Care for Creation
“Living Water” Bible Study
•Opening Prayer: Gracious God, we thank you for your many gifts, and especially for the gift of water that sustains all of life. Bless us as we hear your word, like a spring to our lives of faith. Amen.
•Reading: Psalm 104:10-15. Read aloud three times, hearing from different voices.
-How are God, water, and life interrelated?
-We often think of God’s act of creation as complete, but this psalm acknowledges that God continually creates and sustains life. What evidence do you see of this today?
-How do you think this passage speaks to problems of water contamination?
•Reading: Psalm 107:33-38. Read aloud three times, hearing from different voices.
-What does this passage have to say about water and life?
-Is this image hopeful? Why and/or why not?
-How does this psalm speak to us today?
•Reading: John 4:7-15. Read aloud three times, hearing from different voices.
-Imagine walking to a well to draw water each day. How might this affect our understanding of water?
-In verse 9, the author explains the division between Jesus and the woman at the well: “Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.” With regard to water, how is the world divided today?
-Why do you think Jesus uses the image of water to describe faith?
-Brainstorm further biblical references to water. What do these images have to say about the human relationship to the world and to God?
Closing prayer: Loving God, you quench our thirst with the waters you have created. Sustain those without a secure source of water, and protect streams, rivers, wetlands, lakes, and oceans, and especially (local body of water or waterway), from harm. We thank you for the gift of water, especially the living water of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.