Satisfied. Patient. Comfortable. Gratified. Understanding. Joyful. Pleased.
Disappointed. Fretful. Regretful. Upset. Depressed. Unhappy. Empty.
Which list above describes your attitude about life? For most of us, it’s most likely an ever-changing combination of adjectives from both lists.
Our 2014 fall all-church study from the book of Ecclesiastes will teach us to go from the stingingly painful feelings in the second list to the better lifestyle in the opening line. We will learn to BE CONTENT. In Philippians 4:11, the apostle Paul said. “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” What a blessing from God!
Have you ever tried to tell your children or grandchildren a story from your past in hopes they won’t make the same mistakes you did? Solomon writes the 12-chapter book of Ecclesiastes almost like a grandfather who shares his life lessons so we can learn from his experiences.
Pastor Laura and Betsy Williams have been involved in a Small Group consortium with other area churches. Many of them will also be using the study this fall or in the near future. Trinity’s BE CONTENT study will begin in mid-September. Sermons for the study begin September 21 and run through October 26.
We will not sell books for the study but there may be a slight charge for copying the study guide. Choose your favorite translation of the Bible. Find Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament following Proverbs. As we come together to study, having a variety of translations will broaden our understanding and help us learn even better how to BE CONTENT.
Check out the list of adult small groups in the bulletin each week. There will be additional groups and times posted in September. If you would like to join a new group, you will be able to register that on the back of the pew cards as well. Our ME TO sheets will correspond to the BE CONTENT study as well.
Or – why not start your own small group? Gather a few of those who sit near you in worship or live near you. Meet with friends you have made on the softball field. Get your regular music group, sewing group, UWM circle or other ministry or mission-oriented group together before or after your regular time and study together during this six-week period. The more content we learn to be, the better our lives and service to others will become.