Look for the Thirst Quencher

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     Order of Worship

Let us be as open vessels that God’s spirit may enter.

The Community Gathers:  Experience God’s presence in the assembly. Please greet one another with joy and welcome new friends into our community of love.

      You are welcome here…come and worship!

Welcome:  Our worship series for Lent continues as we contemplate the ways we have looked for satisfaction in things that cannot satisfy. The Samaritan woman at the well in our scripture today found out that the water she came for was not really the water she needed so desperately. This woman had looked for love in many places, in many faces. When she was finally offered a soul-quenching love by Jesus, she became a powerful messenger of Good News. Just as the water given by God that flowed in the desert for the Israelites offered new life, the desert of our lives can be refreshed if we look for love regularly at the well of living water and offer life-giving water to others.

Gathering Music:  Show Us How to Love

                                                           (by Mark A. Miller)

Hearts open, minds awake, change us now for

heaven’s sake. Leave us not alone in hatred’s wake.

Show us how to love. Show us how to love.

Show us how, show us how to love.

Confession and Assurance:

Leader: Let us join together in opening our hearts to the love of God. Before we even utter a word, we can be assured God will offer us grace and a way forward. For this reason, we can be honest with what most pains us most about our own thoughts and actions.

Let us pray: Holy and Merciful One,

in this season of discernment we come bringing our deepest longings, and our failed attempts at satisfying them.

We have often looked for love, for acceptance and security,

in the trappings of notoriety, popularity, and power

that diminish others in order to gain for ourselves.

People: We yearn for lives that matter,

we desire relationships that thrive, we want less regret.

Leader: At times we fail to see that you have already given us what really matters: your love and acceptance. You give us a fresh start each day, inviting us to do better. In this silence, we bring to you our pleas for openness to a different way of living.

                                       Silence

L:  My friends, be assured by the Psalmist who reminds us that

our God is the “rock of our salvation” in whose hand is the

“depths of the earth and the heights of the mountains.”

Let us respond together:

All: We open our hearts, our minds, our souls, our vision

to the ways of love created by God, embodied in Jesus, and already moving in us by the Spirit. We are forgiven, loved, and freed. Amen!

Lord’s Prayer

Opening Hymn:  Forty Days and Forty Nights             #167

Readings: Exodus 17: 1-7, John 4: 5-30            -Caryn Firebaugh

Sermon: “Spirit and Truth: Moving with What Is”

                                                   -Rev. Brian Gruhn               

Music:  Meditative Instrumental                      ~ Michelle Currie

Musical call to Prayer:  (two times)  Hush now in quiet peace, be still your mind at ease. The Spirit brings release, so wait upon the Lord.

                              Prayers of the People                             

           Silent Prayers                             Pastoral Prayer

Prayers of the People: In this season of Lent, we pray together in song using an ancient form in the church. The Greek words, “Kyrie Eleison” mean “God, have mercy on us.” God’s mercy is a gift of love, given freely to us.

Kyrie Eleison, Kyrie Eleison   Kyrie Eleison, Kyrie Eleison

Offertory:  Come to the Water  (by John Foley SJ)        -Michelle Currie

Doxology:  Praise God from whom all blessings flow, Praise God all creatures here below. Praise God above ye heavenly hosts, Creator, Christ and Holy Ghost.  Amen.

Prayer of Dedication:

Closing Hymn:  Here I Am, Lord                                  #69

Blessing:  Go forth into the world knowing that the

God of love walks with you.  Go in Peace…Amen.

Postlude:  Go In Peace

Great thanks to our guest presider today, Rev. Brian Gruhn, UCC.  Thank you to our Music Director and our Zoom Host.

For Your Reflection….

            Blessing of the Well

                                     By Jan Richardson

If you stand

at the edge

of this blessing

and call down into it,

you will hear

your words

return to you.

If you lean in

and listen close,

you will hear this blessing

give the story of your life back to you.

Quiet your voice

quiet your judgment

quiet the way

you always tell

your story

to yourself.

Quiet all these

and you will hear

the whole of it

and the hollows of it:

the spaces

in the telling,

the gaps

where you hesitate

to go.

Sit at the rim

of this blessing.

Press your ear

to its lip, its sides,

its curves that were carved out

long ago

by those whose thirst

drove them deep,

those who dug

into the layers

with only their hands

and hope.

Rest yourself

beside this blessing

and you will

begin to hear

the sound of water

entering the gaps.

Still yourself

and you will feel it

rising up within you,

filling every hollow,

springing forth

anew.

Worship Notes:  Worship series design © Worship Design Studio by Marcia McFee. www.worshipdesignstudio.com.