Home-Based Worship Service

Welcome to our Home-Based Worship page. Please follow along below to participate in this week's worship service. Expect to receive an email in the coming week to notify you of what to expect for next week. Until then, please keep our St. John's family in your thoughts and prayers.


CREATING A WORSHIP SPACE

As you prepare for worship today, we invite you to create a space that will help you be open to hearing God. That space might contain a Bible or a lit candle, to symbolize God’s holy presence. 

ORDER OF WORSHIP

THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT

MARCH 15, 2020

8:30 & 11:00AM

CENTERING WORDS                             

Even though our church family is scattered today, it is God’s grace that binds us together in unity and love. As we sit in our various homes, offices, kitchens, living rooms, and favorite chairs, this is holy space. We are linked by the common bond of our worship. It is this moment where God’s love comes to nourish our souls.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Holy God,


We confess that sometimes we let our fears get the best of us. We fear losing our health, so we keep our distance. We fear losing financial security, so we limit our generosity. We fear the stranger, so we hold back hospitality. We fear not fitting in, so we hide behind masks. Forgive us for letting our fears have so much control over what we do and who we are. Remind us today that your love casts out all fear. And with your love, we can have faith and courage.


Together we pray for:

For the leaders of our country...

For those who serve in the military…

For doctors, nurses, and those in the caring professions…

For those who are suffering from illness…

For our local community…

For members of our church...


We lift these prayers to you knowing that you are the God who listens and answers prayers. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Song of Faith

Please click the Play button to hear our Song of Faith, "What a Friend," played by Claudia Dyle.

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Passing the Peace of Christ

It is especially important to stay connected in this time, take a moment to call, email, text, or visit another church member today!

Children's Sermon

Please click the Play button below to view this week's Children's Sermon from Pastor Jeff.

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Sharing Our Gifts

Your continued financial support is needed as we navigate these next few weeks. Please click on this link to support your church, or you can mail in your check.

Scripture Lesson

John 4:5-42


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.)[a] 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[b] 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,[c] 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,[d] can he?” 30 They left the city and were on their way to him.


31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, “Rabbi, eat something.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33 So the disciples said to one another, “Surely no one has brought him something to eat?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work. 35 Do you not say, ‘Four months more, then comes the harvest’? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. 36 The reaper is already receiving[e] wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”


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.”


Footnotes

a. John 4:9 Other ancient authorities lack this sentence

b. John 4:20 The Greek word for you here and in verses 21 and 22 is plural

c. John 4:26 Gk I am

d. John 4:29 Or the Christ

e. John 4:36 Or 35...the fields are already ripe for harvesting. 36 The reaper is receiving

sermon

Please click Play below to view this week's sermon, "The Woman at the Well," from Pastor Jeff.

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song of response

Please click Play below to hear this week's Song of Response, "God Be with You," played by Claudia Dyle.

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Going Forth

Blessed by God’s love and strengthened by God’s living water, let us go into the world and find creative ways to be His hands and feet. Amen.