January 14 Worship

Readings for the Day:

I Samuel 3:1-20:  At a time when visions are rare and unexpected, the Lord comes to Samuel and calls him to speak the divine word.  Though just a boy, Samuel responds to God obediently, as Eli the priest has taught him to respond.  This marks the beginning of Samuel’s prophetic ministry.

I Corinthians 6:12-20:  Paul helps the Corinthians understand that God has claimed the entirety of their lives through the death of Christ.  Hence Christian relationships and conduct, including areas of human sexuality, are to reflect the reality that we belong to Christ and that the Holy Spirit lives within us.

John 1:43-51:  In John’s gospel, Jesus’ ministry begins with the call of disciples, who then bring others to Jesus.  Philip’s friend Nathanael moves from skepticism to faith when he accepts the invitation to ‘Come and see.’

 ‘From Sunday & Seasons, copyright 2023 Augsburg Fortress’

Questions To Ponder:
1— When was a time you felt the presence of God manifest in darkness? (I Sam. 3:1-20)
2—What does it mean to you that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit? (I Corinthians 6:19)
3—How do you call others to ‘come and see’ about Jesus?  (John 1:43-51)
4—How do these texts speak to you today?

Prayer:  Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ, most merciful redeemer, for the countless blessings and benefits you give.  May we know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day praising you. Amen.