Word About Life ~ Luke 5:1-11
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. 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!” 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.
Word About Life for Today ~ Rev. Ken Heintzelman
Sharing the Bread and Cup
One: Like a fisher, the Source of Life gathers us together.
All: The Source of Life makes possible life on this planet.
One: The Source of Life gathers.
All: ... gathers people in families.
One: ... gathers people in communities.
All: ... The Source of Life and Love gathers us around this table. We are grateful.
Closing Flag Ceremony
Words for Mission
One: As the wren and the raven gently settle on their shared cactus home, we receive the gift of Peace.
All: As the sun moves across the wide sky with light and warmth, we receive the gift of Life.
One: As the wind moves and dances round the earth, we receive the gracious gift of the Spirit.
All: May it be so!
One: These are the times.
All: We are the people.
One: All of Creation is blessed.
All: May we love all and serve all.
One: May God be with you.
All: And also with you.