Seattle Unity Sermon Videos 12-16-2018—”Be the Light in the Darkness”

Diane Robertson Sunday Sermon
“Be the Light in the Darkness”

Sunday Service Video December 16th, 2018—”Be the Light in the Darkness”—Here is the link and player to Diane Robertson’s Sunday sermon of 12-16-2018. Diane continues the 2018 sermons to create in-depth understanding of how to practice the 2018 Annual Theme, “The Inner Pilgrimage.”

In this sermon titled “Be the Light in the Darkness” Diane continues Karen’s focus on the journey home. Diane focuses on the capacity we each possess to stimulate and inspire the light of love in others. She emphasizes that when others are affected by the darkness of events in their lives, it is especially important to invoke the…(see more below)

Also, Scott offers his reading of “The Winter’s Light.” (Details and video below.)

Scott’s Reading of “The Winter’s Light”

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Diane Robertson Sermon “Be the Light in the Darkness”

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Title: “Be the LIght in the Darkness”

http://seattleunity.org — Diane Robertson gives the sermon on December 16th, 2018. Her sermon is titled “Be the Light in the Darkness.” Diane focuses on the capacity we each possess to stimulate and inspire the light of love in others. She emphasizes that when others are affected by the darkness of events in their lives, it is especially important to invoke the capacity to prompt the light others’ possess within themselves. Through a series of stories she illustrates this capacity to find the light within ourselves and use it to bring it out in others. From the example of her puppy Tobi, to many other examples from scripture and daily life, Diane calls us to be the light for others to find their own inner light when the shadows of events and moods temporarily diminish it.

Key quotations related to this sermon:

Siri Liv Myhrom, from The Shoulder Season of Advent:

“How can I be a space—simple, open, warm, stilled—that is prepared to receive the smallest, humblest, most vulnerable version of divinity when it comes quietly knocking at my door?”

John 1:

“What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”

John 8:12:

“I am the light of the world.”

Matthew 5:14:

“You are the light of the world.”

John Matthews:

“The Solstice is a time of quietude, of firelight, and dreaming, when seeds germinate in the cold earth, and the cold notes of church bells mingle with the chimes of icicles. Rivers are stilled and the land lies waiting beneath a coverlet of snow. We watch the cold sunlight and the bright stars, maybe go for walks in the quiet land. … All around us the season seems to reach a standstill—a point of repose.”

Scott’s Reading of “The Winter’s Light”:

The Winter’s Light
by Tadhg Jonathan

Winter solstice approaches.

The day is over, and night comes early.
Orion is higher in the sky now,
and imaginations are unshackled.
Above us the gods of yesteryear move across the heavens.

The trees are sleeping.
Deep roots are dreaming.

The silvery December moon rises
and the face that smiled upon the Birth,
of yesteryear, also smiles on us.
Above us Rhiannon advances.

The trees are sleeping.
Deep roots are dreaming.

Wise ones seek the Truth,
and beings of light, lit their Way.
Angels? Fae? The Watchers? Elementals, The Others?
And, about us unnamed, invisible Companions guide us still.

The trees are sleeping.
Deep roots are dreaming.

We dance together in the dark,
as the Circle turns, and yet
we dance joyfully and with purpose.
We celebrate the season, that is.
And, around us, in the darkness
we ‘see’ the Friend at work.

The trees are sleeping.
Deep roots are dreaming.

And yet in the darkness,
there shines a Light.
And, in remembrance, we light this festive candle
to the Sun of Righteousness.
And, we declare to all, near and far;
peace and hope, light and love
be to you and yours.
Now, and forever more.

The trees are sleeping.
Deep roots are dreaming.

Winter solstice approaches.

 

Links to reading:

https://seattleunity.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/reading-20181216.pdf

https://tadhgtalks.me/2017/11/28/poem-the-winters-light-winter-solstice/

Link to the flyer for this service:

https://seattleunity.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/oos-20181216.pdf

 

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