Rev. Karen Lindvig Sunday Sermon
“More Than Just Thanks”
Sunday Service Video November 18th, 2018—”More Than Just Thanks”—Here is the link and player to Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sunday sermon of 11-18-2018. 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 “More Than Just Thanks,” Karen develops her lesson about appreciation and gratitude being “more than just thanks” by weaving a number of idea threads together, including…(see more below)
Also, Carole Legowik Zohn offers her reading of “The Daily Word.” (Details and video below.)
Carole Legowik Zohn Reading “The Daily Word”
Rev. Karen Lindvig Sermon “More Than Just Thanks”
Title: “More Than Just Thanks”
http://seattleunity.org — Reverend Karen Lindvig’s sermon on November 18th, 2018 is titled “More Than Just Thanks.” 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 “More Than Just Thanks,” Karen develops her lesson about appreciation and gratitude being “more than just thanks” by weaving a number of idea threads together, including personal stories of Thanksgiving; the Unity principle that whatever we appreciate, increases; the story of Jesus feeding the 5000 and its counterfactual version; the origins of the word gratitude and its definition; the fires in California; and more. Her lesson concerning the great power that is released with gratitude is supported with a brief group discussion question about what we most love in our lives and a concluding group prayer.
Key quotations related to this sermon:
“Gratitude opens the door to the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude.”
“Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times, you grow. Be thankful for your limitations, because they give you opportunities for improvement. Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character.“
“Bring them here to me,” he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves…20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.”
“I am grateful to wake up and to know that I have another chance.”
“Through an inherent law of mind, we increase whatever we praise. The whole creation responds to praise, and is glad. Turn the power of praise upon whatever you wish to increase.”
Gratitude, thankfulness, or gratefulness, from the Latin word gratus “pleasing, thankful,” is a feeling of appreciation felt by and/or similar positive response shown by the recipient of kindness, gifts, help, favors, or other types of generosity, towards the giver of such gifts.
Carole Legowik Zohn Reading “The Daily Word”:
A pebble dropped into water creates ever-widening ripples that flow infinitely outward. Much like the small pebble, my thoughts and words of gratitude, however small they may seem, create a ripple effect of goodness that reaches far and wide. When I appreciate the people and things in my life, I discover just how full my life is. I take inventory of my blessings, giving thanks for friends and loved ones near and far who enrich my life, for work that fulfills me, for each small instance in which I feel appreciated or I can show my appreciation.
My heart and mind are full of love and kindness. I am grateful to be a manifestation of the divine spark. Because I am a spiritual being, blessings flow from me in all directions even when I am not aware of it. God’s presence, working in and through me, enables me to do wonderful things.
As I give, I receive, and I know my gratitude increases the circulation of good in my life. When I feel gratitude, it is my heart responding to life’s infinite blessings. No matter what situation or circumstance I find myself in, I can always find something to be grateful for.
I give thanks for each experience that has brought opportunities for personal growth and transformation. I am gratefully and wonderfully blessed.“
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