“Being Fully Known” (John 4:5-26) Sunday March 11, 2018

Lenten Candle Extinguishing: (3 un-lit, 3 purple & Christ candle lit)


L1:       Today is the fourth Sunday in Lent. We remember Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem. Each week the Light of the World diminishes.


L2:       The same Spirit that descends upon Jesus during his baptism also drives him out in the wilderness to be tempted for forty days.


P:         The devil takes him to Jerusalem, placing him on the Temple’s pinnacle, and invites him to jump and let the angels bear him up.


L1:        Resisting every test, Jesus returns to Nazareth, filled with the power of the Spirit.


P:         He preaches in his hometown synagogue, yet all they can see is Joseph’s son, a carpenter.


L2:       They take offense at him, and want to hurl him off a cliff. A shadow darkens the light.


P:         His neighbors think he’s crazy, and his family comes to restrain him.


L1:       Scribes from Jerusalem accuse Jesus of being possessed by a demon.


P:         Yet Jesus says a house divided against itself cannot stand.


L2:       (Leading unison prayer): Let us pray in one voice:


U:        We pride ourselves on our good judgment, of being able to tell light from dark and dark from light. Yet those who knew Jesus best minimize the messenger. Others misjudge him maliciously, wanting to murder him. Still others malign his mission as demonic. Our minimizing, misjudging, and maligning him creates shadows that darken that light. (Extinguish candle). Forgive us, O God, in your great mercy. Amen.


L:         Let us sing, “Here Hangs a Man Discarded.”

Scripture (John 4:5-26)

Our reading comes from the good news according to John.

5So Jesus came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.

6Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.

7A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink’.

8(His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.)

9The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?’ (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.)

10Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, “Give me a drink”, you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.’

11The woman said to him, ‘Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?

12Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?’

13Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again,

14but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.

15The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.’

16Jesus said to her, ‘Go, call your husband, and come back.’

17The woman answered him, ‘I have no husband.’ Jesus said to her, ‘You are right in saying, “I have no husband”;

18for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!’

19The woman said to him, ‘Sir, I see that you are a prophet.

20Our ancestors worshipped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.’

21Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.

22You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.

23But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him.

24God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.’

25The woman said to him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming’ (who is called Christ). ‘When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.’ 26Jesus said to her, ‘I am he, the one who is speaking to you.’

Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding.

@Copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “Being Fully Known” (John 4:5-26) Sunday, March 11, 2018

“Being Fully Known”

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