SERMON TITLE: “God’s Message through the Animals: The Fish”
SERMON TEXT: John 21:1-14
PREACHER: Rev. Kim James
OCCASION: July 10, 2022, at First UMC
Last Sunday I told you that I had recently read a novel about a stray cat that inspired Christian faith in a pastor and his congregation. In many ways, Petey was just a normal cat who needed some veterinary care, enjoyed his food, and liked to sleep many hours every day. But Petey the cat also had some unique traits. He believed he was sent there by God to help that pastor and his people. Petey liked to ride around in the pastor’s pickup. And he insisted on taking his place at the front of the church by the pulpit every Sunday. And, so, in that fictional story in which a cat could narrate everything he was thinking, of course Petey succeeded in helping the pastor and his people grow in their faith!
That book got me to thinking about animal stories and imagery in the Bible. So, during this month of July, we’re considering some of those animals, to see what they might have to say to us. For example, last Sunday on the Fourth of July weekend, we heard the message from the eagle—that we can renew our youth like the eagles’ by praising God, by receiving God’s mercy, and by gaining a heavenly view. In upcoming Sundays, we’ll tune into God’s message through some sheep and a donkey. Today, though, we’re focusing on the story in the Gospel of John, chapter 21. Let’s listen for God’s message to us through the fish.