PRELUDE:  “Come, Follow Me,” Said Christ, the Lord  by Sigfrid Karg-Elert; Will Vargas, clarinet

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP

INTROIT:   Jesus Calls Us by Joy F. Patterson/Piano part by Daniel Kallman; Will Vargas, clarinet

Jesus Calls us o’er the tumult of our life’s wild, restless sea; day by day his voice is sounding, saying, “Christian, follow me.”  Jesus calls us from the worship of the vain world’s golden store, from each idol that would keep us, saying, “Christian, love me more.”  In our joys and in our sorrows, days of toil and hours of ease, still he calls, in cares and pleasures, “Christian, love me more than these.”  Jesus calls us!  By your mercies, Savior, may we hear your call, give our hearts to your obedience, serve and love you best of all.   [Cecil Frances Alexander]

PRAYER

HYMN:   O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing [Azmon]

PRAYER

SCRIPTURE LESSON:  Mark 1:14-20

HYMN:  From the Nets of Our Labor [Hamilton]

SERMON:  “Changing What We Fish For”

ANTHEM:  You Walk Along Our Shoreline by Perry Nelson

You walk along our shoreline where land meets unknown sea.  We hear your voice of power, “Now come and follow me.  And if you still will follow through storm and wave and shoal, then I will make you fishers but of the human soul.”  You call us, Christ, to gather the people of the earth.  We cannot fish for only those lives we think have worth.  We spread your net of gospel across the water’s face, our boat a common shelter for all found by your grace.  We cast our net, O Jesus; we cry the kingdom’s name; we work for love and justice; we learn to hope through pain.  You call us, Lord, to gather God’s daughters and God’s sons, to let your judgment heal us so that all may be one.  O Jesus, make your people one!  [Sylvia G. Dunstan]

PRAYER

HYMN:  Lead Me, Guide Me [Lead Me, Guide Me]

BENEDICTION

RESPONSE:  The Call of Jesus by Michael Larkin

If we could hear the call of Jesus like James and John we’d go, spreading the word of true salvation so all the world would know.  If we would live the life of Jesus embracing the poor and weak, we’d show God’s love to all the world, uplifting the humble and meek.  If we could bear the pain of Jesus, hung on a cross we’d die.  Doing the will of God our Creator preparing a home on high.  If we would share the love of Jesus and with the spirit be filled.  Caring, giving, forgiving, praising, a glorious world we’d build!  [Richard Waterhouse]

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