Jacobs’ Well and the Samaritan Woman

On Sunday 12th March, St John’s church shared in fellowship together, looking at the role of women in the Gospel reading from the book of John, particularly in the light of World Women’s Day earlier in the week.

At St Teath, Claire Salzmann led our Morning Worship, considering particularly buckets – sometimes the old, battered ones are the best and God can use them just the same.

The congregation at St Adwena welcomed the Revd Professor Andrew Lewis as their celebrant and preacher. In his sermon Prebendary Andrew explored the relationship between the woman of Samaria who met Jesus at Jacob’s Well and the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose annunciation we would be celebrating in a little over a week’s time. The conversation between Jesus and the Woman is among the longest in the New Testament and is uniquely between a man and a woman, a Jew and a Samaritan. The unnamed Woman is, like Mary, the means by which Christ enters the life of her people and, like, Mary, when her work is done, she takes a step backward: “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and we know that this is truly the Saviour of the world”.

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