After John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, . . . As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him.
From sermon4kids.com: ” Jesus has called us, what will we say? What will we do? I hope and pray that we will drop whatever we are doing and answer the call.”
Scripture: January 21, 2018—Third Sunday after the Epiphany—Jonah 3:1-5, 10; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20; & Psalm 62:6-14
Collect: Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Reflection: Psalm 62 ends by saying, “God, you repay to all according to their work.” Some of us may find that statement unsettling. Would you rather have God treat you with the payment you deserve or with the grace that you hope for in Jesus Christ?
Sunday School 9:15 am
Ear Worm: “There were 12 disciples“, children’s song (with lyrics; “Bringing in the sheaves” tune); “Open my eyes“, with lyrics, accompanied by old-style piano; “This little light of mine“, arranged by Moses Hogan
Brain Food: The Shortest Sermon in the Book: The shortest sermon in the Book, / Five Hebrew words is all it took / To turn huge Nineveh around; / We know its size, for on the ground / A three-day’s walk is sixty miles! / And thus the author makes us smile / To see how little Jonah said / To turn the whole place on its head.
With Jesus, “Son,” “Beloved” named, / In Galilee, he then proclaimed / Good news; and with a scant nine words, / In Simon and in Andrew stirred / A calling deep – and so profound, / They left their nets without a sound; / Next, James and John could not resist / In heaven’s cause then to enlist.
The Faithful One who ever seeks / Will come to those who hear, and speak. / Apparently, the sermon’s length / Cannot predict the preacher’s strength; / The anecdotes and wisdom deep, / From files and web that preachers reap, / Can hardly substitute for when / God would our lives begin again.
~Scott L. Barton
“As is” by Larry Patten
“Lectionary notes” by Beth Quick
Movies/Videos: “Monuments Men” (2014), men sent to rescue/preserve art works; “The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc” (1999), “unusual French interpretation . . . [sees] Joan of Arc . . . as a radical zealot like John Brown.”; “Simon Birch” (1998), a poignant story suggested by John Irving’s Prayer for Owen Meany (and if you have read Prayer for Owen Meany, do so now; it will change you!)
Video for “Why did Jesus go to hell?”, Chapter 11