“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.  You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.  God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

-John 4:19-24


Worshiping on a Sunday morning in the presence of God and other believers is an awesome experience.  It’s powerful, passionate and life-changing.   But, glorifying God in a church is not the only time and place we are called to worship. 

In this story found in the Gospel of John,  Jesus reveals to a Samaritan woman living in shame on the fringe of biblical society that He is indeed the Messiah.  But before that revelation happens, Jesus tells the woman an unedited version of her life.  Upon hearing it she declares He must indeed be a prophet, but instead of asking Him to forgive her,  she asks Him to tell her the “proper” place to worship. Jesus tells her it’s not the place that’s important. Worship can take place anytime, anyplace, and anywhere. Worship is about humbly pausing and remembering how awesome God truly is.  Worship is much more than a place.  It is the condition of our hearts,  and what is most important to God, is that we worship Him at all times and all places in both “spirit and truth."


God, today we humbly come before you as a church family.   We realize our need for your never ending grace and mercy, and we want to testify how great you indeed are. Create in us pure hearts so that we can worship you at all times and in all places, Amen.  

Chase Kennedy