2016 Lenten Bible Study — Ecclesiastes

“All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again.” — Ecclesiastes 1: 7

Invitation to participate in our congregational Lenten Bible Study–this year on the book of Ecclesiastes. We will have copies available of the UCC’s Stillspeaking Bible Study on Ecclesiastes (by Rev. Molly Baskette) available for all who are interested to participate. We will engage the themes of the study in worship (begging with an introduction this Sunday), and during 4 after worship Bible Study gatherings. These after-worship sessions will take place after fellowship hour on: February 21, March 6, March 13, and March 20 (Palm Sunday).
Why Ecclesiastes? Sometimes considered the most curmudgeonly and cynical of all the books of the Bible, Ecclesiastes is also praised for telling it like it is. It addresses eternal problems that have always troubled human society: the problem of pain, the fruitlessness of overwork, the vanity of ambition, the age of anxiety, the fear of death and being forgotten. Ecclesiastes reminds us that these are not 21st century problems.

This book of wisdom also reminds us that the great joys in life are fairly simple: snuggling under the covers, having close friends and/or a sweetheart, sunlight, rest, eating good food and drinking good wine, and a good days’ work. It offers soothing certainty about what it means to enjoy the good life: waiting, expecting, with open arms, to receive day by day the good things that come from God.

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