O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we many behold him in all his redeeming work; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
The Response: Psalm 30 was led by David Maitland. *(verse 13) “Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing; O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.”
The First Reading Acts 9:1-6 was read by Arthur Clark. This passage first tells about Saul’s persecution of the Christians. As he was traveling to Damascus to search for more people who belonged to the Way, he was struck down by a bright light from heaven and was blinded. As he fell down, Jesus’ voice from heaven asked why he was persecuting him. He then instructed Saul to enter the city and wait until he received instructions.
The Second Reading was read by John Greve from Revelation 5: 11-14. This is John’s account of his visions of angels and thousands of elders in heaven singing and praising Christ as the Lamb on the throne to be worshipped forever and ever.
Reverend Frnka read the Gospel of John 21:1-19. Once again Jesus appeared to his disciples after his resurrection. This was the third time he had appeared to them since he was raised from the dead. This time they were fishing and had not been able to catch any fish. Jesus told them to throw their nets over the side one more time, and when they did, they had a bountiful catch. Then Peter realized that it was Jesus talking to them. Jesus told them to bring some fish and bread and they would eat breakfast together. After breakfast Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved him. When Peter replied how much he loved him, Jesus told him to feed his lambs, tend his sheep, and feed his sheep. Jesus then revealed that in the future Peter would be led to his death to glorify God. “After this he said to him, ‘Follow me.’”
Reverend Frnka explained that this was the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead. Once was in a locked room of a house, once along the road, and now by the sea. The disciples had felt alone after Jesus’ death and did not quite know how to carry on. Peter wanted to do something familiar so he decided to go fishing with several of the other disciples. He felt they needed to carry on their lives. They were asking themselves, “What now?” While they were fishing Jesus appeared on the shore, but they did now recognize him at first. They did what he told them to do and caught an amazing amount of fish. Then they realized that it was the Lord. Jesus and the disciples took the fish and bread and had breakfast together. Then Jesus gives them the command that he wants them to do: feed my sheep. This meant that he wants them to take care of the people and show them the way. They are to feed them with the Word and the truth of salvation.
Peter was hurt that Jesus asked him three times if he loved him. He felt that Jesus should know how much he loved him. However, Peter had denied Jesus three times before his death, and now Jesus wants to absolve him of his transgressions. Each reply erased each denial and Peter was able to move on.
God often asks us if we love him. We may need to get away sometime and be fed by him and his love so we can be replenished to proceed with the work he has for us. Follow him and tend to other’s needs. Let your life show others how much you love God and what a wonderful life it is with Christ in your heart. Move out into the world, follow him and find ways to tell others. As he said, “Come and see.”
Next Sunday at 9:00 a.m. Reverend Gary Gooch will be the pastor at the service. We invite everyone to join us in worship and fellowship.
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