This is some of the text I used on Sunday. I ended up preaching a message that was pretty different in a lot of ways from what I originally prepared, but I thought I’d still post this because I wanted to share the general idea. If you’re interested in listening in on our Sunday Morning messages you can subscribe the the Camas Friends Church podcast available on iTunes.
From John 4.
Water is an essential part of life. It may be the essence of life. Without water life is impossible. Without access to clean water, life is miserable. When a baby is born, a mothers water breaks. Wars have been fought over water. Racism fought around water fountains. People die daily because they lack water. People die when the mysterious power of water becomes unloosed and crashes into civilization.
When we witnees oppression we pray let justice roll down like mighty waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. Some of our most beautiful art, poetry, songwriting, you name has been inspired by water. Some know more than others that Living water is a direct gift from God…[because] it means fresh water that hasnt been controlled by human action… (Doug Thorpe) The bible is filled with streams that make glad the city of God, floods, powerful seas that split, rivers and wells.
The Jordan River today is mostly sewage. Water can be polluted. Water that once offered life can become a source of sickness and unsafe to use.
Water is never simply water. [In the bible] waters sing in poetry (Doug Thorpe).