Thought for the day
“…I’m pleased to be part of a church that welcomes all people to the communion table without demanding to know whether they have been baptised or confirmed. This reflects the radical inclusiveness that Jesus showed.
He would even ask for a drink from a Samaritan woman.
The Samaritans and Jews were neighbours and didn’t get along. Their enmity was deep seated and long standing.
Jesus didn’t ask anything difficult of her at first, just to provide him with a drink of water from the well. A simple act of sharing. Communion is a simple act of sharing, which we did when we poured a cup of water for each other.
The good news of the gospels is that God loves us and is always with us. The life and actions of Jesus are constant reminders of this transforming love.
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Did you try dropping a stone in the water?
Did picking up the stone remind you of something that you would like to change or let go of in your life?
The Samaritan woman was freed by Jesus to make a change in her life.
When we are ready to ask, God’s free, transforming love can also enable us to make changes in our lives. Amen.”
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From the sermon – Breaking through to Love – 27 March 2011, in Let Your Light Shine Through by Philip C. Garside.