Good News from St Thomas Church – January 22, 2015
“And Jesus said, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people...’” Not nearly as poetic as the more familiar, “...and I will make you fishers of men...,” but definitely more inclusive. This comes toward the beginning of the Gospel of Mark, as Jesus is gathering those who would become his disciples. First, Simon (who would be known as Peter) and Andrew, and then James and John. They were all fishermen, two sets of brothers, carrying out their family business. But at Jesus invitation, they left their nets, and James and John left their father sitting in the boat, and went off to follow Jesus. Did they have any idea what they were getting themselves into? Probably not. But the call was compelling enough for them to leave everything behind and go with him. You can read the whole story here: Mark 1:14-20.
The call, the invitation to follow Jesus comes to each one of us, in one way or another. It may be more subtle than what Peter and Andrew, James and John heard on that day – and our response may be more subtle as well. But when we hear the call and respond, we do make a difference – in ourselves, and in the world.
Let us pray:
Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Peace and blessing,
This coming Sunday, January 25. One service at 10:00 am (no 8:00am on this day), followed by brunch and meeting. Please bring a dish to share for the brunch. All are invited and encouraged to attend the brunch and the meeting!
Have you checked out the website for the Diocese of New Jersey lately? You will find all kinds of helpful information there about events and happenings in the diocese, workshops and worship opportunities, and photos and messages from +Chip Stokes, our bishop, and others about our life as the Diocese of New Jersey. A couple to note especially: The 56th on January 30, the Diocesan Acolyte Festival on February 14, and Diocesan Convention on February 27 and 28. Check it out at www.dioceseofnj.org.
Please check out the directory sheets on a table in the parish hall, make any changes/corrections/additions, or check that your listing is ok. Please be sure to update cell phone numbers and email addresses especially.