Good Morning Everyone,
I hope the week is turning out well for you all. Things are going for us. As you can imagine, there’s a lot going on with us trying to get ready to leave for Vacation for two weeks (and prepare for my brother’s wedding!). If you hadn’t heard, I’ll be gone from June 6-21 and Emily and the girls will be gone a little longer. If you have questions or issues that come up while I’m away please call the office.
In preparing for our Sunday together one of the many ways we worship is by noticing where God has been at work in our lives and in the lives of those around us. Last Sunday we gave space to reflect on “God Sightings.” I want to do that again this week. I think there’s something really powerful about taking time to look back, I feel that often I only know God was leading me to do something after the fact (I hope this isn’t just me!!). For Sunday, If you have a story that you’d like to share about a God Sighting I hope you’ll consider sharing it.
The Resurrection Community
We’re on our fourth week of looking at what it means to be the resurrection community as based in the Gospel of John. What were the final messages of Jesus, after his resurrection, that he felt important to leave with the newly budding movement (or church)? What did he leave as guided teachings for what it means for his disciples to be a community together?
This Sunday we’re going to revisit part of the text that we discussed last week and build on what we talked about. The core of last week’s message is that we are called to be a listening community and our “success” is defined by our faithfulness to do just that. But once we listen, then what? That’s our next piece.
Here’s our passage:
“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 21:4–14 NRSV)
- What catches your attention about this passage? What are you most drawn to and why?
- Given the context of the disciples listening to (an unrecognized) Jesus, how do you understand the next steps in what the res. community is called to? In other words, after listening, what do you think Jesus is asking or showing his disciples exactly?
- Look for important flags (words, images, reoccurring themes you’ve seen before in John) in the text do these help to illuminate the subtext of this story?
- Given this text, what do you think is a fourth quality of the resurrection community?
See you Sunday!
PS – did you see that Eliot Shoemaker’s Science Olympiad team did really well in their competition and was in the paper? See if you can locate Eliot in the picture! http://www.camaspostrecord.com/news/2011/may/24/camas-science-olympiad-team-captures-14th-place-na/