Bulletin 9.13.20

1 Samuel 3:8b "Then Eli discerned that the Lord was calling the boy."

A Reflection Before The Service

  • Can't you hear me knockin' on your window?
    Can't you hear me knockin' on your door?
    Can't you hear me knockin' down your dirty street?

     

    - Keith Richards & Mick Jagger, “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”, from the Rolling Stones 1971 album Sticky Fingers)

     

    When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die. It may be a death like that of the first disciples who had to leave home and work to follow him, or it may be a death like Luther’s, who had to leave the monastery and go out into the world. But it is the same death every time—death in Jesus Christ, the death of the old man at his call.

     

    - Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship (1937, p. 99)

     

    The conspicuous feature in all this speaking is that God speaks in personal address. God does not speak grand general truths, huge billboard declarations of truth and morals; the Lord’s speaking is to persons, named persons: Abraham, Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Paul. And Samuel. Personal address, not philosophical discourse or moral commentary or theological reflection, is God’s primary form of speech. Whenever we let the language of religious abstraction or moral principles (and we do it often) crowd out of the personal address, we betray the word of God.

     

    - Eugene H. Peterson, First and Second Samuel (p. 38, 1999; emphasis added)

     

    1. What is effectual calling?
    2. Effectual calling is the work of God's Spirit, whereby, convincing us of our sin and misery, enlightening our minds in the knowledge of Christ, and renewing our wills, he persuades and enables us to embrace Jesus Christ, freely offered to us in the gospel.

     

    - The Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question #31 (1647)

     

The Call To Worship

  • Psalm 89.11-16

     

    The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours;
    The world and all it contains, You have founded them.

    The north and the south, You have created them;
    Tabor and Hermon shout for joy at Your name.

    You have a strong arm;
    Your hand is mighty, Your right hand is exalted.

    Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne;
    Lovingkindness and truth go before You.

    How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound!
    Lord, they walk in the light of Your countenance.

    In Your name they rejoice all the day,
    And by Your righteousness they are exalted.

    (Prayer)

     

  • Can't you hear me knockin' on your window?
    Can't you hear me knockin' on your door?
    Can't you hear me knockin' down your dirty street?

     

    - Keith Richards & Mick Jagger, “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”, from the Rolling Stones 1971 album Sticky Fingers)

     

    When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die. It may be a death like that of the first disciples who had to leave home and work to follow him, or it may be a death like Luther’s, who had to leave the monastery and go out into the world. But it is the same death every time—death in Jesus Christ, the death of the old man at his call.

     

    - Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship (1937, p. 99)

     

    The conspicuous feature in all this speaking is that God speaks in personal address. God does not speak grand general truths, huge billboard declarations of truth and morals; the Lord’s speaking is to persons, named persons: Abraham, Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Paul. And Samuel. Personal address, not philosophical discourse or moral commentary or theological reflection, is God’s primary form of speech. Whenever we let the language of religious abstraction or moral principles (and we do it often) crowd out of the personal address, we betray the word of God.

     

    - Eugene H. Peterson, First and Second Samuel (p. 38, 1999; emphasis added)

     

    1. What is effectual calling?
    2. Effectual calling is the work of God's Spirit, whereby, convincing us of our sin and misery, enlightening our minds in the knowledge of Christ, and renewing our wills, he persuades and enables us to embrace Jesus Christ, freely offered to us in the gospel.

     

    - The Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question #31 (1647)

     

  • Psalm 89.11-16

     

    The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours;
    The world and all it contains, You have founded them.

    The north and the south, You have created them;
    Tabor and Hermon shout for joy at Your name.

    You have a strong arm;
    Your hand is mighty, Your right hand is exalted.

    Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne;
    Lovingkindness and truth go before You.

    How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound!
    Lord, they walk in the light of Your countenance.

    In Your name they rejoice all the day,
    And by Your righteousness they are exalted.

    (Prayer)

     

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