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After a long night the men had caught not one fish. Not only would they go hungry but also their family and neighbors. As they washed and dried their nets and a crowd gathered around a teacher. The crowd pressed in on on the teacher, pushing him toward the shoreline. He stepped into one of the boats then asked its owner to row out a short distance so he might address the crowd.

When he had finished teaching, he suggested that the fisherman should row out again into deeper water and once more let out his nets. Tired from a long unproductive evening, the fisherman grumbled, then relented, perhaps to appease the teacher. This time their nets strained with so many fish the fisherman called on his partners to help him. Their boats nearly sank under the weight. The teacher, Jesus, looked at the awed fisherman, Simon Peter, and said, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.”

Cub Scout ranks for 2018

On Sunday, February 10th, we will observe Boy Scout Sunday. Members of Cub Scout Pack 188 will help me lead worship by reading parts of the liturgy, welcoming people as they arrive, and as many other tasks as they can manage. Scouting invites children, and their parents, to try things they had not previously considered doing, and things they might once have been afraid to try.

When has God challenged you to attempt something you had not previously thought possible? How did you decide this challenge came from God?

I will have more to say about Luke 5:1-11 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church at 8:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 10th.
Robert Shaw, Pastor

A Tip for Parents

Try imagining worship from the perspective of a child. The floor vibrates when the organ plays. People in flowing robed move this way and that. The congregation speaks and sings with one voice.

Isaiah 6:1-8 tells of his vision of being in God’s throne room where God’s words cause the doors to shake as angels fly this way and that and merely the hem of God’s robe fills the room. Then Isaiah receives baptism, not with water but with fire! Cleansing him so he might carry God’s message to the people.

Each Sunday I pour water in to our baptismal font to remind us our cleansing by God so we might carry God’s message to those we meet.