Going Fishing

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Threshold Moment:  Winter’s Light by Tim Janis


Music:   Two Fisherman (by Suzzane Toolan)  -Michelle Currie                                                         

Call To Worship:

L: We come with praise

for the wonderful works of God.

All:  Even before we speak,

God knows us completely.

L:  The Holy One knows us and sustains us,

even in our moments of confusion and doubt.

All:  Who can count the thoughts of God?

They are more than all the sands of the desert.

L:  Like clay in the hand of the potter,

we are shaped and held.

All:  We come with praise

for the wonderful works of God.

Opening Hymn:  One Bread, One Body    *See Lyric Insert

Opening Prayer: 

Gracious God, you never leave our side.

Open us this day to feeling and knowing your presence deep in our hearts so that we might show forth love with the same confidence, offering your reign of right relationship on earth as it is in heaven. We praise you for your close attention, holding our lives together in care. Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

Scripture:   Psalm for a Winter Day, Isaiah 6: 1-8, Luke 5:1-11

– Rich Westley

Reflections:                                                  Rev. Paula Norbert

                     Celebration of the Lord’s Supper

            Words of Invitation        The Bread and The Cup

                             Prayer of Thanksgiving

Music:  Meditative Musical Instrumental ~ The Lord’s Prayer (by Arnold Strals/Arr.by Les Sands)  -Michelle Currie

Musical call to Prayer:  (two times)  Hush now in quiet peace, be still your mind at ease. The Spirit brings release, so wait upon the Lord.

                         Prayers of the People

         Silent Prayers                        Pastoral Prayer

Closing Hymn: Just A Closer Walk With Thee     *See Lyric Insert


May you live with the knowledge that God is holding your life even as we hold each other. You are not alone.

You are loved. Amen.

Postlude:  Blest Be The Tie That Binds

One Body, One Bread   (Lyrics)


One bread, one body, one Lord of all,

One cup of blessing which we bless.

And we, through many, throughout the earth,

We are one body in this one Lord.

1.Gentile or Jew, servant or free,

Woman or man, no more. 


2.Many the gifts, many the works

One in the Lord of all.


Just A Closer Walk with Thee  (Lyrics)


Just a closer walk with the, grant it Jesus is my plea,

daily walking close to thee, let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

1.I am weak, but thou art strong, Jesus keep from all wrong:

I’ll be satisfied as long, as I walk, let me walk, close to thee.


2.Through this world of toils and snares, if I falter, Lord who cares?

Who with me my burden shares? None but thee, dear Lord, none but thee.


                        Psalm for a Winter Day

Lord God, creator of all seasons and ages,

I praise you for all that is beautiful in this winter day of February coldness: the strong, black patterns of trees

standing tall, the utter whiteness of snow as it layers the lawn, the stillness broken only by the sound of a brave snowbird, the bush under the rainspout drenched in ice.

Oh, all that is glistening with cold this morning, praise the Lord!

All creatures snuggled away in nests, caves, and trees, praise the Lord!

Oh, all peoples bundled in winter wear, scurrying to work, praise the Lord!

Cars, trucks, and buses chugging along the freeway, praise the Lord! Cows, steers, and sheep on hillsides, braving cold, praise the Lord!

Oh, crunch and crackle of shoes on frosty snowfall, praise the Lord!

All ponds and lakes deeply frozen and lovely formed, praise the Lord!

Little rabbits leaving deep footprints ‘neath my window, praise the Lord!

Yes, all the winter world, whose beauty we so often miss,

whose weather we so often condemn, praise the Lord,

and bless God’s holy name, for our world has wonders and tiny miracles if only our hearts as well as our eyes are

open to see.                                                               Joyce Rupp

                                       Isaiah 6:1-8

6:1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple.

6:2 Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew.

6:3 And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

6:4 The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke.

6:5 And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”

6:6 Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs.

6:7 The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.”

6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”

                                             Luke 5:1-11

5:1 Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God,

5:2 he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.

5:3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.

5:4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.”

5:5 Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.”

5:6 When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break.

5:7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink.

5:8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!”

5:9 For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken;

5:10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who are partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.”

5:11 When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.