On Sunday we were privileged to welcome Rev. Dr. John Peter Smit to the pulpit. J.P. is the Regional Minister for Congregational Health for the Synod of Central, Northeastern Ontario and Bermuda. If you weren’t there be sure to check out his sermon on our website.
Before J.P got into the meat of his sermon he shared the wonderful Biblical story of Peter, the fisherman. He reminded us of how Peter and his buddies were out fishing all night and hadn’t caught a thing. In the morning they were discouraged, or as J.P put it, “they were grumpy”.
Then Jesus, who was standing on the shore, said, “Yo, guys, put your net on the other side of the boat.”
I can just imagine what Peter would have been thinking. We’ve all been there right? We have been doing something for what seems like forever and some new kid comes along and tells us how to do our job. Really? Not only that but Jesus was a carpenter. What did he know about fishing anyway!
But watch what Peter did. Even though he probably thought it was a waste of time and energy, he complied.
In Luke 5:5, Peter says,
As J.P. was recounting the story he said, “Sometimes God will ask us to do things that don’t make any sense”, but when we are faithful we are blessed.
Look at the next verses:
6When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to tear. 7So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
Not only were they blessed, they were blessed to overflowing!!!!
What is God asking you to do?
Will you be faithful?
Because if you are you may need to call in friends to reap in all the blessings ;)
This Sunday we are beginning a new sermon series called Parenthood. Whether you are a parent, know a parent, want to be a parent or have a parent, this series is for you! Plan to be there on Sunday when each of the men of the congregation will go home with a gift in honour of Father’s Day.
We look forward to worshipping with you and, please, bring a friend!