March 19, 2017 Embracing Space for Grace Exodus 17.1-7 | John 4.5-42

                March 19, 2017 Embracing Space for Grace Exodus 17.1-7 | John 4.5-42 03.19.17 John 4.5-42 Embracing Space for Grace   SLIDE 36 | SERMON TITLE   OPENING | Messy Church, Messy Leaders   Imagine a mess.  A little chaos.   What makes a mess in your world?   Where are you feeling a little chaos?   SLIDE 37   In the landscape of the Spirit, this messy chaos is imagined to be like the wilderness. It’s a place undefined and constantly shifting. It is a place of vulnerability where life can feel like it is threatened. Life’s nourishment seems to be scarce, and home appears to be far away. And so we find ourselves often mumbling and grumbling.   This woman from the region of Samaria came to Jacob’s well in the heat of the day. She came alone at that deserted time of the day because her life among the villagers was like a wilderness. Because of her “alternative lifestyle,” as we say today, she would have been rejected and ridiculed by those in her village. Sometimes relationships with others can be like a wilderness, can’t they?   This weekend I had the privilege of enjoying a friend of mine in Sheboygan play the role of “Big Mama” in Tennessee Williams’ play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. I don’t know if you remember that drama, but, at the very least, it is a tale of a family wilderness. They may all be together in a big house,        but home is so very far away.   So what happened...