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The Voice
Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2

from the book
Lectionary Tales for the Pulpit
Series VI, Cycle B

David E. Leininger

1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20)


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Someone has suggested that the title for a sermon about this incident in the life of Samuel should be "The Danger Of Sleeping In Church." As Bible scholars know, there is another story in the New Testament that could be titled the same way (Acts 20:7-12). Young Eutychus of Troas was at worship one Sunday evening, seated on the windowsill. The apostle Paul was the visiting preacher, and he did preach ... and preach and preach and preach. He preached until midnight. Then Eutychus dozed, and crashed. He fell out the window, toes over teacups, three stories to the ground. Miraculously, he survived, the fall and the preaching -- "The Danger Of Sleeping In Church."

There is an old, old story of a man who kept falling asleep during the sermon. His pastor was getting frustrated and, one Sunday, decided to teach the man a lesson. As was his practice, he started to preach slowly, almost in a monotone -- sure ...

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