03/12/23 Weekly Worship

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We are glad that you are here this morning. We hope this time of worship nurtures
your faith enlivens your spirit and engages your mind as we celebrate God’s
love and healing for the world with the resurrection of Christ, our Risen Lord.

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READ THE SERMON

March 12, 2023 | Third Sunday in Lent

Pastor Denise Clark-Jones

“HAVE YOUR BUCKET READY!”

In our reading from Exodus, Moses leads the Israelites through the desert in the direction of the Promised Land. The people complain bitterly to Moses about their thirst. They feel Moses has betrayed them, which means God has betrayed them and abandoned them in the desert to die. Moses seeks God’s help. God instructs Moses to take the staff by which he poisoned the Reed Sea in Egypt and strike a rock at Horeb. As a sign of God’s continued care and presence with the Israelites, water poured out of the rock to quench their thirst. The psalmist warns of the consequences of behaving like the Israelites when they became angry and distrustful of God in the desert. That generation never entered the Promised Land. The psalmist encourages the congregation to praise and worship God.

In recent weeks we have heard the Apostle Paul’s message to the Roman congregations that we are justified by faith through God’s grace, not by our own merit. In today’s reading, Paul goes on to inform the congregations of the benefits of justification, which are peace and reconciliation with God, God’s sharing of power through the Holy Spirit, and eternal life. In the Gospel passage from John, Jesus encounters a Samaritan woman at a well. Jesus breaks down cultural barriers by speaking to her. He offers her the gift of living water that will restore her soul, found only through faith in him. In this story, we hear echoes of God’s miraculous provision of water to the Israelites in the wilderness many centuries before. We are invited to participate in Jesus’ new covenant of eternal life.

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