My friends, we launch fully into our series – “Follow” – which will explore Biblical and contemporary discipleship in the Pentecost season.
╬ “Follow Me!” Pentecost is the time of the church. Many regard the Day of Pentecost – when the followers of Jesus are filled with the inspiration of the Spirit – as the birth of the church. We step across the threshold from the time of Jesus’ living ministry into the living ministry of the people of God, the Body of Christ in the world today. The Spirit guides us to reflect deeply on all that God has revealed in Christ. And we hear that singular calling that Jesus extends to us all … “Follow me!”
Below are the Prayer of the Day and Readings.
Blessings to all as we enter into a the Season of Pentecost, a time to grow in discipleship … for each of us and for our community as a whole.
God’s peace to you,
- Pr. Brad Highum
God of bright new days, by the power of your Spirit, open our eyes to discover you at the center of the world. Open our minds and hearts to live your grace and compassion. Open our ears to hear your call to Follow. Amen.
First Reading: Deuteronomy 5:28-33
28 The Lord heard your words when you spoke to me, and the Lord said to me: "I have heard the words of this people, which they have spoken to you; they are right in all that they have spoken. 29 If only they had such a mind as this, to fear me and to keep all my commandments always, so that it might go well with them and with their children forever! 30 Go say to them, 'Return to your tents.' 31 But you, stand here by me, and I will tell you all the commandments, the statutes and
the ordinances, that you shall teach them, so that they may do them in the land that I am giving them to possess." 32 You must therefore be careful to do as the Lord your God has commanded you; you shall not turn to the right or to the left. 33 You must follow exactly the path that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live, and that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land that you are to possess.
1 Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread,
or sit in the seat of scoffers;
2 but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night.
3 They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.
4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6 for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
Second Reading: Philippians 2:5-11
5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, 7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, 8 he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death — even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Gospel: Mark 1:16-20
16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." 18 At once they left their nets and followed him. 19 When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20 Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.