Sunday, July 22 – 10:00am
The theme for this year’s Vacation Bible School has been Disciples. The children of St. Mark’s have been exploring the realities of what it means to be a follower of Jesus in our time and place. On Sunday, the children will be sharing some of their discoveries from the week and inviting everyone to review what each of us experiences as a disciple of Jesus.
Matthew 4:18-25 Common English Bible (CEB)
As Jesus walked alongside the Galilee Sea, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew, throwing fishing nets into the sea, because they were fishermen. ”Come, follow me,” he said, “and I’ll show you how to fish for people.” Right away, they left their nets and followed him.Continuing on, he saw another set of brothers, James the son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with Zebedee their father repairing their nets. Jesus called them and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
Jesus traveled throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues. He announced the good news of the kingdom and healed every disease and sickness among the people. News about him spread throughout Syria. People brought to him all those who had various kinds of diseases, those in pain, those possessed by demons, those with epilepsy, and those who were paralyzed, and he healed them. Large crowds followed him from Galilee, the Decapitates, Jerusalem, Judea, and from the areas beyond the Jordan River.
Would you describe yourself as a disciple of Jesus? What does the word disciple mean for you – a follower? -a student? -an admirer? What makes a person into a disciple? Are you fishing for people? What are the positives and the negatives of this imagery for the life of discipleship?
Prayers please for:
Paul and Peggy Blankenship
Gordon and Pat Close