Skip to main content

The Least Likely Are Called

Dear Friends,

Most of you, by the time you read this message will be dug out but still enduring the snow and deep freeze that will be with us for quite some time.  We plan to be at St. A's tomorrow (Thursday) for our weekly noontime Bible Study as we look at the texts for this upcoming Sunday and worship rarely if ever is stopped by the elements (come to think of it, since we don't really need a church building for worship, one could say it is never stopped!) so the Gospel will be proclaimed on Sunday as well.  This Sunday's Gospel reading is Matthew 4:12-23 and here are a few questions to think about as we approach this text:

1. Do you think that the fishermen are meeting Jesus for the first time?  Why or why not?
2. What do you think changes for the fishermen as a result of accepting Jesus' invitation and challenge?
3. What do you think Jesus means when he says, "Repent?"
4. What does it mean to fish for people?  Most of us are not fishermen.  Is there an image that can help you understand your calling as a Christian in daily life?  
5. Are we sometimes called to mend nets?  What might this mean for your life?

When reflecting on this text, it astounds me that Jesus calls fishermen, not the highly educated, not advanced students of Torah, not the wealthy, but essentially those who would not be called by the religious professionals, those who would be considered as not worthy of the rabbi's yoke.  

How often we are hesitant to do things outside of our comfort zones, afraid to be embarrassed or to appear incompetent, or worried about failure.  And yet God chooses us to serve Him and the kingdom, to use our gifts to bless others, and to trust that we have everything we need.  May God bless us as we face the joys and the challenges of following our Lord in the year ahead.

Peace,

Pastor Mueller



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Opportunities for Growth

Dear Friends,       There are several learning opportunities coming up in week ahead that I wanted keep on your radar.   - "Aslan on the Move" :  This Sunday (downstairs in Jerusalem Room)  at 9:30 AM we gather together for a presentation / discussion based on Christian themes found in the C.S. Lewis classic, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe."   This gathering will continue through November 24.  Anyone from high school students to senior citizens are welcome to attend.  Join us and be enriched in faith.    - "Lunch Bunch Bible Study" - We gather each Thursday at noontime in St. Andrew's Hall to look a little deeper at the assigned bible texts that will be proclaimed the upcoming Sunday.  We provide coffee and printed out texts.  You are free to bring Bibles and a bagged lunch if you wish.  People who rarely take part in Bible Study have become a part of this group and have found it very helpful in their walk of faith.

An Easter Prayer

Holy and Living God,   You continue to confound  our expectations and surprise us with your redeeming power in our lives.  Come among us, risen Lord.  Reveal yourself to us that we may know with confidence that nothing in all creation, not even death, can separate us from your love.  In Jesus' name.  Amen .   A word of thanks to all of you who offered your hearts and hands and voices to a deeply moving Holy Week and a joy filled celebration of the Resurrection.  It was exciting to see an increase in attendance at special services throughout Lent and Holy Week this year, especially among those who are newer to our faith community. Many hearts were touched and lives were lifted up through the celebrations of this past week. We are truly blessed. Continue to pray for those who were unable to be with us on Sunday, the sick, the struggling, the hospitalized, the homebound, and the dying.  Pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world, especia

Thanksgiving Greetings

Dear Friends, As many of us prepare for Thanksgiving Day and the weekend ahead, I want to wish you a truly blessed celebration.  Many of you will be gathering with loved ones and, while likely eating way too much food (Enjoy!),  offering thanks for God's abundant blessings.  May your joy be full and overflowing tomorrow and throughout the holiday season ahead. However, let us also remember that there will be others for whom this festive season will not be experienced with the joy of abundance, nor surrounded by family and friends.  Many thanks to those of you who continue to reach out to bless the homeless and hungry of our communities at Thanksgiving and throughout the year to make a difference in lives that are hurting. The weeks ahead can also be a time of great sorrow for those who are grieving the death of a loved one.  Take time to reach out to those experiencing loss, honoring boundaries and their desire to take a step back from festivities when needed, but