The Reverend Dr. Lynn McClintock blessed the people of Providence on July 26 by leading worship and preaching on 1 Samuel 3:1-18, in which God speaks to Samuel for the first time. The interaction between the chief priest Eli and the young boy Samuel is both sweet and heartbreaking, and Lynn addressed both elements of their relationship. Readers often focus with this story on God speaking with one of His people (Samuel) for the first time in hundreds of years. But Lynn focused also on Eli’s apparent need to hear from God through an intermediary, in this case Samuel — a lesson that we modern Christians also can and should take to heart. You can listen to Lynn’s insightful sermon at this link.