“At the Well” Mike Moyers
“The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?’ Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans. Jesus answered her,
‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, “Give me a drink”, you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?’ Jesus said to her,
‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.’
The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.’…
Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.’
The woman said to him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming’ who is called Christ. ‘When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.’ Jesus said to her,
‘I am he, the one who is speaking to you.’
John 4: 5-42 (selected verses)
The Reverends Paul and Heather Kern have provided pulpit supply to our congregation twice a month in this time of transition, and we gratefully welcome them back again this week. Rev. Paul will be giving a sermon about Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. This is one of Paul’s favourite stories in the New Testament as it deals with how encountering Jesus shatters all our expectations. Our expectations are so often dictated by social norms, religious norms and personal norms. But God’s grace is so much bigger and better. We see in each encounter how Jesus is so much more interested in Restoration rather than in labelling or punishing.
Join us as we delver deeper into this well known story.
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