Seattle Unity Sunday Sermon Video 05-20-2018—”Walking the Way”

Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sunday Sermon “Walking the Way”

Sunday Service Video May 20th, 2018—“Walking the Way”—Here is the link and player to Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sunday sermon of 05-20-2018.

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 “Walking the Way.” Here, in her “Walking the Way” sermon, Karen focuses on a divine thread that weaves its way through the times when we are awake and asleep; when we are happy or sad; when we feel like we know exactly what we are doing and when we haven’t a clue. And she explores how…(see more below)

Dian Brennan Reading—1948 Unity “Daily Word” and “Isaiah 58:11”

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Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sunday Sermon—”Walking the Way”

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Sermon Summary

Title: “Walking the Way”

http://seattleunity.org — Reverend Karen Lindvig‘s sermon on May 20th, 2018 is titled “Walking the Way.” Rev. Karen continues her sermons related to the 2018 Annual Theme category of “The Inner Pilgrimage.” Here, in her May 20th, 2018 “Walking the Way” sermon, Karen focuses on a divine thread that weaves its way through the times when we are awake and asleep; when we are happy or sad; when we feel like we know exactly what we are doing and when we haven’t a clue. And she explores how internal listening enables us to discern and act on this divine thread. She explores how there is a way of walking that constitutes a form of meditation in which we listen internally for the divine thread in our lives, to honor our inner pace, and to know one’s self towards being authentic.

Rev. Karen illustrates this process of discerning the divine thread that leads to authenticity through examples that include walking on paths around Seattle, walking the Camino in Spain, David and Goliath, and the Royal Wedding between the Duke of Sussex (Prince Harry) and the Duchess of Sussex (Meghan Markle).

Quotations related to this sermon:

Antonio Machado:

“Wanderer, there is no way, the way is made by walking.”

William Stafford:

“There’s a thread you follow. Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding. You don’t ever let go of the thread.”

Buddha:

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”

Richard Niebuhr:

“Pilgrims are persons in motion – passing through territories not their own – seeking something we might call completion or perhaps the word clarity will do as well, a goal to which only the spirit’s compass points the way.”

The Unity “Daily Word” Magazine:

“God gives me the power to stand and walk with strength and courage, sureness and balance.”

Jack Cornfield:

“One of the most useful and grounding ways of attending to our body is the practice of walking meditation. Walking meditation is a simple and universal practice for developing calm, connectedness, and embodied awareness. The art of walking meditation is to learn to be aware as you walk, to use the natural movement of walking to cultivate mindfulness and wakeful presence.”

I Kings 19:11-12:

So He said, “Go forth and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle whisper.

Reading from the 1948 Unity “Daily Word, and from Isaiah 58:11

Daily Word—1948

http://www.dailyword.com/dailyword/guidance-saturday-july-31-1948

Divine love opens the way before me. My path is made plain, and I know what to do.

Today I need guidance. I need to know what is the right way for me; I need to know what to do next, how to take the succeeding steps. So I will let go of all worry or planning; I will be still in mind and body. Then I will listen for the inner voice to direct me. The inner voice speaks to me as thoughts, and when I get still and let go I receive my guidance. Then with faith I act on that guidance.

The guidance I receive may be to express love in some way, to help someone, to put an advertisement in the newspaper, to go to see someone. I know that though I may not always see the way, God’s ways are higher than my ways. He knows how to open the way where there seems to be no way.

I will do my part with a joyful, unquestioning, expectant heart, thereby opening the channel for God to help me. I will take the step before me, and if I need guidance for the next step I will get still and listen again until I know what to do.

I have a spirit that welcomes new ideas. There is always within me an urge to grow, to improve and to give expression to the powers and abilities within me. There is always within me an urge to broaden my life.

A boundless horizon lies before me. I walk a new path that is ever forward and upward.

Isaiah 58:11:

Then the Lord will guide you always
and satisfy your thirst in parched places,
will give strength to your bones
And you shall be like a watered garden,
like a flowing spring whose waters never fail.

The flyer for this service is here:

https://seattleunity.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/oos-201805020.pdf

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