The author of Samuel pointed out a sad reality: “The Word of the Lord was rare in those days.” Perhaps we feel the same today, that God is quiet and uncommunicative. But are we really listening? Are we seeking his voice in our lives? Sometimes it is necessary for us to settle down and just listen, and sometimes we need the help of a trusted friend or mentor to help us hear. Either way, God calls us to follow Jesus.
I Can Only Imagine
I can only imagine; What it will be like; When I walk by Your side I can only imagine; What my eyes will see; When Your face is before me I can only imagine
Surrounded by Your glory; What will my heart feel Will I dance for You Jesus; Or in awe of You be still Will I stand in Your presence; Or to my knees will I fall Will I sing hallelujah; Will I be able to speak at all I can only imagine (yeah); I can only imagine
I can only imagine; When that day comes And I find myself standing in the Son; I can only imagine When all I will do; Is forever forever worship You I can only imagine; I can only imagine
I can only imagine when all I will do Is forever forever worship You I can only imagine
Prayer of the Day
Almighty and eternal God, you restrain the powers of heaven and earth. Mercifully hear your people’s prayers for peace in our time. Grant this, we pray, through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
First Reading: 1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20) Speak Lord, For Your Servant Hears
Though the Word was rare and visions were few, the Lord sought Samuel by speaking repeatedly to him in the night. Samuel did not yet know the voice of the Lord. Even though at first Samuel had trouble recognizing who was speaking to him, Eli eventually discerned that God was calling out for his young servant.
The boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord in the presence of Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision. At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his own place. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called Samuel, and he said, “Here I am!” and ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. And the Lord called again, “Samuel!” and Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down, and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant hears.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. And the Lord came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant hears.” [Then the Lord said to Samuel, “Behold, I am about to do a thing in Israel at which the two ears of everyone who hears it will tingle. On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. And I declare to him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them. Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever.” Samuel lay until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the Lord. And Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” And he said, “Here I am.” And Eli said, “What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also if you hide anything from me of all that he told you.” So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. And he said, “It is the Lord. Let him do what seems good to him.” And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established as a prophet of the Lord.]
Psalm 139:1-10 You Discern My Thoughts From Afar
n a beautiful hymn, the psalmist proclaimed the omniscience of the Lord who knew him before he was in his mother’s womb. Everywhere the psalmist went, the Lord knew and went before him. Every thought he thought, the Lord knew before it popped into the psalmist’s mind. Such knowledge is too wonderful to comprehend!
Lord, you have searched me out and known me;
you know my sitting down and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar.
You trace my journeys and my resting places
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Indeed, there is not a word on my lips,
but you, O Lord, know it altogether.
You press upon me behind and before
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is so high that I cannot attain to it.
Where can I go then from your Spirit?
where can I flee from your presence?
If I climb up to heaven, you are there;
if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there your hand will lead me
and your right hand hold me fast.
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 One Spirit with Christ
Paul maintained that all things were lawful for him because he was freed from the law by faith in Christ. But the fact that something is lawful does not make it helpful. His point was that we are to protect and care for our bodies, minds, and lives because we were bought with a price — one that cannot be squandered in vain.
“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food” — and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
Gospel Reading: John 1:43-51 Follow Me
The day after Jesus told Andrew and his brother Simon to “come and see,” he called Philip to follow him. Philip then reported to Nathanael that they had found the one the prophets wrote about. Philip told him to “come and see.” Jesus told them all that they would see heaven open and the angels coming to the Son of Man.
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
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Prayers of the Church
Lord God, you call us into a life of discipleship as one body in Christ; you invite us to follow you in obedience. Refresh us daily with your word, so we may lead others to you. Thank you for the promise of your Holy Spirit to guide and give us spiritual insight into your true nature. May we continue to build up the body of Christ and serve the world in His holy name.
Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
For Unity for the Church
Loving Father, we pray for unity in the church. May our interactions with one another be full of grace and mercy as we continue your holy work in the world. Let us approach each other with humble and gentle hearts, so all people may come to know you. Help us to build each other up in love just as you have shown us through the gift of your son, Jesus Christ.
Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
For Wisdom and Integrity
Almighty God of wisdom and strength, we pray for our federal, state, local and world leaders. Supply them with strength, wisdom, and integrity, so they seek truth to understand and to resolve differences in peaceful ways. Fill us with the power of the Holy Spirit, and guide us in this life that is filled with so many concerns.
Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
Mercy in Sickness
Heavenly Father, we come to you at all times and in all ways seeking healing and restoration. Lord, grant us mercy in sickness, that we may feel your presence. We pray today for those who are affected by illness [especially for …], may they be sustained by your promise of everlasting life through our Savior Jesus Christ.
Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
There Was Jesus
Every time I tried to make it on my own; Every time I tried to stand and start to fall All those lonely roads that I have traveled on; There was Jesus
When the life I built came crashing to the ground; When the friends I had were nowhere to be found; I couldn't see it then but I can see it now; There was Jesus
In the waiting in the searching; In the healing and the hurting Like a blessing buried in the broken pieces; Every minute every moment Of where I been or where I'm going; Even when I didn't know it Or couldn't see it; (There was Jesus)
For this man who needs amazing kind of grace; For forgiveness at a price I couldn't pay I'm not perfect so I thank God every day; There was Jesus (There was Jesus)
There was Jesus on the mountain in the valleys; (There was Jesus) in the shadows of the alleys; (There was Jesus) in the fire in the flood; (There was Jesus) always is and always was; No I never walk alone You are always there There was Jesus
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