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Jun 18th, 2018 by Robin Murray

Reflection: June 17

Pray with me.

Holy God, you created the heavens and the earth.  You dwell in far-off galaxies and nebulae. You gave light to countless burning stars. But you also dwell in the tiniest of seeds, in the spark of life waiting to grow into something larger.  You see in us, unready and flawed as we may feel, the potential to be so much more than we already are.  And yet, you love us as we are. Open our hearts, now, to hear your call to live out your kingdom of love in our lives. Amen.

Today’s scripture reading from the book of Samuel 1 skips ahead several chapters from where we left off last week.  Last week, we read how the people of Israel decided they wanted to be like neighbouring nations and have a king, instead of being governed by the Judges – wise elders and prophets.  God, speaking through the prophet Samuel, warns them about the corrupt ways of kings, but they insist and Saul is anointed. The chapters we skipped over tell the story of how King Saul starts out as a great leader but becomes as corrupt as predicted at the start. So, in today’s reading we hear how Samuel grieves the corruption of Saul and God is sorry for him. 

I think this is an important point of the story.  God allows Israel the choice of having a king, warning them of the problems it will bring.  Now they must live with the consequences of their choice.  God has every right to say, “I told you so,” and »»

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Congregational Life

For the Week of June 17

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

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 Today we pray and ask that the mission of the United Church, Nelson United, and all organizations who reach out to do your work, will be strengthened, through us, and by others, to assist our communities.  Help us to build and sustain relationships to improve your world, by those who seek social, economic, environmental and political justice. When you hear the words, God of Hope, please respond with “Hear our Prayers”. »»

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Will you all join me in the Prayers of the People, and when you hear “God of simplicity,” please respond with “hear our prayers”. »»

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About 40 people from congregations across the West Kootenay explored the changing spiritual landscape that gives rise to new ways the Spirit of God is working in the world with Beth Estock and George Meier.
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When you hear the words, ‘God of Boundless Love’, please answer with ‘Hear our Prayers’.
Let us quiet ourselves as we pray… »»

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Let us prepare to pray as we listen to today’s Prayers of the People:
It is available to anyone and anything. As often as it may be used, the power of its purpose, its sincerity and its intent, remains undeterred, undiluted, undiminished. »»

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 When you hear the words, “O Creator of the Earth,” please respond with “Hear our prayers.”

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