1 Samuel 3:1-20
Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. . . . Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!”and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he [Eli] said, “I did not call; . . . Go, lie down; and . . . say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’”
From sermon4kids.com: “God knows your name just as he knew the name of Samuel and God still calls boys and girls today saying, “Come, follow me.” So, listen for God’s call and answer just as Samuel did, “Here I am!””
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Scripture: January 14, 2018—Second Sunday after the Epiphany—1 Samuel 3:1–10 (11–20); 1 Corinthians 6:12–20; Psalm 139:1–6, 13–18; & John 1:43–51
Collect: Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Reflection: Where, in what place, and through what person or persons do you hear the call of the Lord? Consider it each day this week. Who has awakened in you a new prayer, a hope, an insight? Give thanks for those persons and moments as signs of God’s love for you.
Sunday School 9:15 am
Ear Worm: “I’ll be somewhere listening“, sung by Merle Haggard (easy for young ones to learn); “Jesus calls us“, sung by Koine, very interesting video & song; “Here I am, Lord“, congregation of Hexham Abbey—go look at the commitment on the faces of the parishioners (if this doesn’t move you, nothing will)
Brain Food: INVOCATION: Something made the hairs stand up on our necks. Was it you, O God? / Was it you that we saw blowing over the water? / Was it you that we heard moving through those feet? / Was it you that we felt in the beating of our own hearts? / Was it you that called our names? / Come, O God. Come to search us. Come to know us again. We were knit in your womb. We have tried to count your works. / Come, O God, so that we can hear you calling our names. Here and now. ~United Church of Christ
“To know and be known“, self-guided retreat by Susan Guthrie
“Known”, poem by Jan Richardson (scroll down)
Movies/Videos: “Glory Road” (2006), calling of disciples similar to basketball team; “Keeping the faith” (2000), meeting of a priest & a rabbi; “The Green Mile” (1999), Tom Hanks’ character is “called” from his accepted/acceptable role to the cause of grace