Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, . . . . He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” . . . Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” . . .
sermons4kids: “What did Jesus mean when he told them they would be fishing for men and women? Obviously, he didn’t mean that they would go out and throw a net over them. What he meant was that just as they had been bringing the fish into their boats, they would now be bringing people into the Kingdom of God. Jesus wants you and me to be fishers of people too. That means that we will tell the people we meet about Jesus so that they can know him and become his followers too.”
Collect: Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Reflection: Sometimes we are afraid to tell others about our experiences of the holy and about God’s call in our lives, because we don’t want to annoy or oppress others. There is a difference between witnessing through indoctrination and witnessing through acts of compassion. How do you witness to others about your faith?
The disciples had already fished all night without catching anything; what quality or characteristic in Peter might have helped him “give it another try” when Jesus invited him to cast his net again? What quality or characteristic within you helps you to keep trying, to start again, after disappointment or even failure?
Sunday School—9 am on Sunday
Lord I’m going fishing today
So give me spiritual bait
To help this living dying race
Before it’s all too late
Let me cast a hopeful heart
Upon a lost and lonely soul
Give me peace and understanding
As I fiercely grip my pole
As Your Word becomes the light
My tackle box is full
And my rod is bending downward
From a sinner I feel the pull
Give me strength to reel him in
And take him off the hook
Then place him in Your loving arms
With his hand around Your book
Lord let my catch be bountiful
For it remains to be seen
That You will help me bring them in
But they are Yours to clean
Movies/Videos: “Signs” (2002), a spiritual shiver story; “At first sight” (1999), first seeing after sight restored to blind man; “A simple plan“, (1998), do you have to lose everything to find happiness
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Video for “How do I stop doing things I know I shouldn’t do?”, Chapter 30. Bring your thoughts! Hope to see you at 9 on Sunday.