Sorry I Am by Ani Difranco
source of life and truth:
Jesus asked for water
from the hands of a woman
in the land of the stranger;
may he teach us to name our need,
to love our neighbour
and to worship you
in spirit and in truth,
I Am the People, the Mob
by Carl Sandburg
The mob—the crowd—the mass—will arrive then.
Who Understands Me but Me
by Jimmy Santiago Baca
I cannot fly or make something appear in my hand,
who understands me when I say this is beautiful?
He came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, which was near the land Jacob had given to his child Joseph. Jacob’s well was there. Jesus was tired from his journey, so he sat down at the well. It was about noon.
A Samaritan woman came to the well to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me some water to drink.” His disciples had gone into the city to buy him some food.
The Samaritan woman asked, “Why do you, a Jewish person, ask for something to drink from me, a Samaritan?” (Jewish people and Samaritans didn’t associate with each other.)
Jesus responded, “If you recognized God’s gift and who is saying to you, ‘Give me some water to drink,’ you would be asking him and he would give you living water.”
The woman said to him, “You don’t have a bucket and the well is deep. Where would you get this living water? You aren’t greater than our ancestors Leah and Rachel and Jacob, are you? They gave this well to us, and drank from it, as did their descendants and flocks.”
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks from the water that I will give will never be thirsty again. The water that I give will become in those who drink it a spring of water that bubbles up into eternal life.”
The woman said to him, “Give me this water, so that I will never be thirsty and will never need to come here to draw water!”
Jesus said to her, “Go, get your husband, and come back here.”
The woman replied, “I don’t have a husband.”
“You are right to say, ‘I don’t have a husband,’” Jesus answered. “You’ve had five husbands, and the man you are with now isn’t your husband. You’ve spoken the truth.”
The woman said, “I see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshipped on this mountain, but you and your people say that it is necessary to worship in Jerusalem.”
Jesus said to her, “Believe me, the time is coming when you and your people will worship Abba God neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You and your people worship what you don’t know; we worship what we know because salvation is from the Jewish people. But the time is coming—and is here!—when true worshippers will worship in spirit and truth. Abba God looks for those who worship in this way. God is spirit, and it is necessary to worship God in spirit and truth.”
The woman said, “I know that the Messiah, the one who is called the Christ, is coming and will tell us everything.”
Jesus said to her, “I Am—the one who speaks with you.”
Just then, Jesus’ disciples arrived and were shocked that he was talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?” The woman put down her water jar and went into the city. She said to the people, “Come and see someone who has told me everything I’ve done! Could this be the Christ?” They left the city and were on their way to see Jesus.
In the meantime the disciples spoke to Jesus, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”
Jesus said to them, “I have food to eat that you don’t know about.”
The disciples asked each other, “Has someone brought him food?”
Jesus said to them, “I am fed by doing the will of the one who sent me and by completing the work. Don’t you have a saying, ‘Four more months and then it’s time for harvest’? Look, I tell you: open your eyes and notice that the fields are already ripe for the harvest. Those who harvest are receiving their pay and gathering fruit for eternal life so that those who sow and those who harvest can celebrate together. This is a true saying, that one sows and another harvests. I have sent you to harvest what you didn’t work hard for; others worked hard, and you will share in their hard work.”
Many Samaritans in that city believed in Jesus because of the woman’s word when she testified, “He told me everything I’ve ever done.” So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. Many more believed because of his word, and they said to the woman, “No longer does our faith depend on your story. We’ve heard for ourselves, and we know that this truly is the saviour of the world.”
Who am I? by Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis & Cameron Diaz
by Rex Hunt, adapted
Holy One, known by many names,
we are thankful for the days that have been,
even those that have stretched us to the limit…
And hopeful for the days that shall be,
even those that shall demand of us the best that we have of faith
May we see our lives with a new freshness.
May we move beyond what is trivial that we may play our part in the world’s renewal.
May we say ‘yes’ again to the visions:
that honour the progressive movement,
that honour human beings and kindness,
that unite collaboratively the insights and scholarship of all disciplines,
that lift up the wisdom of sages and saints, of prophets and heretics, alike.
We commit to become ever more impassioned and compassioned people.
We commit to friends, family, lovers, children, adversaries, colleagues, neighbours.
We honour life and each one present.
In this moment of life,
may we be sustained in the silence of our own thoughts and prayers…
Help us quiet the throbbings of the past
that we may open our minds and hearts
to the touch of the Spirit of Compassion all around us.
May we become the people we were meant to be.
This is our prayer.
The Lord’s Prayer
O presence and pow’r within us,
Being and Life of all.
How we are filled, how we o’erflow
with infinite love and gladness!
We shall this day sow grace and peace,
and show mercy to all,
and gentle loving-kindness.
And we shall be not so self-serving,
but a constant source of giving.
For ours is the essence,
and the wholeness,
and the fullness forever.
What I Am by Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians
God bless our food;
God bless our drink.
And keep our homes
in Your embrace,
And may the blessing of God – God above us, God beside us, and God beneath us,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.