This Week’s Theme
Jesus and the Woman of Samaria
On one occasion, Jesus and the disciples stopped by Jacob’s well, and tired from walking, Jesus paused for rest around noon. While the disciples went to town to buy food, a Samaritan woman came to the well to draw water. After asking her for a drink of water, and promising her living water, the startled Samaritan woman asked Jesus for the living water that would enable her to never have to come to the well again. When asked to go get her husband, she declared she had no husband. Jesus agreed, saying that she had had five husbands, excluding the man she was with now, to whom she was not married.
Thinking him to be a prophet, she asked about what the most suitable place for worship might be: Samaria or Jerusalem. Jesus said that a day is coming when neither place would be suitable for the Father, for he who is a spirit would seek those who will worship him in spirit and in truth. The woman said that when the Messiah comes, he will explain everything to us. Jesus declared to the woman, “I who speak to you am he.” With that, the woman left her water jar, ran into the town, and told the people that she had met a man who told her everything she’d ever done, and that he must be the Messiah!
The woman was correct in her theology. The Messiah of God, the chosen one, would settle all issues of worship, religion, theology, and duty. In the person of Jesus of Nazareth, the true gift of God, the Lord has given humankind living water for those who believe in him for salvation. This living water which Christ gives becomes within them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. Indeed, Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah, the one who alone can both reveal and explain God’s will and ways to the world.
Preparing Our Hearts
Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
True God and giver of all life, open our eyes to see the fullness of life you offer to us who believe in your Son, and grant us grace to sense that spring of water that is welling up within us to eternal life through faith in him. Through Jesus our Lord, amen.
Call to Worship
Blessed are you, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And blessed is your Kingdom, both now and forever, amen.
Praising Our God
Te Deum Laudamus
You are God: we praise you; you are the Lord; we acclaim you; you are the eternal Father: All creation worships you. To you all angels, all the powers of heaven, Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you. The noble fellowship of prophets praise you. The white-robed army of martyrs praise you. Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you; Father, of majesty unbounded, your true and only Son, worthy of all worship, and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.
You, Christ, are the king of glory, the eternal Son of the Father. When you became man to set us free you did not shun the Virgin’s womb. You overcame the sting of death and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. You are seated at God’s right hand in glory. We believe that you will come and be our judge. Come then, Lord, and help your people, bought with the price of your own blood, and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting.
Praise and Thanksgiving (songs and prayers)
Glory be to the Father,
And to the Son and to the Holy Spirit:
As it was in the beginning,
Is now, and ever shall be,
World without end. Amen, amen.
Listening to His Voice
Chronological Reading for the Day
Reflection: Silence and/or Journaling
Responding in Faith
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he arose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
*In the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds, the term catholic refers to the Church’s universality, through all ages and times, of all languages and peoples. It refers to no particular tradition or denominational expression (e.g., as in Roman Catholic).
Prayers of Confession
Let us now confess our sins to God and receive mercy and grace to help in our time of need.
Assurance of Pardon
Having faithfully confessed and renounced your sin, Christ also has been faithful to forgive your sins and to purify you from all unrighteousness. It is certain, that there is One who has spoken to the Father in your defense, Jesus Christ, the Righteous One who is the atoning sacrifice for our sins and for the sins of the whole world. His grace and peace are with you now. Amen.
Petitions and Supplications, Ending with The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
~ Matthew 6.9-13 (KJV)
Doxology (and/or closing song)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Departing to Serve
Heavenly Father, equip us to worship you in spirit and in truth, coming to you through the one and only mediator between you and humankind, the man Christ Jesus, who continues to grant to those who believe the springs of living water through your Spirit. For Jesus’s sake, amen.
Affirmation for the Day
Jesus, please give the water that can ever become my permanent source of supply.
Pray without Ceasing – Flash Prayer for the Day
Evermore give us your living water, Savior of all humankind, and let it become a spring welling up to never-ending life in you.
For Your Weekly Journey
Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
Why Jesus Came into the World, John 9.1-41
Phillips, Your God Is Too Small
Our Corporate Disciplines
Book Discussion: Wednesday, March 18, 2020