The theme of our recent Irish Methodist conference and for our new President Rev. Dr. Heather Morris was "A People Invited to Follow..." With that in mind here is a dramatised reading I put together for another conference event 9 years ago, which we are using as a call to worship this morning:
Reader 1: As Jesus was walking beside the
Sea of Galilee,
he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were
casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.
Reader 2: "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men."
Reader 1: At once they left their nets and followed him.
Reader 2: As they were walking along the road, a man said to Jesus,
Reader 1: "I will follow you wherever you go."
Reader 2: Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head."
Reader 1: He said to another man,
Reader 2: "Follow me."
Reader 1: But the man replied, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father."
Reader 2: Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the
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Reader 1: Still another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family."
Reader 2: Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is fit for service in the
Reader 1: Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said:
Reader 2: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
Matthew 4:18-20, Luke 9:57-62 , Mark 8:34