Sunday (Zoom from the sanctuary) message: Why am I doing this?

Worship on the Lord’s Day

We gather to worship God

Music prelude


L: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
be with you
P: and also with you

Lighting of the Christ candle

Welcome and announcements

Silent preparation for worship

Opening words:

L: Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth
P: God’s steadfast love endures forever
L:  Lift up your hearts!
P: We lift them up to the Lord!

Opening praise: I lift my eyes up 

I lift my eyes up
to the mountains.
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from You,
Maker of heaven
Creator of the earth.

Oh, how I need You, Lord
You are my only hope.
You’re my only prayer.
So I will wait for You
to come and rescue me.
come and give me life.

written and performed by Brian Doerksen
©1990 Mercy / Vineyard Publishing (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (Integrity Music, David C Cook) License #3095377​. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI

Call to worship:

L: God alone is our rock and our salvation.
P: We will not be shaken!
L: Trust in God at all times, O people.
P: We will pour out our hearts to God,
    our refuge.
L: In this time of worship,
let us turn our lives to God
and accept the good news.
P: We will listen for Christ’s call
    and follow Him.

Prayers of approach and confession

Lord Jesus Christ, You have called us together as your people. You have called us your friends and invited us to follow You. And so, your church has grown from scattered homes in ancient times—to a worldwide community, embracing men and women, old and young, from many nations and cultures. In our worship today, inspire us to wonder at the miracle of your church. Help us see the privilege we share to be part of your people across the ages and across the continents. It is your love that keeps drawing us to You and to each other, and so we offer our wonder and praise with millions of people who also gather in your name this day.

So now, Lord of all the ages, we gather in worship week by week, hoping to encounter your presence. But we confess it’s not easy to hear your voice. Sometimes we get distracted by what’s happening around us. Sometimes we get confused by conflicting views of what you expect from us. Sometimes we feel challenged and resist a new word from You. We confess it is hard to turn our lives around when we think we already know where we’re going. Lord, have mercy upon us. Now we spend a few moments of personal prayers of confession before You…

Response: I will trust in the Lord 

Assurance of God’s forgiveness

Friends in Christ, believe in the good news. God’s steadfast love endures forever. Trust that God’s forgiveness is for us. Let’s be at peace with God, with yourself and with each other, in the name of Christ our Lord.

Response: Be still and know

Prayers for God’s help and guidance

Dear Lord, as we pray to You for help, this too is an acknowledgement that we can’t journey the path of our lives without your help. We need your presence. We look up to You and bring the needs and challenges of so many before You. You know the needs of both those present and those who aren’t able to participate in worship. We realize that your presence is with those on our prayer corner, as well as friends, family, loved ones and we reach out to You in prayers of intercession for each of them.

Now we turn to You Lord of new life, speak to us in the rich, ancient words of scripture. Send us your Holy Spirit so that we will hear your call, leave behind our old ways, and follow Jesus Christ, your Living Word. Amen.

We listen for the voice of God


Children’s time                    

Song: Follow me, the Master said

‘Follow me,’ the Master said: we will follow Jesus. By his word and Spirit led, we will follow Jesus. Still for us he lives to plead, at the throne will intercede, offers help in time of need;
we will follow Jesus.

Should the world and sin oppose, we will follow Jesus. He is greater than our foes; we will follow Jesus. On his promise we depend; he will hear us and defend, help and keep us to the end; we will follow Jesus.

Though the way may dark appear, we will follow Jesus. He will make our pathway clear; we will follow Jesus. In our daily round of care, as we plead with God in prayer, with the cross which we must bear, we will follow Jesus.

Ever keep that end in view; we will follow Jesus. All his promises are true; we will follow Jesus.
When this earthly course is run, and the Master says, ‘Well done!’ life eternal we have won;
we will follow Jesus.

Words and music: anonymous © public domain

Scripture reading:                       

Mark 1:14-20 – New Testament (New Revised Standard Version)

The Beginning of the Galilean Ministry

14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

Jesus Calls the First Disciples

16 As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

Response: Behold the Lamb of God

Message: “Why am I doing this?”

When the Roman legions crossed the English Channel, and landed their small ships at the foot of the white cliffs of Dover, the Britons looked down and saw them. They laughed, thinking these Romans could pose no real threat to them. But, the Roman commander ordered his soldiers to burn their boats. There would be no turning back. They were there to stay. They had left their boats for good.

Is this what it means when we follow Christ with all that is in us? Does becoming a disciple of Jesus mean blindly burning your boats behind you?

It is something bigger. This is actually more than just a challenge to leave behind income and stability or, as we might put it, to get out of our “comfort zone.” It rather becomes the discovery of the real reason for our existence.

Perhaps asking themselves the question “Why am I doing this?” could — in the end — have moved the second pair of disciples, James and John, to become willing to leave their father’s business to go about their lives with meaning and purpose. It wasn’t necessarily that they felt that being part of their father’s fishing enterprise was senseless.

Jesus does not reject the earthly vocation of these men but reorients it. We don’t need to burn the boats behind us.

Then again, when they were summoned to a definite kind of service, and to forsake their current employment, it does not need to be the universal pattern for the lives of all Christians.

To be precise, I think that those who abandon everything and go and serve Christ in some kind of full-time capacity, are more of an exception than the rule.

