Fishers of Men (John)

John 21:1-19

Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; . . . [where the disciples were fishing] Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” . . . When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” . . . “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead. . . . After this he said to him [Peter], “Follow me.”

From “Why did Jesus ask Peter the same question three times? . . .  he wanted you and me to understand — that it isn’t enough just to say, “I love you.” We must show our love for Jesus by showing our love for one another and caring for one another. Do you love Jesus? Then feed and take care of his sheep! Now, that is love that can be understood in any language.”

Scripture: May 5, 2019—Third Sunday of Easter—Acts 9:1-6, (7-20)Revelation 5:11-14John 21:1-19; and Psalm 30

Collect: O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Reflection: Jesus chose Peter, who had denied him in his hour of need, to tend his sheep and build his church. He chose Paul, who had persecuted Jesus’  followers, to proclaim the good news of the gospel. Can anything separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ? What has Jesus chosen and called you to do?

Sunday School 9:00 am

Eye Candy: “La peche miraculeuse” by Corrine Vonaesch; “The miraculous catch” by Jesus Mafa; “Fishers of men“, Greek icon

Ear Worm: “I will make you fishers of men“, children’s song sung by children (it’s a good memory); “You hear the lambs a-cryin’“, soulful version sung by Paul Robeson; “I can see clearly now” by Johnny Nash, an old song but a new interpretation

Brain Food: Hashem (the Name, Hebrew)

Like gold hidden / deep in the earth
so dwells Emptiness / deep in our souls
often unknown / often undiscovered / some times denied
yet the Presence / the Empty / Fullness / is there—Hashem
waiting to be found / discovered, claimed / believed in
regardless the / cost, the labor

~J Janda

Do you love me?” by Janice Love; “Following Jesus once more” by Janet Hunt

Movies/Videos: “Shipping News” (2001), “we face up to the things we fear because we can’t go around them”; “Seven years in Tibet” (1997), “spiritual transformation after association with Buddhists”; “Down in the Delta” (1998), “single mother whose faith is renewed” (Wesley Snipes as a very young man)

Image “Fishers of Men” by Tanksley.


Study guide, group activity, snacks




: young elementary: activity, craft; bulletin games;
older elementary:  activity; craft; bulletin games



Chaplain Chris and Pastor Doug at the helm on Sunday. See you then.

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