Today’s Passage: Luke 5:1-11
Have you ever asked yourself, “What do I want to do with the rest of my life”? No matter what your age, you probably can answer yes to that question. God’s call, however, is different than what job you will get or what career you will choose or how will you spend your retirement. When we are called by God, we are called to join Him in reaching out to others, possibly throughout the world, with the gospel – a message of love, of salvation, and of eternal life. Father God, may we hear Your call on our lives and may we choose to submit to Your purposes. May we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. May we not be fearful of how we will handle the challenges of everyday life. In the precious name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Opening Song: “Let It Start With Me” (Official Music Video) – No Other Name
Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: “What should I do with my life?” – by William H. Willimon, bishop in the United Methodist Church and Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School.
In his work with college students, Will Willimon often dealt with young adults asking the proverbial question, “What should I do with my life?” In today’s sermon, he confronts the question of vocation, a question that often confuses us. What is it? Where does it come from? How does it play out in our lives? Willimon calls today’s passage from Luke 5:1-11–the call of Simon Peter–a corrective for some of our misconceptions about Christian vocation. What are those misconceptions and how can they change our view of calling? Listen as Willimon answers this question and gives us an alternative to the age old question, “What should I do with my life?”
Closing Prayer: Everyone has been called by God to do something. We may feel we are not “good enough” to be of use to God, but Scripture tells us something different. As we submit to Him, He takes us wherever He finds us and molds us into whatever He can use to move His agenda and purposes forward. Lord God, may we see clearly how you desire to use us. May we feel worthy to be called according to Your purposes and may we be open to the changes You seek to make in us.
Closing Song: Lauren Daigle – You Say (Official Music Video)
Epilogue: Help us Lord. This is my prayer, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
“For This Purpose (Live)” – SEU Worship