Call To Worship Leader: Sing praise to the Lord, all his faithful people! People: We will remember what the Holy One has done, and give him thanks! Leader: The Lord will take away your sorrow and surround you with joy. People: So, we will not be silent; we will sing praise to the Lord our God.
O God, we come seeking new life through your healing power. We come seeking strength and wisdom to obey your will. In this time of worship may we find both your healing power and the strength and wisdom to live as your obedient children. Amen.
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As Jesus calls his disciples it seems like he has a criterion for the people with which he wants to surround himself. It may not always be obvious in the Biblical account, but Jesus is careful to choose people who are really committed to his message. With their help, Jesus will be able to do more and spread the word about God farther.
There are always difficulties in Christian ministry, at whichever level you're involved in it, from church cleaner to the Archbishop of Canterbury. There's always someone who'll find fault, and if like the Archbishop, you're a subject of media interest, then I should imagine Christian ministry can be very difficult indeed and perhaps something of a burden.
In today's Gospel text, Jesus calls for repentance, expects Peter and Andrew to drop their nets and follow him, and calls James and John to leave their Father Zebedee in the boat without so much as a "So long, see you later."
My task today is to issue that same call to repentance, that same call to radical obedience and decisive discipleship. For that call is urgent and cries out to be issued in all of its majesty and might.