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Oct 8, 2023 – The Wisdom of Age

Welcome – Online Minister Ernie

Call to Worship – Online Minister Ernie

Opening Hymn – God Whose Love Is Reigning O’er Us – #100

Prayer Concerns ‐ Silent Prayer – Eli Reeves

Prayer Song – O Lord, Hear My Prayer – #2200

Pastoral Prayer ‐ Lords Prayer – Eli Reeves

Online Moment – Online Minister Ernie

Anthem – With Songs of Rejoicing – The Lakeview Choir

Scripture – Gerry Ellen Sleeth

Offering – Pastor Linda

Hymn of Preparation – Near to the Heart of God – #472

Message – 2. The Wisdom of Age ‐ Pastor Linda

Closing Hymn – Pass it On – #572

Announcements – Online Minister Ernie

Benediction & Response – Christ Beside Me – #2166

Postlude – Little Prelude I ‐ Bach

Ecclesiastes 11:1, 5 – 12:2 New Living Translation

1 Send your grain across the seas, and in time, profits will flow back to you.

5 Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things.

6 Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another—or maybe both.

7 Light is sweet; how pleasant to see a new day dawning.

8 When people live to be very old, let them rejoice in every day of life. But let them also remember there will be many dark days. Everything still to come is meaningless.

9 Young people, it’s wonderful to be young! Enjoy every minute of it. Do everything you want to do; take it all in. But remember that you must give an account to God for everything you do.

10 So refuse to worry, and keep your body healthy. But remember that youth, with a whole life before you, is meaningless.

1 Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say, “Life is not pleasant anymore.”

2 Remember him before the light of the sun, moon, and stars is dim to your old eyes, and rain clouds continually darken your sky.

Instruction continues with addressing what gives meaning to life: Emphasis is placed on sharing one’s  contributions to the world. These must be spread broadly in many directions. As in financial investments, we don’t know the outcome of any sharing. The outcome is solely the work of God. God’s work is through the Spirit which is not a New Testament entity based on Jesus’ resurrection but a function of God in both the Old and New Testaments. Students are advised there will be times of “light” or gladness and times of “dark” or distress. The young men are advised to be cautious in either times and respond according to God’s directives, such as those in The Law. When the ending to the time of teaching is near, the students are reminded that the answer to life having meaning is in God and God Alone.

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