Good day on the (hopefully) last Sunday when there is a time change (unless we go back to Standard Time). Today is a fitting day for the time change, gray, damp, and drizzly – very much the vibe of the day. Three Sunday remain in Lent then Easter, the time this Lent has flown. We have spent time reflecting on the life we are called to live and the community we will work with and among as our life of faith continues moving toward our quadricentennial, less than 2 decades from now. We continue our journey reflecting on scripture and our life as a witness to God’s presence in our community.
Our worship began with the collect-writer remind us that God does keep our bodies and souls safe in all adversities. Likewise, God is able to protect us from evil thoughts and our being assaulted in the community in which we live. Our lesson from Hebrew scripture from Exodus was the recounting of Israel grumbling against Moses and God in the wilderness of Sin (a place not a thing). In response to Israel’s call for water, God provides water for their sustenance. Our Psalmist sings the reminder that we must give things to God – the rock who saves us from ourselves. God who is vast enough to hold all creation in one hand and yet care for each individual person. Our epistle was taken from Paul’s letter to the Romans. He tells the truth, the act of love that was Jesus dying on the cross is the thing that saves us and that we don’t do anything to warrant.
Our sermon was based on the gospel reading from John, the Samaritan woman at the well and Jesus’ interaction with her. We are reminded by this reading that God meets us where we are, not how we should be. Jesus modeled for us a life which connects, shares, enlightens, and affirms those who are in God’s family of believers.
Where are you in these stories? I invite your comments,
Readings: Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42
Video of worship: https://youtu.be/1XOchEwah_E
Video of sermon: https://youtu.be/JdJmuRlGXnY