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Sunday, October 22, 2017

          Worship Time:8:30 & 10:45 am
          Christian Education: 9:30 am for Children, Youth & Adults

Rev. Mark HarmonScripture: 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 51:10-14

As the end of the year draws near, I suspect many of you are facing the dreaded year-end performance reviews. I haven’t been retired long enough to forget how much I dreaded this time of year. It wasn’t being reviewed that bothered me – it was being the one who had to provide the reviews that I didn’t like. Inevitably there would be situations where the person being reviewed felt they were entitled to a higher rating than the one they received.

Long, long ago, a man named Samuel had to deliver a review of sorts to the seven young men – the sons of Jesse and the older brothers of David. They were being reviewed for the job of being the second king of Israel. In a culture where the eldest son was typically given priority over his younger brothers, I suspect that Eliab – the eldest son of Jesse – felt like he would be given the job. Even Samuel was sure Eliab would be the one. Apparently he looked like good king material, but God rejected him and told Samuel not to be fooled by appearances. One by one, the remaining brothers passed in front of Samuel and one by one, God told Samuel they weren’t chosen.

Can’t you just imagine that Samuel was frustrated and confused? After all, he had been told that God would identify one of Jesse’s sons as the next king. Out of desperation he asked Jesse if he had any other sons and, sure enough, there was one more left. It was his youngest son David who had been left to tend the family’s flock of sheep. Samuel not only makes everyone wait while David is brought to this gathering, he doesn’t let them sit down. Maybe this was his way of getting even with Jesse for not bringing all of his sons along. When David arrives, God tells Samuel he’s the one. This young boy that hadn’t been considered as a viable candidate to become king is the one God chose.

I don’t know about you, but this story leaves me wondering what it is that God often sees in those God calls to serve in the missio Dei – the mission of God. I know that I have asked that question of my own call to ministry. I wonder what it is that God values in those called to serve?

I hope to see you this Sunday as we search for an answer.

Shalom,
Mark
Rev.Mark Harmon, Associate Pastor of Caring Ministries

Also this Sunday
• Adult Education: Join us at 9:30am in Friends Hall, more information on the Adult Education page
• Journey Classes: Sunday's 4-6pm Room 202/203, more info here.

Upcoming Events:
• Trunk Or Treat & Chili Cook Off - October 29: Sign up on Sunday in the Hearth Room!
• Fall Work Day & Creek Clean-Up - November 4: Save the Date! 9am-1pm
• Concert, Silent Auction & Wine Tasting - November 4: 6-10 pm; Purchase Tickets Here!

Taking Action and Speaking Up:
Information on how to contact your government officials on the MISSION & OUTREACH page under Hand of Welcome.

On-Going Events:
• Grief Group - meets the first Sunday of the month, led by Jody Gyulay, 11:45am, Room 102
• Mission & Outreach Opportunities:
check the MISSION & OUTREACH page for more information.
• SAGE (Saint Andrew Group for Ecology) Street Clean-Up: read more on the SAGE Page.


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