It is possible to continue being a teacher, an administrator, a plumber, an electrician, a pensioner and to find this meaning to our lives as disciples of Christ.

More often than not, just knowing why I’m doing something, gives me focus and meaning to move forward.

The big why for Jesus came to this world. He came that we many have life, and have it abundantly. Jesus hung on a cross, crying “my God, my God, why have You forsaken me” so that we can say “my God, my God, why have You remembered me?”

Jesus calls Simon and Andrew to be “fishers of people”, thereby affirming their former work as an image of the new role to which He is calling them. Although most Christians are not called to leave their jobs and become wandering preachers, we are called to ground our identity in Christ. Whether we leave our jobs or not, a disciple’s identity is no longer “fisherman,” “tax collector,” or anything else except “follower of Jesus.” This challenges us to resist the temptation to make our work the defining element of our sense of who we are.

In Mark 1:20 we heard these words, “Immediately Jesus called them (James and John), and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed Him.”

They left their father’s livelihood, and their lives took on a new meaning.

Whether you’re a university professor, a stay-at-home mother (or dad), a mail carrier, a barista at a coffee shop, knowing that what you’re doing is part of belonging to Christ shapes your future.

So, why did Jesus call disciples? Would it have been better not to trust these fishermen with something so important? Why not go to all the major cities – Jerusalem, Athens, Rome – and hold great crusades? Instead, we find Jesus keeping to the back roads, going around to little towns few had ever even heard of — Capernaum, Nazareth, Bethsaida, Bethany.

Side roads, villages, small towns; little people no one knew, who were not important, who did not matter, who had no power, pull, or influence — this is where Jesus spent his time, and in the company of the twelve. During those three years He trained the twelve to become the church. He was the teacher, and they were his students.

So, this is one of the most important episodes in the ministry of Jesus. The Master has come — and calls disciples.

And, He is calling us — calling you and me — to be his disciples today. But what does it mean to follow Jesus? We try to make it sound complicated sometimes. But it is really pretty simple.

Where do you think God needs you? Maybe He needs you to simply be a person who is a Christian right where you are, in your job; or walking down the street; or singing in the choir; or teaching a children’s class. If you are a young person, maybe God needs you to be a minister, or a missionary, or a doctor, or a teacher in some country where people need help.

It’s inspiring to me to be where I am at with my own life. The time has come. And while I might be zeroing in on my last days at Dayspring, my calling doesn’t stop here. To me it will just be the beginning of a new phase in Carina’s and my life. To us all there are beginnings of a new phase in our life here at Dayspring.

When we know why we are doing what we are doing, we find focus on Him who made us for this world, and also for the world beyond this one. Amen

Song: You walk along our shoreline 

You walk along our shoreline where land meets unknown sea. We hear your voice of power,
“Now come and follow me. And if you still will follow through storm and wave and shoal,
then I will make you fishers but of the human soul.”

You call us, Christ, to gather the people of the earth. We cannot fish for only those lives we think have worth. We spread your net of gospel
across the water’s face, our boat a common shelter for all found by your grace.

We cast our net, O Jesus; we cry the kingdom’s name; we work for love and justice; we learn to hope through pain. You call us, Lord, to gather
God’s daughters and God’s sons, to let your judgement heal us so that all may be one.

Words: Sylvia Dunstan © GIA Publications Inc. 1991
Music: Johann Ateurlien © public domain


We respond to serve God


Prayer of gratitude

Dear Lord, we thank You for being our guide throughout life. Not only that, You are the reason for our existence. We can’t thank You enough for that. Our lives have so much more meaning! Thanks for the food on our tables, a roof over our head, warmth in our homes and thank You for life everlasting, life abundant. We bring our praises to You, amen.

Response: In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful

Reflection on giving

We have been giving faithfully even though there is no offering plate going around the sanctuary. It may be a while before we return to that sanctuary. What a wonder it is to continue the precious ministry that defines Dayspring. Thank you for your contribution, which comes freely from hearts full of gratitude.

Song: Lord Jesus, you shall be my song

Lord Jesus, you shall be my song as I journey.
I’ll tell everybody about you wherever I go.
You alone are our life and our peace and our love.
Lord Jesus, you shall be my song as I journey.

Lord Jesus, I’ll praise you as long as I journey.
May all of my joy be a faithful reflection of you.
May the earth and the sea and the sky join my song.
Lord Jesus, I’ll praise you as long as I journey.

As long as I live, Jesus, make me your servant.
To carry your cross and to share all your burdens and tears.
For you saved me by giving your body and blood.
As long as I live, Jesus, make me your servant.

I fear in the dark and the doubt of my journey;
but courage will come with the sound of your steps by my side.
And with all of the family you saved by your love,
we’ll sing to your dawn at the end of your journey.

Words and music: © 1987 Les Petites Sœurs de Jesus
Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE, License #A735555. All rights reserved. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE

Encourage folks to accept random Breakout Room assignment as a way of fostering community and care for each other.

Sending out with God’s blessing

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. Amen” (2 Corinthians 13:13)

Response: God to enfold you

(Zoom breakout rooms)

3rd Sunday of Epiphany

10:00 am January 24, 2021

led by Rev. Heinrich Grosskopf

Elder: Nick Nation

children’s time: Vivian Houg

vocalist: Linda Farrah-Basford

Copyright 2021 – Heinrich Grosskopf, Minister of Dayspring Presbyterian Church
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