On Sunday we’re looking at Saul, the first king the people of Israel had. Did Samuel say: “I told you so!”? Don’t you hate it when other people are right?

In an Election year, opinions are shared and debates get heated, yet those of us who have lived long enough to see many variants of government take it all with a pinch of salt.

Jesus faced up to the Pharisees, Sadducees, and many other -sees and dealt with them all in the same way. He listened then gave the response which answered their question or challenged their attitude – what they needed to hear, not necessarily what they wanted to hear!

Samuel listened to God, listened to the people, then listened to God again before acting. It’s the old “two ears, one mouth” applied to our whole life. Together we’ll see how Saul got on in the ‘new’ role he took on.

We’ll see how his experience can help us today.

God Bless,

– Rev Mark Smith, Dunscore Parish Church


Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.


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Lord God, we thank You that You have placed us in this community,

our lives made up of clusters of different people,

some who agree with us, most who don’t.

We thank You, Lord, that in You we can always choose how we react.

Today we choose Your way of showing love to all.

We thank You that You are our King,

and we are part of Your Kingdom,

a community transformed by Your Love and actions.

King of kings, Lord of lords, for Eternity.

Prayer theme: Ask the Holy Spirit to help you choose God’s Way when reacting to others.


“How wonderful it is that nobody need waste a single moment before starting to improve the world”.

Anne Frank ,died aged 15