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Worship Sheet for Sunday 1 May               Restored not rewound   

Peter briefly returns to fishing though he has a fresh encounter with Jesus reminiscent of his calling. There follows his restoration – three times Jesus asks him if he loves him, three times Peter says he does. Not so much Jesus needing to be convinced, but Peter needing to know his threefold denial has been forgiven. He is set free to love and serve and to care for Jesus flock. We explore our need to be restored too.
Call: Come and see, Jesus is here. Come, join in with his disciples, meet and work and play together. Come, feel their pain at his loss and their confusion at his resurrection. Come as you are and offer this time to God.
Do not be afraid for God is here.

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Pray : Lord God, you’ve shown us a great deal of what you’re like, and it’s mostly about love and forgiveness but at times we go too far and think we’ve got you taped, defined. Accept us in spite of ourselves and be gentle with us. We give thanks especially for the stories of Jesus-his birth, his life, his death, and death’s failure to hold or defeat him. We see you nowhere more clearly than in him. He looked at people and saw right inside them; saw their strengths and weaknesses, their hopes and fears and hidden shame. He knew which ones needed comfort and reassurance; he knew who needed to be challenged and confronted if they were to change and grow. And so it is for us gathered here today. We confess our failings of the past, not because you do not know them, but because we need to face them in your presence if we are ever to put them behind us and move on. We listen for your voice calling us to a life of costly discipleship and service, and with almost as much surprise hear our own voices saying yes, of course we will follow if you will still have us. Who else knows us as you do? Who else loves us as you do? Who else can lead us safely through death into eternal life? Thanks be to God, through Jesus Christ, our risen Lord! And together as he taught we pray together Our Father…

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John 21:1-19. Jesus and Peter.
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Thought- Peter could be impetuous, an action man. Sitting around wasn’t for him so he went back to what he knew best – fishing, But with no success. Deliberately reminiscent of his call to discipleship, Jesus urges him to put out his nets again, and the penny drops – it is the Lord! Not only is Peter encouraged, he acknowledges Jesus as his risen Lord – he is well and truly restored to fellowship after being asked three times “Do you love me?” Three times Peter says he does. It’s not that Jesus needed to be convinced of genuineness of Peter’s confession, but Peter did. He needed to put his threefold denial of Jesus on the night of his arrest behind him in order that he could move on and be an effective disciple for Jesus. Jesus doesn’t rewind our lives so that we begin again. He restores them so that we are able to move on from our faults and failings – that is what forgiveness means. We can’t undo what has been done, but Jesus can transform things so that, going forward, we can live out of love. That can be difficult for us to take in. We can harbour resentment at others’ faults, we can be debilitated by our own but like Peter we’ve to be ready to accept Jesus’ love and forgiveness and let him restore us, transform us so that we can live life as he means us to, without being weighed down by our past. As the hymn puts it “Past put behind us, for the future take us, Lord of our lives, to live for Christ alone”.

Praise: CH4 159  Lord for the years v 1,2 & 5    
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Pray: Lord thank you that we have food and shelter, we have access to education and health care; we live in relative security and peace. Never must we take these things for granted or forget those who lack them. We have encountered the stories of Jesus, and have, we believe, come to know you differently because of him. No longer do we imagine that we have to be perfect for you to love us or include us in your plans. Jesus chose people despite their faults. So thank you for fresh starts and second chances. Thank you for having faith in us when we no longer believe in ourselves. But it’s more than that. It’s about caring for others and serving them in your name and finding our true place in your plan. We think of the world in desperate need of your love and ours. There are hungry sheep who need to be fed, both literally and spiritually. Too many children cannot learn, even if there is a school place for them, because they have no food in their bellies. Too many of those whose bellies are full have a desperate emptiness inside them-a hunger that only you can fill. Lord, after Peter, who was told to prove his love for the shepherd by feeding his sheep. Help us to fulfil that commission in our time and place: to notice where there is a need to be met, a story to be heard, a broken heart in need of healing or a companion needed for a difficult journey. May we make it our business, as followers of the one who gave his life for us, to spend our lives, in glad and willing service of others.Once again we reiterate our desperate plea for all those caught up in the invasion of Ukraine, its refugees and all whose lives have been affected; may we be open to help. We pray for those hurting for other reasons even here in Montrose. And in our prayer walk we remember those who live or work in Morven Avenue and Lunan Avenue. SILENCE
Lord, hear our prayers spoken and unspoken for the sake of our risen Saviour Jesus. Amen.

Blessing - May the Lord bless you. Amen.