Today’s Passage: John 21:1-19
Opening Prayer: After Jesus was crucified the disciples must have thought it was the end of His ministry. Was it time to go back to their old lives? They were fearful and didn’t have much left to give. They must have felt defeated and alone. They might have asked, “What is left for us to do?” Jesus had told them, “Follow me.” But, what does that mean? Jesus told His disciples that too. He said; “Feed my sheep, take care of my sheep.” We are to do what Jesus did – take care of the flock, both spiritually and physically, and spread the Good News of the gospels. May we be faithful followers of Jesus, the Christ! May we follow Jesus by doing what He did. May the Holy Spirit guide us in all things. May all be done for the glory of God. In Jesus’ name, I pray.
Opening Song: Casting Crowns – Follow Me (Official Lyric Video)
Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: Fishing, Failure, and a Future – Third Sunday of Easter by Will Willimon, a legendary preacher.
“Late in life I got into fly fishing,” Will Willimon says. “The thing that impresses one about fly fishing, an aspect of the sport that stays with you no matter how long you practice it, is failure.” The Christian life is like that in many ways. You practice and practice and think you’ve got it just right and you still fail. In this week’s Gospel lesson, John 21:1-19, failure permeates every part of the story. The disciples had gone back to fishing, but, as Willimon points out, “Their fishing didn’t go much better than their discipleship.” Still Jesus comes to the disciples and “re-calls” Peter. He calls Peter to love him and then commissions him to feed his sheep. In spite of Peter’s past failure, Jesus puts Peter in charge of his flock. What can Jesus do with our failure if we too allow Jesus’ words, “Follow me,” to ring in our ears?
Closing Song: Lauren Daigle – You Say (Lyrics)
Closing Prayer: Serving the Lord can be challenging. We often meet up with resistance, defeat, and repeated failure. We often need reassurance of our value, purpose, and call to follow Him. May we not give up. Instead, we will soar on wings like eagles; [we] will run and not grow weary, [we] will walk and not be faint (Isaiah 40:31, NIV). May we throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith (Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV). Amen.
Epilogue: Micah Tyler – Different (Official Music Video)