Children's Sermon   “Keep Your Ears Open
 “Keep Your Ears Open

1 Samuel 3:1-18 “Keep Your Ears Open”

I love the story of Samuel in the Temple with the High Priest Eli. As soon as Samuel was old enough to eat real food, Samuel’s mother Hannah took Samuel to the Temple and gave him to God to serve Eli in God’s house. Eli was kind of like Samuel’s boss. Samuel helped Eli in the Temple. One night after they had both lain down Samuel was awakened by a voice, “Samuel! Samuel!” Samuel said, “Here I am!” and ran to Eli. He awakened Eli. Eli said, “I did not call you; lie down again.” The same thing happened again and again. Suddenly realizing it was God calling Samuel, Eli sent Samuel back to bed a third time, but this time told Samuel when he heard the voice to say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” That is what Samuel did when the Lord called his name a fourth time, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”  
Finally, Samuel heard his name and knew it was the Lord talking to him. The Lord is another name for God. God was talking to Samuel. Samuel heard God talking to him, and Samuel and God had a conversation. That is kind of what we do in prayer, have a conversation with God. God does speak to people; some people hear God. Now this is not a trick question and is as simple as it sounds: how do you hear? (with my ears!!!) Yes, our ears is the part of our body God gave us to hear. Some people might say that our ears are more important than our mouths. We do have two ears and only one mouth! God called Samuel by speaking to him. Samuel heard God’s speaking to him with his ears. It is important to keep our ears open. Sometimes I am told, “Jim, you are not listening to me!” I may not be keeping my ears open sometimes.  
It is important to keep our ears open to hear God. When you pray or are singing in church, always keep your ears open to hear God. Remember how important your ears are so that you can hear God, your parents, your friends, and maybe, sometimes, your pastor.  

Let us pray: Father God, speak to us so that we may hear you and talk with you about stuff. Thank you for your Son Jesus, our moms and dads, even our sisters and brothers, and all our church family, in Jesus’ name.   Amen.