Worship July 2: Sharing refreshing water

Altar with jugs of water

Water and hospitality were recurring themes in today’s worship, from the music to the scripture to the sermon, by Robin Carlson.

“Let Justice Roll Like a River”

Forgive us Lord, for passing by

When children cry for bread

Forbid it Lord, that justice lie

in tatters cold and dead


Outside these walls run desperate streets

Where greed is law and life is cheap

We bar the doors, refuse to see

Or hear the words you said


Let justice roll like a river

Like a river let it roll

Let justice roll like a river

Like a river let it roll


The gap between the rich and poor

Grows ever wider, shore to shore

There’s racial hate, religious war

And wolves among the sheep


Robin encouraged us to not just think about inviting people to our church that we know would be a good fit, but to offer that “refreshing drink of water” that we get from our worship and fellowship time together more broadly, taking a chance on the blessings that can result, both to them and to us.

Matthew 10:40-42: “Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”