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Sunday Scripture Reflection: 1 Samuel 3:1-20

Updated: Jan 19, 2021

On this Second Sunday after the day of Epiphany, we explore the story of the call of the prophet Samuel in the First Book of Samuel. We will be considering how God is active in our lives and how we hear God's presence. From the Bible Study guide: "Most Christians believe that God is active in the world, but they may hesitate if asked just how and where God is active. The story of Samuel's call invites us to consider God's concrete call in our own lives."

Our Scripture passage is found in the Old Testament, First Book of Samuel. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (1 Samuel 3:1-20).

For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • After reading the Scripture lesson for the day, reflect on the emotions you might have had if you found yourself in young Samuel's position.

  • After reading the "WHAT..." paragraph in the guide below, consider how we "find God" in the words and actions of other people we encounter each day.

  • After reading the "WHERE..." paragraph below, consider the importance of a "call from God" in someone's life. Consider the role of the person as one receives an invitation from God...can we ignore something as powerful as a "call from God?"

  • After reading the "SO WHAT..." paragraph, consider the role of the community in someone's call, and what parts of the interaction with God the community might play: hearing; refining; confirming; amplifying; and supporting are just a few verbs to consider.

  • The "NOW WHAT..." paragraph challenges us to put ourselves in different roles in the story of Eli and Samuel, as it connects to our personal lives: how does our Scripture story inform your relationship with God today?

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