Scriptures for the worship this coming Sunday, April 6, are all about water. From the Book of Exodus we read about the Hebrews at Rephidim, complaining about the lack of water. Fearing that the people under his leadership are about to stone him, Moses appeals to the Lord, Who empowers him to produce gushing water from dry rock. The Israelites’ thirst is quenched. However, Moses is vexed and disappointed, calling the place “Massah* and Meribah,* because the Israelites quarreled and tested the Lord, saying, ‘Is the Lord among us or not?’” Also thirsty, Jesus asks the Samaritan woman for a drink from Jacob’s well at Sychar. In an surprising reversal, He offers her the living water, “a spring of water gushing up to eternal life,” and tells 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.” From the rock at Rephidim to the well at Sychar, life-giving water is provided. But only the living water provides the gift of eternal life.
Rev. Harold HICKS
I have served as pastor at First Christian Church of Yates Center for nine years, beginning at Christmas in 2008. The focus of the ministry of our a community of faith has always been worship, teaching, and service. I always place an emphasis on pastoral care and community engagement, and my wife Aeron, who served actively as co-pastor for five years, continues to serve the church with support of the fellowship. Aeron's Christian Life Seminars were enjoyable times of learning and sharing. She has written most of the blog posts and has provided bulletins, newsletters, and other publications to the fellowship including working with leaders to develop and file official church documents.