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Fish, ©Mark Hewitt 2015, Pastel

This is a story that you could easily imagine, taking place at one of our (South Australian) coastal towns where fishermen leave land for the sea; Port Lincoln, Port Wakefield, Wallaroo, Robe, Goolwa.  Small towns where fisherfolk making a living by feeding us with seafood.

This is a story where Jesus used everyday people going about their business to bring God’s world into being.  Jesus’ call to the people in the boats is also is very specific.  He draws on their skill set, calling them to fish for people rather than fish.

Lets apply this to our own story.
What would Jesus ask of us in the midst of our everyday living?

Mark Hewitt, 21 January 2017
at The Corner Uniting Church, Warradale, South Australia.

Mark 1: 14-20 (NRSV)

The Beginning of the Galilean Ministry
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’

Jesus Calls the First Disciples
As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you fish for people.’ And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

Gracious God,
we are wonderfully made in your image.
Help us to discern our gifts for ministry
in the midst of a deluge of information
and needs in this world.
Cast us out of confusion
and cast us into the community that follows Jesus.



Seasons of the Spirit, Epiphany 3 Yr C 21 January 2018

Fish, Prayerful Colouring, ©Mark Hewitt 2017

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