September 24, 2017

Brief Biography

Rev. Dr. Markus Watson has served in Presbyterian churches in Los Angeles, Northern Kentucky, and San Diego. He currently works with Flourish San Diego where he helps churches empower their people to bring flourishing to the world as they embrace their own unique God-given calling. Markus and his wife, Robin, live in Tierrasanta with their three children, Micah (12), Macy (10), and Drew (5). You can learn more about Markus at

Sermon Message by guest Rev. Dr. Markus Watson


This Week's Theme:  Your thirst will never be quenched until Jesus quenches your thirst.



Bible Texts: NIV (New International Version)

Old Testament: Psalm 8: 1-9

For the director of music. According to gittith. A psalm of David.

1)  Lord, our Lord,

how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory

in the heavens.

2)  Through the praise of children and infants

you have established a stronghold against your enemies,

to silence the foe and the avenger.

3)  When I consider your heavens,

the work of your fingers,

the moon and the stars,

which you have set in place,

4)  what is mankind that you are mindful of them,

human beings that you care for them?

5)  You have made them a little lower than the angels with glory and honor.

6)  You made them rulers over the works of your hands;

you put everything under their feet:

7)  all flocks and herds,

and the animals of the wild,

8)  the birds in the sky,

and the fish in the sea,

all that swim the paths of the seas.

9)   Lord, our Lord,

how majestic is your name in all the earth!


Bible Texts: NIV (New International Version)

New Testament: John 4: 1-26

Jesus Talks With a Samaritan Woman

1)  Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— 2)  although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3)  So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.

4)  Now he had to go through Samaria. 5)  So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6)  Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

7)  When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”8)  (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

9)  The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.

10)  Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

11)  “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12)  Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

13)  Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14)  but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

15)  The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

16)  He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”

17)  “I have no husband,” she replied.

Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18)  The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

19)  “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20)  Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

21 )  “Woman,”Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22)  You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.23Yet 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. 24)  God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

25)  The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

26)  Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

Prayer of Confession

Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you

in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done,

and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength.

We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

In your mercy forgive our sinful actions and attitudes. Help us by your grace. Direct our lives so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways,

to the glory of your holy name.