Reflection from your Co-Pastors
July 19, 2021

We offer this follow up to Sunday’s homily. It was sent by Suzanne King. Thank you, Suzanne!
"Thomas Merton - A Book of Hours":
Contemplation is the response to a call: a call from [God] who has no voice, and yet Who speaks in everything that is, and Who most of all, speaks in the depths of our own being: for we ourselves are words of [God]. But we are words that are meant to respond to [God], to answer to [God], to echo [God], and even in some way to continue [God] and signify [God]. Contemplation is the echo. It is a deep resonance in the inmost center of our spirit in which our very life loses its separate voice and re-sounds with the majesty and the mercy of the Hidden and Loving One. [God} answers [God-self] in us and this answer is divine life, living creativity, making all things new. We ourselves become [God’s] and [God’s} answer. It is as if in creating us God asked a question, and in awakening us to contemplation [God] answered the question, so that the contemplative is
at the same time, question and answer.

And all is summed up in one awareness - not a proposition, but an experience: "I AM". 

(I added the [God] reference, since Merton was writing these "psalm prayers" around the 1950s and used He/Him/His).

From your co-pastor: So we can ask ourselves -- Can this God of ours, who is contemplation, mix It’s Being with molecules, with cells? Couldn’t this mixing guarantee Love and Compassion and Forgiveness and Freedom?

If you want to hear Thomas Merton himself on this subject, put “Thomas Merton What is Contemplation” in the search bar.
Photo by Anthony Tori on Unsplash
Photo by Anthony Tori on Unsplash
301 Faith Partners - Opportunities to do more together
Our commitment to provide for those in need

Lutheran Campus Ministry is setting up a new program to help ten CSU students from the margins. They are students who have been referred from various agencies - like Rams Against Hunger, Foster Care (deals with kids aging out of foster care) and the Gay and Lesbian group on campus.

The idea is to provide some community support for these students while they are studying.
Pastor Paul Judson, clergy leader at Lutheran Campus Ministry, is hoping to develop an Intentional
Community - with students interacting and supporting each other as they receive community support. The overall program will extend through the year.

The 301 Partners have been asked to consider providing a community meal once a week for four weeks at the Lutheran Campus Ministry housed at 805 S. Shields, across from campus.

We will have a planning session at 9:00 am on Saturday, July 24 on the south lawn at Trinity.

Are you interested in participating in this ministry? Email St Paul's at for questions or to join in this wonderful opportunity.
Sunday Recording and #BLM Reflection
Recording for Sunday - July 18

The recording of the readings and the homily given by C0-Pastor Rev Jane Reina is available here. You can also view or print the Mass here to assist in prayer.
#BLM Reflection - Audre Lorde
On Sunday we celebrated Audre Lorde (1934 – 1992) an American writer, feminist, womanist, librarian, and civil rights activist who dedicated her life and her work to confronting and addressing injustices of racism, sexism, classism, capitalism, and homophobia.

Lorde was born in Harlem to Caribbean immigrants. As a child, she struggled with communication, and came to appreciate the power of poetry as a form of expression. In fact, she describes herself as thinking in poetry. She graduated from Hunter College in 1959. While there, she worked as a librarian, wrote, and became an active participant in the gay culture of Greenwich Village. She earned a master’s degree in library science at Columbia University in 1961. She profoundly influenced Black culture and politics, particularly during the Black Arts Movement of the 1970s and 80s. While a professor in the City University of NY system (1970-1981), she was integral to the founding of the Black Studies Department, and was a co-founder of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, the first U.S. publisher for
women of color and through which she publisher of many of her own writings.

in 1984, Lorde started a visiting professorship at the Free University of Berlin in Germany and between 1984 to 1992 became an influential part of the Afro-German movement, fighting systemic issues through powerful language instead of violence. Her work became the subject of the award winning documentary, Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984–1992, which has been shown at film festivals world-wide.

In her essays and poetry Lorde focused her discussion of difference, not only on differences between groups of women but conflicting differences within the individual. She described herself both as a part of a "continuum of women" and a "concert of voices“. Her refusal to be placed in a particular category, whether social or literary, was characteristic of her determination to come across as an individual rather than a stereotype. One of her most famous and enduring quotes, “The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house,” remains a sharp critique of capitalism, patriarchy, racism, and power systems of oppression that can never be harnessed in service of liberating oppressed people.

Prayer Requests
Praying for peace, health and well-being through challenging times

+Jim Carroll - husband of Dori Carroll, member
+Bernice Wagner - sister of member Fr. Jim DeMuth, praying for her complete recovery.
+Carol Lake, friend of Co-Pastor Jane
+Courtney Shook - daughter of Tom and Jean Christen, member

+Dorothea Grimm - Mother of Rosanna Bateman, member
+Sue Harari - friend of Cathy Engel
+Mary Detweiller - member
+Rob Frank - friend of Kerrie Anderson - member

+Jerry Padilla, father and Ryan Cordova nephew of Lisa Jones - member
+Aidan - grandson of Mother Kae.
+Lauren Roob - friend of Rosanna Bateman
+Liz and Ken Zornes and family, whose daughter is struggling with addiction - friends of Sandra and Dick Life
+Michael Keefe, son of member Yvonne Keefe
+Dona Bosse - member

In gratitude for all who pray for and with our community.
+Rosemary - Fr Michael's mother
+Dani - niece of the Cloyds - members
+Ruth Parker, sister of Dori Carroll

+Joanne Gallagher - member, and for her sister, Dr. Barbara Immroth
+Jim and Lucille Bowen friends of Suzanne King, member
+Leo Sixfather of Michael Six
+Mike Gudim
+Suzanne King - member

For the peaceful repose of souls for those who've passed and comfort for the families.
Adrian - Son of Joe & Ann - friends of
members Cindy and David Cloyd
Mary Crosby - member
Clint Wisdom - brother-in-law of Joan Chapman-Smith
Leon - father of Mother Cynthia

Kristin - daughter of ECC priest Scott Jenkins.
Joan Kneeland - sister-in-law of Bill Kneeland
Rita Ortiz, friend of Deacon Rosean
Margie Weitz - member

Chris Bachman, friend of Lisa Jones
Bob, husband of Joyce Dehaven -
friend of Cathy Engel
David Heyman -member
Past Recordings, Bulletins, and Announcements

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Newsletters of Trinity Lutheran Church and the St. Paul's Episcopal  
What are our partners in ministry up to? Go here for the Trinity Lutheran Church monthly newsletter, "Tidings". And here is St Paul's weekly bulletin
Who Are the 301 Faith Partners?
The 301 Faith Partners have a Vision,
Mission and Values statement that guides our relationships, interactions, and shared projects and ministries.
Our Vision – ‘Our guiding Light’
Weaving a tapestry of love, hope and justice for the world.
Read the Vision, Mission, Core Values and Covenant here.