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It’s the new year and everyone is looking to the future. We’re all hoping this year will be better than the last. But what if God is able to redeem good things out of all the hardships and pain we suffer? What if he is able to use even our failures to achieve his purposes? Join us this Sunday as we begin a new series looking at the stories of 1st and 2nd Samuel and how God brings good things out of hopeless situations again and again and again.



SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 1:2-11, 19-20; 2:1-2

2 [Elkanah] had two wives. The name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other, Peninnah. And Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.

3 Now this man used to go up year by year from his city to worship and to sacrifice to the Lord of hosts at Shiloh, where the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were priests of the Lord. 4 On the day when Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and daughters. 5 But to Hannah he gave a double portion, because he loved her, though the Lord had closed her womb. 6 And her rival used to provoke her grievously to irritate her, because the Lord had closed her womb. 7 So it went on year by year. As often as she went up to the house of the Lord, she used to provoke her. Therefore Hannah wept and would not eat. 8 And Elkanah, her husband, said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep? And why do you not eat? And why is your heart sad? Am I not more to you than ten sons?”

9 After they had eaten and drunk in Shiloh, Hannah rose. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat beside the doorpost of the temple of the Lord. 10 She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly. 11 And she vowed a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.”

19 They rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord; then they went back to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. 20 And in due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Samuel, for she said, “I have asked for him from the Lord.”

And he worshiped the Lord there.

And Hannah prayed and said,

“My heart exults in the Lord;

    my horn is exalted in the Lord.

My mouth derides my enemies,

    because I rejoice in your salvation.

“There is none holy like the Lord:

    for there is none besides you;

    there is no rock like our God.




Lord, this world is not the way it is supposed to be. 

We are bruised and broken by the curse.

Lord, we have not lived the way we were supposed to live.

We have cursed you and our neighbors.

Lord, we confess the ways we have sinned and our sinful responses to the ways we’ve been sinned against.

We have looked to other things to heal our pain.

silent confession

Lord have mercy.

Christ have mercy.

Lord have mercy.

Make us new.




On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand
And cast a wishful eye
To Canaan’s fair and happy land
Where my possessions lie

All o’er those wide extended plains
Shines one eternal day
There God the Son forever reigns
And scatters night away

I am bound I am bound
I am bound for the promised land
I am bound I am bound
I am bound for the promised land

No chilling winds nor poisonous breath
Can reach that healthful shore
Sickness sorrow pain and death
Are felt and feared no more

When shall I see that happy place
And be forever blessed
When shall I see my Father’s face
And in His bosom rest