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Oct 15, 2023 – 8:00am – When It’s Easy to Be Disillusioned

Welcoming – Pastor Stuart

Online Moment – Online Minister Ernie

Hymn Sing – Pastor Stuart

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

Scripture Reading – Online Minister Ernie

Message – 3. When It’s Easy to Be Disillusioned ‐ Pastor Dave

Communion – Pastors Dave, Linda & Stuart

Benediction

Response – Let There be Peace on Earth #431

Ecclesiastes 2:12-23 – New Revised Standard Version

12 So I turned to consider wisdom and madness and folly, for what can the king’s successor do? Only what has already been done.

13 Then I saw that wisdom excels folly as light excels darkness.

14 The wise have eyes in their head, but fools walk in darkness. Yet I perceived that the same fate befalls all of them.

15 Then I said to myself, “What happens to the fool will happen to me also; why then have I been so very wise?” And I said to myself that this also is vanity.

16 For there is no enduring remembrance of the wise or of fools, seeing that in the days to come all will have been long forgotten. How can the wise die just like fools?

17 So I hated life because what is done under the sun was grievous to me, for all is vanity and a chasing after wind.

18 I hated all my toil in which I had toiled under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to my successor,

19 and who knows whether he will be wise or foolish? Yet he will be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under the sun. This also is vanity.

20 So I turned and gave my heart up to despair concerning all the toil of my labors under the sun,

21 because sometimes one who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave all to be enjoyed by another who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil.

22 What do mortals get from all the toil and strain with which they toil under the sun?

23 For all their days are full of pain, and their work is a vexation; even at night their minds do not rest. This also is vanity.

All of us face disappointment. The challenge is not to let it run and ruin our lives, rob us of joy or the capacity for hope. Ecclesiastes sees many absurd moments in life that leave us feeling life is meaningless.  We seek a lasting wisdom in God that helps us to see through and rise above our difficulties, especially in the long term.

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