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Israel Pilgrimage – Feb. 2

Luke 5:1-11

Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. 

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.” 

When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. 

But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. 

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.”

Prayer:  Holy God, as we prepare to go on this pilgrimage we open our hearts and minds to your call in our lives. Help us to hear and discern where you are calling us. And discerning help us to have the courage and steadiness of purpose to follow.  We acknowledge our fears, hesitations, our uncertainties, but we also acknowledge that you are God and we have seen you in Jesus Christ. Use this time of preparation for this pilgrimage and the trip itself to make us your more faithful disciples following you, not only to this holy land, but across the journey of our lives. We pray in the name of the one who called his disciples by the Sea of Galilee, Jesus Christ

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