A Christian View of Labor

God’s Amazing Cure for Boredom

Sermon: Genesis 3: 17-19

17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. 18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. 19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.”

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.

A CHRISTIAN VIEW OF LABOR

I. A Curse of Sin (Genesis 3: 17-19)

II. A Calling of God (1 Corinthians 10:31)

III. A Commitment of Self (Ecclesiastes 9:10)

Listen to the sermon:

Whether you eat or drink do it all to the glory of God 1 Cor 10:31 Christian Labor

FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Saturday, August 31 (6:00 p.m.) & Sunday, September 1 (9:00 a.m.), 2013
Pre-Service Meditation – Psalm 84, Page 38 in Front of Supplement

Opening Hymn WS 787 : Now that Daylight Fills the Sky Hymnary.org link

Liturgy (Worship Supplement page 1 – 5)

The Scripture Reading – Ecclesiastes 3: 17-26
A Divine Perspective on Life and Labor without the Lord – Empty and Meaningless

Hymn LSB 854 : Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I Go Hymnary.org link

A CHRISTIAN VIEW OF LABOR

I. A Curse of Sin (Genesis 3: 17-19)

17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. 18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. 19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.”

II. A Calling of God (1 Corinthians 10:31)

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

III. A Commitment of Self (Ecclesiastes 9:10)

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.

The Offering of Thankful Hearts

The Communion Liturgy (Pages 7-9 in Supplement)

The Distribution of the Sacrament (Hymn WS 755 : What Is This Bread Hymnary.org link + additional verses)
(Because God’s Word presents the reception of this Sacrament as a most intimate expression of spiritual and confessional unity, we ask that only those who have publicly professed such oneness of faith and belief with us by membership at Berea or another CLC church come forward. This is not a judgment of anyone’s faith, but rather an expression of ours. Please speak with pastor if you are seeking a church home or have any questions.)

After Communion Prayer

Lord God of mercy, I give You thanks for the body and blood of Your Son, the pledge of my salvation; for the Word by which You give me forgiveness; For Your promises by which You give me life. May the gifts of Your heavenly banquet fortify me against the Evil One, strengthen me in the face of the world, overcome my selfishness. Help me to live as one who hungers for Your grace, who thirsts after righteousness, who longs to taste of Your goodness, that I may sit at Your table at the marriage feast when the Heavenly Bridegroom comes to take His holy bride to Himself. Amen

Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, Who art in heaven. Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

The Benediction

The Closing Hymn LSB 857 : Lord, Help Us Walk Your Servant Way Hymnary.org link

Silent Prayer and Announcements