- Indicates that those who are able, are invited to stand.
You are invited to lead into the abundant grace of God as you listen to an offering of music.
CALL TO WORSHIP 1 Kings 19:11-13
Now there was a great wind,
so strong that it was splitting mountains
and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord,
but the Lord was not in the wind;
and after the wind an earthquake,
but the Lord was not in the earthquake;
and after the earthquake a fire,
but the Lord was not in the fire;
and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.
When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle
and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.
Then there came a voice to him…
God of grace, God of glory:
on your people, pour your power!
HYMN #307 God of Grace and God of Glory
JOYS AND CONCERNS
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE: It’s for you!
OFFERING OF THANKSGIVING
Offertory Lead Me Lord arr. Carol Cymbala
Soloist: Stephanie Jass St. Andrew’s Choir
Hymn #709 God, We Honor You
Prayer of Dedication
PASSING OF THE PEACE
The peace of the Lord be with you. And also with you.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
In every place of power,
where truth is redefined to mean whatever the powerful choose;
in every place of wealth,
where the price of truth is set by the highest bidder;
in every place of lust,
where truth is distorted by greed and desire;
in every place of grief,
where the wounds of broken truth are shared by the weak and poor…
by the bereaved and the discarded;
may your truth continue to feed our minds,
and change our hearts,
so that we may, in our place and with your courage,
know and share the nurturing, nourishing light of your kingdom.
Lord, hear our prayer and grant us mercy…
- John van de Laar, The Hour that Changes Everything
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
HYMN #447 We Are Forgiven
SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 3:1-21 p. 423
The Lord Calls Samuel
3 The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.
2 One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. 4 Then the Lord called Samuel.
Samuel answered, “Here I am.” 5 And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.
6 Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
“My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.”
7 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.
8 A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. 9 So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
10 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”
Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
11 And the Lord said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle. 12 At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against his family—from beginning to end. 13 For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons blasphemed God,[a]and he failed to restrain them. 14 Therefore I swore to the house of Eli, ‘The guilt of Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.’”
15 Samuel lay down until morning and then opened the doors of the house of the Lord. He was afraid to tell Eli the vision, 16 but Eli called him and said, “Samuel, my son.”
Samuel answered, “Here I am.”
17 “What was it he said to you?” Eli asked. “Do not hide it from me. May God deal with you, be it ever so severely, if you hide from me anything he told you.” 18 So Samuel told him everything, hiding nothing from him. Then Eli said, “He is the Lord; let him do what is good in his eyes.”
19 The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground. 20 And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the Lord. 21 The Lord continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word.
SERMON: Speak up!
HYMN Speak O Lord
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
The Lord’s 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 debts as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever. Amen.
HYMN #749 Come! Live in the Light!
CHARGE & BENEDICTION
You are invited to sit quietly through the postlude, reflecting on the experiences of worship today. What moved you? What will you carry with you as you leave?
May this week be a blessing to you and through you to others.