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Worship Sheet for Sunday 13 June Take 2 – David is chosen

Samuel is struggling. Having anointed Saul as king he is grieved by the king’s disastrous reign. A replacement is called for. Even God is guiding him towards another. How do we cope with making decisions? Doing the right thing? Remember God is always with us and is ready to guide – and forgive!
Call: Chosen, not by order of age or rank, or wealth, or power. Chosen, simply, because God loves us. God’s looks at us through his Son who died, as those who are forgiven, able to live freely and fully. Today we worship God as those who are chosen and loved by the One who is Lord of all.

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Listen to the 1st Prayer

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Pray : Lord, thank you that you accept us not according to any deserving or pecking order; not because we’ve done enough (or even anything) to win your favour but only through the love and self-giving of your dear Son, Jesus. Forgive us when we imagine we have a better claim to your love, some special inroads to your favour. We haven’t. But we are grateful for all that Jesus has done and continues to do for us and only ask that we may be gracious enough to accept his forgiveness and follow his lead. Help us to show our love for your Son not only by expressing our praises, but also in the way that treat our fellow human beings – not only those dear to us, but those we will never know by name, those who aren’t our kind of people, those who think and act so very differently from us. We acknowledge we won’t always get things right. Help us to discern better how we should speak and live so as to more closely align your purposes, for the sake of Jesus who taught us to pray together saying: Our Father…

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1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 David is chosen to replace Saul as king.
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Thought- Doing the right thing is so much easier to determine for others than it is to implement for yourself. Politicians on the opposition benches, political commentators, football pundits and armchair supporters always seem to have a much clearer idea of how the government or the football manager should act. It’s possible of course, but they don’t have the weight of responsibility. Of course, it’s a wise leader who listens and remains open to ideas other than their own but having the responsibility, being accountable (for all that that concept isn’t popular these days) does add to the pressure, makes decisions trickier. Samuel had anointed Saul king, after having warned the people of the folly of replacing God their real king. But when things turned out badly he doesn’t say I told you so. In fact, he is reluctant to oust him. He grieves at Saul’s failings. But God leads him to look for another king – and at no small risk to himself – he is led to Bethlehem and to Jesse’s family. More than that he is guided to ignore outward impressions, the older, the strong towards the youngest, outwardly the least well equipped, to David who wasn’t even present initially – a shepherd boy but whom God could use. Actually, David for all his later importance was going to make some very big moral blunders – but God was going to use him and forgive him. We have no right to say I told you so. We should seek to do the right thing for others, for God, not just for ourselves. And when we get it wrong look to God and his forgiveness.

Praise: CH4 619/620 Spirit of the living God.
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Pray: Lord, thank you that you set us in your world and call us to speak and act in ways that demonstrate your love for your world and its people. Help us not to sit on our hands, help not to leave things to others; but rather to take your lead, to seek to do the right thing not in our own eyes, not to please public opinion but to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly before you our God. Your world and its people including us, are not what you mean us to be. You must grieve at the way we have misused our freedom and our resources, the way we have let you and one another down. Yet you continue to love us, your Son is with us always and your Spirit is ready to lead us and empower us to implement your plans for love and reconciliation going forward. Help us not to give up on the world, on ourselves or you but prayerfully and practically to work toward making this world a better place, a place where people may live fulfilled lives, where want is no more, where justice comes as standard and love is apparent. Change us in heart and mind and let your kingdom come. We continue to pray for those who hold authority over us – perhaps we need to be less picky and less critical and more prayerful. We pray for all those who locally, nationally and internationally seek to support the most vulnerable. May we be supportive of them both in prayer and action. In our prayer walk we pray for those who live or work in Kincardine Street. SILENCE

Lord hear our prayers spoken and unspoken and answer them for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Blessing - May the Lord bless you. Amen.