and discover, grow and mature, and then we’re asked to shed our gown of mastery in order to begin again. Eventually, we come upon the necessary yet difficult moment when, in order to stay fresh and vital, we need to abandon, not what we’ve learned, but our identity as a master of anything. If we refuse to return to a beginner’s mind and heart, our self-regard as a master can turn hollow and suffocate the soul.”

Jesus in Matthew Chapter 18:1-3:
“At that time the disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Evangelina Lynn Reslock Christening

This is the Christening ceremony for Evangelina Lynn Reslock. It includes her parents Steve and Melissa Reslock, and their other children, Noelle Reslock, Elorah Reslock, Ethan Reslock.

Rev. Karen officiates at this lovely ceremony where our Seattle Unity Spiritual Community blesses Evangelina and her family.

Christopher Martin Reading “Life is a Journey”:

Christopher Martin offers his reading titled “Life is a Journey” by Rabbi Alvin Fine. The details of his reading are below.

Life Is a Journey

by Rabbi Alvin Fine

Birth is a beginning and death a destination;
But life is a journey.
A going, a growing from stage to stage:
From childhood to maturity and youth to old age.
From innocence to awareness and ignorance to knowing;
From foolishness to discretion and then perhaps, to wisdom.
From weakness to strength or strength to weakness and often back again.
From health to sickness and back we pray, to health again.
From offense to forgiveness, from loneliness to love,
From joy to gratitude, from pain to compassion.
From grief to understanding, from fear to faith;
From defeat to defeat to defeat, until, looking backward or ahead:
We see that victory lies not at some high place along the way,
But in having made the journey, stage by stage, a sacred pilgrimage.
Birth is a beginning and death a destination,
But life is a journey, a sacred pilgrimage,
Made stage by stage…
To life everlasting.

The link to the reading is here:

https://seattleunity.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/reading-20180916.pdf

The flyer for this service is here:

https://seattleunity.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/oos-20180916.pdf

 

 

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