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Sep 24, 2023 ‐ When Do I Love?

Welcome – Pastor Stuart

Call to Worship – Pastor Linda

Opening Hymn – Praise to the Lord – #139

Prayer Concerns ‐ Silent Prayer – Pastor Linda

Prayer Song – Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying – #2193

Pastoral Prayer ‐ Lords Prayer – Pastor Linda

Online Moment – Pastor Dave

Anthem – Fairest Lord Jesus – Tiffany Steinweg & Patricia Howard

Scripture – Barb Littlejohn

Offering – Pastor Stuart

Hymn – Lord You Have Come to the Lakeshore – #344

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

Closing Hymn – Here I Am Lord – #593

Announcements – Pastors Stuart

Benediction & Response – Holy, Holy Spirit

Postlude – Make Me a Blessing – Patricia Howard

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.

The occasion to love is up to us, God, & the people we love. Jesus’ encounter with Samaritan woman at well. Be interruptible & care for those treated as nobodies or as inconsequential. Treat them with love. Our nonstop news that makes us fearful of others, reacting out of anxiety to them.

Are we interruptible? Are we flexible, willing to change our plans & be responsive to a need in front of us? God’s interruptions are always better than our timing. Jesus encounters a Samaritan woman whose life is limited by shame, having been pushed to the margins of her community. Jesus sees an occasion to love her as a child of God & offer a great gift, which she generously shares.

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