This being the first Sunday of the month we will be celebrating the sacrament of Communion.
The Scripture Reading this week is John 4:1-42
The Sermon title is He Asked For a Drink...You Won’t Believe What She Said
Early Thoughts: A strange encounter, possibly a chance encounter, is the story for this week. A conversation about a cup of water takes on a whole new dimension.
It is a story about boundary crossing: male-female, Jew-Samaritan.
It is a story about needs being met. What are people in the story thirsting for?
It is a story about God being revealed, and about a witness sharing the news.
It is a story full of questions.
This woman at the well is pretty amazing. Her life has not been easy. She has either been cast-out/abandoned/divorced by multiple men or she has been widowed multiple times. It seems she is now relying on a relative (possibly the brother of a dead husband following levirate law) for shelter. And yet she has the gumption to engage in a theological discussion with this strange man from another place. Then she has the courage to go and tell everyone she knows "you gotta come see/hear this guy".
What strange things can happen when one person asks for a drink of water.