Both in her “wretched” distress and joyous confidence, Hannah prays. She brings her “hot, holy mess” to her God, and she also prophetically sings of God’s joyous and just Jubilee vision before it is visible to her or realized in the world. Perhaps her witness can serve as an invitation to those us of us also feeling a hot mess, whether or not we ever get our happily ever after. [reading from 1 Samuel in the voices of many SMC women and girls at 17:40; sermon begins at 21:03]
Megan M Ramer
Narrative Lectionary – Year 3
- Call to worship – from Re:Worship
- Land Acknowledgement – Duwamish Ecotours of Hah-ah-poos, a historic village site on the Duwamish River, and/or restoration along a portion of the West Duwamish Greenbelt
- Bibleworm podcast – Episode 206 – Prayer and Promise (1 Samuel 1:1-20 and 2:1-10), Amy Robertson and Robert Williamson, Jr.
- Image: photo by Miguel Bautista on Unsplash
Permission to podcast the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-726929. All rights reserved.
- In the Bulb there is a flower – Words and music by Natalie Sleeth, © 1986 Hope Publishing Company
- We give thanks unto you – Words and music by Marty Haugen, © 1987 GIA Publications, Inc.
- Great is thy faithfulness – Words by Thomas Chisolm, Music by William M. Runyan, ©1923, 1951 Hope Publishing Company
- Je louerai l’Eternel (Praise, I will praise you, Lord) – Words and Music (French) by Claude Frayssé, 1975, harmonization by Alaine Bergèse, © 1976. Translation by Kenneth I. Morse, © 1988 The Hymnal Project