MARCH 20-27, 2011
Samaritan Woman at the Well, Fresco from the Baptistery of Agios Gregoriou, Mount Athos
The Gospel for this coming Sunday is the story of Jesus offering living water to a Samaritan woman he encounters at a well. What is this living water…that everyone who drinks it will never be thirsty again, but instead will have within them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life?
Jesus came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.
A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) 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.) 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.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 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.” 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.”
Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come back.” The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, `I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!” The woman said to him, “Sir, I see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 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. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” 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.” Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speaking to you.”
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?” Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?” They left the city and were on their way to him.
Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, “Rabbi, eat something.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” So the disciples said to one another, “Surely no one has brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work. 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. The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, `One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”
Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I have ever done.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word. 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.”
THIS WEEK AT INCARNATION
Tuesday, March 22
8:00 am. Morning Prayer in the Chapel of the Nativity. All are welcome. Coffee and pastries are served after the prayer service. Enter at 25 East 35 Street.
7:00 pm. Women’s Group meets in the Parish House. A simple supper will be served, and we will discuss issues of poverty with a Lenten Study, “Where there is Despair, Hope,” issued by the Diocese of Southern Ohio. All women are welcome to attend.
Wednesday, March 23
11:00 am. Staff meeting.
12:15 pm. Holy Eucharist and Memorial Service for Gladys Newbery.
7:00 pm. Confirmation/Inquirer’s class in the Parish House. These clergy-led sessions can serve as either an introductory or a refresher course on the Bible, church history, theology, liturgy, ethics, and prayer in the Anglican tradition. Speak to the clergy for more information. Confirmation will be held on Sunday, April 10.
Friday, March 25
12:15 pm. Holy Eucharist and Prayers for Healing.
SUNDAY, MARCH 27: THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT
8:30 am: Holy Eucharist. Homily: the Rector
10:00 am: Adult Forum will not meet until after Easter.
11:00 am: Morning Prayer. Sermon: the Rector. Music of Bach and Brahms
Nursery Care and our Sunday School program, Godly Play, are available for children during the 11 o’clock service. Godly Play, a Montessori-based method of Biblical Storytelling, invites children to respond to the stories of the people of God and express themselves through art and imaginative play. For children ages 3 to 9. Contact the Associate Rector, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information and/or to register your child.
12:00 noon: A short service of Holy Eucharist follows Morning Prayer.
12:30 pm. Lenten lecture series on “Coping.” Simple lunch served for a free-will offering. The Rector will continue the series with a discussion of “Loneliness.”
5:00 pm: Candlelight Communion. Meditation: the Associate Rector
The Scripture Readings for Sunday: Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42.
COMING UP AT INCARNATION
Saturday, March 26
10:00 am-4:00 pm. Vestry Quiet Day at the House of the Redeemer, 7 East 95th Street.
Saturday, April 2
10:00 am-3:00 pm. Benedictine Work Day.
6:30 pm. Twenties and Thirties’ Trivia Night at St. James’ Church. A good time for a good cause; the money raised will go towards placing a roof on a school in Haiti. The cost is $25 per person and includes dinner.
Monday, April 4
7:00 pm. Men’s Group meets in the Parish House.
Sunday, April 10
11:00 am. Episcopal Visitation. The Rt. Rev. Herbert Donovan will be with us for Confirmation. Bishop Donovan will be our preacher and will lead the Lenten lecture at 12:30 pm.
Saturday, April 16
9:30 am-3:00 pm. Hands On New York Day. New York Cares, the largest volunteer organization in the city, designates this day of service to beautify the city’s parks, gardens and community centers. Please contact Amanda, the Associate Rector, with any questions and to learn how to register to volunteer with Team Incarnation (email@example.com).
~the Rev. Amanda Kucik: firstname.lastname@example.org
More details available online: www.churchoftheincarnation.org
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