Seattle Unity Sermon Videos 11-11-2018—”The Power of Worship”

Rev. Karen Lindvig Sunday Sermon
“The Power of Worship”

Sunday Service Video November 11th, 2018—”The Power of Worship”—Here is the link and player to Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sunday sermon of 11-11-2018. Rev. Karen continues her 2018 sermons to create in-depth understanding of how to practice the 2018 Annual Theme, “The Inner Pilgrimage.” Karen will emphasize the sub-theme in November/December called “The Practice of Coming Home.”

In this sermon titled “The Power of Worship,” Karen focuses on the power of worship in this time of Thanksgiving and the honoring of veterans on Veteran’s Day. She notes that worship can be summarized by the statement made by Jesus when he said…(see more below)

Also, Abbie Chandler Doran offers her reading of “Psalm 138 & Prayer to the Goddess Durga.” (Details and video below.)

Abbie Chandler Doran Reading “Psalm 138 & Prayer to the Goddess Durga”

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Rev. Karen Lindvig Sermon “The Power of Worship”

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Sermon Summary

Title: “The Power of Worship”

http://seattleunity.org — Reverend Karen Lindvig’s sermon on November 11th, 2018 is titled “The Power of Worship.” 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 Coming Home.” In this sermon titled “The Power of Worship,” Karen focuses on the power of worship in this time of Thanksgiving and the honoring of veterans on Veteran’s Day. She notes that worship can be summarized by the statement made by Jesus when he said, “Whenever two or more are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst.”

Karen draws on paleo-anthropology to show how the power of worship is deeply rooted in Humanity’s history. She shows how the image of the Goddess informed many communities. She explores how worship changed from beginnings in antiquity, as time unfolded, to today, with a pattern of a progressive awakening, still growing in our time, including the shift led by Jesus to a personal relationship with the sacred through love, and many more examples, leading to the current era with the unfolding of our collective spiritual awakening.

Key ideas in this sermon:

• Regularly gathering in community through the intentions of worship creates a feeling of being uplifted.

• It is easier for many people to meditate with other people.

• The power of worship comes from an energy field that we create and can enjoy.

• We can use such an energy field to go deeper into our most sacred spiritual states of being.

Key quotations related to this sermon:

From Psalm 86:

I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.

Augustine of Hippo

“Come, Lord, stir us up and call us back. Kindle and seize us. Be our fire and our sweetness. Let us love. Let us run.”

Diane Wolkstein

“Mighty, majestic, and radiant, You shine brilliantly in the evening, You brighten the day at dawn, You stand in the heavens like the sun and the moon, Your wonders are known both above and below, To the greatness of the Holy Priestess of Heaven, To you, Inanna, I sing!”

Doreen Valiente

“Let my worship be within the heart that rejoices, for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals. Therefore, let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.”

Tommy Walker:

“When we worship, the invisible God is at work doing invisible and powerful things. We get realigned, refreshed and refueled; we find unspeakable joy and indescribable peace. We discover the breakthrough strength of God, which enables us to walk in the truth, live in His presence and see Him fight our battles for us. It is how we can put the beauty of the Gospel on display, receive His many blessings and at the same time be a blessing to the world.”

Abbie Chandler Doran Reading “Psalm 138 & Prayer to the Goddess Durga”:

Psalm 138

I will praise You with my whole heart;
Before the gods I will sing praises to You.
I will worship toward Your holy temple,
And praise Your name
For Your loving kindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.
In the day when I cried out, You answered me,
And made me bold with strength in my soul.

All the kings of the earth shall praise You, O LORD,
When they hear the words of Your mouth.
Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the LORD,
For great is the glory of the LORD.
Though the LORD is on high,
Yet He regards the lowly;
But the proud He knows from afar.

Prayer to the Goddess Durga
by Ajay Kumar Singh

“O Universal Mother!
Create fresh ideas for innovation in our minds.
Glorify true feeling of love in our hearts.
Develop a purposeful vision in our Spirit.
Amplify every signal of happiness in our life.

O Universal Mother!
Evolve compassion and kindness in our attitude.
Extend true love and lovely wishes in our hearts.
Expand our thinking pattern toward all directions.
Globalize the spirit of humanity in our world.

O Universal Mother!
We are thy little children.
Spread eternal bless everywhere for everyone and
Fuse all our thoughts for construction of creative ideas.
Harmonize our every thought, words and actions.
Integrate our minds, hearts and spirits.
and unify our souls with Infinite Soul.”

Link to this reading:

https://seattleunity.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/reading-20181111.pdf

Link to this service:

https://seattleunity.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/oos-20181111.pdf

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