“A Time To…” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-14) Sunday, December 31, 2017

Christ Candle Lighting: 

 

L:         The new year is a time for taking stock of our life. (Light Christ candle)

 

P:         O Lord, you know us better than we know ourselves. Help us look at ourselves through your eyes.

 

L:         Let us reflect on our use of time,

 

P:         And resolve to deepen our experience of eternity.

 

L:         Let us reflect on our investment of money,

 

P:         And resolve to live our understanding of stewardship.

 

L:         Let us reflect on our attitude toward work,

 

P:         And resolve to strengthen our sense of vocation.

 

L:         Let us reflect on our regard for leisure,

 

P:         And resolve to respect our need for renewal.

 

L:         Let us reflect on our perception of friendship,

 

P:         And resolve to broaden our definition of family.

 

L:         The new year is a time for letting go and taking hold.

 

U:        O Lord, you know us better than we know ourselves. Help us let go of the things that pass away to grab hold of the things that endure.

                       

Scripture (Ecclesiastes 3:1-14)                    

                                   

Our reading comes from the book of Ecclesiastes. 

1For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

2a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

3a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; 7a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

9What gain have the workers from their toil?

10I have seen the business that God has given to everyone to be busy with.

11He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

12I know that there is nothing better for them than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live;

13moreover, it is God’s gift that all should eat and drink and take pleasure in all their toil.

14I know that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it; God has done this, so that all should stand in awe before him.

Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding.

@Copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “A Time To…” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-14) Sunday, December 31, 2017

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