Seattle Unity Sermon Videos 12-23-2018—”The Arrival of Wonder”

Rev. Karen Lindvig Sunday Sermon
“The Arrival of Wonder”

Sunday Service Video December 23rd, 2018—”The Arrival of Wonder”—Here is the link and player to Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sunday sermon of 12-23-2018. Rev. Karen continues her 2018 sermons to create in-depth understanding of how to practice the 2018 Annual Theme, “The Inner Pilgrimage.” Karen emphasizes the sub-theme in November/December called “The Practice of Coming Home.”

In “The Arrival of Wonder” Karen explores the experience of love, of awe, and of wonder, within our aliveness. She reviews the mystical, experiential wisdom of spiritual leaders who…(see more below)

Also, Lee Ann Hittenberger offers her reading “Leavenworth Path.” (Details and video below.)

Lee Ann Hittrenberger Reading of her Poem “Leavenworth Path”

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Rev. Karen Lindvig Sermon “The Arrival of Wonder”

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Sermon Summary

Title: “The Arrival of Wonder”

http://seattleunity.org — Reverend Karen Lindvig’s sermon on December 23rd, 2018 is titled “The Arrival of Wonder.” Rev. Karen continues her 2018 sermons to create an in-depth understanding of how to practice the 2018 Annual Theme, “The Inner Pilgrimage.” The focus of the November/December sub-theme is “The Practice of Coming Home.” In “The Arrival of Wonder” Karen explores the experience of love, of awe, and of wonder, within our aliveness. She reviews the mystical, experiential wisdom of spiritual leaders who have described the arrival of wonder in their lives and spiritual paths. She weaves these ideas into a message of the direction of our evolution as a species, not as an ascent into God, but as movement forward from God, into our evolving universe as a species embodying and expressing God in a process of christification.

Here are key quotations related to the sermon:

Luke 2:6-7:

“While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.”

Charles Fillmore:

“Look at yourself not as flesh and blood, but as Spirit.”

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin:

“The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides, gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And, on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, humanity will have discovered fire.”

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin:

“Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We would like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new. And yet, it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stage of instability—and that it may take a very long time.”

Thich Nhat Hanh:

“We need enlightenment, not just individually but collectively. We need to awaken ourselves. We need to practice mindfulness if we want to have a future, if we want to save ourselves and the planet.”

Marcus Aurelius:

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”

Albert Einstein:

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle.”

Kahlil Gibran, from The Garden of The Prophet:

“Oftentimes we call Life bitter names, but only when we ourselves are bitter and dark. And we deem her empty and unprofitable, but only when the soul goes wandering in desolate places, and the heart is drunken with over-mindfulness of self.

“And life is veiled and hidden, even as your greater self is hidden and veiled. Yet when Life speaks, all the winds become words; and when she speaks again, the smiles upon your lips and the tears in your eyes turn also into words. When she sings, the deaf hear and are held; and when she comes walking, the sightless behold her and are amazed and follow her in wonder and astonishment.”

Key ideas from this sermon:

Our path of spiritual development is not an upward ascent to God. But rather, it is a path flowing out from God, forward into an evolving universe.

The next evolutionary leap is the “christification” of the human species.

 

Lee Ann Hittenberger Reading of her Poem “Leavenworth Path”:

“Leavenworth Path”

by Lee Ann Hittenberger

As dream tendrils fade
The morning air slaps my cheeks awake
Fingers cold want to snuggle into gloves
Eyes brighten to beginning
Morning prods
Stand up
Wake up
meet your day
Many paths lay ahead
I even have a clear map
At first it is confusing
Anxiety trembles with unknown
But once I’ve trod the paths I see connections
Notice detours, short cuts, and longer slower routes
My once fear dissolves into curiosity
Take the step, then another and another
You can blaze a trail even with doubt or question holding your hand
After traveling then look back and see the picture you’ve painted
We can not know until we are ready to know
You can not see ’til you are ready to see
No path is ever finished
Always more to view
To learn
To give
To feel

Link to reading:

https://seattleunity.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/reading-20181223.pdf

Link to this service:

https://seattleunity.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/oos-20181223.pdf

 

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