Seattle Unity Sermon Videos 12-02-2018—”Answering Mary’s Call”

Rev. Karen Lindvig Sunday Sermon
“Answering Mary’s Call”

Sunday Service Video December 2nd, 2018—”Answering Mary’s Call”—Here is the link and player to Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sunday sermon of 12-02-2018. 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 “Answering Mary’s Call,” Karen draws on the story of Mary being called to bear her child Jesus out of wedlock. Taking a great risk in trusting the Holy Spirit, Mary exemplifies…(see more below)

Also, Mariah Kaye offers her reading “From Mary.” (Details and video below.)

Mariah Kaye Reading “From Mary”

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Rev. Karen Lindvig Sermon “Answering Mary’s Call”

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Sermon Summary

Title: “Answering Mary’s Call”

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 draws on the story of Mary being called to bear her child Jesus out of wedlock. Taking a great risk in trusting the Holy Spirit, Mary exemplifies trusting the inner call to do something important for others, for the world. Rev. Karen uses this story, and the underlying process, to offer a lesson to say “yes” to the big and small lessons of life. From giving our hearts in relationships to stepping into the unknown be becoming parents; from pursuing a new job or learning an entirely new skills, the story of Mary answering her call, can call us to answer her call in our own lives. Rev. Karen then elaborates on further benefits from answering this call to enrich our lives, including trusting inner calls towards spiritual consciousness.

Key quotations related to this sermon:

Luke 1:35-38:

“And the angel answered and said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God: ‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’ Then the angel left her.”

Kathy Lowe Hart

“We are all Mary. Accept being chosen, for nothing is impossible with God.”

Christine Valters Paintner

“Each is a unique expression of the divine, and there is the paradox that within the felt limits of chronological time, there is a generosity beyond our imagining pouring forth life into us. The question becomes: How do we stay awake? How do we drink freely and abundantly? How do we stop holding back? How do we embrace the home within us that calls us to return?”

Buddha:

“Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.”

Mariah Kaye Reading “From Mary”:

“From Mary”
by Kathy Lowe Hart

“Really, God? You chose me?
But why?
I’m ordinary, young, uneducated,
Not married.
Why me for such a task?”
Then comes understanding.
Not the answer to WHY, but just THE answer:
“I am not alone in this,
And nothing is impossible with God.”

At worst, it’s terrifying,
At best, sobering…
And eventually joy-filled
To be selected for God’s service.
We are all Mary.
Accept being chosen,
For nothing is impossible with God.

Link to Reading:

https://seattleunity.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/reading-20181202.pdf

Link to this service:

https://seattleunity.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/oos-20181118.pdf