Then God came and stood before him exactly as before, calling out, “Samuel! Samuel!” Samuel answered, “Speak. I’m your servant, ready to listen.”
1 Sam 3:10 (Message)
Father God, we may have missed something important because we chose to ignore your call instead of answering. Help us to discern when you are calling and give us courage to respond.
We welcome our preacher this morning who is Ms Biddy Crossfield
After service tea hosts Val and Beti
Organist: Joan McGowan
Sunday 25th January
11.00am Preacher Mr Ken Drury
Vestry Stewards – Ian and Sheila
Door Steward – Keith
Tea Hosts – Keith and Myra
Mon 19th Every Day with Jesus Bible Study in Lounge 10.30am
Mon 19th Art Exhibition opening event at University 4.00pm then at Regent Street at 6.00pm
Thu 22nd Cytun service for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at Emmanuel Pen-y-Fford 7.30pm
Wed 28th Bible Study at Avril’s home 7.30pm
Please pray for the following:
All those who care for those in need.
We thank God for answered prayer and ask that he helps us to understand that all things do work together for good.
Hope and District Cytun
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Thu 22nd Jan 7.30pm
The Child Samuel
Hush’d was the evening hymn,
The temple-courts were dark;
The lamp was burning dim
Before the sacred ark;
When suddenly a voice divine,
Rang through the silence of the shrine.
The old man, meek and mild,—
The priest of Israel—slept;
His watch, the temple-child,—
The little Levite—kept;
And what from Eli’s sense was seal’d
The Lord to Hannah’s son reveal’d.
Oh give me Samuel’s ear!
The open ear, O God!
Alive and quick to hear
Each whisper of Thy word;
Like him to answer at Thy call,
And to obey Thee first of all.
Oh give me Samuel’s heart!
A lowly heart that waits
Where in Thy house Thou art,
Or watches at Thy gates,
By day and night—a heart that still
Moves at the breathing of Thy will.
Oh give me Samuel’s mind!
A sweet unmurmuring faith,
Obedient and resign’d
To Thee, in life and death;
That I may read with child-like eyes
Truths that are hidden from the wise.
James Drummond Burns
1 Sam 3:1-10
When a call comes up on my cell phone, I have two choices. I can tap “answer” and speak to the caller, or I can choose “ignore” and let it go to voicemail. If I am in a meeting or otherwise engaged, I sometimes have to hit “ignore,” then I check later to see if there’s a message.
I was reminded of this as we embark on a series of call stories—two of them this week. The one about the boy Samuel is intriguing, to say the least.
Samuel was young, living away from home and the familiar, a student/protégé. Lonely? Anxious? Bewildered? Certainly, he wasn’t used to listening for the voice of God. It doesn’t seem as though our writer would have us believe that Samuel was intentionally ignoring the call, only that his lack of experience kept him from recognizing it when it came to him. It took Eli’s wisdom—and time—to convince them both that something was at work.
And it makes me wonder: when have I missed something important? Not a cell phone call, but something deeper. When have I chosen to ignore instead of answering? When should I have done something but have been inactive? When should I have spoken up but have been silent?
The voice is all around us. In a news story about hungry children in our state, or about people who have inadequate health care. In a new piece of information about domestic violence. In a phone call from a friend or acquaintance or relative that signals a need. In a conversation about a class or group of people who are treated unfairly.
We can’t answer every need with an all-out response; there isn’t enough time or energy. But some needs will call out to us more than others because each one of us has different “receptors.”
Eli’s wisdom was to keep listening with an open heart and mind, and see what happens.
Melissa Bane Sevier, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Aurora, Indiana, USA