Gathering Music – Patricia Howard
Welcoming Guests and Announcements – Pastor Ross
Prelude – Brethren, We Have Met to Worship ‐ Moore, Arr. Hustad
The movement from illusion to prayer is hard to make since it leads us from false certainties to true uncertainties, from an easy support system to a risky surrender, and from the many “safe” gods to the God whose love has no limits. ~Henri Nouwen
Call to Worship – Pastor Linda
Opening Hymn – Come Christians Join to Sing – Hymnal #158
Prayer Concerns – Pastor Linda
Prayer Song – As the Deer ‐ Martin J. Nystrom
Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer, Lord’s Prayer
Anthem – When We walk with the Lord ‐ arr. Larry Mayfield
Scripture Reading – Luke 5:1‐11 – Sharon Overbaugh
Preparation Hymn – The Summons – TFWS #2130
Message – Tough Sayings of Jesus 1. Follow Me
Offering – Pastor Ross
Closing Hymn – Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore – Hymnal #344
Benediction – Choral Amen – Pastor Dave
Postlude – I Want Jesus to Walk with Me ‐ Traditional Spiritual, Arr, Kim
Luke 5:1-11 – New Revised Standard Version
Jesus Calls the First Disciples
1 Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God,
2 he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.
3 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.
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.”
5 Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.”
6 When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break.
7 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.
8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!”
9 For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken;
10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.”
11 When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.
What are we leaving and surrendering to follow Jesus? Jesus’ call to discipleship touches our economic life and work, our relationships and family. God may teach us a different way to do our work, so see how God can use us. God will give us astounding moments of insight and liberation to free us from false claims in our lives so we can fully give ourselves to God’s purposes and work.
1st disciples, Peter & his business partners leave everything & follow Jesus. God’s call comes to claim us, to embrace us, to change us and to send us out to share’s God love, joy and living word.
Know the astonishing joy of the opportunities God will bring to our lives, the abundance of love and spiritual adventure that awaits us in saying yes to God and the call to follow Jesus.
God may teach us a different way to do our work, so see how God can use us. God will give us astounding moments of insight and liberation to free us from false claims in our lives so we can fully give ourselves to God’s purposes and work.