The Worship of God
January 14, 2017
The Second Sunday after Epiphany
The Prelude Mrs. Beth Braun
The Chiming of the Hour
The Welcome and The Lord’s Prayer Ms. Becky Wiliford
*The First Hymn # 451 Tell It to Jesus
The Scripture Lesson I Samuel 3: 1-20
The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.
One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am.” 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.
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.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel a third time, 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. 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.
The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” And the Lord said to Samuel; “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears of it tingle.
At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against his family – from beginning to end. For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons made themselves contemptible, and he failed to restrain them. Therefore, I swore to the house of Eli, ‘The guilt of Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.’”
Samuel lay down until morning and then opened the doors of the house of the Lord. He was afraid to tell Eli the vision, but Eli called him and said, “Samuel, my son.” Samuel answered, ”Here I am.” “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.” 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.”
The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the Lord.
This is the word of God, for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.
The Pastoral Prayer
**The Offertory Hymn # 59 My Lord is Near Me All the Time
The Choral Worship It Was His Best
The Sermon Dr. Cecil Chambers
Calling, Listening, Doing
The divine call received
The divine call understood
The disturbing message of God’s call
The acceptance of divine actions
The testimony of integrity
*The Hymn of Decision # 486 Lord, Here Am I
The Dismissal with Blessing
May the God of peace
Make you holy in every way
And keep your whole being-
Spirit, soul, and body-
Free from fault
At the coming of our Lord Jesus.
Thanks be to God. Amen.
The Choral Benediction
*If you are able, please stand. **Boys and girls may leave for Children’s Church
We are happy that you have come to worship with us this morning. We pray that you will be blessed by joining us in the praise and worship of our LORD.
Sunday School Planning Meeting – 7:00 pm Monday evening.
Church Council (all committee chairs & church officers) 7:45 p.m. Monday evening.
Wonderful Wednesday Dinner
Join us for dinner in our fellowship hall on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. The menu: Baked Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread, Dessert. Make your reservation for dinner by signing the list posted on the back hall bulletin board or by calling the church office by 10 a.m. on Monday. Following dinner at 6:30 we have a prayer and share time with pastor Chambers.
The Sanctuary Choir…
..practices at 7:30 on Wednesday evening.
Our Homebound Members
Send a card or call to Mr. Marvin Thorpe, 7601 Ardmore Road, Henrico, VA 23294 this week. Remember all our homebound in your prayers.
Tax Statements are available in the overflow room of the sanctuary. Please pick yours up as you leave this morning.
Irene Hughes has called to extend her thanks and appreciation to you for the prayers, cards, and visits to her and Harry during their long journey dealing with health issues. They are grateful for a church family.
Henrico, Virginia 23229
1900 Skipwith Road
Whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world:
Grant that your people, illumined by your word,
may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory,
that he may be known, worshipped and obeyed to the ends of the earth, through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns,
one God, now and forever, Amen.
Rev. Dr. Cecil J. Chambers, Pastor
Mr. Richard A. Tinsley, Music Director
Mrs. Bethany H. Braun, Organist, Pianist
Mrs. Pauline K. Taylor, Ministry Assistant