Mighty God, stay with us always, as we worship and as we share the risk and challenge of living our faith. By your powerful Spirit, turn our fear to courage and our confusion to confidence. Your glory shines in the face of Christ. Shine in our hearts and lives today. Amen.
Prayer of Confession
Merciful God, you sent Jesus among us to be our way, our truth and our life. We confess our reluctance to always follow where he leads. It’s easy to seek our own way and to believe our own truths. Too often we can pursue a life of comfort and ease, instead of a life of sacrifice and service. Forgive us, we pray. Pull us out of ourselves. Enable us to live as those who in following your Son, also obtain a life filled with purpose and joy. Help us to stand under your mercy and open to your grace. In Christ we pray. Amen
Psalter Lesson: Psalm 138 NRSV (source)
I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness; for you have exalted your name and your word above everything. On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul. All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord, for they have heard the words of your mouth. They shall sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord. For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly; but the haughty he perceives from far away. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies; you stretch out your hand, and your right hand delivers me. The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.
Gospel Lesson: Luke 5: 1-11 NRSV (source)
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.
- No. 138 – Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!
- No. 497 – With Grateful Hearts Our Faith Professing
- No. 470 – O Day of Radiant Gladness
Sacrament of Holy Baptism
“We Need a Bigger Boat” – Rev. Scott G. Loomer