Thursday, March 20, 2014

Media Connections for the Third Sunday in Lent

Our texts for this Sunday as we continue to explore God's story together are Exodus 17:1-7 and John 4:5-42, which can be found here.

Again, this week's blog will feature some media connections from around the web that might help you begin to delve into some deeper meaning in this week's texts, both of which revolve strongly around themes of water, thirst, and God's provision.

First, this really interesting modern envisioning of the encounter between Jesus and the Woman at the Well by Dinah Roe Kendall, and a slightly older rendition of the story of Exodus 17 by one of my favorite painters, Marc Chagall (another version he created of this story will be part of our bulletin art this week):

A long-time favorite song of mine, "Share the Well" by Caedmon's Call, inspired by the band's travels abroad in India and Ecuador and in particular the way they witnessed groups of people sharing resources--particularly water, drawn from community wells in many places today just as it was in the time of Jesus.

Finally, a great organization that addresses water needs in forgotten areas of the world is Watering Malawi. Explore their website, and read some facts they share about what they call "water poverty" in the world below.

A white-tailed deer drinks
from the creek;
I want to drink God,
deep draughts of God.
I’m thirsty for God-alive.
I wonder, “Will I ever make it—
arrive and drink in God’s presence?”
-Psalm 42:1-2, The Message

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