recognizes her as an equal who he can talk to. Jesus peeled
off all of the layers (remove nests to reveal the first doll) to
speak with the real woman, not just the person she was
trying to be, or the person that other people wanted her to be.
Each of us might be walking around with multiple layers,
some good and some bad.
• What can we do to better get to know the real person?
• How can we help to create spaces where people feel free
to be their best selves?
(see suggestions below.)
Psalm 95; John 4: 5-42.
Using the questions from the Bible study (see page 18) as a
guide, reflect on how important mutual recognition is to the
work of your ministry. Try to approach the subject of mis-
sion from the perspective of fellow sojourners asking:
• How can you support and journey with me if you don’t
know about me, where I am, and what I am going
• How does your ministry test assumptions and biases
about the people who you are working with?
• Who are “the others” in your community, and what is
being done to break down this divide?
This scripture extends an invitation to come and meet
a Jesus who challenges our assumptions, questions our
biases, and dismantles our prejudices.
• How might this challenge us as a church?
• What biases and prejudices are currently held in the mission of the church that need to be deconstructed?
• Come and meet a woman who is an evangelist, a theologian, a teacher, and a stranger. Who is currently on the
margins of your community and speaking a prophetic
word to the church?
• Why is this person unnamed?
• How can they be appropriately recognized and acknowledged for their contributions to the church’s mission and
(see suggestions below.)
Prayers of the People
In the tradition or practice of your faith community.
Minute for Mission and Introduction of the Offering
Prayer of Dedication
Once you are revealed to us in the ordinary tasks
of our living,
you cannot again be concealed.
May your presence be shared and celebrated in the gifts
that we offer to you,
for the sake of your mission and service in the world.
We are sent out to participate in the work that God is
already doing in the world.
To dismantle false borders that can no longer confine us;
To recognize the holy in the mundane tasks of our lives;
And, to be the Gospel wherever and however we can.
May the grace of God,
The love of Jesus and
The abiding friendship of the Holy Spirit be with us all
Now and forever more.
Alydia Smith is Program Coordinator, Worship, Music, and
Spirituality in the Church in Ministry Unit at the General
Council Office in Toronto.
• Voices United #658, “O love that will not let me go.”
• VU #626, “I heard the voice of Jesus say.”
• VU #670, “Precious Lord, take my hand.”
• More Voices #670, “All who are thirsty.”
• MV #2, “Come all you people.”
• MV #117, “By the well a thirsty woman.”