Prepare for The Sunday of the Miraculous Catch of Fish – Trinity 5 (07/16)Pr. Christopher Gillespie
Jesus Makes Fishers of Men
The Lord called fishermen to be fishers of men (Luke 5:1–11). The net they would use is the message of the cross, which is foolishness and a stumbling block to the world (1 Cor. 1:18–25). The power of God to save is not in spectacular signs like wind and fire and earthquakes (1 Kings 19:11–21), nor is it to be found in human intelligence and wisdom. The power of God to save comes in the still, small voice of the preaching of Christ crucified. In worldly darkness the disciples could catch nothing. But in the light of Christ, whose Word was attached to the water, the boats were filled with fish. So it is that in Baptism you have been drawn in to the ship of the Church. Though the nets are breaking and some who hear the Word do not believe, pastors continue to cast the net of the Gospel and the Sacraments, that Christians may abide in the boat of the Church and that we may be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks a reason for the hope that is in us (1 Peter 3:8–15).
First Reading: 1 Kings 19:11-21
Second Reading: 1 Pet. 3:8-15
Gospel: Luke 5:1-11
O God, You have prepared for those who love You good things that surpass all understanding. Pour into our hearts such love towards You that we, loving You above all things, may obtain Your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Hear, O LORD, when I cry | with my voice!*
Have mercy also upon me, and | answer me.
You have | been my help;*
do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my sal- | vation. (Psalm 27:7, 9)
The LORD is my light and my sal- | vation;*
whom | shall I fear?
Teach me Your | way, O LORD,*
and lead me in a | smooth path.
Do not deliver me to the will of my adver- | saries;*
for false witnesses have risen a- | gainst me.
Wait on the LORD; be of good | courage,*
and He shall streng- | then your heart. (Psalm 27:1, 11-12, 14)
O God, be- / hold our shield,*
and look upon the face of Your a- / nointed.
O LORD God of hosts, / hear my prayer;*
give ear, O God of / Jacob! (Psalm 84:9, 8)
The king shall have joy in Your / strength, O LORD;*
and in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! Alle- / luia. (Psalm 21:1)
Hymns for the Week:
|Thy strong word did cleave the darkness||Ebenezer||Video||Hymn Study|
|Come, follow Me, the Savior spake||Machs mit mir, Gott||Video|
|Let all mortal flesh keep silence||Picardy||Video||Hymn Study|
|Entrust your days and burdens||Sufficientia||Video|
|I lie, O Lord, within Your care||Ich liege, Herr, in deiner Hut||Video|