“Going Where You Do Not Wish To Go”

“Going Where You Do Not Wish To Go”

Date: May 1, 2022

by Marcia Mount Shoop
John 21:1-19

“We need Jesus to call us to the ancestral fires once more-where we tell stories and remember who we are and remember what we do when we love God.

And like Peter who has no clothes on, like a newborn baby–naked and vulnerable and dependent–like Peter we need to put on our grown up clothes–our big boy and big girl pants on, before we jump into the depths in order to get closer to who God is calling us to be in the world.

And like Peter we need practice, we need rehearsal remembering who we say we are and who we say we love and how that means we must live. We need healing from the ways we have denied Jesus, the ways we have put Jesus in harm’s way, the ways we enable Jesus’ brutal death with our lack of courage, with our fear, with our overpowering desire to play it safe.

Like Peter we must come of age–we must mature–even to the point of being taken to places we don’t want to go.”

Watch the full GCPC service on 5/1/22 here
(Scripture and sermon begin at 43:40)