Based on John 4:4-42, The Woman at the Well
These are our gifts, O God, brought for this day of worship, representing our appreciation for the lavishness of your gifts to us. We are, indeed, astonished by your generosity, O God. Your world teems with life and blooms with
We do find we are often doubtful of ourselves, our place in your world and in your heart, O God. Teach us to trust your compassion that we might know ourselves as your beloved children. Reassure us that when we come to you for forgiveness or for redirection, that you gladly forget our faults and failings and help to reorient our lives. Show us that those things which worry us are so often small matters
Convince us, we pray, of the futility of all our wearying excursions to our own wells, dragging bucket after bucket, attempting to fill and re-fill our lives with those things which never fully and finally satisfy. We try to get our fill of success, or our fill of the esteem of others, or our fill of diversions and entertainments, and we find we drag our empty buckets back to those wells all too soon, dissatisfied, empty, thirsty for something more. So let us trust in your offer to fill us with things that do satisfy. Let us turn the tap of the inner well that bubbles over with your spirit. Let us drink of that living water. Let us stand in its shower and be bathed in the stream of grace that knows no end.
Yes, we’ve come to sit beside your well today, where your spirit, your truth, your goodness, and your love may fill us to overflowing, and enable us to share your abundance. We pray these things as Christ’s people, and in his words, we say together … the Lord’s Prayer …