This ongoing pandemic can cause us to ask many questions. How do we cope with life’s fragility? How do we move forward when there is so much uncertainty? Where is God in all this? In the Bible there is a book called Ecclesiastes that asks all these questions. And so, for the next few Sundays I’m going to be teaching through this ancient text and exploring its timely truth. The theme of this series is: Is there more to life than this? I’m looking forward to how I believe God is going to meet with us.
Call to Worship-10am
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, (Psa 103:2-4, 13-17 ESV)
Celebrating God in Song (Playlist)
- All Because of Jesus
1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
2 Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
3 What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun?
4 A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever.
5 The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises.
6 The wind blows to the south and goes around to the north; around and around goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns.
7 All streams run to the sea, but the sea is not full; to the place where the streams flow, there they flow again.
8 All things are full of weariness; a man cannot utter it; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
9 What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecc 1:1-9 ESV)
Sermon: The search for meaning
Text: Ecclesiastes 1-2
Speaker: Pastor Jeff Boettcher
Responding to God’s word in Song
- Jesus Firm Foundation
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1Pe 1:3-5 ESV)