Reflection from you Co-Pastor Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Meditation on Sunday’s Gospel reading on the Woman at the Well.

Anyone who has been marginalized or knows from compassion what marginalization might feel like may find some inspiring line in this 3-part poem. Anyone who has felt lifeless or soul-clutter may find some inspiring line in this 3-part poem. Consider that part 3 could also be the Church.

At Jacob’s Well
by Irene Zimmerman
1. Exchange
“Please” he repeated, “I’m thirsty.
Give me a drink.” The words
hung in the air between them
like a hand extended in peace.
Shocked, distrustful, she seized
her only weapon. “You people,”
she spat, “think we’re nothing but scum.
Here’s a cupful of scum if you want it.”
He drank her bitter face.
“If you knew the gift of God,” he began,
probing her arid soul
with careful divining rod.
They sat and talked for a spell.
She gave him a cup of water.
He gave her a well.
2.     Reconciliation
He watched as she came up
The path to the well. The apple
Of noonday sun hung heavy
and rip on Mount Gerezim.
He had watched Abraham,
with Sarah, swear the Covenant
and build his altar
on the numerous heights
and had watched their children’s children,
still trumpeting Jericho’s fall,
return to renew the Covenant
at the altar of the mountain.
He had watched and waited
for generations and generations
as the tribes wandered again.
He was tired and thirsty from waiting.
“Woman, give me a drink,”
he begged, shattering to shards
the laws dividing Jew from Samaritan,
men from women, clean from unclean.

“How can you, a Jew, ask a woman
of Samaria for a drink?” She scolded,
parrying his peacemaking
with her empty cup.
“Woman, broken by broken covenants,”
he said, “leave these man-made
laws and buckets. Take the truth
of Living Water, springing inside you,

and carry it to your people.
tell them the prophet they wait for –
the I AM who told you everything –
Is waiting for them at the well.”
After her telling, all Samaria
came out to drink his words.
The black sheep of Israel
grew fat again on the flowing hills.
Joseph rested at last in peace
at the well of his father, Jacob.
And in her burial cave in Hebron,
Sarah’s brittle bones dissolved in laughter.
3.     To Jesus at the Well
Midnight dew,
Grown now to
dayspring, waiting in
parched noon for woman
to bring her heavy jars
to draw water from a tired well,
teach her
to seek wells
beyond her dreaming –
to leave battered buckets at
dead cisterns and clean the debris
from the living spring inside her.
Christ, guide her to that flowing sea.
From: Woman Un-Bent by Irene Zimmerman 
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Image by SidLitke from Pixabay
Friendly Reminders
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Sacrament of Reconciliation
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is available upon request by calling Co-Pastor Jane at 973-610-6104. (Yes, it is a 973 area code)
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Bike to Work (or Wherever) Day 2021
Wed., June 23rd
Every June, Colorado celebrates Bike Month and here in Fort Collins. In 2021, we're back on track with Bike to Work (or Wherever) Day, planned for Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

301 Faith Partners will host a station. Helpers are needed for our station in back of TLC to setup and host. Stay as long as you like but coordination is needed. Ride your bike there as well. Good times! Contact David Cloyd at 970-227-0792. Free breakfast for bicyclists! For more information on Bike to Work day in Fort Collins, click here
Equity in Fort Collins
A new initiative on racial equity is being formed in Fort Collins, called Our Commitment to Self and Society. It has already drawn the support of many local government and faith community leaders.

Our Commitment is inviting all to come together to look at where we are in racial equity in Fort Collins, where we would like to be, and how do we get there together.
A Virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, June 29, at 7:00 pm will be held and anyone who is interested in being involved in this project is invited. Please RSVP by email to:
Service Recordings
Sunday - June 20
Here is the recording of the homily by Co-Pastor Reverend Jane Reina celebrating the first anniversary of her ordination on Sunday June 20. The entire service is available in a printed document to assist with prayer.
Black Lives Matter Reflection

Last week, President Biden signed a bill into law adding Juneteenth to the list of federal holidays, the first new national holiday since Martin Luther King Jr Day was added by President Reagan in 1983.

Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day that federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. Since Texas experienced no large-scale fighting during the Civil War and never fell to Union troops in battle, the 250,000 slaves remained in bondage a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.

In fact, the proclamation didn’t instantly free any enslaved people. It only applied to places under Confederate control and not to slave-holding border states or rebel areas already under Union control. It wasn’t until June 19, 1865 -- two months after the Civil War ended -- that Union Army Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger stepped onto a balcony in Galveston, Texas and read General Orders No. 3 which begins, “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free”. Thus, June 19th marks the end of slavery in all the United States although full emancipation in Delaware and Kentucky came later still.

Juneteenth is considered the longest-running African American holiday. Celebrations date back to 1866, at first involving church-centered community gatherings in Texas. It spread across the South and became more commercialized in the 1920s and 1930s. However, Juneteenth has remained largely unknown to many white Americans until relatively recently. Texas was the first state to establish Juneteenth as a state holiday in the early 1970s. Gradually, other states (except South Dakota) began to honor the day at least as an annual commemoration. New York, Washington, and Virginia have joined Texas in honoring Juneteenth as a paid time-off state holiday.

Juneteenth is also known as “Freedom Day”, “Jubilee Day”, Liberation Day” or “Emancipation Day”. This weekend, as we celebrate many other things, let us also lift up our African American brothers and sisters in prayer and honor their culture, their traditions and their history.

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