We hear both Hannah’s heartfelt pleas for mercy, and her glad song of thanksgiving, and we are reminded to share all things in our life with God.
Worship with Holy Communion this week: (all services in fellowship hall):
Saturday – 5:00 p.m. in the chapel
Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional worship
10:00 a.m. Contemporary worship
Devotions for this week:
July 1 – Hannah
SHARE: What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?
READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding
Sunday, 1 Samuel 1:1-8 Elkanah and his two wives
Monday, 1 Samuel 1:9-11 Hannah’s vow
Tuesday, 1 Samuel 1:12-18 Eli & Hannah
Wednesday, 1 Samuel 1:19-28 Birth and dedication of Samuel
Thursday, 1 Samuel 2:1-10 Hannah’s prayer
Friday, 1 Samuel 2:18-21 The young Samuel at Shiloh
Saturday, 1 Samuel 3:1-18 Samuel’s vision
TALK: Consider some of these ideas:
15But Hannah answered, “No, my lord, I am a woman deeply troubled; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the Lord. 16Do not regard your servant as a worthless woman, for I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation all this time.” 1:Samuel 1:15-16
Hannah pours out her pain and discouragement before the Lord, and then rises to begin again. God listens, and she will return to offer thanks and praise.
Do you share your pain and trouble with God in prayer?
- Have you followed through on the vows you make in troubled times?
- Do you respond with thanks and praise when things go well?
PRAY: Holy God, help us to continually come to you both in times of trouble, and in times of rejoicing. Let us know that you are with us in every season of our lives. Amen.
BLESS: May you know that God hears your prayer today. Amen.