Notes by Rev. Dale Golden
I have always enjoyed the writing of Ecclesiastes and especially the third chapter, but what do we know or remember about the rest of this book? Scholars have argued for centuries about the true authorship of Ecclesiastes. Is the teacher really King Solomon or some other wise person? For the sake of argument, let’s just assume the Teacher is Solomon and go on from there. Also throughout this book, whenever we hear the word “vain” insert immediately after it, “without God.” All of life is vain without having God in our lives. Let’s begin our time together with the wonderful insight of the Teacher in Ecclesiastes!
July 2 The Greatest Commandments & The Great Commission: Balance for living a Christian Life
Matthew 22:34-40 & 28:16-20
July 9 Today’s “Vanity” or what does living in vanity look like?
In this first chapter of Ecclesiastes, I want to share with you three main ideas; 1) If King Solomon was so wise, how could he be so foolish? 2) How can we avoid the sin that so many other wise people have fallen into? And 3) How are we to understand poetic writings such as Job, Psalms and Ecclesiastes so they may guide us through life?
July 16 “The Colors of His Love”
Children participating in Trinity’s Summer Music and Drama Camp will perform the choreographed musical drama, The Colors of His Love, at both services.
July 23 “Turn, turn, turn”
To everything (turn, turn, turn)…There is a season (turn, turn, turn)…And a time for every purpose, under heaven…A time to be born and time to die…
~Song writer, Pete Seegar
July 30 “Vanity under the sun”
All the stuff “under the sun,” wealth, work, relationships and power will fade and let us down—they just can’t satisfy the soul—a soul yearning for a connection with the Creator. Our heavenly relationship and love with God can always be counted on though. God is always faithful and God will always be there for us! “Under the sun” just cannot compare with “under heaven.”
August 6 What would Jesus do?
Have the American people in the 21st century lost the connection and understanding of how awesome God really is? Are we content with what God has blessed us with? In recent polls, we, Americans have said we are a religious people and believe there is a God who created the heavens and the earth, society just doesn’t seem to carry that same belief into our daily thinking, decision making and judgments of what is right and wrong. Forget about the rest of the world, what about us—you and I? Do we make daily decisions with God in mind?
August 13 Wearing white at a funeral!
This is a new year with new possibilities; so why would we spend time reading Old Testament Ecclesiastes chapter seven that deals with wisdom, foolishness and death? Why not something more up lifting and loving—something more nurturing? Because many of us here today, know the pain of death or dying and this message is especially important for us today when we might not being feeling so lovely—a day that is supposed to be about love and good feelings—the Lord’s day. We need God’s words today!
Here are a selection of past sermons given by our own pastor and guest preachers. Whether you are listening to these messages for the first, second or third time, enjoy perusing the archives and filling your soul with the Word of God – for the people of God!
June 4–What Does Pentecost Mean For Us?
May 21–A Tale of Three Trees
Our Community Music Makers performed this musical drama at both services. Three trees who aspire to great things realize their dreams, but not in the way they planned. God used them in a mighty way, just like he can use us! Click here for a video of the performance
May 14–The Character of a Methodist
April 9–Palm Sunday Palms, Passion, Peregrine
Matthew 21: 1-11
April 2 Tomb Talk
John 11: 1-45
March 26 In the Dark
March 12: “Night-Time Religious Rendezvous”
February 19: MeStrong: Team Strong
1 Corinthians 12
February 12: MeStrong: We Strong
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
February 5: MeStrong: Super Strong
Isaiah 41:10; Joshua 1:6-9; Phillipians 4:13
January 29: MeStrong: Staying in Shape
1 Timothy 4:8-10
January 22: MeStrong: Getting in Shape
1 Corinthians 9:19-27
December 18: The Wonder of a Manger
December 11: The Wonder of a Name
Matthew 1: 18-25
November 20 10,000 Reasons
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
November 6 Surrounded by the Church
September 25 Jonah Swims, Jonah Flies, Jonah Sulks
September 18 Hosea’s Suffering Love