David & Goliath

David & Goliath

Sunday June 20 2021
Father’s Day
The Rest Of The Story: David & Goliath
1 Samuel 17:38-50 NRSV
Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch

This is a story about a young hero, but the rest of the story is about David’s motivation and doing the thing you’re already really good at.


38 Saul clothed David with his armor; he put a bronze helmet on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail. 39 David strapped Saul’s sword over the armor, and he tried in vain to walk, for he was not used to them. Then David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these; for I am not used to them.” So David removed them. 40 Then he took his staff in his hand, and chose five smooth stones from the wadi, and put them in his shepherd’s bag, in the pouch; his sling was in his hand, and he drew near to the Philistine. 41 The Philistine came on and drew near to David, with his shield-bearer in front of him. 42 When the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him, for he was only a youth, ruddy and handsome in appearance. 43 The Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 The Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the wild animals of the field.” 45 But David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword and spear and javelin; but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This very day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head; and I will give the dead bodies of the Philistine army this very day to the birds of the air and to the wild animals of the earth, so that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47 and that all this assembly may know that the LORD does not save by sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’s and he will give you into our hand.” 48 When the Philistine drew nearer to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. 49 David put his hand in his bag, took out a stone, slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead; the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground. 50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, striking down the Philistine and killing him; there was no sword in David’s hand.

1 SAMUEL 17:38-50 NRSV

Call to worship

We come to worship
Sometimes more like David, and sometimes more like Goliath.
We come to worship
To remember to trust in your strength, not our own,
and to live into the calling you have on our lives.
We come to worship
to lay all that we are and all that we have before you.
So let us worship our God!

Affirmation of Faith

We believe in God, the Almighty, the Creator, maker of heaven and earth.
We affirm the goodness of all that God has made.
We give thanks for the endless variety of the earth, seas and skies.
We give thanks for the bounty of creation, bounty that sustains our life.
We affirm our responsibility to be good and faithful stewards of God’s creation.
We affirm the divine image placed in every person.
We affirm that creation is God’s gift to us, a gift that is for the benefit of all peoples everywhere.
All praise, glory and honor belong to God, the Almighty, the Creator, maker of heaven and earth