Seattle Unity Sunday Sermon Video 04-29-2018—”Come Together”

Rev. Karen Lindvig’s 04-29-2018 Sunday Sermon
“Come Together”

Sunday Service Video April 29th, 2018—“Come Together”—Here is the link and player to Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sunday sermon of April 29th, 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.” Here, in her “Come Together” sermon, she focuses on several key processes for spiritual development through thresholds of consciousness. Her sermon includes the importance of …(see more below)

Troy Reicherter Reading—”A Community of the Spirit”

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Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sunday Sermon—”Come Together”

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Sermon Summary

Title: “Come Together”

http://seattleunity.org — Reverend Karen Lindvig‘s sermon on April 29, 2018 is titled “Come Together.” Rev. Karen continues the discussion of thresholds that we have been having in our April sermons under the Annual Theme category of The Inner Pilgrimage. Here, in her “Come Together” sermon, she focuses on several key processes for spiritual development through thresholds of consciousness. Her sermon includes the importance of the idea of thresholds; a review of the Five Unity Principles; a story about the power of positive affirmations; reference to the meditative practices of Jesus. Also, a guest who pursues peace through meditation, Troy Reicherter, offers a seven minute overview of his program in Seattle. Then Karen recounts the story of the beginnings of peace breaking out on the Korean peninsula, led by the respective leaders of North Korea—Kim Jong Un—and South Korea—Moon Jae-in. She concludes with a meditation.

 

Key quotations related to this sermon:

Matthew 18:19-20:

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

Jiddu Krishnamurti:

“Meditation is to be aware of every thought and of every feeling, never to say it is right or wrong, but just to watch it and move with it. In that watching, you begin to understand the whole movement of thought and feeling. And out of this awareness comes silence.”

Thich Nhåt Hanh:

“The sangha is a community where there should be harmony and peace and understanding. That is something created by our daily life together. If love is there in the community, if we’ve been nourished by the harmony in the community, then we will never move away from love.”

 

Reading: “A Community of the Spirit”

by Rumi

There is a community of the spirit.
Join it, and feel the delight
of walking in the noisy street
and being the noise.

Drink all your passion,
and be a disgrace.

Close both eyes
to see with the other eye.

Open your hands,
if you want to be held.
Sit down in the circle.

Quit acting like a wolf, and feel
the shepherd’s love filling you.

At night, your beloved wanders.
Don’t accept consolations.

Close your mouth against food.
Taste the lover’s mouth in yours.

You moan, “She left me.” “He left me.”
Twenty more will come.

Be empty of worrying.
Think of who created thought!

Why do you stay in prison
when the door is so wide open?

Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking.
Live in silence.

Flow down and down in always
widening rings of being.

From Rumi – Selected Poems (Penguin Classics)

Translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne