A David Psalm
5-6God, the one and only—
I’ll wait as long as he says.
Everything I hope for comes from him,
so why not?
He’s solid rock under my feet,
breathing room for my soul,
An impregnable castle:
I’m set for life.
7-8My help and glory are in God
—granite-strength and safe-harbor-God—
So trust him absolutely, people;
lay your lives on the line for him.
God is a safe place to be.
9Man as such is smoke,
woman as such, a mirage.
Put them together, they’re nothing;
two times nothing is nothing.
10And a windfall, if it comes—
don’t make too much of it.
11God said this once and for all;
how many times
Have I heard it repeated?
Straight from God.”
12Love to you, Lord God!
You pay a fair wage for a good day’s work!
14 Later on, after John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee, where he preached God’s Good News. 15 “The time promised by God has come at last!” he announced. “The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!”
The First Disciples
16 One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. 17 Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” 18 And they left their nets at once and followed him.
19 A little farther up the shore Jesus saw Zebedee’s sons, James and John, in a boat repairing their nets. 20 He called them at once, and they also followed him, leaving their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men.
- it's "gospel"
- it's story
- it's about Jesus
Mark supposes that the best way to bear witness to the coming Kingdom of God and call people to faithful discipleship is to tell the story of Jesus...
The Kingdom of God is near!
- Continuation of 1-13
- as prophet, Jesus is proclaiming God's action in the world
- Jesus is, "the one more powerful..." that John proclaimed in Mark's intro
Jesus calls disciples
- Simon and Andrew (later he calls Simon, Peter)
- James and John (Sons of Thunder 3:17)
- No Consumerism
- No Marketing
- No Branding
- Just "Follow me and I will make you fish for people"
- No Security
- Fishing for fish pays the bills - clearly defined
- Fishing for people - ill-defined, at best
- A man they cannot understand
- on a journey that will confuse them
- to a destination that has yet to be revealed
Faith doesn't offer...
Tell us about your call...
So what made you want to become a....
What's your story...
Mark's Good News:
Jesus doesn't say, "Get out there and change the world all by your lonesome."
Jesus does say, "Come with me."
That's good news!
With is our chief value
Love First - With is a requirement for love
Life Together - With is a requirement for together
Live the Story - With is a requirement for story
Questions to Consider:
- What does it mean to be called by God?
- Where might the call of God take you?
- How does it make you feel to think of responding to the call of God?
- Are you called by God?
- What are you called to?
- How can you live out or lean into God's call on your life this week?
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell;
the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and sits at the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty,
From there He will come to judge
the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Our practice of communion as instructed by Jesus is a remembering of the Lord until he comes again...
It is also a re-membering of the body of Christ... In this act of faith we are reminded that we are made one in Christ and one with Christ...
Jonah Goes to Nineveh
1Then the Lord spoke to Jonah a second time: 2“Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh, and deliver the message I have given you.”
3This time Jonah obeyed the Lord’s command and went to Nineveh, a city so large that it took three days to see it all. 4On the day Jonah entered the city, he shouted to the crowds: “Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed!” 5The people of Nineveh believed God’s message, and from the greatest to the least, they declared a fast and put on burlap to show their sorrow.
10When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened.
5th Sunday Serve Project
Wayfinders and Friends,
Next Sunday is a 5th Sunday Serve opportunity and while we had planned a joint effort serve project with the faculty and staff of Mendez Elementary we have had to make some adjustments with the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Hays county. We will not be able to work alongside Principal Woody and her staff this month but we do still have a service opportunity available to us:
The School-Age Parenting Program and Child Development Center of San Marcos ISD has invited Wayfinders to help them encourage young mothers to remain in high school after having their babies. Our part will include providing moms with a newborn care kit and mentoring/coaching sessions to share information about caring for themselves and their babies. If you are a mom of any age with a heart for connecting with new moms, please reach out to Kimberly Farinella for more information. Anyone interested will need to complete a volunteer application and background check through San Marcos ISD.
All are invited to help with the newborn care kits. We will be filling 15 backpacks full of items to help high school moms care for and connect with their babies. If you would like to contribute to these kits, please see our signup genius for the list of needed items. You can also make a donation to Wayfinders for “Newborn Care Kits.” For every $125 given we will purchase and deliver another kit.
Kimberly will be collecting items this Sunday, January 24th, and next Sunday, January 31st. Those attending church virtually these days can either drop items off at her home or arrange for her to pick them up. Feel free to contact her at 210-913-4840 or email@example.com.
Live the Story
Jan 24, 2021 11:00 AM
Meeting ID: 892 689 9555