Mr. Mathisen: Boys and girls, this morning we are going to tell the story of when Jesus calls the the Apostle Peter. Who can tell me who Peter was?
Stanley: Ooh, Ooh, ooh…I know, I know!
Mr. Mathisen: Stanley, do you really know who Peter was?
Stanley: Sure, sure, he was the cut off the guy’s ear in the garden when the soldiers were arresting Jesus.
Mr. Mathisen: Well, that is true but we are going to talk about another time before Peter was a follower of Jesus. Do you know what Peter did before he was an apostle?
Stanley: Umm…..was he a carpenter?
Mr. Mathisen: No…does anyone else know what Peter did before he was an apostle?
Stanley: Wait! Don’t I get another guess?
Mr. Mathisen: Okay, go ahead and try again.
Stanley: Ummm…was he a mailman?
Mr. Mathisen: No, Stanley he was not a mailman. Let me give you a hint.
Stanley: Ok, I like hints.
Mr. Mathisen: When today’s story starts, he is on the beach cleaning some fish nets.
Stanley: Ooh, Ooh, ooh…I know, I know!
Mr. Mathisen: Ok, what was he?
Stanley: He was a fisherman!
Mr. Mathisen: Very good Stanley. For today’s story let’s go for a walk on the beach and then maybe we’ll go for ride in Peter’s boat.
Stanley: Are we going to have another storm? I don’t like storms when I’m on a boat. I get sort of sick to my stomach.
Mr. Mathisen: Oh don’t worry about that today. There won’t be any storms in this story. So let’s pretend that we’re walking on the beach of the Sea of Galilee. It’s a bright, sunny day and we can see Peter and his friends with all their nets laid out on the beach so that they can dry them, clean them and fix any tears in them.
Stanley: Boy, I can sure smell that wonderful sea air. I can hear seagulls and look there’s a big crowd down there on the beach and it’s headed this way.
Mr. Mathisen: You’re right Stanley. All those people are listening to that man and he is headed this way.
Stanley: Wait a minute that man is walking backwards!
Mr. Mathisen: That’s right Stanley. Those people keep crowding in on him and he has to walk backwards to keep from getting trampled by them. Look! He’s turned around and is talking to Peter.
Stanley: What’s he saying; I can’t hear over the noise of the crowd?
Mr. Mathisen: I’m not sure but now he’s getting into one of those boats and he’s talking to that big man. Wait! That must be Peter. Let’s run over and listen.
Stanley: Um, OK. You run. I left my legs at home.
Mr. Mathisen: Oh, Stanley. (Make running sounds) Ok, here we are at the boat. You know I think that we can squeeze into the back of the boat and see and hear everything that goes on. In we go, let’s jump!
Stanley: Wait a minute! You landed on me!
Mr. Mathisen: I did not. Wait a minute! That man is Jesus. This is Peter’s boat and Jesus is asking Peter to push the boat out into the water so that He can continue to preach but not get trampled.
Stanley: You know, Peter didn’t look to happy about this to begin with, but he just looked at Jesus for a minute and his whole face changed. Now he’s happy to help. Wow! Talking with Jesus changed his mind!
Mr. Mathisen: You sure are right Stanley. Peter didn’t want to obey at first, but looking at Jesus and hearing Him ask changed the way that Peter was acting. Now he seems to be really happy to help! And now we can sit in the boat and listen to Jesus teach the people too. Right Stanley? Stanley? Stanley, what are you doing?
Stanley: Vroom! Vroom! Vrooooooom! Huh? Oh I was playing motor boat with my hand in the water.
Mr. Mathisen: Shhh! Jesus is done teaching the crowd now and He’s asking Peter to move the boat out into deeper waters. Listen to what he is saying.
Jesus: “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”
Peter: “Master, we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if You say so, I’ll let the nets down again.”
Mr. Mathisen: Look, Stanley. We’re going out farther into the lake. They’re putting their nets down. Whoa! They caught something already!
Stanley: Wait a minute the boat is tipping over! I’m gonna drown. We’re all gonna die!
Mr. Mathisen: Stanley, you are not going to drown and we are not all gonna die. Pay attention to what’s going on. Peter is calling to those friends of his with that other boat. They are coming to help us with this huge catch of fish.
Stanley: Maybe we can have fish and chips for lunch then.
Mr. Mathisen: Stanley! Pay attention this is important stuff going on here. We’re with Jesus and Peter. Look the other boat is here and the two boats are hauling the fish in.
Stanley: I’ve never seen so many fish in one place in my life. Uh oh! The boat is getting so full of fish that…that. We’re gonna sink! I’m gonna drown. We’re all gonna die!
Mr. Mathisen: Stanley! Will you stop that? Listen Peter is talking to Jesus. Now he’s gotten down on his knees right here in the boat.
Peter: Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m too much of a sinner to be around You.
Mr. Mathisen: Did you hear that Stanley? Listen! Jesus is answering him.
Jesus: Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!
Stanley: Look! We’re almost back to the shore. All those other fishermen are coming to help with all these fish!
Mr. Mathisen: We better get out of the boat and keep out of the way Stanley. Here we are, it’s much better up here on the beach a little ways.
Stanley: Can I keep this fish that got into my pocket? I bet my mom can cook it up really good!
Mr. Mathisen: No Stanley. It doesn’t belong to us. Let’s go back down to where they are spreading the fish out on the beach and put it in with the rest. Wait a minute, Peter and his friends are leaving all these fish and their boats and following Jesus.
Stanley: Wow! That’s right. Where are they going? Wait is that Jesus talking again?
Mr. Mathisen: Yes. I can just make it out He is saying. “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” Wow! It looks like choosing to obey Jesus really changed Peter’s life.
Stanley: It sure did. Look at all these fish! They are just walking away from them. I’ll bet they never did that before.
Mr. Mathisen: Stanley, I think that Peter and his friends, James and John are going to find themselves doing a lot of things that they never did before, just because they decided to obey Jesus. Sometimes Jesus asks us to do things that may not make much sense, at first. But we need to obey Him anyway, because He is God and He knows what is best for us. You boys and girls need to do the same thing. Obey Jesus and obey your parents and teachers.