The trust the disciples place in Jesus is in full view in this Sunday’s reading from Mark. We read that, having heard Jesus’ call to follow him so they may fish for people, the disciples immediately leave what they are doing and follow him. This call from Jesus echoes across the ages to us today, encouraging us to seek after the building of a community of faith, rather than glorifying the ways we do it. We are reminded that following Jesus’ call is about being in the moment and understanding that God will work through us to bring God’s people together under the care of God’s love. Much as God was quick to forgive the people of Nineveh, and in the same way that the psalmist proclaims that God alone is our rock and salvation, today’s Gospel reminds us that no matter the work we are called to do, it is God who works through us.
Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Repentance at Nineveh
God alone is my rock and my salvation
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Living in the end times
The calling of the disciples at the sea
This week’s hymn of the day, You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore, deals directly with Jesus’ call to his disciples to use what they have to glorify God. We sing of how the Lord knows what our gifts are, calls us to use those gifts to work love for the weary, and beckons us to seek other seas with him. We also sing to each other the need to turn away from the “worship of the vain world’s golden store” as we sing Jesus Calls Us; o’er the Tumult. We’ll end our worship with a rousing song in praise of God who is holy and whole and always at hand as we sing You Are Holy.
Ministry is rarely what we expect it to be. How has the ministry of the church, both as a wider entity and specifically as St. Peter’s, changed over the years?
How has your participation in the ministry of the church changed to match the needs of the community and the realities of our world?
The disciples followed Jesus’ call seemingly without question. What questions come to your mind when you are called by God to follow a difficult path? How do you reckon with those questions and any potential answers while discerning God’s call?