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Oct 1, 2023 – 8:00am – 1. A Life of Meaning

Welcoming – Pastor Stuart

Online Moment – Online Minister Ernie

Hymn Sing – Pastor Stuart

Pastoral Prayer – Silent Prayer, Lord’s Prayer – Pastor Linda

Scripture Reading – Online Minister Ernie

Message – 1. A Life of Meaning ‐ Pastor Dave

Communion – Pastors Dave, Linda & Stuart

Benediction

ResponseLet There be Peace on Earth #431

Ecclesiastes 1:16-18, 2:1-10, 24-26 – New Revised Standard Version

16 I said to myself, “I have acquired great wisdom, surpassing all who were over Jerusalem before me, and my mind has had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.”

17 And I applied my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is but a chasing after wind.

18 For in much wisdom is much vexation, and those who increase knowledge increase sorrow.

1 I said to myself, “Come now, I will make a test of pleasure; enjoy yourself.” But again, this also was vanity.

2 I said of laughter, “It is mad,” and of pleasure, “What use is it?”

3 I searched with my mind how to cheer my body with wine—my mind still guiding me with wisdom—and how to lay hold on folly, until I might see what was good for mortals to do under heaven during the few days of their life.

4 I made great works; I built houses and planted vineyards for myself;

5 I made myself gardens and parks and planted in them all kinds of fruit trees.

6 I made myself pools from which to water the forest of growing trees.

7 I bought male and female slaves and had slaves who were born in my house; I also had great possessions of herds and flocks, more than any who had been before me in Jerusalem.

8 I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the treasure of kings and of the provinces; I got singers, both men and women, and delights of the flesh, many concubines.

9 So I became great and surpassed all who were before me in Jerusalem; also my wisdom remained with me.

10 Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them; I kept my heart from no pleasure, for my heart found pleasure from all my toil, and this was my reward from all my toil.

24 There is nothing better for mortals than to eat and drink and find enjoyment in their toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God,

25 for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment?

26 For to the one who pleases him God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he gives the work of gathering and heaping, only to give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a chasing after wind.

The pursuit of wisdom and enjoyment in life is age-old and fraught with ambiguity. We are driven to find and make meaning in our lives, even though we live in a world that often seems absurd. How we pursue God and faith as a source of meaning is significant for us.

To move from pessimism & hopelessness to acceptance & the joyous moments life brings.

Notice and celebrate the gifts from God that come to us: joy, family, meals together, love, satisfying work. Finding divine purpose is a key for enjoying life.

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