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Sep 24, 2023 ‐ 8:00am ‐ When Do I Love?

Welcoming – Pastor Stuart

Online Moment – Pastor Stuart

Hymn Sing – Pastor Dave

Welcome New Members

Pastoral Prayer – Silent Prayer, Lord’s Prayer – Pastor Linda

Scripture Reading – Pastor Stuart

Message – 4. When Do I Love? ‐ Pastor Dave

Communion – Pastors Dave, Linda

Benediction

Response – Let there be Peace on Earth #431

John 4:7-10, 16-19, 22-30 – New Revised Standard Version

7 A 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.

9 The 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.

10 Jesus 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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.”

26 Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speaking to you.”

27 Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you speaking with her?”

28 Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people,

29 “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?”

30 They left the city and were on their way to him.

All of us have been treated like a nobody at some time, as if we were invisible or insignificant. It is a terrible feeling. People are dismissive or look thru us, as if we weren’t there. The unnamed woman at the well has been treated this way. Jesus sees an occasion to love her as a child of God. God knows our need be accepted, known and loved. The world is great at making nobodies & treating people as if they inconsequential or didn’t matter. Me too movement has helped empower women who’ve been mistreated, abused and dismissed.

This is about truly living our vision: Christ’s community in action with love for all. Our schedules, our pace of life make it hard for us to be available to others & to our neighbors. Noticing & eliminating “time stealers” in our lives that leave us rushed, unable to connect with/relate to others. Building relationships with people just outside our door and normal circle of influence & activity.

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