Monthly Archives: March2017

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Blog  Jeremy Knight

Our text this week is a familiar yet intimidating one. We revisit the poignant tale of a Samaritan woman and her interaction with Jesus. The gospel according to John makes this episode one not to be overlooked. For many of us, the religious insiders, the story is one we can recall. We’ve heard it, studied it and hopefully drawn from it a sense of God’s character displayed through Jesus; compassion, empathy, and courage just to name a few.

Yet, frequently overlooked is that this interaction is a conversation. Jesus suggests that conversation matters for theology. That conversation is essential for faith. Sadly much religious dialogue happens today as such — “I’m right. You’re wrong. So there.” We are living in a time when conversation needs to be cultivated and valued. Practiced and pursued. Longed for and lived-out. Without real conversation, we lack intimacy and understanding; connection and empathy. Without real conversation, we risk detachment and distance.

No wonder Jesus engages in and insists on conversation when it comes to believing, since believing in John’s Gospel is synonymous with relationship. It matters that Jesus’ revelation of who he is to her and her realization of who he can be for her happens in conversation. Their conversation is emblematic of what true relationship looks like — mutuality, reciprocity, and regard.

The church can be the place that shows society what theological conversation can sound like. The church can be the place that demonstrates how dialogue about faith and the Bible might result in religious respect and tolerance. With this mandate, what does faithful conversation, theological conversation look like? The dialogue between the Samaritan woman at the well and Jesus provides an outline that not only offers features so as to model respectful dialogue but also points to the very nature of God.

We hope you will continue to invest in our Lenten journey together through the ‘RE-Project’. This week we ask, what is to be released in order to allow God to be God. Come join us as this season continues to remind us that God is not done with us yet. We are being remembered, reclaimed, reset and much much more.

WESLEY LUNCH

Main Street will be serving lunch to 100-120 college students at the USM Wesley Foundation on Thursday, April 20th at 11:30 AM. The Wesley Foundation, the United Methodist presence at USM, engages students through Bible study, weekly lunches, discipleship groups, worship and much more — forming a college faith community. If you would like to assist in serving lunch or would like to provide brownies or cookies (must be in the church office by 3:00 PM on Wednesday, April 19th), please contact Aislinn at aislinn@ mstreetumc.org or call the church office.

THE SHACK LENT STUDY Make a small group part of your Lenten Discipline. Starting on Sunday, March 5th, at 5:30 PM, we will be gathering in the Parlor to study The Shack by William P. Young. All are welcome to join us! Please contact Todd if you need a book.

During the season of Lent, we will be focusing on God’s engagement with us through relationship. We often use “re” words to talk about God’s work in our lives.  God works in our lives, and in the lives of all of God’s people, to help us remember who we and whose we are, renew our relationships, reclaim our identity, reset our practices, release our sin, and reinvent our purpose.  All of this comes from and leads to the triumphant event of the Easter Season—RESURRECTION.

 

The season of Lent has always been used as a time of repentance, fasting, and preparation.  Though we often give up something physical—like a food or social media—we expect the physical fast to help God accomplish a spiritual work in us.  Lent is a season that our faith becomes tangible through the ashes on our heads on Ash Wednesday to the palms that we wave to celebrate Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  As we worship together throughout the next six weeks, we not only will talk about how we can engage in the transformative work of God in our lives; we will also be given the opportunity to respond tangibly to Christ’s word for us.  We hope that you will join us throughout Lent for The “Re” Project.

PRIMETIME

We will meet on Tuesday, March 14th at 11:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall. We have a great program planned this month. Our special guest is Laurel Pass, soprano. She is the granddaughter of “Momma Dot” White. Laurel has an outstanding voice and is a wonderful guitarist. Her program will include several lovely Irish songs. Please make plans to be with us!

THE “RE” PROJECT

During the season of Lent, we will be focusing on God’s engagement with us through relationship. We often use “re” words to talk about God’s work in our lives. We have already seen one in this description—relationship. God works in the lives of God’s people to help us remember who we and whose we are, renew our relationships, reclaim our identity, reset our practices, release our sin, and reinvent our purpose. All of this comes from and leads to the triumphant event of the Easter Season—RESURRECTION. As we worship together, we will talk about how we can engage in this work of God in our lives, and we will be given the opportunity to respond in a physical way because this work of God is a tangible work. We hope that you will join us throughout lent for The “Re” Project.