From: Rev. Betsy Jay


Date: March 15, 2020


Grace and peace to you from God our Creator and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Below are readings, prayers, and a link to hymns for this a Third Sunday in Lent as you might wish to use the. Please feel free to share with others as well.

    One of my favorite websites for hymns that follow the lectionary is Sing for Joy from St Olaf College. The webcast is posted on Friday.

Before reading the Scripture for today, consider this prayer:

      Startle us, O God, with your truth, and open our hearts and our minds to your word, that hearing, we may believe, and believing trust our lives, this day and all the days that lie ahead, to your love in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The readings for today are:

Exodus 17:1-7

Psalm 95

Romans 5:1-11

      Here are verses 1-2 and 5-8

             Words to ponder in particular:

                    Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God

                              has been poured out into our hearts.

Here is the entire section          

Brothers and sisters:
Since we have been justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have gained access by faith
to this grace in which we stand,
and we boast in hope of the glory of God.

And hope does not disappoint,
because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
For Christ, while we were still helpless,
died at the appointed time for the ungodly.
Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person,
though perhaps for a good person one might even find courage to die.
But God proves his love for us
in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.

    Finally, the gospel for today is John 4:5-42. This is the story of Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well. In Orthodox and Eastern Catholic traditions, the woman is known as St. Photine (“the luminous one”). As St John Chrysostom notes, she is like the apostles with a twist. They when they were called, left their nets; she if her own accord, without the command of any, leaves her water pot, and winged by joy performs the office of Evangelists. And she calls not just one or two, as did Andrew and Philip, but having aroused a whole city and people, so brought them to him, Jesus....

A collect for today:

     God of holy love, you have poured out living water in the gift of your Son Jesus. Keep us close to him, and loyal to his leading, so that we may never thirst for righteousness, but live eternal life; through our Savior, Christ the Lord. Amen.

Another collect:

      O God, the fountain of life, to a humanity parched with thirst you offer the living water of grace which springs up from the rock, our Savior Jesus Christ.

       Grant your people the gift of your Spirit, that we may learn to profess our faith with courage and announce with joy the wonder of your love. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

Peace be to each of you. 

    Consider sending cards to those in nursing homes and rehab centers who are not allowed visitors because of the coronavirus, as well as those isolated and home bound. Like people in Italy, open doors and sing a hymn of joy.

Blessings to you all.

Rev. Betsy Jay