Labyrinth Walk: Woman at the Well, March 21, 2017

Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he? –John 4:29 NRSV

There is a Lenten labyrinth walk at Church of the Redeemer on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. The theme is the Woman at the Well, as a follow-up to the previous Sunday’s Gospel lesson (John 4:5-42, see below).

World Water Day: 22 March

In addition to the Biblical study, we will look at water as a gospel imperative. World Water Day is March 22. Did you know that 40% of the world’s population does not have access to clean water? Come and learn how we can help. Fact sheet for World Water Day 2017.

We never know the value of water till the well is dry.

Come and walk with Jesus and the Woman at the Well.

All people in the surrounding community are welcome. Redeemer is at 6210 Northeast 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. If you have further questions, send an email message to Bee Jay Mar at labyrinth@redeemer-kenmore.org.

As usual, we will blossom the labyrinth at 6:30 in the Parish Hall at Church of the Redeemer. The labyrinth walk begins at 7:00 pm. Table-top labyrinths will be available for those who would like to finger walk. After all have walked, please stay to fold and store the labyrinth.

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Labyrinth participants in September 2016

What is a labyrinth?

Labyrinths have existed from ancient Greece and pre-Columbian America. There has been a rebirth in using them as a spiritual practice.

Walking a labyrinth centers your mind. You can have an intention as you follow the path, or not. There is no one right way to do this. Each person experiences it differently.

Circle of Peace labyrinth

Circle of Peace labyrinth

Circle of Peace labyrinth by Lisa Gidlow-Moriarty. “Circle of Peace” is a trademark of Lisa Gidlow-Moriarty.

The monthly labyrinth walks at Church of the Redeemer use the Circle of Peace labyrinth. This labyrinth design is a 7-circuit concentric circle pattern. It is a contemporary design that blends elements of the classical and medieval patterns. It is most similar to a manuscript labyrinth drawn around the year 1000 in Oxfordshire, England, that is attributed to an abbot of the Abingdon Abbey. The manuscript labyrinth has six circuits. Adding another circuit between the three outer paths with the three inner paths symbolically connects the labyrinth walker’s outer self and inner, spiritual self.

(Description of the Circle of Peace labyrinth taken from Lisa Gidlow-Moriarty, pathsofpeace.com.)

John 4:5-42 (NRSV)

So he [Jesus] came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.

A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink’. (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?’ (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, “Give me a drink”, you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?’ Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but 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.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.’

Jesus said to her, ‘Go, call your husband, and come back.’ The woman answered him, ‘I have no husband.’ Jesus said to her, ‘You are right in saying, “I have no husband”; for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, I see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshipped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.’ The woman said to him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming’ (who is called Christ). ‘When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I am he, the one who is speaking to you.’

Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, ‘What do you want?’ or, ‘Why are you speaking with her?’ Then the woman left her water-jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, ‘Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?’ They left the city and were on their way to him.

Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, ‘Rabbi, eat something.’ But he said to them, ‘I have food to eat that you do not know about.’ So the disciples said to one another, ‘Surely no one has brought him something to eat?’ Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work. Do you not say, “Four months more, then comes the harvest”? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, “One sows and another reaps.” I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.’

Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me everything I have ever done.’ So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there for two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.’

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. We are a short distance north of Bothell Way, near the Burke-Gilman Trail. The entrance looks like a gravel driveway. The campus is larger on the inside than it is on the outside.

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