Seattle Unity Sunday Sermon Video 05-06-2018—”The Open Door”

Rev. Karen Lindvig’s 05-06-2018 Sunday Sermon
“The Open Door”

Sunday Service Video May 6th, 2018—“The Open Door”—Here is the link and player to Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sunday sermon of May 6th, 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/early May is “Thresholds.” Here, in her “The Open Door” sermon, Karen summarized some of the past sermons on thresholds. Such sermon themes included:

– The story of the Red Sea.
– Miriam and the celebrations on their thresholds.
– The process after celebrations that focuses on work, new skills, new knowledge.

Then she explores…(see more below)

Rose Harrow Miller Reading—”Exodus 15:19-21″

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Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sunday Sermon—”The Open Door”

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Sermon Summary

Title: “The Open Door” — Reverend Karen Lindvig‘s sermon on May 6th, 2018 is titled “The Open Door.” Rev. Karen continues the discussion of thresholds that we have been having in our April/May sermons under the Annual Theme category of “The Inner Pilgrimage.” Here, in her May 6th, 2018 “The Open Door” sermon, Karen summarized some of the past sermons on thresholds. Such sermon themes included:

– The story of the Red Sea.
– Miriam and the celebrations on their thresholds.
– The process after celebrations that focuses on work, new skills, new knowledge.

Then she explores our day-to-day thresholds that must occur after celebrating a new beginning. These including several key processes for spiritual development through thresholds of consciousness such as finding a new job after graduating; learning new skills after a promotion; making a relationship work after a wedding; and raising children after becoming a parent.

She exemplifies these key processes through key stories such as that of Moses and the Exodus, and that of Seattle Unity and our journey from an old church building to a new one, through the threshold of building while being in a temporary space.

Key aspects of and lessons in the Exodus threshold story:

– They had to assimilate the past before they could move forward.

– When we don’t assimilate the past, we are going to repeat it.

– It is released when it is melted down and consumed in our consciousness.

– It must be transmuted and assimilated through awareness, acceptance and forgiveness.

Karen concludes with an invitation to form home groups to meet in community in different parts of the Seattle area to prevent the need to travel downtown, considering the frequent traffic. She also offers a passport document to each person for gaining passage on the various thresholds you may pass throughout the year.

Key quotations related to this sermon:

Robert Brummet:

“Sometimes we may create an external beginning before we are internally ready. We’ve created a pseudo beginning – not the real thing.”

“A New Beginning will occur only after we’ve completed the work from previous stages—when we are internally ready, we will somehow find a way to create the New Beginning.”

“The image of a door is powerful. A door can be a symbol of either freedom or bondage—it all depends on our viewpoint. A door is a meaningful symbol because it represents both entering and leaving. Some doors we face lead us away from a phase or period of life we are complete with; others allow us to enter into new beginnings and untried paths. We can trust in Spirit as we confidently open new doors and opportunities to our good and release that which no longer serve us.

Exodus 16:3-4:

“If only the Lord had killed us back in Egypt,” they moaned. “There we sat around pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death.” Manna from heaven—just enough for the day.

Exodus 17:3:

But tormented by thirst, they continued to argue with Moses. “Why did you bring us out of Egypt? Are you trying to kill us, our children, and our livestock with thirst?”

Stephanie, The Unity Center, West Linn OR:

I invite you to affirm, “With Spirit as my guide, I boldly and confidently open the door to my good!”

Exodus 32:19-20:

When Moses approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain. And he took the calf the people had made and burned it in the fire; then he ground it to powder, scattered it on the water and made the Israelites drink it.

The Reading by Rose Harrow Miller from Exodus 15:19: and from a poem by Tony Stone:

Exodus 15:19-21:

“…the Israelites walked on dry land through the midst of the sea. Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand, while all the women went out after her with tambourines, dancing; and she responded to them:

Sing to the Lord, for he is gloriously triumphant”


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