Category Archives: Ecclesiastes (2018)

Work to Live or Live to Work? – Pastor Haydn’s Sermon – 17th of June 2018

What’s work worth when it’s all you focus on?  How does death affect how we (think about) work?  Why pursue wisdom when you suffer the same fate as a fool (which = death)?  How does Jesus Christ make any difference to this?  Here is my sermon on King Solomon’s wisdom about these issues.  Here is the readings for the sermon, which I translated from Hebrew – Ecclesiastes 2.15-26 Readings (English)

God bless, Pastor Haydn.

Next week’s sermonLife Cycling Out of ‘Your Control’ (Ecclesiastes 3:1-11).

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Life: God’s Merry Merry-Go-Round? – Pastor Haydn’s Sermon – 10th of June 2018

You can build everything for yourself, be a “self-made” man, and all the rest but it will just leave you empty.  You can get stuff but then you may end up objectifying people (and treating them like objects), but it won’t fill you.  You can pursue as much earthly pleasure as you like, but will it fill you?  Quite the contrary, says The Assembler (King Solomon) who wrote the biblical book of Ecclesiastes: It will keep you searching and at the end of life you will find yourself out of right relationship with God.  But if loving God is your greatest pleasure, then you will always be satisfied.  Here is my sermon on this from Ecclesiastes 2:1-14 (c.f. Matthew 16:24-27).  This is Ecclesiastes 2.1-14 Readings (English)

God bless, Pastor Haydn.

Next week’s sermon: To Be or Not Be a Fool? (Matthew 6:25-32, Ecclesiastes 2:15-26).

Life: A Misty Phantasm – Pastor Haydn’s Sermon – 3rd of June 2018

What is the meaning of life, and how do we handle it?  Doesn’t being a busy buzzing bee fix it?  What about more study?  What about novelty?  What about going on a holiday?  Well, the Bible has some raw, honest, unvarnished words to say about life on this side of death, and it’s rather sobering.  Our time here is a misty vapour, like warm breath coming out of a mouth on a freezing winter morning: there one second, gone the next. It’s short and fleeting, but we can make the most of it.  Here is my sermon on this from Ecclesiastes 1 (c.f. 1 Corinthians 2:1-16).  This is Ecclesiastes 1 Readings (English)

Before the sermon, my congregation watched this stand-up comedy speech by Jerry Seinfeld (from 1:13 to the end):

God bless, Pastor Haydn.