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    Jul 26, 2020

    I Can Follow Jesus

    I Can Follow Jesus

    Passage: Luke 5:1-11

    Speaker: Rev. Jennifer Eschliman, Pastor

    Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid. From now on, you will be fishing for people.” Luke 5:10b
    Vacation Bible School Sunday
    Eighth Sunday After Pentecost
    July 26, 2020 - 10 am
    Opening Praise I Will Follow You
    w/m by Phil Gobrecht
    Call to Worship
    Children of God, this is God’s invitation to us:
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)
    Let us worship God together, so that we might grow to trust God more deeply,
    and believe with all our heart the promise of God’s great love for us:
    Nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:39)
    Assured of God’s fierce love for us, let us praise Jesus our Savior!
    Opening Praise Blessed Assurance
    Fanny Crosby, Phoebe Palmer Knapp
    © Words & Music: Public Domain
    Verse 1
    Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine
    O what a foretaste of glory divine!
    Heir of Salvation, purchase of God
    Born of His Spirit, washed in his blood
    This is my story, this is my song
    Praising my Savior all the day long
    This is my story, this is my song
    Praising my Savior all the day long
    Verse 2        
    Perfect submission, perfect delight
    Visions of rapture now burst on my sight
    Angels descending, bring from above
    Echoes of mercy, whispers of love
    Verse 3
    Perfect submission, all is at rest
    I in my Savior am happy and blest
    Watching and waiting, looking above
    Filled with his goodness, lost in his love
    Opening Prayer
    Lord Jesus Christ, you are God’s Word in human form.
    Through your life and your teachings, you show us God’s plan for our lives.             
    Lord Jesus, help us to listen to you.
    You called Peter to walk to you upon the water,
    and you call us out of the safety of our ordered lives,
    inviting us to join you on the adventure of faith.
    Lord Jesus, help us to focus on you.
    You chose fishermen and tax collectors to be your disciples,
    and you invite us, also, to walk with you
    in the way that leads to abundant and eternal life.
    Lord Jesus, help us to follow you. Amen.
    Proclamation and Response
    Gospel Reading Luke 5:1-11 (CEB)
    Leader: Hear God’s Word today from the Gospel of Luke, chapter 5, beginning in verse 1.
    All: I can listen to Jesus.
    One day Jesus was standing beside Lake Gennesaret when the crowd pressed in around him to hear God’s word. 2 Jesus saw two boats sitting by the lake. The fishermen had gone ashore and were washing their nets. 3 Jesus boarded one of the boats, the one that belonged to Simon, then asked him to row out a little distance from the shore. Jesus sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. 4 When he finished speaking to the crowds, he said to Simon, “Row out farther, into the deep water, and drop your nets for a catch.”
    5 Simon replied, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and caught nothing. But because you say so, I’ll drop the nets.”
    6 So they dropped the nets and their catch was so huge that their nets were splitting. 7 They signaled for their partners in the other boat to come and help them. They filled both boats so full that they were about to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw the catch, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Leave me, Lord, for I’m a sinner!” 9 Peter and those with him were overcome with amazement because of the number of fish they caught. 10 James and John, Zebedee’s sons, were Simon’s partners and they were amazed too.
    Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid. From now on, you will be fishing for people.” 11 As soon as they brought the boats to the shore, they left everything and followed Jesus.
    Leader: This is the Word of God.
    All: Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Thanks be to God!
    Message I Can Follow Jesus
    Pastor Jen Eschliman
    Vacation Bible School Video
    Joys and Concerns
          Prayers of the People
          The Lord’s Prayer
    Prayer of Thanksgiving for Offerings
    Sending Forth
    Song No Turning Back
    Brandon Heath Knell, David Leonard, Leslie Jordan
    CCLI Song # 7029521
    © Integrity's Alleluia! Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (Integrity Music, David C Cook))
    Integrity's Praise! Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (Integrity Music, David C Cook))
    Haidaway Music (Admin. by Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.)
    CCLI License # 1011499
    Verse 1
    I have decided, I called out his name
    I’m following Jesus now and 
    He knows the way
    I made up my mind
    I’ll leave it behind
    No turning back, No turning back
    I’m moving on, Not looking back
    I’m giving him, All that I have
    No turning back, No turning back
    Verse 2
    Though I may wander, I am not lost
    So many distractions
    But I, I look to the cross
    You want to come with me
    He loves you the same
    Oh, won’t you come with me?
    Just call out his name
    Say I have decided (I have decided)
    To follow Jesus (To follow Jesus)
    Say I have decided (I have decided)
    I’m following Jesus, following Jesus
    Chorus 2x
    I have decided
       Worship on the Lawn
    The scripture reading is from the Common English Bible, Copyright © 2010 the Common English Bible Committee. All rights reserved. Used by permission. (
    Music led by Phil & Darlene Gobrecht and Ross Merryman