You have graduated. Or maybe your kid has graduated. Now what? An important relationship has begun or ended. You’re in a new stage of life because of a birth or a retirement, a promotion or an unexpected development, a change in your health. Is there a plan? If so, what is it? What is God’s role in the unfolding pattern or pathway of your life? If God has a plan, can we know what it is?
These are some of questions raised by the story of Samuel’s anointing of David as a sign that he is to be king of the people of Israel. Samuel is an aging leader who has seen enough to make him sad. David is young, eager, and energetic. And, as his father’s eighth and youngest son, he never would have expected to end up front and center, focus of attention that by custom should have gone to the eldest of his brothers. Meanwhile, God apparently doesn’t mind stirring the pot or defying expectations. God confides to Samuel, a faithful servant and trusted spokesperson, that David will be the next king. “You can’t ask me to pull that off,” Samuel exclaims. “If Saul (the current king) finds out, he’ll kill me!”
The account of Samuel’s visit to Bethlehem comes from 1 Samuel 16:1-13. Words of Jesus about how the kingdom of God comes to fruition can be found in Mark 4:26-32. April’s sermon title is, “What’s the Plan?”
In honor of Father’s Day, morning worshippers are invited to visit the social hall for a breakfast treat from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM. Join us for muffins, fresh fruit, donut holes and a yogurt parfait bar. After Third Service, enjoy special Father’s Day sweets in the Narthex.
See you in church!