January 29th, 2021

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Friday, January 29th, 2021

There is an old saying, well at least where I come from, made up of 3 words: “Who’da thunk it?” In the middle of the raging 60s with riots and protests; flags and intimate apparel being burned; struggles over right and wrong-God wrote a pop song. Okay, not Him specifically, but one was written. Very few have probably heard the song unless they listen to oldies music. You have heard the song sung by the Byrds called Turn, Turn, Turn. All but six of the words of that song come directly from Ecclesiastes 3. And that is why the writer of that song, Pete Seeger, sends portions of his royalties to Israel. That song basically tells us that no matter how bad things get or are going to get, good times are coming.

I think all of us are aware of time. We wear watches to keep it readily available. We carry our phones for the clock (least some of us say that is why). 🙂 We live our lives based on the daily time frame of 24 hours. Even though Chicago asked people if they really know what time it was we live by the clock. Funny, now that I’m older and can discern some things better, I found out Robert Lamm (the writer of that song) was trying to stress the importance of taking time to appreciate the small pleasures in life instead of rushing from one place to another against the clock. That is certainly true. Not even Huey Lewis’ song Back in Time could give us what we really need: the right perspective of time.

My sermon this week is from that passage in Ecclesiastes 3: 1-15 and I’m calling it Time Travel. I’m taking a rather simple approach this week: Time has no meaning without God and Time has meaning with God. I’d love for you to join us, either in person or by live stream. I’m looking forward to preaching this week. I’d appreciate your prayers for me, for us, this week.