Rev. Karen Lindvig Sunday Sermon
“The Thin Veil”
Sunday Service Video October 28th, 2018—”The Thin Veil”—Here is the link and player to Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sunday sermon of 10-28-2018. Rev. Karen continues her 2018 sermons to create in-depth understanding of how to practice the 2018 Annual Theme, “The Inner Pilgrimage.” In her next few sermons, Karen will emphasize the sub-theme in October/November—the practice of embracing the unknown.
In this sermon titled “The Thin Veil,” Karen focuses on very human question: What better to embrace the unknown than to ask the question, what happens to us after we die? After listing a few of the well-known answers, Karen unpacks the meanings of …(see more below)
Also, Desi Bailey offers her reading of “A Prayer for Ancestors throughout the Generations.” (Details and video below.)
Desi Bailey Reading “A Prayer for Ancestors throughout the Generations”
Rev. Karen Lindvig Sermon “The Thin Veil”
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Title: “The Thin Veil”
http://seattleunity.org — Reverend Karen Lindvig’s sermon on October 28th, 2018 is titled “The Thin Veil.” Rev. Karen continues her 2018 sermons to create an in-depth understanding of how to practice the 2018 Annual Theme, “The Inner Pilgrimage,” with a focus on the October/November sub-theme of the “Practice of Embracing the Unknown.” In this sermon titled “The Thin Veil,” Karen focuses on very human question: What better to embrace the unknown than to ask the question, what happens to us after we die? After listing a few of the well-known answers, Karen unpacks the meanings of several of the holidays this time of year that have their roots in death and dying. She lists these holidays and shows that across many cultures there is agreement that the veil is thin this time of year, and the spirits and memories of the dead can cross over and visit the living. She emphasizes the joy such remembrances can bring forth within us through invoking joyful films and ceremonies about our departed ancestors. She also related her own personal experiences with cooking the recipes of parents and grandparents as a way to recall and revisit them. She leads the congregation in a meditation that explores how we can honor our departed friends and family members, both among the recently passed away and the long departed ancestors.
Key quotations related to the sermon “The Thin Veil”:
”My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.”
“You have sown so we might reap, you have fought for our peace. You invented our culture, gained our rights so we’d be free. Forebears, let us honor you by using well your gifts to us! Ancestors, let our lives shine forth your works, and build on them.”
“Samhain” is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year.
“The Day of the Dead” is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.
“All Saints’ Day” (or “All Hallows’ Day”) is a Christian festival celebrated in honor of all the saints, known and unknown.”
Desi Bailey Reading “A Prayer for Ancestors throughout the Generations”:
The details of his reading are below.
A Prayer for Ancestors throughout the Generations
By Venerable Master Hsing Yun
Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
We would like to express to you our gratitude to our relatives
and ask blessings for them throughout the generations.
We attribute our ability to live and work
In peace and contentment now
To the diligence and efforts of our relatives
Throughout the generations.
They left abundant fortunes for us
So that we can live a civilized life;
They established fine lives for us
So that we can enjoy a life of convenience.
For the happiness of future generations,
Some toiled as pioneers to cultivate the land, and
Some fought bloody battles to resist foreign aggression.
For the future of their descendant,
Some migrated overseas to toil and strive, and
Some devoted all their efforts to create and invent.
Although our ancestors are gone,
Their example remains before our eyes.
We are willing to take as a model our ancestors’ virtue of benefiting others;
We are willing to learn from our ancestors’ example of solidarity;
We are willing to inherit our ancestors’ model of determination;
We are willing to accept our ancestors’ teachings and admonitions.
We are willing to purify our intentions
And become models for future generations;
We are willing to contribute our strength
And serve the masses;
We are willing to benefit all human beings
And not waste this life.
Oh great, compassionate Buddha,
Please accept our sincerest prayer!
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