The World’s Wisdom & God’s Wisdom

The Sermon: Ecclesiastes 1: 12 – 18

12 I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 I devoted myself to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under heaven. What a heavy burden God has laid on men! 14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind. 15 What is twisted cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted. 16 I thought to myself, “Look, I have grown and increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge.” 17 Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind. 18 For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.

The World’s Wisdom & God’s Wisdom

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Third Sunday After Epiphany  

Sunday, January 22, 2017 (9:00 a.m.)

Song by Choir – “Arise and Shine”
(Director: Cathy Augustin ; Soloist: Steph Mueller)

Based on Isaiah 60: 1 – “Arise, shine; For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.”

Opening Hymn LSB 333 : Once He Came in Blessing Hymnary.org link “Once He Came In Blessing”

The Invocation And Litany (Pages 288-289)
(An all-encompassing historic prayer of the church)

Hymn LSB 945 : Your Heart, O God, Is Grieved Hymnary.org link – “Your Heart, O God, Is Grieved” (Cong Sings All)

The Scripture Reading – Ecclesiastes 1: 1-11

What significance rests with the ongoing and seemingly never-ending cycle of nature and human life and experience and labor? Without the Lord, all seems empty and meaningless; However, God through “the preacher” does show us the true meaning and purpose and outcome of all things.

The Apostles Creed (Inside Back Cover Of Hymnal)

I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven And sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.

Hymn LSB 410 : Within the Father's House Hymnary.org link  “Within The Father’s House”

The Sermon….……………………………..… Ecclesiastes 1: 12 – 18

12 I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 I devoted myself to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under heaven. What a heavy burden God has laid on men! 14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind. 15 What is twisted cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted. 16 I thought to myself, “Look, I have grown and increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge.” 17 Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind. 18 For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.

The World’s Wisdom & God’s Wisdom

“Create In Me” (Hymn 956)

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me,
Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free spirit.

Hymn LSB 523 : O Word of God Incarnate Hymnary.org link “O Word Of God Incarnate”

The Installation Of The Elected Church Officers And Board Members

Our Offering

The Lord’s Prayer (Inside Back Cover Of Hymnal)

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.

Benediction ♫ Amen, Amen, Amen

Closing Hymn LSB 923 : Almighty Father, Bless the Word Hymnary.org link “Almighty God, Bless The Word”

Silent Prayer And Announcements