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Astute and understanding God...
Third Sunday in Lent

Janice B. Scott

John 4:5-42


Prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:

The Church of Christ

Creation, human society, the Sovereign and those in authority

The local community

Those who suffer

The communion of saints

These responses may be used:

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

Astute and understanding God, you always see beneath the surface to the real person inside, yet you still love me! It seems incredible that knowing who I really am, seeing the self I generally keep hidden for fear of disapproval, you continue to accept me. I wish I could do the same. But I find myself judging others on very little knowledge. I see their appearance, or hear about their circumstances, and wham! I've shot them into some category or other, and my judgement about them is coloured from then on. Loving God, help me not to fall into this trap. Enable me to see others with your soft eyes, so that I may discern ...

This sermon, Astute and understanding God..., is based on John 4:5-42 and relates to Third Sunday in Lent of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon on John 4:5-42 is just one of over 800 resources created by Janice Scott for The Village Shepherd (a component of SermonSuite). SermonSuite also offers online sermons, professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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