“Called by Jesus”
This morning we are having a modified Taize-style service, introduced by Barb Smith-Morrison and Greg Cressman.
Luke 5:1-3 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 saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 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.
As Simon’s nets and boat were empty after a long night of fishing – what weariness or emptiness do you bring to Christ?
Luke 5:4-7 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 signalled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink.
Just as Jesus asked Simon, while they were in the boat together, to put out into the deep water and let down his nets, might you ask God, “where are you calling me deeper?”
Luke 5:8-11 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; 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.” When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.
At the moment of Simon Peter’s confession of sin, Jesus calls him to follow and to not be afraid. What is Christ saying to you? And how do you respond?