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Summary: Each of us has been called by God to fulfill a purpose, to fulfill a spiritual calling in this life. And the Calling process can be divided into 3 steps. Discovery - Decision - Action. May you proclaim as Samuel "Speak, for your servant is listening".

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For those not familiar with an Anglican Service; there are four Scripture Readings before the Sermon. The Scripture Readings for this day were: 1 Samuel 3:1-20; Psalm 139:1-5,12-17; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 and John 1:43-51.

In her book, ...A Man Called Peter, ...Catherine Marshall ...tells how her late preacher-husband ...felt a sense of destiny ... a sense of call ...in his life. (Pause)

One dark night, ...Peter, ...then a young man, ...decided to take a Shortcut ...across the Scottish moors.

He knew there was a deep deserted limestone quarry in that area, ... but he was confident ... that even in the dark...he could avoid it.

Suddenly, ...he heard someone call, ... (Use A Deep Voice) "Peter." ...There was great urgency... in the voice.

Peter stopped and responded: ... "Yes, who is it?

What do you want?" ... There was no answer.

He walked a few more steps ...and then heard the voice calling more urgently ..."Peter!"

He paused ...then he stumbled ...and fell on his knees.

Putting out his hand to catch himself, ......he found nothing there.

He was at the very edge... of the abandoned stone quarry.

Just one more step ... would have meant ... certain death." (Pause)

There was never any doubt in Peter Marshall's mind ... the source of that voice.

He felt that God ... must have some great purpose for his life ... to have intervened ... so specifically. [A Man Called Peter by Catherine Marshall pages 28-29)]

The calling that night ... confirmed for Peter Marshall ...that he was clearly ......being called by God.

Beloved ... I am convinced ......that each of us ...has been called by God ...to fulfill a purpose, ...... to fulfill a spiritual calling ...in this life.

We are called ...to become a part ......of the Masters plan.

Our Gospel text ...and Old Testament reading ... speak to this. (Pause)

Samuel in the O.T... Philip and Nathanael in the N.T....were each called by God, ...and in turn ...they responded.

This calling ...... this process ...can be divided into ...3 steps:

(1 Finger) the step of discovery.

(2 Fingers) the step of decision,

(3 Fingers) And ... lastly, ...the step of action.

Discovery...Decision ... Action!

So... How do these steps apply to us ...as followers...of the Christ? (Pause)

First ...there is... discovery:

Samuel heard someone calling out to him over and over ...and each time ...he was convinced ...it was Eli.

But with Eli's intervention ... Samuel finally realized ...who was truly calling him, ... it was God himself.

Samuel ...made ...a discovery.

It was El Shadi ... It was God Almighty ... that was calling him.

God had called Samuel 3 times ... and each time Samuel was sure ... he was convinced ...it was Eli.

Eli also ... was being utilized by God.

For it was Eli that gave Samuel insight ... in discovering ...the purpose ...of God's call.

Samuel did not know God's voice...he did not know who was calling... But Eli did. (Pause)

Philip was discovered by Jesus ......and Jesus also called him ...to follow.

Then Philip found Nathanael ......and told him about this Jesus, ... Philip called to Nathanael...to Come... Come and see!

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