Sunday, March 7, 2021:

Water, Water!
World Water Day is March 22

WELCOME to ST JAMES'
ONLINE SUNDAY SCHOOL!

Here are the readings for this Sunday:
Here's what we're wondering about:
Water, Water! It's World Water Day on 3/22

Every year on March 22, it's World Water Day! The United Nations adopted this resolution in 1993. This year's theme is: What Does Water Mean to You?

As the poster says, "Water means different things to different people. In households, schools, and workplaces, water can mean health, hygiene, dignity, and opportunity."

Where's water? Water covers 71% of our earth (but only a tiny percentage is drinkable). 96% of Earth's water is in the oceans of our planet. The rest is found in lakes, rivers, glaciers, under the earth, and in the air.

Our bodies are about 60% water! People can only live for a few days without water. Fact: babies are about 75% water, around the same percentage as a banana (!).

The Bible mentions water some 722 times. There is water of life, living water, quiet waters, pure water, clean water; deep water, wells of water, cups of cold water, water for washing, water for baptizing; flowing rivers and never-failing streams!

In Genesis, God separates the waters from the waters. Later, there are 40 days and nights of rain (& a rainbow!). In Exodus and Numbers, Moses asks God for drinking water in the desert; then there is the miracle of the Red Sea dividing. Jesus walks on water, stills the raging water, turns water into wine, and tells a Samaritan woman, "Those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”

Here is my favorite, Isaiah 58:11: The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.

In our church, God's gift of water is a part of our worship. The sacrament of baptism uses blessed water (check out our Online Sunday School lesson "By Water & The Holy Spirit"), most usually in a church ceremony at a special font (like a fountain!). On special occasions and to remember our baptism, we are asperged (sprinkled) with blessed holy water! Have you ever been sprinkled with holy water at church?

  • What does water mean to you?
  • How many ways do you use water every day?
  • Have you ever wanted water, but not had it?
  • What are some ways to use water wisely?
  • How can we help others have the water they need?
  • How can we say thank you to God for the gift of water?

Pray & ponder this prayer
from the Book of Common Prayer, p. 828:

O gracious Father, you opened your hand
and filled all things living with plenteousness:
Bless the lands and waters, and multiply the harvests of the world;
let your Spirit go forth, that it may renew the face of the earth;
show your loving-kindness, that our land may give her increase;
and save us from selfish use of what you give us,
that people everywhere may give you thanks; through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

What words, music, dance and other movement, and artwork
would you offer in thanksgiving for water?
All the water in the world. . . is all the water in the world! Learn all about this precious resource. Hear the story here!
Enjoy a read-along narrated by a child - click here. Who drinks water? Everyone, all around the world; we need it to live! Look at & talk about the photos from National Geographic.
This Caldecott medal winner tells about an Ojibwe girl who fights against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Hear the book & earth-saving tips here! You, too, can be a protector.
Inspired by the real life of West African activist/model Georgie Badiel - Princess Gie Gie dreams of easy access to clean water. Watch & listen here!
What happens when Blue slips away from his glacier parents?
(By the way, the illustrator is also an orthodontist!)
Look at these lovely drops of precious water! Make your own suncatcher, using crayons, wax paper, and an iron. Click here for the easy directions.
Pour boiling water into a heat-safe glass (adult job! be careful!), cover it with a plate. Mound ice cubes on the plate. Watch what happens inside the glass. (When all's cool, water house plants!)

You can find many water-related activities and glorious stop-action photos in Walter Wick's beautiful book A Drop of Water.
The Fifth Sunday in Lent: purple days! Click here for an email about this season.

Please let me know if I can be of service to you these days, or any time. We are traveling this Lenten journey together! Love - Linda