This morning we continued our series from the book of Ecclesiastes, “Life Under the Sun.” Our focus was discerning the times and seasons in our life and the wisdom that the Teacher brought to us was the reality that knowing what time it is and how to rightly respond is what distinguishes the foolish from the wise.
I love how Joan Chittister captured the spirit of Ecclesiastes 3:
“He teaches there is a time to kill whatever it is within us that keeps our souls from flying free. There is a time, he says, to refrain from embracing whatever it is that is smothering the heart. There is a time to weep the tears that dignify the going of those things and people in life who have brought us to where we are today. There is a time to embrace the good of life with great thumping hugs that give energy for the rest of the journey. There is a time to reap, to work hard, to achieve and assure the fruits of life. There is a time to glory in the gains of life, to run through life head up and lusty, gathering as we go, piling up the good things and laughing as we do. There is a time to love, to find ourselves in someone else, so that we can find ourselves at all. There is a time to lose, a time to let go of whatever has become our captor in life. There is a time to be born, fresh and full again out of old ideas, old forms, old shapes. There is a time to laugh, to let go of the propriety and old pomposities and join the bungling, lunging, silly human race. There is a time to die, to put an end to things, to stop the carousel, to surrender to the forces of time and trust them. There is a time of war, of struggling against the forces within me that make for my destruction. There is a time to heal ourselves from the hurts that weigh us down and keep us from taking charge of our own emotional lives. There is a time to build up, to construct the new world, to co-create the globe, so that what we leave behind is better than what we have received. Finally, there is a time for peace, for coming to grips with the demons within us, for staring them down and smoothing them out, so that we can spread peace like velvet.”
What season of life are you in right now and would would a faithful response look like?
Here is our complete worship flow:
- Open the Eyes of My Heart (Paul Baloche)
- Better Is One Day (Matt Redman)
- Love Came Down (Ben Cantelon)
- Announcements and Offering
- Prayer for Illumination
- Scripture Read (Ecclesiastes 3:1-11)
- Turn, Turn, Turn (Pete Seeger)
- Message (Life Under the Sun 2)
- God of Our Yesterdays (Matt Redman)
You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend in worship at The Worship Community.