From February 12, 2016
by Pastor Cliff
Jesus told the Samaritan woman, "Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again. But whoever drinks the water I shall provide them will never thirst forever. On the contrary, the water I will give will become an artesian well in them, supplying them with a spring of eternal life." (Jn. 4:13-14 MIT)
The woman has raised the conventional questions about which is the right place to worship, as if religion were a matter of options and choices. Jesus gets down to what is essential: only God meets the heart’s need.
When Charles Rice visited friends in Italy in high summer, he simply could not get enough to drink. Constantly thirsty, he drank bottled water incessantly and remained thirsty. Those two weeks have remained for him a metaphor of life without God, constantly unsatisfied and without peace.
In the town where he lives, across the street from his church is a railroad trestle. Many commuters pass that way each day, on their way to Manhattan’s offices and shops. Scrawled in blue paint across the trestle is a single word – perhaps the protest or prayer of some harried commuter who, for all the scurrying and hurrying couldn’t “get no ‘Satisfaction’.”
Stay warm this weekend!
1. Please remember Richard and Judy Wien’s grandson, Connor Chase. Connor broke both bones in his right arm late Wednesday (EST). The breaks did not require surgery.
2. The FBCR family extends Christian sympathy to the Callahan family during the death of Earlene Callahan. Ms. Callahan died on January 30, 2016. She and her husband, Whitney, were actively involved at FBCR while living in Rochester (1970-80s). Thank you for your concern and prayer.
Interim Pastor, FBCR