Tune-Up Your Faith

We all want to hear God speak to us. In fact, listening to God is a part of our faith, but it doesn’t quite seem to work in the same way as normal human conversation. Occasionally people will tell me of a time they heard a distinctive voice from God. It may have been a voice only they heard, but it spoke clearly to them. For most of us, hearing God speak is an inner experience, perhaps a nudge, an inner movement of the spirit, a thought or idea that recurs, that won’t let go of us. Sometimes God gives us an urge to speak with someone or moves us to take time to help someone who is struggling with life. Sometimes God speaks through a conviction that gets hold of us on an issue of justice, or a need in our world, a place where God needs us to speak or to act on God’s behalf. We may receive a call from God to do something we have never done before, to serve in an important way, to give of ourselves in ways we would not have imagined, but through God’s power and guidance we are able to take larger steps of faith and action. We know that God is certainly free to communicate in any way that God wants. We also know that we need to learn to listen and be willing to receive and pay attention to God’s communication with us, which in our noisy world, is often more difficult.

This Sunday, we’ll talk about young Samuel’s call from God. The story tells us that Samuel did not yet know the Lord. He was young. He did not recognize at first that it was God trying to communicate with him in a voice that only he could hear. In this story, it is time for something new to happen in Israel. Change is afoot. There is a need for new religious leadership. Even though Samuel is young, God is preparing him to take a major role in changing his nation. The story is both a beautiful reminder of how God works through children and how God prepares us over the long haul for important work God needs to be done. Join us for worship as we gather as God’s people to listen for the word of the Lord that comes for us.

Dave Summers
Senior Pastor
pastordave@pvumc.org
Office: 602-840-8360 Ext 131

“We invite you to join us on a shared journey of life and faith, open to all, regardless of age, ability, economics, color, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, politics, theology or anything else that might separate us from each other. Whoever you are and wherever you may be on your spiritual journey, you’re invited to walk with Christ in community with all of God’s children, and embrace the endless possibilities of God’s unconditional love.”

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P.S. Check out our YouTube Channel to watch a video featuring Pastor Christopher introducing the Tune-Up series, and share it with someone who may need a tune-up this fall. Next Sunday, we take a detour from the series and welcome Rev. Andrea Andress to the pulpit for her final sermon at PVUMC on Ecclesiastes 3, then celebrate her retirement as a pastor at PVUMC for more than 20 years. Join us for the party hosted by the Pastor Staff Parish Relations Committee from 3-5 pm in the Fellowship Center. You’re invited to give a love gift and to write a special note of appreciation for Pastor Andrea.

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