Sunday, July 19, 2020

Join Pastor Katie at 9:00 am Sunday, July 19, for Zoom prayer & reflection. The meeting will finish by 9:30 for those attending virtual Sunday School. Click here to join. Meeting ID: 885 5610 9266 Password: 4111.

Upper Rooms for July/August are available at the front doors of the church. Feel free to stop by and pick up a copy for yourself and one to share with a friend.

"The Lost Chord"
Darlene Skinner

Set a timer for 5 minutes and use a breath prayer.
On the inhale, mentally say: “I will give thanks...”
On the exhale: " God forever."

Holy God, you search us out and know us better than we know ourselves.
As Samuel looked to Eli for help to discern your voice,
 and as the disciples looked to Jesus for your wisdom on the Sabbath,
  so raise up in our day faithful servants who will speak your word to us
   with clarity and grace, with justice and true compassion.
We pray through Christ, the Word made flesh. Amen.

"My Hope Is Built"
Torin Wright & Darlene Skinner

My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand;
all other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils his lovely face, I rest on his unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil.


His oath, his covenant, his blood support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way, he then is all my hope and stay.


When he shall come with trumpet sound, O may I then in him be found!
Dressed in his righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne!


"Gospel Medley"
Tory Wright, David Yoder, Blaine Riney and Dustin Bonecutter

Out of gratitude for all God has given us, we respond by giving back to God’s world around us. Click here for new ways to offer your talents toward building up our community, and also consider giving financially online or by mailing a check to the church.
"Samuel Calling"
Thomas McDow

"Days of Elijah"
Connections Praise Band

1 Samuel 10:17-25

Saul Proclaimed King
17  Samuel summoned the people to the Lord at Mizpah  18  and said to them, [ a ]  “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and I rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of all the kingdoms that were oppressing you.’  19  But today you have rejected your God, who saves you from all your calamities and your distresses; and you have said, ‘No! but set a king over us.’ Now therefore present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes and by your clans.”
20  Then Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, and the tribe of Benjamin was taken by lot.  21  He brought the tribe of Benjamin near by its families, and the family of the Matrites was taken by lot. Finally he brought the family of the Matrites near man by man, [ b ]  and Saul the son of Kish was taken by lot. But when they sought him, he could not be found.  22  So they inquired again of the Lord, “Did the man come here?” [ c ]  and the Lord said, “See, he has hidden himself among the baggage.”  23  Then they ran and brought him from there. When he took his stand among the people, he was head and shoulders taller than any of them.  24  Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see the one whom the Lord has chosen? There is no one like him among all the people.” And all the people shouted, “Long live the king!”
25  Samuel told the people the rights and duties of the kingship; and he wrote them in a book and laid it up before the Lord. Then Samuel sent all the people back to their homes.


"Hannah's Child: Samuel and Saul"
by Pastor David

Today we continue with our sermon series that explores the life of the prophet Samuel—the last judge of Israel. Throughout the course of his life, Samuel had the power to both make and break kings. Samuel’s birth was a miracle, his life was an adventure, and his voice still speaks to us today. Join us through the month of July as we look again at the amazing story of Hannah’s child.

"Precious Lord, Take My Hand"
Torin Wright & Darlene Skinner
Precious Lord, take my hand,
Lead me on, let me stand,
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn;
Through the storm, through the night,
Lead me on to the light:

Take my hand, precious Lord,
Lead me home.

When my way grows drear,
Precious Lord, linger near,
When my life is almost gone,
Hear my cry, hear my call,
Hold my hand lest I fall:


When the darkness appears
And the night draws near,
And the day is past and gone,
At the river I stand,
Guide my feet, hold my hand:

Good and gracious God,
We thank you for this time we have spent in worship. We thank you for the lessons of Samuel and King Saul. Guide our own government leaders in their work and decision-making today and always. May their leadership be in accordance with your will, free of sin and illuminated by your holy wisdom. Remind us of your hand in our lives as we go out in service to your world.
Anton Leinweber (German, 1845–1921)
Hannah brings Samuel to Eli. c. 1915