Seattle Unity Sermon Videos 12-30-2018—”Burning the Old Year”

Rev. Karen Lindvig Sunday Sermon
“Burning the Old Year”

Sunday Service Video December 30th, 2018—”Burning the Old Year”—Here is the link and player to Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sunday sermon of 12-30-2018. 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 “Burning the Old Year” Karen leads the community in reviewing 2018 with a series of…(see more below)

Also, Bill Wolford offers his reading of the poem “Burning the Old Year.” And see an excerpt of the Burning Bowl Ceremony. (Details and videos are below.)

Bill Wolford Reading—”Burning the Old Year”

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Rev. Karen Lindvig Sermon “Burning the Old Year”

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Burning Bowl Ceremony Excerpts

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Sermon Summary

Title: “Burning the Old Year” — Reverend Karen Lindvig’s sermon on December 30th, 2018 is titled “Burning the Old Year” Rev. Karen concludes the 2018 year of sermons designed 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 “Burning the Old Year” Karen leads the community in reviewing 2018 with a series of statements and questions about both public events and private events. This helps us pinpoint key issues, patterns or events to release and leave behind. This leads to writing down several key words on a piece of paper and burning them with the paper, signifying releasing what no longer serves us. She concludes with a meditation of releasing. Karen then looks forward to the next service on January 6th in which Diane Robertson will lead us to greet 2019 with the White Stones Ceremony.

Here are key quotations related to the sermon:

Elizabeth G. Howard:

“When it’s time to clear out unwanted memories and conditions from our lives, a burning bowl ritual offers a sacred and powerful way to release negativity. Whatever the circumstances, the purpose of the ceremony is to shift consciousness. It’s about becoming still, naming what you want to release, and letting it go. As you watch the paper burn, visualize your unwanted thoughts rising up in the smoke, being released from you.”


“Sow a thought, reap an act, sow an act, reap a habit, sow a habit, reap an action, sow an action, reap a character, sow a character, reap a destiny.”

Stephanie Vozza:

“Habits are your brain’s version of autopilot. They allow you to get ready for work, navigate your way to the office, and find your way home without having to reinvent the wheel every day.”

Key questions related to this Sermon for Reviewing 2018:

1. What was the single most challenging thing that happened?
2. What was the single best thing that happened this past year?
3. What was an unexpected joy?
4. What was an unexpected obstacle?
5. What was your biggest personal change from January to December?
6. What was your single biggest time waster in your life this past year?
7. What was the best way you used your time this past year?
8. What was your biggest time waster this past year?
9. How did you fail?
10. What was biggest thing you learned this past year?
11. What are three words to describe this past year?

Bill Wolford Reading of “Burning the Old Year”:

“Burning the Old Year”

by Naomi Shihab Nye

Letters swallow themselves in seconds.
Notes friends tied to the doorknob,
transparent scarlet paper,
sizzle like moth wings,
marry the air.

So much of any year is flammable,
lists of vegetables, partial poems.
Orange swirling flame of days,
so little is a stone.

Where there was something and suddenly isn’t,
an absence shouts, celebrates, leaves a space.
I begin again with the smallest numbers.

Quick dance, shuffle of losses and leaves,
only the things I didn’t do,
crackle after the blazing dies.

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