Called

Jesus calls the first disciples by saying, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” Matt 4:19

Jesus calls us, saying, “Follow me…”. It seems that if Jesus really wanted to get our attention he might text or tweet, but call?

And yet, we are called and we have Jesus’ promise that he’ll be with us, helping us and doing it with us. Each day we can begin our mission anew in the waters of baptism and the gift of the Spirit.

I got this in my inbox yesterday and it’s been running through my head ever since. May we follow Jesus into his upside-down kingdom.

Inauguration

Today, God, you create me anew;
today I inaugurate a new life.
By the power invested in me by the Holy Spirit
I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute
your call in my life, and will to the best of my ability
uphold your commandments.
I will act with love and gentleness,
with reverence and forgiveness toward all people.
I will practice humility, generosity and truthfulness.
I will honor and delight in the diversity of the human family,
respecting the true unity of all people
and the oneness and sacred worth of all living things.
I pledge to live, speak and act for justice and peace.
I accept the power you give me
to resist evil, injustice and oppression
in whatever forms they present themselves.
I will stand against all violence, disrespect and bullying.
I will speak out against meanness,
give voice to those who are silenced,
and include those who are outcast.
I acknowledge that I shine with your light, O God,
that my life is not mine but yours.
This day I pledge to do your will, not mine,
for your sake and the sake of the healing of the world.
I understand that this pledge
will often set me against my culture,
and that the culture will resist me.
With your help and those of like mind and heart,
I will persevere.
I give you thanks. I ask your blessing. I trust your grace.
Amen.

By Steve Garnaas-Holmes, www.unfoldinglight.net

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9:00 or 10:30 am as we gather to worship, pray and hear the call. Jesus’ mercy changes me, we and the world.

Grace be with you,

Vikki

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