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1 Samuel 3:1-10(11-20)

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli.  . . . Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!”

From “. . . 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!””

Scripture: June 3, 2018—1 Samuel 3:1–10 (11–20); 2 Corinthians 4:5–12; Psalm 139:1–6, 13–18; and Mark 2:23–3:6.

Collect: O God, your never-failing providence sets in order all things both in heaven and earth: Put away from us, we entreat you, all hurtful things, and give us those things which are profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Reflection: Most of us strive to demonstrate trustworthy character in our lives, often not understanding trustworthy character as a fruit of our relationship with God. Reflect on 1 Samuel 3:19–20 (“As Samuel grew up, the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a trustworthy prophet of the LORD”). How does this challenge our understanding of what makes us trustworthy?

Sunday School—check with your teacher (Youth are out for the summer)

Eye Candy: Icon of Prophet Samuel from 17th Century; “Hannah presenting her son” by Gerbrand van den Eeckhout; “The man with the withered hand” by James Tissot.

Ear Worm: “Somewhere listening” by Wardlaw Brothers; “Somewhere listening for my name” by Jimmy Swaggert; “Here I am, Lord” by Daniel Schutte.

Brain Food: “Having trouble sleeping through the night?” by William Carl III; “The call of Samuel“, short play by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia;
Can’t I sleep without someone talking to me?” from RevGalBlogPals

Movies/Videos: “Keeping the faith” (2000), “so a priest and a rabbi walk into life”; “Angela’s Ashes” (1999), soul shattering effects of poverty; “Powder” (1995), a mystic with strange powers, compassionate service to others.




Study guide, group activity, snacks—make a “snack” older from toilet paper roll, decorate it with butterflies. Use it to “listen” for the Lord’s call.



: young elementary: activity; bulletin games;
older elementary: activity; bulletin games;




For the summer, we are exploring how faith and science fit together—or do they. We’ll continue with the introductory video. There is a worksheet at church in the Field Building on the Christian Formation table. Last week, I asked you to think about: Why do you think science causes people to lose their faith? Have you ever felt like science challenged or threatened your faith? If so, how? This week, think about ways your faith is enhanced because of science you know. Also, think about a place you have visited where you felt very small – like an open field, the edge of The Grand Canyon, on the beach – write down how small you felt and how surrounded by God’s magnificence you felt

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