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Annisquam
Village Church

820 Washington St.
Gloucester, MA

Annisquam Village Church Logo

Annisquam
Village Church

820 Washington St.
Gloucester, MA

A Thriving Spiritual Community

Fishermen and Followers

February 4, 2022

Have you ever tried to do a job and been frustrated because it just didn’t work?  Have you ever had someone tell you to solve the problem in a way that surprises you, and discovered that it works??  This Sunday, Margaret Kowalsky & Bernard Prusak will be reading this from the Book of Luke.  It is a story about Jesus and the fisherman.

One morning Jesus was standing beside Lake Galilee, which is also called the Lake Gennesaret. Many people had come to see him and to hear him share the word of God. Jesus saw two boats on the shore of the lake. The fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. Jesus got into one of the boats, the one which belonged to his friend Simon. Jesus asked Simon to push off a little from the land. Then Jesus sat down in the boat and continued to speak to the people on the shore from Simon’s boat.  

When Jesus had finished speaking to the crowd,  he said to Simon, “Take the boat into deep water. If you put your nets in the water, you will catch some fish.”

Simon was surprised.  He answered, “Master, we worked hard all night trying to catch fish, and we caught nothing!   But you have told me to put the nets in the water; so I will.” Simon and the other  fishermen did as Jesus told them. And guess what!   They caught so many fish that the nets began to break. They called out to their friends in the other boat to come and help them. The friends came, and both boats were filled so full that the boats were almost sinking.

All of the fishermen were amazed at how many fish they caught. When Simon Peter saw what had happened, he bowed down before Jesus and said, “Go away from me, Lord. I am not a good person.“  Simon’s fishing partners James and John were also amazed! 

Jesus said to Simon, James and John:  “Don’t be afraid. From now on you will be fishermen for men.” When Simon James and JOhn brought their boat to the shore, they left everything and followed Jesus. – Adapted from The International Children’s Bible. 

Can you imagine turning away from the work you had done, leaving your fishing boat behind to do something entirely new?  Simon, James and John left the only work they had known, to follow their friend. They trusted Jesus and trusted each other. They believed that they could help Jesus share his message; they believed  that sharing Jesus’ message and sharing God’s love was the most important work they could do.

This short video retells the story of Jesus telling  the story of that early morning whole Jesus called out to the fishermen and said: “Cast Your Nets” 

The book of Luke is one of the four Gospels that tell Jesus’ story. Matthew Mark Luke and John  are each written by a different person – so they are all a little different.  The story of Jesus asking Simon, Andrew, James & John to follow him  is an important story.  They are the first of Jesus’ twelve disciples.  This song, Fishers of Men,  is based on the story you just read, as it is told in the gospel of Matthew. Perhaps you can listen to it while you complete this maze which is also called “Fishers of Men.”

Valentine’s Day is coming soon.  It is a day to share love with those around you. 

Sharing Love with Your Neighbors

The cold days of January and February are a wonderful time to make beautiful things.  The AVC Care team and the Childrens & Family Ministry team invite kids, teens, parents and anyone who likes to make Valentines,  to make one or more for the people on our care list. Your valentines could be large or small, and made of paper, yarn, fabric, heart-shaped rocks or wood or anything else!  

The Care Team has a list of approximately 40 people.  Valentine makers  can return their valentines to the church mailbox in a labeled bag or large envelope, no later than Friday February 11th.   OR they can deliver valentines themselves. 

Please let me know if you’d like to deliver cards yourself, and Jaye Whittier will send you a list of names and addresses. 

Please email or text me with any questions, and share this message with friends of all ages who might enjoy this project.  

As you enter a new week, remember that wherever you go and whatever you do, you are loved by others and by those around you.   

You are blessed to be a blessing to others.

~Peg Koller~