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Bulletin for Sunday, September 29, 2019
5th Sunday Worship Celebration
with special guest Dr. Donna Coltrane Battle
John 4:3-30, 39-42
He left Judea and started back to Galilee. 4 But he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.
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.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but 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.” 15 The 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.”
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. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.” 21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 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.
39 Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I have ever done.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of his word. 42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.”
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Leader: The word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God.
This week’s worship.
Meals for Rusty and Jaycee McGowan (and family)
Our dear friends, Rusty and Jaycee McGowan, are going through a very difficult season right now. Their daughter, Brianna’s cancer has come back with a vengeance. If you can help them out by providing a meal, sign up HERE.
Durham Village – October 6th
From time to time people in the church host “Villages,” regional gatherings designed to help people build community and connect with others who live near them. On Sunday, October 6th at 5 pm, Mark and Mick Schulte (and their 4 kiddos) will be hosting a Village in Durham. If you live in that neck of the woods, be sure to join them! Click here for more information.
Parents in the Digital Age (book club)
Parents/Parents-to-be, if you’re interested in reading and discussing books that relate to raising kids in a digital world, Sabrina Carr is starting a book club and discussion group just for you! The book club will take place primarily online with only occasional gatherings to discuss in person (likely before or after church). Hopefully this will allow flexibility for parents.
If you’re interested, please come to our info session before church on October 6 at 9:45am. We’ll decide together that day which book to read first! Childcare will be provided. Click here for more information.
Last Week’s Newsletter
In case you missed it, here’s a link to last week’s newsletter … complete with all the latest news and updates. [Read now]