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Third Sunday of Lent
March 14, 2020
Gospel~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Saint John 4:5-42
Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there. Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well. It was about noon.
A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” His disciples had gone into the town to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, “How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?” —For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.— Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink, ‘ you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you do not even have a bucket and the cistern is deep; where then can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us this cistern and drank from it himself with his children and his flocks?” Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”
Jesus said to her,
“Go call your husband and come back.” The woman answered and said to him, “I do not have a husband.” Jesus answered her, “You are right in saying, ‘I do not have a husband.’ For you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true.” The woman said to him, “Sir, I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain; but you people say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem.” Jesus said to her, “Believe me, woman, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You people worship what you do not understand; we worship what we understand, because salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth; and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship him. God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and truth.” The woman said to him, “I know that the Messiah is coming, the one called the Christ; when he comes, he will tell us everything.” Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one speaking with you.”
At that moment his disciples returned, and were amazed that he was talking with a woman, but still no one said, “What are you looking for?” or “Why are you talking with her?” The woman left her water jar and went into the town and said to the people, “Come see a man who told me everything I have done. Could he possibly be the Christ?” They went out of the town and came to him. Meanwhile, the disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” So the disciples said to one another, “Could someone have brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me and to finish his work. Do you not say, ‘In four months the harvest will be here’? I tell you, look up and see the fields ripe for the harvest. The reaper is already receiving payment and gathering crops for eternal life, so that the sower and reaper can rejoice together. For here the saying is verified that ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap what you have not worked for; others have done the work, and you are sharing the fruits of their work.”
Many of the Samaritans of that town began to believe in him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me everything I have done.” When the Samaritans came to him, they invited him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days.
Many more began to believe in him because of his word, and they said to the woman, “We no longer believe because of your word; for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the savior of the world.”
We are a Welcoming and Affirming~Old Catholic~Congregation
Pope Francis "Who am I to judge?"
The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?" They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying“Come,” he replied, “and you will see.” St. John 1:35-39
Glory To God Old Catholic Church
375 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, Utah 84404
801-394-0204 / 801-690-1054
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Saturday @ 6:00 PM
Sunday @ 11:00 AM
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Glory to God Old Catholic Church
Visiting a new church can be a intimidating experience. Here are some things to keep in mind if you'll be joining us for prayer for the first time.
All are welcome: We are a welcoming & inclusive community. Expect a warm welcome, regardless of who you are or where life has led you!
We celebrate a Saturday Mass of Anticipation at 6:00 PM and a Sunday Mass at 11:00 a.m. in the church. For those who are interested, we host a conversation on scripture and spirituality beginning at 9:00 a.m. In Monsignor Murphy Hall. All are welcome!
What to wear: Modesty and cleanliness have long been respected by churches. While we thank you in advance for not dressing in such a way that distracts from our celebration of the Church's sacraments, we welcome you as you are! And God loves you as you are!
Parking: There is plenty of parking in the grass-covered gravel lot to the north of the church. We thank you in advance for not parking in such a way that you block or obstruct other vehicles.
Who can receive Communion: Following Jesus Christ in His invitation and our desire to be an inclusive and passionatemmunity. We do not exclude anyone from the Eucharist. We do not judge who is worthy or not to receive the Body and Blood of Christ. Instead, we recognize that Jesus invited all manner of people to seek Him (Matthew 11:28). If, within your heart, you feel the Spirit of the Lord inviting you to sustain yourself with the Body and Blood of Christ, we invite you to share in the Eucharist with us!
This morning by a vote of the attending congregation this morning it was decided as follows:
My Beloved Sisters and Brothers,
The diocese in Ogden, Utah does not want to risk anyone becoming sick.
The Old Catholic diocese of Utah is changing its communion routine as the coronavirus becomes a greater threat in the United States and Utah. The growing infectious rate in the world and the concerns for the elderly have prompted our decision that we are not taking chances that anyone going to mass might get sick.
As a result, the bishop has issued directives that changed the communion routine by not offering the chalice during Holy Communion and asking congregants to receive the Body of Christ in the hand rather than on the tongue.
During communion, we will not be giving the Sacred Blood of Christ until this health crisis has passed. The reception of the Precious Blood is never required for the faithful to make a complete communion: Jesus Christ is really and truly present ‘whole and entire’ under either of the sacred species (host or chalice), even a small particle or drop thereof. May He protect us all from sickness as we take these prudent precautions.”
The church is making other adjustments to the mass as well. There is a moment during mass, in which we Catholics say, “Peace be with you,” and shake hands with those around them. To prevent the spread of illness, I am suggesting that we
hold up two fingers in the sign of peace or make a slight bow toward the person without touching the person you are greeting.
“I want to assure the faithful that if they are sick, or are experiencing symptoms of sickness, they are not obliged to attend Mass, and that out of love, and not wanting to infect others of the ‘Family of God’ they ought not to attend.”
The church typically takes cautionary measures during flu season, but this year with the coronavirus the modifications are stronger. It is my hope that we will not allow unnecessary fear to drive us apart from one another in this time of need, We can take appropriate precautions and still continue to offer love and support for one another as followers of Jesus Christ.
Please rely on credible sources (CDC and/or Contact your local State/County/City health offices) Please, do not spread information found on social media without checking the truthfulness of the information through Snopes or another fact finding site as there is much misinformation on the internet regarding the virus and prevention and to the best of your ability employ best practices such as regular hand-washing and keeping a 3-foot distance from anyone coughing or sneezing.
“Every flu season we attempt to make sure people do not get sick at church and tell them not to come if they are not feeling well.
In service to the most Holy Trinity and by extension the People of God. I remain your servant.
+ Most Reverend James W. Morgan Jr.
In short there WILL be massnext Saturday and Sunday!