Greetings to my friends at St. Mary’s,
I am finally settling in to the routine at St. Mary’s, and I want to thank you for your warm welcome. It is good to be home! I am also serving as the Deacon at St. Barnabas-By-the-Bay in Villas. I have two wonderful parishes in which to enjoy my work.
As a Deacon, I am expected to continue with my studies, and I noticed the announcement in St. Mary’s Newsletter, “Staying Connected,” about the Bible Study on “David” being offered on Zoom by our own summer parishioner, Tracy Rubin. I thought I would try it, and I am glad I did.
We are covering the story of David in First and Second Samuel, therefore, we are learning about the Prophet Samuel, who actually followed God’s instructions to anoint the first King of Israel, Saul, and how that came about.
At that time when Samuel was still a youth and living in the Temple under Eli’s guidance, God called Samuel by name and revealed a vision to him of what was to come. As Samuel grew up the Lord was with him, and all Israel knew that Samuel was a stalwart prophet to the Lord. Our lesson last Wednesday brought us up to the introduction of Saul into the story.
I was impressed with the calling of Samuel by God, which made me think of my own calling, and how we are all called by God to love and to serve God. We all have different callings and experiences but each one of us serves God in our own special way. Sometimes God calls us to bring a meal to someone in need, or teach Sunday School, serve on the Altar, be kind to those who do not usually receive kindness, help the homebound, speak for those whose voices are not heard, spend time in prayer for others and so many other ways of service to God. Always remember that answering God’s call turns out to be a blessing to each one of us also!
May you have a blessed day!
Jane Carol Wilson