Is “total depravity” even Christian? When Jesus picks his disciples, he chooses fishermen. In Luke 5, Jesus picks Simon Peter, but Simon Peter tells Jesus to go away because he is a sinful man. Notice how Jesus *doesn’t* respond. Jesus doesn’t say, “Yes, Peter. You are worthless and totally depraved and stained with original sin.” Actually, Jesus never uses the phrase “total depravity” or “original sin.” Instead, Jesus says, “Do not be afraid. I have a mission for you.” Have you ever felt unworthy? Maybe you’ve done things in the past that you are ashamed of. Guess what. You are not alone. Welcome to being human. In the same way that Jesus believed in Simon Peter, Jesus also believes in you.
Prelude – Jean Herrera Welcome – Adam Ericksen Lighting of the Peace Candle - Larry Kirk All: We pray for peace in our hearts, in our homes, in our communities, in our nations, and in our worlds. Corey McCadden Day - Larry Scripture Readings – Isaiah 6:1-8 and Luke 5:1-11 Call to Worship Larry: Gentle and patient Adam: God is calling. Larry: Careful and persistent Adam: God is calling. Larry: In grief and in joy Adam: God is calling. Larry: Excited or reluctant Adam: God is calling. May we follow. Amen. Children’s Moment - Adam Passing of the Peace - One: Beloved of God, may the peace of Christ be with you. All: And also with you. Song: You Came Down to the Lakeshore Offering Community Prayer and Lord’s Prayer Sermon – Why "Total Depravity" Is Not Christian Communion Unison Benediction May God bless you and keep you. May God’s face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May God look upon you with kindness and bring you peace. This day and forever more. Amen -Numbers 6:24-26