Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks from the water that I will give will never be thirsty again. The water that I give will become in those who drink it a spring of water that bubbles up into eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will never be thirsty and will never need to come here to draw water!” – John 4:13-15
It’s Monday morning, and – as is often the case – I am still full with the joy and encouragement that comes from spending time with my church family!
So, wherever you are and whatever you think about “religion” in general, I would like to invite you to show up for worship at our church, Wake Forest Presbyterian. In a world defined by criticism, division, harsh rhetoric, rage, disunity, suspicion, and broad intolerance for anything beyond a narrow comfort zone, the spirit and the practice of WFPC’s witness to the world tells another story, and that is the story of God’s wide open, invitational, inclusive love.
Rebekah’s message (and it’s one of those I believe it would do your heart good to hear) focuses on the idea of “Living Water.” It’s a theme that crops up throughout the biblical narrative, and it is more than a turn of phrase, it is a real and accessible reality.
The other “must listen to” of yesterday’s worship service is the anthem, beautifully and creatively presented by the WFPC choir.
Essentially, my word to all of us this morning is this question: “What intention do we bring to the practice of our faith and the living of our lives?” The scriptures are clear; there is Living Water to be had. So do we partake? Or do we keep returning to the bitter rancid cisterns of what is stale and rancorous? The choice is ours.
The anthem comes in at 20:30 on the recording (Chancel Choir).
Rebekah’s message begins right around the 25:00 minute mark (“Living Water”).
In love, and because of love – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.