November 18, 2018, Lectionary

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Apparently letting one's lips move while praying silently was not a common practice in Israel during the time of the judges. Reminds me of teachers telling students learning to read silently not to move their lips. 1 Samuel 1:4-20

The song of Hannah has similarities to the song of David (2 Samuel 22) and to the song of Mary (Luke 1:46-55). "By strength shall no human prevail." 1 Samuel 2:1-10

I'm praising Jesus that a faithful belief in his soon return doesn't have to be scary ("afraid I won't be ready"), threatening ("but I want to do X first"), or denial of the present ("I care about environment and social justice"). Hebrews 10:11-25

The disciples talked about their temple as if it would stand forever. They would have to learn to hold the gifts of God with an open hand. Mark 13:1-8

Thoughts about Listening

Sometimes it's trouble that brings to crystal clarity what it is that I really want. Then I can pursue it. 1 Samuel 1:4-20

I need an assistant who is good at coming up with a variety of words to say Thank You. I need them when I start thinking of all the things I have for which to be grateful. 1 Samuel 2:1-10

If love is the principle at the core of my being, it will show out no matter what the stressors. Hebrews 10:11-25

When I ask a question and get an answer that puzzles me, I hope I will listen some more rather than accuse the person who answered. Mark 13:8

Bible Reading Group Study Guide

1.    Tell and listen to others tell, what are some of your family’s Thanksgiving traditions?

2.    Read or listen to 1 Samuel 1:4-20. Dramatize, draw, or dance this story. Discuss Hannah’s response to the blessing of the Lord.

3.    Read or listen to 1 Samuel 2:1-10. This is Hannah’s second response to the blessing of the Lord. Compare 2 Samuel 22 and Luke 1:46-55 and explore why there might be similar experiences at these other times.

4.    Read or listen to Hebrews 10:11-25. Discover and discuss what it is said believers should do while awaiting Jesus’ coming.

5.    Read or listen to Mark 13:1-8. The buildings the disciples cited were made of thick marble cut to fit together like a puzzle, and beautified with gold and fine workmanship, so strong and solid as to be one of the wonders of the ancient world. What do you think the disciples were feeling when they pointed out these stones and buildings? What did Jesus say would happen to them? Look ahead to the hope in verses 26-27. Is that hope worth the loss of the stones and buildings in your life?


1. Diga y escuche lo que otros dicen, ¿Cuáles son algunas de las tradiciones de Acción de Gracias de su familia?

2. Leer o escuchar  1 Samuel 1: 4-20. Dramatizar, dibujar o bailar esta historia. Discuta la respuesta de Ana a la bendición del Señor.

3. Leer o escuchar 1 Samuel 2: 1-10. Esta es la segunda respuesta de Ana a la bendición del Señor. Comparar 2 Samuel 22 y Lucas 1: 46-55 y explorar por qué podría haber experiencias similares en estos otros momentos.

4. Leer o escuchar Hebreos 10: 11-25. Descubra y discuta lo que se dice que los creyentes deben hacer mientras esperan la venida de Jesús.

5. Leer o escuchar Marcos 13: 1-8. Los edificios que los discípulos citaron estaban hechos de mármol grueso cortado para encajar como un rompecabezas, y embellecidos con oro y mano de obra fina, tan fuertes y sólidos como para ser una de las maravillas del mundo antiguo. ¿Qué cree que estaban sintiendo los discípulos cuando señalaron estas piedras y edificios? ¿Qué dijo Jesús que les sucedería? Mire hacia adelante a la esperanza dada en los versículos 26-27. ¿Esa esperanza vale la pérdida de las piedras y los edificios en su vida?