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  • 1. ONE: Our relationships with our fathers arecomplicated.MANY: For some of us, our fathers love is likeGods love -- too deep, too long, too wide, toostrong to measure.ONE: Our relationships with our fathers arecomplicated.MANY: For some of us, our fathers love is likeGods love -- too deep, too long, too wide, toostrong to measure.
  • 2. ONE: All of us are shaped by the relationship orlack of relationship with our fathers.ALL: On this day when we remember what itmeans to have a father or be a father, werecognize the importance of fathers in ourcommunities. We pledge as a congregationto love and nurture the fathers among us sothat they will manifest the love of God in allthat they do.
  • 3. Lord, prepare me To be a sanctuary, Pure and holy, Tried and true. With thanksgiving, I‟ll be a living Sanctuary for you.CCLI #29406 WORDS & MUSIC: John Thompson and Randy Scruggs.
  • 4. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed bethy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will bedone on earth as it is in heaven. Give usthis day our daily bread and forgive us ourtrespasses as we forgive those whotrespass against us. And lead us not intotemptation but deliver us from evil. Forthine is the kingdom and the power and theglory forever. Amen.
  • 5. Then Samuel went to Ramah, but Saulwent up to his home in Gibeah. Samuelnever saw Saul again before he died, buthe grieved over Saul. However,the LORD regretted making Saul king overIsrael.
  • 6. The LORD said to Samuel, “How long areyou going to grieve over Saul? I haverejected him as king over Israel. Fill yourhorn with oil and get going. I‟m sending youto Jesse of Bethlehem because I havefound my next king among his sons.”“How can I do that?” Samuel asked. “WhenSaul hears of it he‟ll kill me!”
  • 7. “Take a heifer with you,” the LORD replied,“and say, „I have come to make a sacrificeto the LORD.‟ Invite Jesse to the sacrifice,and I will make clear to you what youshould do. You will anoint for me the personI point out to you.”Samuel did what the LORD instructed. Whenhe came to Bethlehem, the city elders cameto meet him. They were shaking with fear.
  • 8. “Do you come in peace?” they asked.“Yes,” Samuel answered. “I‟ve come to makea sacrifice to the LORD. Now make yourselvesholy, then come with me to the sacrifice.”Samuel made Jesse and his sons holy andinvited them to the sacrifice as well.When they arrived, Samuel looked at Eliaband thought, That must be the LORD‟sanointed right in front.
  • 9. But the LORD said to Samuel, “Have noregard for his appearance orstature, because I haven‟t selected him. Goddoesn‟t look at things like humans do.Humans see only what is visible to theeyes, but the LORD sees into the heart.”Next Jesse called for Abinadab, whopresented himself to Samuel, but hesaid, “The LORD hasn‟t chosen this oneeither.”
  • 10. So Jesse presented Shammah, but Samuelsaid, “No, the LORD hasn‟t chosen this one.”Jesse presented seven of his sons toSamuel, but Samuel said to Jesse,“The LORD hasn‟t picked any of these.”Then Samuel asked Jesse, “Is that all of yourboys?”
  • 11. “There is still the youngest one,” Jesseanswered, “but he‟s out keeping the sheep.”“Send for him,” Samuel told Jesse, “becausewe can‟t proceed until he gets here.”So Jesse sent and brought him in. He wasreddish brown, had beautiful eyes, and wasgood-looking. The LORD said, “That‟s the one.Go anoint him.”So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointedhim right there in front of his brothers.TheLORD‟s spirit came over David from that
  • 12. “There is still the youngest one,” Jesseanswered, “but he‟s out keeping the sheep.”“Send for him,” Samuel told Jesse, “becausewe can‟t proceed until he gets here.”So Jesse sent and brought him in. He wasreddish brown, had beautiful eyes, and wasgood-looking.The LORD said, “That‟s the one. Go anointhim.”
  • 13. So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointedhim right there in front of his brothers.The LORD‟s spirit came over David from thatpoint forward.Then Samuel left and went to Ramah. 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 CEB
  • 14. The lone, wild bird in lofty flightIs still with you, nor leaves your sight.And I am yours! I rest in you,Great Spirit, come, rest in me, too.The ends of earth are in your hand,The sea‟s dark deep and far off land.And I am yours! I rest in you,Great Spirit, come, rest in me, too.
