Water water everywhere!!! Shall we drink from the well? Shall we pray? (A prayer for grace I used 3 years ago)
So why do we sit here and complain that there is not enough water?
You call us to strike the rocks of our world and let your Living Water flow.
But we do not trust enough that the spring is there. We want to find the water on our own, using our own wisdom.
You call us to share the Water of Life with the world around us.
But we believe that the water is limited, not abundant and so we are tempted to save it for ourselves.
For all the times we turn away from your Water, for all the times we sully the Water by misusing it, for all the times we let others go thirsty instead of offering a drink,
Forgive us we pray.
…time of silent prayer…
The Water of Life flows with abundance to fill us with hope, to cleanse us of our guilt, to float us to a new life. Washed in the Living Water, we are forgiven and set free to live abundant life.
Thanks and praise to God. Amen.
This week the RCL readings do push us to think about water. See for yourself here.
Will you wander out into the desert and grumble with the people at Meribah? Or do you sometimes feel like Moses, with the people ready to stone you? I have always wanted to use a fountain with water spurting from a rock with this passage. You just get someone to turn the power on at the right point and…..
OR we could continue with Romans. No water there. (Not to suggest that Paul is dry or anything of course 😉 ) I am sure there are several sermons in the idea that suffering produces endurance produces character produces hope (verses 3-4). And many gallons of ink (and blood) have been spilled on the reconciliation/justification through the blood of Christ that Paul gets to at the end of this passage.
Then we have the John. One of the things I like about Lent in year A is that we have these long passages from John. Too often the RCL breaks a story up into little bits, but this season we get the story in its entirety. Just make sure your Reader has a glass of water handy. Mind you given the length of this story, and the depth of content, I suspect you could preach on it every Sunday of Lent and still have aspects to explore….
SO where are you going this week? Please share your comments, queries, ponderings, resources. And of course if you need a place to rant a bit that works too.
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