May 31, 2018
1 Samuel 3:1-10
for Sunday, June 3
1 Samuel 3:1-10
2 Corinthians 4:5-12
I love this call story of Samuel. What particularly impresses me is that he was just a child. God can minister through children? You betcha! In the verses that follow this lesson, God uses Samuel to deliver bad news to Eli about the fate of Eli’s grown children and what will happen to Israel.
How did Samuel find himself living at God’s house? His mother, Hannah, in thanksgiving to God for giving her a child, brought him there. She had committed the boy to God’s service. Samuel became a prophet and judge of Israel. He was the final judge because the people wanted a king instead.
We may or may not hear God’s voice in an audible fashion the way Samuel did. However, if we quiet our hearts and minds, God will speak to us. It may be through a passage of scripture, through a friend, through circumstances or any other numerous ways. Sometimes there’s just an impression we may get. That can be God’s voice for us.
May the attitude of our hearts be, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
1Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.
2At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; 3the 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. 4Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!” 5and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. 6The Lord called again, “Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” 7Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. 8The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. 9Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
10Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
Names will remain of the Prayer List for a month - at which
time it will be taken off unless, or course, there is still a continued need
for our prayers and we’re asked to keep the name on.
***This Saturday, June 2nd is the rescheduled Outdoor Work Day at St. Tim’s. Bring rakes and shovels; we have a large pile of mulch to be spread.
***This Sunday, June 3rd during worship, we look forward to Affirmation of Baptism (Confirmation) of three of our youth at St. Timothy’s and one youth at St. Mark in Mayville. Please make sure to come to worship to show your love and support to these youth who have worked many months toward this day. We thank Sarah Goebel for her hard work in teaching and mentoring this group.
***Also on Sunday, June 3, the Evangelism Committee is hosting a Food Drive supporting the Bemus Point Food Pantry. Please bring non-perishable food, personal care items (no expired items for either), paper products, laundry detergent etc. Monetary donations also accepted, see Marty Hunt.
***GA Family Services is asking SW Conference Congregations to collect suitcases for GA youth when they travel on home visits and for discharge. Suitcases may be dropped off at the GA main office: 200 Gustavus Ave., Jamestown, NY. Please contact Liz Lobb at 665-2116 with any questions. Thanks for your support! Pastor Dan Rumfelt, Dean
***A note to you from Pastor Ivy:
Did you know I pray for you? On Thursdays, when I’m in the office, at noon I will be in the prayer room. Let me know via email, text or my cell phone if there is something special you’d like prayer for. My cell is 716-904-0855.
***ONLINE GIVING now available at St. Timothy for Debit/Credit cards. 3 ways to give:
- Go directly to our website at www.sttimothybemus.com
- Use our QR code with the QR reader on your smartphone
- Download the app ‘GivePlus Church’. Create an account.
For further information, see Kathy Carlson on Sundays or call her at 485-1316.
***Healthy Bones Exercise Class continues until Wednesday, June 6 which will be the last day until fall.
***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date: 19
The Listening Tour Continues
I am continuing to meet with and get better acquainted with each one of our worshipping community. Whether you are a member or not, I want to hear your story. It doesn’t matter if we meet at your place or mine or someplace else for coffee. Let’s get to know each other better.
5 & 2 Ministry will be having their Annual Golf Scramble, Saturday, June 23rd at Bemus Point Golf Course.
Registration will begin at 7:15am. This will include 18 holes of golf and a light lunch following the scramble. Cost is $75 per person/$300 per team.
We are also looking for businesses to sponsor holes at $100.00 per hole or be an event sponsor.
Please complete our form on our Events page https://www.5and2ministry.com/events/
with your team/hole/event sponsorship info and send checks payable to 5&2 Ministry at P.O. Box 152 Clymer, NY 14724. Thank you for supporting 5&2 Ministry!!
▪ for our community of faith as we seek to do God’s work in the world.
▪ for those in our congregation and community who suffer silently with illness,
financial burdens, and family obligation.
▪ for victims of violence and their families in all places.
· for Bryan Brown, Craig Jackson, Marty Maxwell, Debbie Stearns, Jim Doherty, Karen Brown, Ron Simpson, Ross Gardner, Mike Krott, Maj-Britt Traynor, Bonnie Christoferson, John Scorse, Trudi Fetzner, Pastor Tara Eastman, Zachary Stewart, Al Lamb, Arden Johnson, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier, Matt Isaacson and Thom Shagla.
▪ People serving in the military, including Ben Wickerham, and their families, caught up in violence
and war who have no safe home in which to live.
▪ For all children, that the love of Christ may reach them through all of us who
have resources to love, protect, pray and provide for them.
All those affected by the flooding in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.