Friday, June 24, 2016

VBS Friday: God Sends

Today is Friday of VBS!
Tonight we celebrate with a special meal!
The children will share their songs, art work,
and their will be bounce houses and fun for all!!

John 21:4-17
Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish.That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off. 
When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead. 
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.
Our final story for VBS is
one of Jesus’ final appearances
after his Resurrection.
Jesus is preparing them
to nurture, feed, and tend to the people of the world.
We are preparing to do the same.
Because Jesus forgives our sins
because we receive God’s love and favor everyday,
we want to pass on that love and favor to others
in gratitude and appreciation.

Gracious God, 
thank you for the blessing
of all who have helped 
and particpated in this year's VBS.
Bless each one; 
protect them and their families. 
May the experiences they have had this week 
be reminders of your infinite love for them. 
May we grow more and more 
confident and comfortable sharing your love 
as you send us 
to the people in the world,
for Jesus' sake.

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