Gordon Baird is speaking on Sunday, August 24th. He has chosen this reading as part of his service.
THE CRY OF THE REALIST Ecclesiastes 1
Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher, vanity of vanities. All is vanity.
What do people gain from all the toil at which they toil under the sun?
A generation goes and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever.
The sun still rises, and the sun goes down, and hurries to the place where it rises.
The wind blows to the south, and goes around to the north; round and round goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns.
All streams run to the sea, but the sea is not full; to the place where the streams flow, there they continue to flow.
All things are wearisome; more than one can express;
The eye is not satisfied with seeing, or the ear filled with hearing.
What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done. There is nothing new under the sun.
Go, eat your bread with enjoyment, and drink your wine with a merry heart; for God has long ago approved what you do.
Life is sweet and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun.
Even those who live many years should rejoice in them all.