Fourth Sunday in Lent

In today’s gospel the Samaritan woman asks Jesus for water, an image of our thirst for God. Jesus offers living water, a sign of
God’s grace flowing from the waters of baptism. The early church used this gospel and those of the next two Sundays to deepen baptismal reflection during the final days of preparation before baptism at Easter. As we journey to the resurrection feast, Christ comes among us in word, bath, and meal—offering us the
life-giving water of God’s mercy and forgiveness.
The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God.
GATHERING SONG         “Oh, That the Lord Would Guide My Ways”
(ELW #772)
Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God, who is present, who gives life, who calls into existence the things that do not exist.
If you were to keep watch over sins, O Lord, who could stand? Yet with you is forgiveness, and so we confess.

Gracious God, have mercy on us.
We confess that we have turned away from you, knowingly and unknowingly.
We have wandered from your resurrection life. We have strayed from your love for all people. Turn us back to you, O God.
Give us new hearts and right spirits, that we may find what is pleasing to you and dwell in your house forever.

Receive good news: God turns to you in love. I will put my spirit in you, and you shall live,says our God. All your sin is forgiven in the name of Jesus Christ, who is the free and abounding gift of Gods grace for you.
KYRIE          (ELW PAGE 203)
CANTICLE OF PRAISE  “Glory be to God in heaven...”            (ELW PAGE 204)
Merciful God, the fountain of living water, you quench our thirst and wash away our sin. Give us this water always. Bring us to drink from the well that flows with the beauty of your truth through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

God speaks to us in scripture reading, preaching, and song.
THE FIRST READING:    Romans 5:1-11
1Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and hope does not disappoint us, because Gods love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
6For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. 8But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. 9Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God. 10For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. 11But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Word of God, Word of life.
Thanks be to God.
The Holy Gospel according to John. Glory to you, O Lord.
5[Jesus] came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.6Jacobs well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon. 7A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, Give me a drink.8(His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) 9The Samaritan woman said to him, How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?(Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) 10Jesus answered her, If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, Give me a drink,you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.11The woman said to him, Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?13Jesus said to her, Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.15The woman said to him, Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.16Jesus said to her, Go, call your husband, and
come back.17The woman answered him, I have no husband.Jesus said to her, You are right in saying, I have no husband’; 18for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!19The woman said to him, Sir, I see that you are a prophet. 20Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.21Jesus said to her, Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. 24God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.25The woman said to him, I know that Messiah is coming(who is called Christ). When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.26Jesus said to her, I am he, the one who is speaking to you.27Just then his disciples came. They were aston- ished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, What do you want?or, Why are you speaking with her?28Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, 29Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?30They left the city and were on their way to him. 31Meanwhile the disci- ples were urging him, Rabbi, eat something.32But he said to them, I have food to eat that you do not know about.33So the disciples said to one another, Surely no one has brought him something to eat?34Jesus said to them, My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work. 35Do you not say, Four months more, then comes the harvest’? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. 36The reaper is already re- ceiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice togeth- er. 37For here the saying holds true, One sows and another reaps.38I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.39Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the womans testimony, He told me eve- rything I have ever done.40So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. 41And many more believed because of his word. 42They said to the woman, 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 Savior of the world.
The gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
SERMON  Pastor Michael Hanson
HYMN OF THE DAY        “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say”          (ELW #332)
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.



The peace of Christ be with you always.
And also with you.
God feeds us with the presence of Jesus Christ.
DOXOLOGY “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow”          (ELW #884)
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
It is indeed right, our duty and our joy... and join their unending hymn:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

“Come with Us, O Blessed Jesus”        (ELW #501)
“O Jesus, Blessed Lord”   (ELW #541)
“One Bread, One Body”    (ELW #496)
God blesses us and sends us in mission to the world.
SENDING SONG   “Glorious Things of You Are Spoken”          (ELW #647)
Go in peace. Share the good news.
Thanks be to God.

Patrick, bishop, missionary to Ireland, died 461
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
A native of Britain, Patrick was kidnapped by pirates at age sixteen and sold into slavery in Ireland. After a few years, he escaped, returned home, and entered the ministry. Returning to Ireland, he successfully served as a bishop and missionary there.
Joseph, Guardian of Jesus Thursday, March 19, 2020
Though the Bible tells us little about the husband of Jesus' mother
Mary, we know that he was a carpenter or builder by trade. He is
also shown as being devoted both to God and to Mary and Jesus. It is assumed that he died before Jesus became an adult.
Thomas Cranmer, Bishop of Canterbury, martyr, died 1556 Saturday, March 21, 2020
Cranmer's lasting achievement is contributing to and overseeing the creation of the Book of Common Prayer, which remains (in revised form) the worship book of the Anglican Communion. He was burned at the stake under Queen Mary for his support of the Protestant Reformation.