Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.” The woman said, “Sir, give me this water so I won’t ever get thirsty, won’t ever have to come back to this well again!”
John 4:13-15 (The Message)
This newsletter I decided to take a short break from working our way through articles based on the vowels. Instead I wanted to give you just a little more information about the new worship/study/fellowship experience we are testing this spring. It is our hope and prayer that this new experience is like drinking of the living water Jesus talks about in his conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well.
One of the most important features of The Well is that it is not a “traditional” worship service where there is primarily one voice speaking and many people listening. The Well is being intentionally designed to allow for many voices to participate in the discussion. It’s likely that this will be a bit “uncomfortable” for some at first. The plans are for me to serve as a facilitator for the discussion, but not as the “final voice” in the conversation. That means each person at The Well will have the opportunity to add their voice to the conversation. The goal is to promote active engagement with the topics for discussion each week.
Coming up with topics is one area where I need your help. If we are committed to having many voices involved in The Well, then we should have more than my voice involved in what topics we discuss, right? To get your help, we have placed a repurposed coffee can in the foyer at the church building for you to submit your questions and topics for discussion. Even if you are not planning on attending The Well, I encourage you to submit questions and topics as it will really be helpful for us each week.
There will also be a worship component to The Well. We will begin each week with a time of song and prayer to center our hearts and minds, and to open ourselves to God’s still, small voice. As we begin this spring we will be using recorded songs and piano to help us in our worship; however, as we begin to develop The Well, we will be looking to include guitar and other instruments.
I believe this is a unique opportunity for us to live into our mission of feeding our neighbors and ourselves through God’s word. Unlike the Bread of Life, this is not a literal meal, but an intellectual one. As Disciples of Christ, we have a unique ability to address our friends and neighbors that have questions about God and faith. As a “big tent” church, we are a home for people of all kinds of backgrounds to continue on their walk of faith.
I am excited about this ministry and what it might mean for us as a community of faith. But, the big beginning to The Well is really going to be this fall. These four weeks in the spring are a warm-up for us. We will hold The Well on April 23rd and 30th and again on May 14th and 21st. On May 7th we will join with the Marshfield High School class of 2014 for Baccalaureate. On the 30th we will be discussing Noah and the story of the flood.
I hope you will join us as we worship, study and fellowship. Come to the well, all who are thirsty!