Sermon: Thursday 25th June

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Preached on 22nd June 2020
(12th in Ordinary Time)
by Dr Alistair MacDonald

John 4:1-26

Jesus and the Samaritan Woman

1The Pharisees heard that Jesus was winning and baptizing more disciples than John. 2(Actually, Jesus himself did not baptize anyone; only his disciples did.) 3So when Jesus heard what was being said, he left Judea and went back to Galilee; 4on his way there he had to go through Samaria.

5In Samaria he came to a town named Sychar, which was not far from the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired out by the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

7A Samaritan woman came to draw some water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink of water.” 8(His disciples had gone into town to buy food.)

9The woman answered, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan — so how can you ask me for a drink?” (Jews will not use the same cups and bowls that Samaritans use.)

10Jesus answered, “If only you knew what God gives and who it is that is asking you for a drink, you would ask him, and he would give you life-giving water.”

11“Sir,” the woman said, “you haven't got a bucket, and the well is deep. Where would you get that life-giving water? 12It was our ancestor Jacob who gave us this well; he and his sons and his flocks all drank from it. You don't claim to be greater than Jacob, do you?”

13Jesus answered, “All those who drink this water will be thirsty again, 14but whoever drinks the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring which will provide him with life-giving water and give him eternal life.”

15“Sir,” the woman said, “give me that water! Then I will never be thirsty again, nor will I have to come here to draw water.”

16“Go and call your husband,” Jesus told her, “and come back.”

17“I haven't got a husband,” she answered.

Jesus replied, “You are right when you say you haven't got a husband. 18You have been married to five men, and the man you live with now is not really your husband. You have told me the truth.”

19“I see you are a prophet, sir,” the woman said. 20“My Samaritan ancestors worshipped God on this mountain, but you Jews say that Jerusalem is the place where we should worship God.”

21Jesus said to her, “Believe me, woman, the time will come when people will not worship the Father either on this mountain or in Jerusalem. 22You Samaritans do not really know whom you worship; but we Jews know whom we worship, because it is from the Jews that salvation comes. 23But the time is coming and is already here, when by the power of God's Spirit people will worship the Father as he really is, offering him the true worship that he wants. 24God is Spirit, and only by the power of his Spirit can people worship him as he really is.”

25The woman said to him, “I know that the Messiah will come, and when he comes, he will tell us everything.”

26Jesus answered, “I am he, I who am talking with you.”

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Singing the Faith 330

   1      Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
        Let earth receive her King;
        let every heart prepare him room,
        and heaven and nature sing,
        and heaven and nature sing,
        and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

   2      Joy to the world, the Saviour reigns!
        Let all their songs employ;
        while fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
        repeat the sounding joy,
        repeat the sounding joy,
        repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

   3      He rules the world with truth and grace,
        and makes the nations prove
        the glories of his righteousness
        and wonders of his love,
        and wonders of his love,
        and wonders, wonders of his love.

Isaac Watts (1674–1748)

Reproduced from Singing the Faith Electronic Words Edition, number 330 .

Psalm 63:1-8

Longing for God

1O God, you are my God,

and I long for you.

My whole being desires you;

like a dry, worn-out, and waterless land,

my soul is thirsty for you.

2Let me see you in the sanctuary;

let me see how mighty and glorious you are.

3Your constant love is better than life itself,

and so I will praise you.

4I will give you thanks as long as I live;

I will raise my hands to you in prayer.

5My soul will feast and be satisfied,

and I will sing glad songs of praise to you.

6As I lie in bed, I remember you;

all night long I think of you,

7because you have always been my help.

In the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.

8I cling to you,

and your hand keeps me safe.

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