Tag Archive: 1 Samuel

Mar 25

4th Sunday in Lent (Year A)

Worship Ideas 1 Samuel 16:1-13 is a story of hope. God does not only call the biggest and strongest and or oldest among us: God often calls those whom the world may otherwise overlook. Are there people or groups in your congregation that are often overlooked? Celebrate the gifts that they bring and offer a …

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Dec 22

1st Sunday After Christmas (Year C)

1 Samuel 2:18-20,  26 Just a few weeks have passed since we talked about Hannah and her deep desire to bear a son.  Now, we are introduced to her son: Samuel. Hannah had dedicated her son to the Lord and to the Lord’s service in the temple.  Still, she remained connected to him by making …

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Nov 10

25th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 33B] – Words for Worship (Year B)

Call to Worship (adapted from 1 Samuel 2:1-10) There is only one Holy One of God; God is the foundation on which we build our lives. The Lord strengthens the weak and encourages the weary. Our Savior provides for any who are in need and makes room at the table for all. Prayer of Confession (inspired …

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Nov 10

25th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 33B] (Year B)

1 Samuel 1:4-20 After considering Ruth for the past 2 weeks, we are introduced to another strong female: Hannah. Hannah is bullied by her “rival”, Peninnah (Elkanah’s other wife).  Bullying is a huge issue these days – so why not talk about it?  Kids and youth (and adults) may relate to the deep distress that …

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Jun 15

4th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 12B] (Year B)

1 Samuel 17:1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49 We may think that the story of David and Goliath is probably familiar to a lot of folks sitting in church on Sunday, but that (sadly) is not necessarily the case.  Adults who are new to the faith probably didn’t grow up hearing Bible stories, so they may not know …

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Jun 12

3rd Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 11B] – Words for Worship (Year B)

</body> Call to Worship (inspired by 1 Samuel 16:4-5) How do you come to worship today? We come with peace to this place. Why have you come to worship today? We come to present ourselves to the Lord – to offer ourselves as living sacrifices to the God who called us. Come, and let us …

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Jun 11

3rd Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 11B] (Year B)

1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 How often do we judge people/groups/etc based purely on how they look on the outside? Only God has the proper vision to be able to judge anyone’s hearts.  Period.  So, why do we continue to judge others? Who are the “youngest” in our church families?  Who are the ones that we dismiss …

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Jun 05

2nd Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 10B] (Year B)

1 Samuel 8:4-11, (12-15), 16-20, (11:14-15) The NRSV is a good translation, but I also really like the Common English Bible. The people of Israel wanted a king – and the Lord told them, “Be careful what you wish for…”  It is all too easy to see what others have and assume that it is …

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Jan 04

2nd Sunday After Epiphany (Year B)

1 Samuel 3:1-20 This text is ripe and ready to be presented as a readers’ theater.  You will need people to read the voices of Samuel, Eli, the Lord, and a narrator. God does not give Samuel an easy message to deliver.  Likewise, God does not give Eli an easy message to hear.  In any …

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