Father’s Day Story: Samuel Listens to His Heavenly Father

Samuel Listens to His Heavenly Father
Bible Story Based on 1 Samuel 3:1-10

Preparation:
•Make a word card with “Samuel” written on it or cut out a picture of the “boy Samuel” and glue it onto the middle of a paper plate. (If desired stick the word/picture card onto a stick of some sort to make holding it easier).

•Tell the children that each time you show the word card “Samuel” or the picture card, they are to say in unison “Samuel.”
•Practice twice.

Interactive Bible Story:

“Good night,” Eli said to (Show word/picture card.) Samuel.

“Good night,” (Show word/picture card). Samuel said to Eli.

The mother of (Show word/picture card) Samuel had taken him to the temple to help Eli the priest. Eli was like a father to (Show word/picture card) Samuel.

All was quiet.

(Show word/picture card) “Samuel”, a Voice called.

(Show word/picture card) Samuel got out of bed, ran to Eli and said: “Here I am. You called me.”

Eli responded: “I did NOT call you, (Show word/picture card) Samuel. Go back and lie down.”

(Show word/picture card). Samuel went back to his bed and laid down.

All was quiet.

(Show word/picture card)) “Samuel,” God called a second time.

(Show word/picture card) Samuel got out of bed, ran to Eli and said: “Here I am. You called me.”

Eli responded: “I did NOT call you, (Show word/picture card) Samuel. Go back and lie down.”

(Show word/picture card) Samuel went back to his bed and laid down.

All was quiet.

(Show word/picture card) “Samuel,” God called a third time.(Show word/picture card) Samuel got out of bed, ran to Eli and said: “Here I am. You called me.”

Then Eli realised God was calling (Show word/picture card) Samuel. So Eli said: “Go and lie down. If God calls you again say, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.'”

(Show word/picture card) Samuel went back to his bed and laid down.

All was quiet.

(Show word/picture card) “Samuel,” God called again.

(Show word/picture card) Samuel responded, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

Discussion:

1.Why is it important to listen to God, our Heavenly Father?

2.In what ways does our Heavenly Father speak to us?

3.How can we listen to God?

4.How do you feel inside when you want to talk with someone and they are not really listening?

Your heavenly Father loves you and is waiting to talk to you, so remember that when you pray to Him, spend time listening for His voice.

This comes to you courtesy of
Mary Hopkins Rice
http://www.maryricehopkins.com

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