Rev. Karen Lindvig’s 2018 Sunday Sermon
“Doorway of Tomorrow”
Sunday Service Video April 8st, 2018—“Doorway of Tomorrow”—Here is the link and player to Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sunday sermon of 04-08-2018.
Every year, Rev. Karen Lindvig develops an annual theme for framing the sermon lessons for the year. In 2018, our Annual Theme is “The Inner Pilgrimage.” The sub-theme for April is “Thresholds.” In this Sunday sermon titled “Doorway of Tomorrow” Rev. Karen Lindvig continues elaborating on the processes of thresholds in our lives. She uses a number of examples to illustrate thresholds. One is…(see more below)
Here are highlights of the April 8st service.
- The Seattle Unity Spiritual Community blesses our 2018 Board of Trustees members.
- Heidi Nathe offers a reading from David Hall’s “Doorway of Tomorrow” (Full Text below)
- Rev. Karen offers her sermon “Doorway of Tomorrow”
The Seattle Unity Spiritual Community Blesses our 2018 Board of Trustees Members
Heidi Nathe’s Sunday Sunday Reading—”Doorway of Tomorrow” by David Hall
Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sunday Sermon—”Doorway of Tomorrow”
Title: “Doorway of Tomorrow”
http://seattleunity.org — In this week’s Easter Sunday sermon—“Doorway of Tomorrow,” Rev. Karen Lindvig continues elaborating on the processes of thresholds in our lives. She uses a number of examples to illustrate thresholds. One is insect metamorphosis—the physiology of insect metamorphosis with its transformation in a cocoon of a larvae into a butterfly with the latent imaginal disks that contain the genetic instructions for building the new structures of the butterfly from the goo of the deconstructed larvae. Another set of examples include the designed threshold doorways in Exeter College in England that provide a transition from one space to another in the ancient buildings there. She extends this with an example of Judaism of the “Mezuzah”—a parchment affixed to a door that prompts whoever passes through such a door to renew the presence of the sacredness of God’s presence from one domain to another. Another example included two famous celebrities. One is Paul McCartney’s experience of the threshold from being a Beatle to becoming a husband, father and independent musician. Another celebrity is Sylvester Stallone’s transition from being a non-actor towards creating a career as a screenwriter and actor, which began with his screenplay and film, “Rocky.” Still another example is that of Dr. Martin Luther King who made a transition from an admired and revered civil rights leader through a threshold of national rejection to an anti-poverty, anti-war leader, and his subsequent assassination. Karen concludes her sermon with key questions including, “What is your doorway of tomorrow?” and “What is the next phase of your life?”
Quotations related to this sermon:
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.”
Christine Valters Paintner:
“In the coming days, take some time to wander out to “edge places”. Bless each threshold you cross when you pass through a doorway, so that you might remember to be open to new things. Bless the threshold moments of each day as dawn arises and dusk descends. Then listen for what they have to whisper about your own threshold crossing.
“Your invitation is to bring your camera out into the world for a contemplative walk and pay attention to the thresholds, which shimmer, forth for you. They may be doorways, windows, or portals of another kind. Notice different boundaries and barriers that invite you to consider crossing over to the other side.”
And then, I looked up at the night sky and saw millions of crystal stars looking down upon me. Suddenly, I felt at one with all that my eyes could see. In that instant, I experienced, simultaneously, bottomless grief and infinite joy. I then knew that these were but opposite sides of the same coin. I sensed the death of my old life and the birth of a new one. This was the beginning of my transition.”
Key questions related to this sermon:
“What is your doorway of tomorrow?”
“What is the next phase of your life?”
Reading Text by Heidi Nathe:
Heidi Nathe offers a reading of David Hall’s “Doorway of Tomorrow.”
“Doorway of Tomorrow”
by David Hall
We all stand at the threshold
to the doorway of tomorrow
on the other side
awaits a wondrous ride
where dreams are sure to follow.
Imagination soon set free
from mere pictures in our head
our thoughts made real
our hearts made feel
inhibitions will be shed.
The future has embraced us
our dreams are sure to follow
eyes made of light
see wondrous sights
through the doorway of tomorrow.