Ecc. 4:9-12

Popular TV theme songs through the years such as "Friends", "Cheers", and "All in the Family" reflect the need in our society to find a place of togetherness and belonging. Godís Word has always known and revealed this deep need within people as well as the Churchís responsibility to help meet this need.

Play audio clips from the TV shows: Friends, All in the Family, and Cheers.

As we listened to the theme songs from three of the most popular shows over the last 20 years or so, I hope you picked up on the common thread running through them. And that common thread is the sense of belonging. A sense of togetherness. They were a group, a community,
Did you catch any of the themes? I think they were summed up in that last song, the one that has probably become the most famous TV theme of the last twenty years:

ďSometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and theyíre always glad you came; You want to be where you can see, Our troubles are all the same; You want to be where everybody knows your name.Ē

And whether it was Seinfeld or Family ties, Cheers or Friends - they were all popular because they made us feel like a part of a family or a community. They gave us a sense of belonging, of being with a group where "Everybody knows your name". And we need that.
And I think thatís one reason those shows were so popular. They spoke to one of the base human needs that we are created with. The need to belong to a group.

Look at our text this morning Ė READ Ecc. 4:9-12

Now letís understand that this is a need that we were created with. God looked down on Adam in the Garden of Eden and said itís not good for man to be alone. From the first person God attempted to help us solve the problem of loneliness and not belonging. That need has remained and itís not just our need but a need of each and every individual. Thatís one of the beautiful things about the church - it gives that fulfillment of belonging.

And if we want to make a difference then we create in this congregation a place of genuine community. A place for people to gather and belong and grow and become what God wants us to be.

And we will make a difference because there is so much need out there for belonging and companionship.

I mean, if thereís one thing Iíve seen in the last 15 years of ministry, itís that there is a great deal of loneliness out there. And it can hit anyone and everyone. It can even hit those in the church if the church isnít taking time to be aware of those needs.

One of the most fascinating stories Iíve heard in awhile concerns the minister of a church in Nevada. It is a growing church, a large church, but several years ago, just after they broke ground on a new building the ministerís wife hit him with the news that she was leaving him for another man.

He was devastated and he immediately turned in his resignation. He had done nothing wrong, he had been faithful, but his wife