So I talk about listening in this sermon. God is a talkative God and Isaiah claimed that God's word goes out from God's mouth and does not return empty until it accomplishes what it is sent to do.
The scripture story is that of Samuel, the boy, hearing God call him. The old priest Eli, his mentor, teaches him how to listen to God and respond. Samuel needs the temple priest to help him listen to God's word. Eli needs young Samuel to tell him what God is saying.
Why does God speak to the the young one who was not yet acquainted with God and not to the old, experienced priest? Does God's speak to the religious establishment through those who are young, poor, oppressed, disenfranchised, or unacquainted with God or Jesus? If so, in what ways? As a church, we assume that our job is to tell others about God because we have good news to share. But what about listening? In what ways does the church need to learn to listen?