This week we start to see Jesus in action, calling disciples and foretelling great things to come. This week’s readings also feature the calling of Samuel and Psalm 139. The Psalm, reminds us that God knows us intimately, our going in our coming out, our rising and our resting. Jesus is shown to have similar information about Nathanael in the Gospel reading from John, linking Jesus to God and demonstrating that his ministry is one ordained by God.
1 Samuel 3:1-20
The calling of Samuel
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
You have searched me out and known me
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Glorify God in your body
The calling of the first disciples
Today’s music takes on the themes of following Jesus’ call to ministry. In our first song, “In Christ Called to Baptize” we sing about our communal call to follow Jesus, inviting people from “each land and race” into sharing in Christ’s death and rising to new life, giving thanks with each breath. Our Hymn of the Day “Will You Come and Follow Me” takes a more individual approach where we hear God’s voice summoning us to ministry and we make our response one of hope and trust, going in God’s company where God’s footsteps and love show.
We spend a lot of energy in our lives trying to find our calling. God’s call takes on many forms and doesn’t have to be related directly to church work.
How does God’s call manifest in your life?
What daily actions, choices, attitudes can you engage in or adopt to follow in the footsteps of God’s love and mercy?
Following a calling isn’t always easy. What is a time when following God’s call was hard and what did you do to stay faithful to that call?