Sunday, March 23, 2014 | Lent 3


Psalm 95
Exodus 17:1-7
John 4:5-42
Romans 5:1-11

This week’s text is the passage about Jesus’ discussion with the Samaritan woman. On the heals of last week’s passage in John 3, this week we continue to consider water. Jesus first asks for water and then offers water. In the first instance, he lacks water, in the second, he abounds in it. The woman has access to physical water but not to the living water Jesus speaks of. Just as Nicodemus, the teacher of Israel, could not appreciate or see the need for living water, neither could the half-gentile sinner. Yet, Jesus offers this living water to her.

The New Testament reading will be followed by “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say.” “…behold I freely give…” the hymn says, “…the living water, thirsty one, stoop down, and drink, and live.” This will be followed by “Come, All Ye Pining.” It is appropriate during Lent to consider the poverty Christ subjected himself to and understand that despite this poverty He had an abundance to give. May we continue to rely on Him for our continued sustenance in this life. We will open with “Crown Him with Many Crowns,” and will be sent out with the Crown and Covenant Psalter’s Psalm 121D, “I Lift My Eyes and See the Hills.”

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