This is week 3 in a six-week series called, Returning to the Promise. How does Mary Magdalene, the Samaritan woman at the well, and Joseph, the son of Jacob, have anything in common? All three of them are in a threshold moment. They are all at moments in their lives where there are choices to be made about their faith and their trust in God. And they do that in a climate and culture where God felt hidden, absent, and well, almost, non-existent. There was also a struggle between the old ways and new, emerging ways of faith.
"Returning to the Promise" is a seven-week series based on stories from the Old Testament. Often, we are told that the Old Testament is full of judgement, wrath, and anger. But the Old Testament describes the very character of a loving God who continues to return to the faithful promise of unconditional and ongoing love for all of creation. It is why we first ground ourselves in "God is love" from 1 John 4.