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PROLOGUE TO THE WORD


February 11, 2018

QUEST FOR WATER

Exodus 17:1-7
This is one of many stories of the Israelites as they wander in the wilderness after being liberated from slavery in Egypt, but not yet having reached the Promised Land. The people are thirsty, and they complain to Moses. Verse 7 says the people "tested" the Lord, saying, "Is the Lord among us or not?" God instructs Moses to strike a rock with his staff and in doing so, water pours out so the people can drink.

Romans 5:1-11
In his letter to the Romans, Paul shares his theology of justification by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. This passage contains the familiar words, "we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us."

John 4:5-42
These verses from John tell the familiar story of Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well. Through this unlikely encounter, the woman moves from being a religious, social and political outsider, to being a witness to the true identity of Jesus as the Messiah.

Sermon Notes
It is a privilege every year to celebrate Women's Sunday and welcome the participation of many women in the service. For the sermon I look forward to taking a closer look at the Gospel lesson featuring Jesus' encounter with the woman at the well. What does this story have to say to us in this day and time?

Shalom, Rev. Lisa Bowersock