Today, many of you across our conference and beyond will hear and experience the story of the woman at the well from the gospel of John Chapter 4. Reading and contemplating the verses which relate Jesus’ journey through Samaria brings to mind the words of the song by BeBe & CeCe Winans, American gospel music brother and sister duo:
Like the woman at the well, I was seeking
For things that could not satisfy.
And then I heard my Savior speaking—
“Draw from My well that never shall run dry.”
Fill my cup, Lord; I lift it up Lord;
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul.
Bread of Heaven, feed me till I want no more.
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole.
There are millions in this world who are
seeking For pleasures earthly goods afford.
But none can match the wondrous treasure
That I find in Jesus Christ my Lord.
So my brother if the things that this world gives you
Leave hungers that won’t pass away,
My blessed Lord will come and save you
If you kneel to Him and humbly pray—
These lyrics convey an appropriate message for lay servants across the Great Plains Conference. As a group of lay servants and course leaders gathered on March 17 and 18, 2017 at the Broken Bow, Nebraska, UMC for study and fellowship, they shared a time “at the well with Jesus.” Each one of us, traveling in from various communities in four districts of the conference, came seeking. We came looking for more knowledge, more understanding, more commitment to serve Christ Jesus in our churches and communities.
Lay Servants are called to service. They recognize that the world is, indeed, a place where millions are seeking, and they gather in courses, in locations both urban and rural, in classes large and small, to be better equipped to share the “wondrous treasure” of a relationship with Jesus Christ our Lord.
If you are among the laity of our churches that desire a closer walk with the Lord, seek the Lord’s will and call in your life and want to transform lives, prayerfully consider what action you might take. The courses arranged by the District Committees on Lay Servant Ministries throughout the Great Plains Conference are designed to fulfill your needs. The courses are so much more than a “study.”
As we prepared for a closing worship service in the late afternoon, we contemplated and shared as a group highlights of the classes. An overwhelming sense of sharing one another’s lives. hopes, dreams and calls was expressed by the students. Appreciation for the preparation of the course leaders and their dedication to give us their time and share with us their gifts was expressed in words of thanks. We prayed, we praised, and we communed together as a Christian body in the closing moments. We had come to have our “cup” filled, and the Lord had indeed blessed us.
Ardith Davenport is Gateway District director of Lay Servant Ministries.