CALL TO WORSHIP- PSALM 23
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff—
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
my whole life long.
Song – The Lord is My Shepherd – Donna Jo Mangus
Call to confession
Jesus knows our name, calls us and offers us abundant life. God’s goodness and mercy follow us all the days of our life. Trusting in these sure promises, we boldly confess our sin to God and with one another.
Prayer of confession
Lord, you are our Shepherd. You seek us when we are lost and guide us in life-giving ways. Yet, we turn from you and heed the voices of thieves and bandits. You know us by name, but we refuse to hear your call and instead go our own way. Forgive us for failing to follow you. Quiet the noise around and within us so that we might better recognize your word and do your will. Come close, calm our fears, go ahead of us, so that we might see you clearly, enter by the gate and be saved. Amen.
Assurance of pardon
Even though we walk through the darkest valley, we need not fear evil. God is with us. God’s rod and staff comforts us. God forgives and transforms us. Friends, believe the good news, through Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.
Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Church Members and Family
Rob Dudley, Bonnie Jones Coates, Victoria Mitchell, Donnie McIntyre, Deb Young, Juanita Wilburn, Cordie Daughtry, Jean McLaurin, Scottie Godwin, Danielle Rea, Tracey Gardner, Vann Gurganus, Vernon Williford, James Carter, Glen Godwin, Wesley Turner, Randy Gillmore, Frankie McLaurin, Roye Bostick, Tonya Young, Johnny Carter, Margaret Barnes, Barbara Lloyd, Tommy Menefee
Doris Starling, Faye Lucas
Sybil Lucas (Hillside, Wake Forest), Doris Moore (Bethesda, Eastover), Mac Williams (Elmcroft, Hillsborough)
Friends of the Church
Allen Hudson, Sarah Burchett, Waylon Mitchell, Lois McLamb, Bill Norman, Ronnie Whitman, Michelle Fitzgerald, Ben Buchanan, Wilda Mae Stewart, Phyllis Matthews, Wingate Collier, Richard Crunkleton, Pam Thompson, Wade Hall, Norman Hall, Vivian Smith, Camrin Hales, Janet Collier, Lynne Laber, Becky Hill, Andy Lepper, Judy Burge, Nancy Watts, Theresa Hall, Clark Young, Eula Hall, Lamar Smith, Gary Thornton, Donnie White, Anna Corbin, Barry Helms
Ashleigh Aponte (FTCC), Ashlyn Hall (ECU), Katie Murphy (William Peace), Casey Williford (FTCC)
Tripp Lloyd (Army), Joshua Taylor (Afghanistan)
The family of Jo Ann Kinlaw Cisson
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 debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever. Amen.
Scripture Reading: John 21:1-19
After this, Jesus appeared again to the disciples, this time at the Tiberias Sea (the Sea of Galilee). This is how he did it: Simon Peter, Thomas (nicknamed “Twin”), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the brothers Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. Simon Peter announced, “I’m going fishing.”
The rest of them replied, “We’re going with you.” They went out and got in the boat. They caught nothing that night. When the sun came up, Jesus was standing on the beach, but they didn’t recognize him.
Jesus spoke to them: “Good morning! Did you catch anything for breakfast?”
They answered, “No.”
He said, “Throw the net off the right side of the boat and see what happens.”
They did what he said. All of a sudden there were so many fish in it, they weren’t strong enough to pull it in.
Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Master!”
When Simon Peter realized that it was the Master, he threw on some clothes, for he was stripped for work, and dove into the sea. The other disciples came in by boat for they weren’t far from land, a hundred yards or so, pulling along the net full of fish. When they got out of the boat, they saw a fire laid, with fish and bread cooking on it.
Jesus said, “Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught.” Simon Peter joined them and pulled the net to shore—153 big fish! And even with all those fish, the net didn’t rip.
Jesus said, “Breakfast is ready.” Not one of the disciples dared ask, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Master.
Jesus then took the bread and gave it to them. He did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus had shown himself alive to the disciples since being raised from the dead.
Do You Love Me?
After breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Master, you know I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
He then asked a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
“Yes, Master, you know I love you.”
Jesus said, “Shepherd my sheep.”
Then he said it a third time: “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was upset that he asked for the third time, “Do you love me?” so he answered, “Master, you know everything there is to know. You’ve got to know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. I’m telling you the very truth now: When you were young you dressed yourself and went wherever you wished, but when you get old you’ll have to stretch out your hands while someone else dresses you and takes you where you don’t want to go.” He said this to hint at the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. And then he commanded, “Follow me.”
Sermon – “Feed My Sheep” – Rev. Meg Lindsay Dudley
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