Living Psalm–Hannah’s Song–Pentecost 25 C

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Canticle:  Hannah, Show Us the Way

1 Samuel 2: 1-10—Pentecost 25C

We enter Hannah’s life at the moment she leaves her baby son with Eli at the temple.  She had longed for years for a child. She prayed and prayed to God for a child. She had put up with humiliation and abuse for her barrenness. Yet when she is gifted with a child, Samuel, she does not cling to him. She keeps her vow to her God and brings the Samuel to the temple to “give him to the Lord“ (1 Samuel 28) knowing she will not be with him as he grows up.

How could Hannah be praising her God so robustly in her moment of separation from the young child she had waited so long for? As a mother I find that really difficult to accept.  Having had my children in my 40’s I too longed, despaired and I prayed. I hoped and I talked to God. And after waiting so long and having difficult pregnancies, I was blessed with two healthy babies, two years apart. I just cannot imagine “giving them up“ even for such a noble cause. Now as my children are young adults and they are leaving home to make their own way in the world, I find it difficult not to cling to them; it is challenging to spontaneously celebrate their decisions that take them away both physically and spiritually. So I pray.  I pray and look for inspiration. Hannah is that inspiration and she invites us to take the focus off our losses, our wishes, our plans for the future and our despair and to dive deep into the reality of our God- “Nothing and no one is holy like God, no rock no mountain like our God.  God takes measure of everything that happens…. God will set things right all over the earth.”

The vivid language of Eugene Peterson’s translation The Message helped me enter into Hannah’s experience.  The responses for today’s prayer are taken from Peterson’s work.

Today we are all invited ‘try on’ Hannah’s Song- to step into her God-news and experience her “dancing her salvation” and know what it is to be “bursting with God News.”

As we turn to God with our concerns and prayers for our others,  Let us take time to let God  “protectively care for us faithful friends so step by step God can refresh our faith and our hope.”

After each petition, please feel welcome to offer your prayers and concerns out loud or if you prefer, in the silence of your hearts.

Leader            For the gifts from God that we name here

that we now joyfully offer to our God.


Hannah, show us the way as we pray:

All:        “I am bursting with God news; I’m dancing my salvation.”

Leader:     For all those who live without hope,

and for those who are burnt out in mind, spirit and or body,


Hannah, show us the way as we pray:

All:        ”God rekindles burned out lives with fresh hope,

      Restoring dignity and respect to their lives”

Leader:     For all the people, places and events that we are worried about,


Hannah, show us the way as we pray:

All:              “God will set things right all over the Earth.”

Leader:     For the courage and the willingness “to burst with God-News”

In all situations


Hannah, show us the way as we pray:

All:   “Nothing and no one is holy like God….

      For the structures of earth are God’s.

      God has laid the earth’s operations on a firm foundation.”

Closing Prayer:

“God, you protectively care for your faithful friends, step by step,

      But leave the wicked to stumble….” 

Help us to accept your care and remind us

      “No one makes it in this life by sheer muscle!”

Rejoicing in God our savior, may we leave this worship service today

and join Hannah in “dancing our salvation!”


Living Psalm  for the 25th Sunday after Pentecost Year C:  Hannah’s Song: 1 Samuel 2: 1-10 was written  by Mary Christine O’Connor-Thomsen, St Peter’s Roman Catholic Parish, Manhasset, NY.

Living Psalms Book is created by UCC Witness & Worship Artists’ Group, a Network of UCC connected artists, activists and ministers bridging the worship and liturgy of the local church with witness and action in the community.  Maren Tirabassi, editor

Logo is detail from Living Psalm 80 by Sophia Beardemphl, Redwoods, CA. Recovering from significant bullying, Sophia, age nine, read Psalm 80 and thought of brokenness that needs mending. She drew this broken and mended bowl.

© Copyright 2021  Mary Christine O’Connor-Thomsen. Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this material for use in services of worship or church education.  All publishing rights reserved.

Scripture text from:

The Message (MSG)  1 Samuel 2:1-10

Copyright@ 1993, 2002, 20018   by Eugene H. Peterson

The language has been adapted for inclusive language.

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Living Psalm–Hannah’s Song–Pentecost 25C