The Silent Generation, those born between the mid 1920s to mid 1940s, has seen immense changes. They were born and raised during the Roaring 20s and the Depression lines of the 30s; they felt the deprivation of the Dust Bowl and the struggle of a World War on two fronts. Hope for a new tomorrow was tempered by the knowledge of an atomic bomb that could end their world. Commitment and loyalty were forged with a hard work ethic striving with a hope that it was going to get better.


Finding God in the shifts that occur amid the changes we face is a constant challenge. Our scripture background from I Samuel, Chapter 3, comes out of a dark time in Israel’s history when “the word of the Lord was rare.” People had no vision of what might be and no sense of calling. Young Samuel hears God speaking in the night but doesn’t understand whose voice it is. The old priest Eli would be the one to guide him, knowing that Samuel would be able to accomplish things he never could. The strength of a generation is not only in its living of the day, but also in making it possible for the next generation to be successful. Eli is the one to enable Samuel to say, “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.”


Join us as we explore the gifts, challenges and hopes of the Silent Generation in our church today.


Rev. Andrea Andress

Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
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