  • 15. Each secret thought is known to you,The path I walk my whole life through;My days, my deeds, my hopes, my fears,My deepest joys, my silent tears.In secret depths you knit my frame,Before my birth you spoke my name;Within my soul, as close as breath,So near to me, in life, in death.
  • 16. O search me, God, my heart reveal,Renew my life, my spirit heal;For I am yours, I rest in you,Great Spirit, come, rest in me, too.CCLI #29406 WORDS: Henry Richard McFayden and Marty Haugen. MUSIC: Walker‟s Southern Harmony
  • 17. Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;Praise God, all creatures here below:Alleluia! Alleluia!Praise God, the source of all our gifts!Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts!Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit!Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
  • 18. Then Jesus said, "Gods kingdom is likeseed thrown on a field by a man who thengoes to bed and forgets about it. The seedsprouts and grows—he has no idea how ithappens.The earth does it all without his help: first agreen stem of grass, then a bud, then theripened grain. When the grain is fullyformed, he reaps—harvest time!
  • 19. “How can we picture Gods kingdom? Whatkind of story can we use? Its like a pinenut. When it lands on the ground it is quitesmall as seeds go, yet once it is planted itgrows into a huge pine tree with thickbranches. Eagles nest in it."
  • 20. With many stories like these, he presentedhis message to them, fitting the stories totheir experience and maturity. He was neverwithout a story when he spoke.When he was alone with his disciples, hewent over everything, sorting out thetangles, untying the knots. Mark 4:26-34 The Message
  • 21. In the bulb there is a flower;In the seed, an apple tree;In cocoons, a hidden promise:Butterflies will soon be free!In the cold and snow of winterThere‟s a spring that waits to be,Unrevealed until its season,Something God alone can see.
  • 22. There‟s a song in every silence,Seeking word and melody;There‟s a dawn in every darkness,Bringing hope to you and me.From the past will come the future;What it holds, a mystery,Unrevealed until its season,Something God alone can see.
  • 23. In our end is our beginning;In our time, infinity;In our doubt there is believing;In our life, eternity.In our death, a resurrection;At the last, a victory,Unrevealed until its season,Something God alone can see. CCLI #29406 Words & Music: Natalie Sleeth.
  • 24. You are the seed that will grow a new sprout;You‟re a star that will shine in the night;You are the yeast and a small grain of salt,A beacon to glow in the dark.You are the dawn that will bring a new day;You‟re the wheat that will bear golden grain;You are a sting and a soft, gentle touch,My witnesses where‟er you go.
  • 25. Go, my friends, go to the world,Proclaiming love to all,Messengers of my forgiving peace,Eternal love.Be, my friends, a loyal witness,From the dead I arose;“Lo, I‟ll be with you forever,Till the end of the world.”
  • 26. You are the flame that will lighten the dark,Sending sparkles of hope, faith and love;You are the shepherds to lead the whole worldThrough valleys and pastures of peace.You are friends that I chose for myself,The word that I want to proclaim.You are the new kingdom built on a rockWhere justice and truth always reign.
  • 27. Go, my friends, go to the world,Proclaiming love to all,Messengers of my forgiving peace,Eternal love.Be, my friends, a loyal witness,From the dead I arose;“Lo, I‟ll be with you forever,Till the end of the world.”
  • 28. You are the life that will nurture the plant;You‟re the waves in a turbulent sea;Yesterday‟s yeast is beginning to rise,A new loaf of bread it will yield.There is no place for a city to hide,Nor a mountain can cover its might;May your good deeds show a world in despairA path that will lead all to God.
  • 29. Go, my friends, go to the world,Proclaiming love to all,Messengers of my forgiving peace,Eternal love.Be, my friends, a loyal witness,From the dead I arose;“Lo, I‟ll be with you forever,Till the end of the world.” CCLI #29406 WORDS & MUSIC: Cesareo Gabarain, 1979; trans by Raquel Guiterrez-Achon.

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