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Annisquam
Village Church

820 Washington St.
Gloucester, MA

Annisquam Village Church Logo

Annisquam
Village Church

820 Washington St.
Gloucester, MA

A Thriving Spiritual Community

Seasons of Life/Seasons of Love

October 30, 2021

Each year has seasons; winter, spring, summer, and fall.
And everyone’s life has seasons.  Each of us was born, and grew into a child.  We become teenagers, and then adults.  As we grow, we explore what we like to do, and how we want to spend our lives. Sometimes we find a partner to share our lives, and sometimes we have children of our own.  We get older.  Every year we have new experiences and create new memories.  Each year we change a little bit.
This Sunday at worship, we will be remembering all of the changes and seasons of the past year.  With poems, prayers and songs we will remember the many seasons of our lives.  We will remember and celebrate babies who were born and children who were baptized. We will honor couples who love each other and couples who were married this year.  We will honor and remember those we love who died.
At the beginning of the service we will sing a song that you might have heard before.
Turn, Turn, Turn is about the seasons of our lives; the song reminds us that there is a time to be born and a time to die, a time to laugh and a time to weep, a time to be happy and a time to be sad.
The song, Turn, Turn, Turn, is based on part of the book of Ecclesiastes, which is in the Old Testament.  Ecclesiastes was written by King Solomon, 900 years before Jesus was born.  Solomon was a VERY wise man.  He wrote as if he was sharing his thoughts with us.  Solomon wanted us (the readers) to think about all the times we have been through.  We all have had good days and bad days, happy times, and sad times.  We all have things that worry us and things that make us happy.  Solomon reminds us that, no matter how we are feeling, God is always with us.
King Solomon spoke an ancient language, but his books and writings have been translated into hundreds of languages. Here is one translation of Ecclesiastes 3: Verses 1-8:
There Is a Time for Everything
There is a right time for everything.
Everything on earth has its special season.
There is a time to be born, and a time to die.
There is a time to plant, and a time to pull up plants.
There is a time to kill, and a time to heal.
There is a time to destroy,  and a time to build.
There is a time to cry, and a time to laugh.
There is a time to be sad, and a time to dance.
There is a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather them.
There is a time to hug, and a time not to hug.
There is a time to look for something, and a time to stop looking for it.
There is a time to keep things, and a time to throw things away.
There is a time to tear apart, and a time to sew together.
There is a time to be silent, and a time to speak.
There is a time to love, and a time to hate.
There is a time for war, and a time for peace.
This is the season of Halloween, when we dress up and surprise or scare others.  It is also the season of Fall or Autumn when the leaves change color and fall to the ground.  Cold weather makes plants die back, and prepare to sleep beneath the ground under a blanket of leaves and winter snow.  But each spring plants begin to grow again, and new leaves form on the trees.  Flowers blossom and soon it is summer again, when strawberries and blueberries ripen, followed by peaches and tomatoes.  Then it is fall again, with apples, acorns, and pumpkins for Halloween jack-o’-lanterns.
Here is something for you to color as you listen to the music, poems and stories during worship.
As you go through the week ahead, remember that God is always with you.  And remember that, if a friend is having a bad day, you can make it better by just being a good friend.
You are blessed to be a blessing to others,
~Peg Koller~