WORSHIP HAS NO LIMITS OF DISTANCING JOHN 4:19-26 LUCAS B. NDARO
JEWS AND SAMARITANS PRACTICED SOCIAL DISTANCING
The Jews Practiced Ethnic Distancing
Jews Do No Associate with Samaritans (4:9)
The Jews Practiced Religious Distancing
The Samaritans Practiced Moral Distancing
Both Practiced Gender Distancing
JESUS BROKE SOME FORMS OF DISTANCING
He Broke Ethnic Distancing Rules “...
he had to go through Samaria” (4:4). Why did he have to go through Samaria when he knew the two ethnic groups didn’t associate with each other (4:9)?
He Stayed Two Days Among the Samaritans (4:39-41)
He Broke Religious Distancing Rules
True worshipers worship in the Spirit and in Truth (4:23). Jews and Samaritans can only truly worship through the Spirit of God.
He Distanced from the Samaritans’ Idolatry
“You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we [Jews] worship what we do know, for salvation comes from the Jews (4:22).
He Affirmed the Ethnic Association of Jews and Samaritans:
Ethnic Distancing can Separate one from Neighbors—Possibly even Relatives
Woman: “Are you greater than our father Jacob?” (4:11-12, v. 5-6).
Religious Distancing can separate you from true worship
Woman: “Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain” (4:19-20)
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Fill My Cup Lord
Like the woman at the well, I was seeking for things that could not satisfy. And then I heard my Savior speaking-- "Draw from My well that never shall run dry."
Refrain: Fill my cup, Lord; I lift it up Lord; Come and quench this thirsting of my soul. Bread of Heaven, feed me till I want no more. Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole.
There are millions in this world who are craving the pleasure earthly things afford. But none can match the wondrous treasure that I find in Jesus Christ my Lord. (refrain)
So my brother if the things this world gave you Leave hungers that won't pass away, My blessed Lord will come and save you If you kneel to Him and humbly pray— (refrain)
Statement of Faith of the United Church of Canada
We are not alone, we live in God’s world. We believe in God: who has created and is creating, who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh, to reconcile and make new, who works in us and others by the Spirit. We trust in God. We are called to be the church: to celebrate God’s presence, to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil, to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope. In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone. Thanks be to God. Amen.
In Christ There is No East or West
In Christ there is no east or west, in him no south or north; but one great fellowship of love throughout the whole wide earth.
In Christ shall true hearts everywhere their high communion find; his service is the golden cord close binding humankind.
In Christ is neither Jew nor Greek, and neither slave nor free; both male and female heirs are made, and all are kin to me.
In Christ now meet both east and west, in him meet south and north; all Christly souls are one in him throughout the whole wide earth.