Saturday, August 15, 2015

Do whatever it takes!

John 1:1-7
Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard, “Jesus is making and baptizing more disciples than John”  —although it was not Jesus himself but his disciples who baptized—  he left Judea and started back to Galilee.  But he had to go through Samaria.  So he 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."

Lord Jesus,
you met the woman at the well.
You met her where she was.
You met her in the midst of her daily ordinary life.
You went to her.

Too often in church, Lord,
we wait for people to come to us.
But your model of ministry was to go to them.

Today I pray for the church:
give us the courage to do whatever it takes.
Going into the streets, schools,
homes, businesses,
hospital rooms, lonely places,
violent places, broken places,
ball fields, locker rooms,
email inboxes, Instagram posts,
snap chats, Facebook...
meeting people where they are.
Doing whatever it takes to share your love.

make us uncomfortable in our pews
so that we don't sit too long, too complacent,
but instead having been nourished
by your Word, the waters of baptism and bread of life,
send us by your Spirit to meet people where they are.
Help us do whatever it takes.

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