Upcoming Worship Focus

“Teaching of the Week”
Preview for Service of Word and Sacrament, March 24, 2019
The Third Sunday in Lent (Year C)
Liturgical Color: Purple
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Tiburon, California

This weekly study guide seeks to help us prepare for the upcoming Sunday service and teaching. 

Call to Worship
One:    Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters.
Many: Come, those who have nothing, come and eat for free.
One:    Be filled with that with truly satisfies.
Many: Delight in the rich food of our faith.

Community Prayer
Spare us, O God, from a world that tempts us with a thousand empty pursuits. Save us from the illusions about what will satisfy. Break down ways of living that give hoards to some while denying other people the chance to have enough to eat and clean water to drink. Attune us to what will satisfy us in body and soul. Amen.

Sermon Focus & Title       Enough       Robert McClellan
Why do we spend on that which does not nourish? This is a central question for us. On a spiritual level, we know of the bottomless pit of consumerism. We know the empty pit it leaves in our soul, the endless chase it creates in our work lives, and ultimately the sea of stuff in which we can find ourselves drowning. This passage from Isaiah 55 also has implications for people lacking literal food as well, for it promises free food and water to those who cannot buy. This promise calls into question the systems in our world that actually make water and food cost (too much) money. These seem like unrelated issues, but they are intimately connected - the spiritual poverty of the former leads to the material and nutritional poverty of the latter.

Scripture(s)
First Reading
Psalm 63:1-8
1O God, you are my God, I seek you,
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
2So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
3Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
4So I will bless you as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands and call on your name.

5My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast,
and my mouth praises you with joyful lips
6when I think of you on my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
7for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.
8My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.

Second Reading
Isaiah 55:1-9
1Ho, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and you that have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
2Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
3Incline your ear, and come to me;
listen, so that you may live.
I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.
4See, I made him a witness to the peoples,
a leader and commander for the peoples.
5See, you shall call nations that you do not know,
and nations that do not know you shall run to you
because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel,
for he has glorified you.

6Seek the LORD while he may be found,
call upon him while he is near;
7let the wicked forsake their way,
and the unrighteous their thoughts;
let them return to the LORD, that he may have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.
9For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Hymns
You Thirsty Ones, Come       No. 78
Sometimes a Light Surprises       No. 800

Quotes, Questions & Prompts for Reflection, Discussion, and Prayer
Ho, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and you that have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?

-Isaiah 55:1-2