Listening to God’s voice is how we find our life- our real life: being God’s beloved children and servants in the world…but it is hard to recognize God when our world is filled with frustration, distraction, tragedy, and so much noise.
Check out this video: God Whispers and the World is Loud
God does speak to us, but God isn’t always loud. In fact, God is famous for speaking in the most unexpected ways and calling the most unexpected people. (Side note: did you know that God once spoke through a talking donkey? Check out Numbers 22. Did you know that God called a murderer with a speech impediment to speak for Israel? See Exodus 2 and 4). God calls all types- even us. One of my favorite pieces of scripture reminds us of God’s promises and God’s call- Isaiah 43. I’d suggest you read all of it, but here is the beginning:
But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
This summer we’ll be examining God’s call during worship with a series, “Called by Name.” Samuel, Esther, Saul/Paul, Gideon, Isaiah, the Disciples, David, and Mary all have a “call story” to tell and lessons to teach. In the adult study group, we’ll be talking about different spiritual disciplines, or, ways that we can tune our ears to better hear God throughout life’s journey.
We’ll kick off with Samuel and his great prayer/statement, “Speak, Lord. Your servant is listening.” I hope you’ll join us.
Study group @ 9:00
Worship @ 10:00