Good Afternoon Everyone,
What beautiful day! I don’t know about you but all these clear blue skies and sun has a very distinct effect on me, it makes me want to fire up my grill and have a cookout! That and I could swear (if Quakers were allowed to swear that is) that everywhere I turn I smell someone else having a BBQ! That and it’s a lot of fun to just get outside and walk or bike which I’ve enjoyed doing more of lately.
Thanks to all those who are leading our congregational prayers and writing those up and sending them out in email. That’s really been a great service to our church. And along with that, thanks for all who participated this past Sunday, I felt that our worship together was both celebratory and deep.
A couple pieces of news
I’m hoping tomorrow is like today as it is the first day of the Camas Farmer’s Market. Emily, the girls and I plan to be there from 5:30-6:30pm and will have a little picnic on the grass in front of the library. If that sounds like fun to any of you please come join us!
Tomorrow night is our book group on "Finding a Sense of Place" and I hear it’s been going really. It starts at 7pm.
And if you’re collecting money for Laundry Love can you bring it this Sunday since the next Laundry Love is in a little more than a week! Pat Wallace is hosting LL for the month of June. If you’re interested in helping her please let her know (she’s in the directory).
Am I missing anything?
This coming Sunday we’re looking at a really great passage from John 21, here it is:
“After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.
When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead. (John 21:1–14 NRSV)
1. What "catches" you about this text? Anything stand out or grab you? Is there something in here that the Spirit minister’s to you through?
2. Are there older stories in the Gospel of John that any of this reminds you of? Or ideas, images, themes, that this story builds on?
3. Are there questions this text raises for you?
4. Is there some action this text prompts you towards?
I’d be interested in any particularly "fisher[wo]man-y" commentary on this passage! Any of you men or women who are well versed in all things fish, is there anything that catches your attention about this or ways you might understand this story from fisher[wo]man perspective?
Have a lovely week!