April 21, 2024The Fourth Sunday of Easter 



CALL TO WORSHIP Liturgist, Sharon Bryant

Leader: Do not call to mind the former things or ponder the things of the past

People: Behold I will do something new, now it will spring forth will you not be aware of it?

Leader:  I will even make a roadway into the wilderness, a river in the desert

People: The beast of the field will glorify Me.  The jackals and the ostriches, because I have given waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert to give drink to My chosen people.

All:         The people I have formed for Myself will declare My praise. 

*OPENING HYMN #5 Come, Thou Almighty King


*HYMN OF PRAISE #60 Great Is Thy Faithfulness


O Almighty God, we need you so badly. Compared to the passionate love of Jesus for You and for the salvation of our people our love is lukewarm at best. We have drifted so far from our calling.  We have the ark of the gospel in Jesus, but we aren’t fishing for people drowning without hope.  We have the only Light of the World, but mirror it most among ourselves.  O Lord and Savior, we humbly fall before You crying, “If you are willing, You can make us clean.”  We repent, and beg You to restore Your presence, power and bold passion for You, Your Word, Your Gospel and for the souls of people. Amen.


HYMN OF ASSURANCE #489 Jesus Paid It All (v.1 only)



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. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil: for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.  Amen.



       *Offertory Response — Doxology

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise Him, all creatures here below;

Praise Him above, ye heavenly host:

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

       *Prayer of Dedication


Pastor:  The Word of the Lord

People:  Thanks be to God

SERMON:  Rev. Tom Clymer


And Jesus said to them, “Follow me,
and I will make you become fishers of men.” – Mark 1:17

*CLOSING HYMN #576 I Have Decided to Follow Jesus



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This Sunday’s Scripture reading:

1 After these things Jesus revealed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and He revealed Himself in this way: Simon Peter, Thomas who was called Didymus, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. Simon Peter *said to them, “I am going fishing.” They *said to him, “We are also coming with you.” They went out and got into the boat; and that night they caught nothing.

But when the day was now breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. So Jesus *said to them, “Children, you do not have any fish to eat, do you?” They answered Him, “No.” And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you will find the fish.” So they cast it, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great quantity of fish. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved *said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” So when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he was stripped for work), and threw himself into the sea. But the other disciples came in the little boat, for they were not far from the land, but about two hundred cubits away, dragging the net full of fish.

So when they got out on the land, they *saw a charcoal fire already made and fish placed on it, and bread. 10 Jesus *said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have now caught.” 11 So Simon Peter went up and hauled the net to land, full of large fish, and although there were so many, the net was not torn.

12 Jesus *said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples ventured to inquire of Him, “Who are You?” knowing that it was the Lord. 13 Jesus *came and *took the bread and *gave it to them, and the fish likewise. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus revealed Himself to the disciples, after He was raised from the dead.

15 Now when they had finished breakfast, Jesus *said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My lambs.” 16 He said to him again, a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He *said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was hurt because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Tend My sheep.”

— John 21:1-17 (NASB)