Seattle Unity St. Patrick’s Day Sermon 03-17-2019—”The Courage to Change”

Rev. Karen Lindvig’s St. Patrick’s Day Sermon
“The Courage to Change”

Sunday Service Video March 17th 2019—“The Courage to Change”—Here is the link and player to Rev. Karen Lindvig’s St. Patrick’s Day sermon of 03-17-2019.

The Annual Theme for Rev. Karen Lindvig’s 2019 sermons is “Riding the Tide of Impermanence.”This sermon is titled “The Courage to Change.” Karen contrasts the state of being in a position of great power to having the courage to go with the flow of events in life. She describes how life can be…(see more below)

Plus Donna Hutchinson offers a reading titled “Celtic Prayer of St. Patrick”

Donna Hutchinson’s Reading—”Celtic Prayer of St. Patrick”

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Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sunday Sermon—”The Courage to Change”

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Sermon Summary

Title:The Courage to Change”

http://seattleunity.org — The Annual Theme for Rev. Karen Lindvig’s 2019 sermons is “Riding the Tide of Impermanence.” This sermon is titled “The Courage to Change.” Karen contrasts the state of being in a position of great power to having the courage to go with the flow of events in life. She describes how life can be a healthy balance between controlling what we can while flowing with change that we cannot control. Invoking the Serenity Prayer, she describes the nature of courage as the ability to do something that scares you. One person who exemplified courage is the person who we celebrate today, on St. Patrick’s Day. She describes key aspects of his life and mission. She then links that to the courage it will take for us to let go of our building during the next few weeks as we move from the building by the end of May, prior to its reconstruction.

Quotations related to this sermon:

Sonia Ricotti:
“Surrender to what is, let go of what was, have faith in what will be.”

Lord’s Prayer:
“Thy will be done. On Earth as it is in heaven.”

Pema Chodron:
“The Buddha called impermanence one of the three distinguishing marks of our existence, an incontrovertible fact of life. But it’s something we seem to resist pretty strongly. We think that if only we did this or didn’t do that, somehow we could achieve a secure, dependable, controllable life. How disappointed we are when things don’t work out quite the way we planned.”

Donna Hutchinson Reading “Celtic Prayer of St. Patrick”:

Celtic Prayer of St. Patrick

I bind to myself today:
the power of Heaven
the light of the Sun
the brightness of the Moon
the splendor of Fire
the flashing of Lightning
the swiftness of Wind
the depth of Sea
the stability of Earth
the compactness of Rocks.

I bind myself today:
the Eternal One guides me
the Eternal One teaches me
the Eternal One speaks through me
the Eternal One hears me always
Christ with me
Christ before me
Christ beneath me
Christ above me
Christ at my right
Christ at my left

I bind myself today
to the power of Heaven.

Link to some variations of this reading:

http://orderofsaintpatrick.org/breastplate.htm

 

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