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True Worship

In this sermon Pastor Jeff presents part 2 of the story of Jesus with the Samaritan woman at the well. Certainly the interaction with this Jewish man goes nothing like the woman is expecting. And St John tries to make clear that we should see ourselves as the woman in this story. We are as needy as she is; we have as many issues as she has; we chase as many solutions for our needs as she does.

The Word: Heard, Received, Accepted

Ever notice in a family how some children readily respond positively to parents’ wishes or directives, and other are a bit [or a lot] less responsive? And have you ever noticed- or experienced -that the obedient child can be castigated by the others for being to good? Jim Scullion pointed out a similar situation from 1 Thessalonians 2 where St Paul tries to encourage the relatively new believers in Thessalonica.

Are You Abiding?

In St John’s gospel, chapter 15, Jesus uses the picture of a grape vine to explain some aspects of the relationship which believers have with God. Grape vines were probably more common in those days, or at least to a higher percentage of the population than they are today, but Pastor Mike is speaking from personal experience as he takes us through this text.