Sunday Reflections: The repeated journey to the well, is a real toil, which is why she wants to stop coming to draw her water. But it is not hard to deduce that she is weary about plenty of other things, as well. Weary of men (you have had five husbands and the one you have now is not your husband – John 4:18). In other words, “I’ve made a mess of love, and partnerships, and sex and I can no longer be bothered taking my fellow human being seriously.” Weary of religion (our ancestors worshipped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem – John 4:20). In other words, “Who can be bothered taking religion seriously, with all these stupid disagreements?”
But then, something changes for this broken woman, for whim “nothing is as I would wish it to be.” Something changes at the well, when it is “about noon.” For at the well is someone else, weary and in need, but whose weariness comes not from cowardice but courage-the courage to live out a God-given vocation, one that will lead inevitable and inexorably to Jerusalem and the Cross. (by The Very Rev. Dominic Barrington, Living Well through Lent, pg. 35.)
Rector’s Corner: I have received some feedback about the changes made with regards to our Sunday gatherings in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Again, these measures were put in place to help one another be safe, and keep our church community protected from the spread of this virus.
Below please find a treasure of prayer resources that you may use during the COVID-19 outbreak. These selections are courtesy of Archdeacon Richard Leggett. All come from the Evangelical Lutheran Worship: Occasional Services for the Assembly (2009).
Anxiety, apprehension, fear [OSA, p. 401] Almighty and merciful God, you are the only source of health and healing; you alone can bring calmness and peace. Grant to us, your children, a consciousness of your presence and a strong confidence in your love. In our pain, our weariness, and our anxiety, surround us with your care, protect us by your loving might, and permit us once more to enjoy health and strength and peace; through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord. Amen.
Chronic illness [OSA, p. 288] Loving God, your heart overflows with compassion for your whole creation. Pour out your Spirit upon Nand all people living with illness for which there is no cure, as well as their families and loved ones. Help them to know that you claim them as your own; deliver them from fear and pain; and assist us in ministering to their needs; for the sake of Jesus Christ, our healer and Lord. Amen
Health care providers [OSA, p. 298] Merciful God, your healing power is everywhere about us. Strengthen those who work among the sick; give them courage and confidence in all they do. Encourage them when they are overwhelmed with many pressing needs or when their efforts seem futile. Increase their trust in your power to bring life and wholeness even in the midst of death and pain and crying. May they be thankful for every sign of health you give, and humble before the mystery of your healing grace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.