Sunday, June 15, 2014


 It's been a year since we held the
the flyer information above refers to, that
we held at the Chapel of the Living Waters.
We're going to try to recreate the idea
in a new way, in a different, digital form.
Below is a painting, with our plea, of
the Hopi Indian Snake Dance, the oldest
ceremony and prayer for rain in North America.
The painting was done by E.I Couse, who
 witnessed the dance at a Hopi village in 1903.
"....if the gods are good - and if all has been done well,
 the gods are good - rain is coming.
  As the late afternoon light wanes,
 dusk is usually hastened by the gathering of huge clouds,
streaks of rain appear over distant mesas, dude-wranglers
 marshal their charges into cars, eager to 'cross
 the wash' before floods fill it, Hopis from
 neighboring villages get themselves and
 their families loaded into cars; and then comes the long,
 swishing, sweet-smelling rain, pouring in cleansing floods
 from the roofs into the streets and over the edges of the mesa,
bringing hope and confident assurance that hearts 
were pure and the work was pleasing in
the sight of the unseen ones.
The Snake-dance always brings rain."
Erna Fergusson
Dancing Gods: Indian Ceremonials of
New Mexico and Arizona




Jewish Tradition/Water/Rain/Prayer

"The land you are about to enter and settle is unlike the land of Egypt you have left, in which one could sow seeds and irrigate by foot, like a vegetable garden. The land you are going to settle is a land of mountains and valleys, which absorbs water as rain from heaven."
Devarim (Deuteronomy) 11: 10–12

Water plays a central role in Jewish tradition, both literally and metaphorically. The ancient Israelite agricultural system was dependent on rains coming in their proper times and in proper amounts. And throughout our liturgy, we are presented with the idea that rain is a blessing that reflects our societal balance and harmony.
Today, water continues to play a crucial role in our agricultural systems. And while we have developed advanced irrigation methods, ultimately, we are dependent on clean water and rains coming in their proper times.
During the High Holy Days we take stock not only of our own lives, but also on the state of the natural resources on which our lives depend. When we consider water, it has been quite a year indeed. We have witnessed a frightening series of droughts, forest fires, floods, ice melts, heat waves, and other extreme weather events. On top of these natural phenomena, hydro-fracking has emerged as one of the most significant environmental issues of our time.
"A Prayer for Rain" Jewish Farm School's first video in the Feast Forward series, includes a diverse cross-section of people reading an adaptation of T'filat HaGeshem  and the themes of the poem are connected to contemporary issues related to clean water, sustainable agriculture and climate change.
Below is a music video of one of the most CLASSIC songs
about rainstorms ever composed.  "Cloudburst" from 
One of the major sacred places of Hopi Tribal origins
and religious beliefs is the Grand Canyon,
known to the Hopi as Öngtuvqa, including the area of the
confluence. It is believed to be a place where many Hopi
ancestors lived and their spirits still dwell there including
many cultural resources that support its
revered status for Hopi people.
From the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer 
For Rain.
O God, heavenly Father, who by thy Son Jesus Christ
hast promised to all those who seek thy kingdom and its
righteousness all things necessary to sustain their life: Send
us, we entreat thee, in this time of need, such moderate rain
and showers, that we may receive the fruits of the earth, to
our comfort and to thy honor; through Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen.


God of all creation, of rain and fire, of ponderosa and pinon,
we your people lift our prayer to You. 
Lord, hear our prayer. 

For rain in this thirsty land, and for hope in this hard time. 
Lord, hear our prayer.
For the people who are dealing with a water shortage and its effects - both financial and personal - from Magdalena to the Plains, from the Rio Grande Valley to Elephant Butte Reservoir.
 Lord, hear our prayer.

For firefighters on the front lines, for pilots and crews, and all who are working across the State of New Mexico at this time to contain fires - for their safety and stamina. 
Lord, hear our prayer.

For the animals and birds that have lost habitat or lack water sources, for the plants and trees, rivers and lakes, and all creation that is suffering because of drought and fire, and often because of human greed or human carelessness. 
Lord, hear our prayer.

For the farmers and ranchers, and others of our rural communities whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by fire, drought, or water theft. 
Lord, hear our prayer. 
 For the just and wise use of the water You have given us, to be gracious stewards 
of Your creation and good neighbors with all people. 
Lord, hear our prayer.

For the wisdom to conserve resources, and the grace to share them, with common sense and a dedication to protect what is a sacred trust - to understand that we are not so much owners as we are custodians of land, and to know that water is life. 
Lord, hear our prayer.

For the local, state, and federal authorities and leaders - to have Your courage, O Lord, and Your vision, to make hard decisions for the common good, and the will to stand up to financial and political powers that would rob the state's citizens of what is theirs. 
Lord, hear our prayer.

For a peaceful resolution to the difficulties that people face on the San Augustin Plains aquifer water project, and a fair, just, and timely answer from the New Mexico Court of Appeals. 
Lord, hear our prayer. 
Gracious God, You who hear the prayer of every heart, hear now the prayers we lift up to you now.
(A moment of silent prayer.)

Hear all of our prayers O God, spoken and unspoken.

Remind us that You are the One who listens and Who hears.

Grant us the wisdom to love one another, and this God-given earth, as You do.

We pray in Your name, and offer the prayer that Christ taught us:

Our Father, Who are in heaven, holy be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
 The litany above was written by Rev. Talitha Arnold of Santa Fe, NM. 
Permission is allowed to reproduce and adapt
for worship services or church education.
  Publishing rights are reserved.
August 21 at 10 am is the tentative court date
 for oral arguments to be heard in the Augustin Plains Ranch LLC case.
The location is the Albuquerque Court of Appeals Pamela B. Minzner
Law Center, 2211 Tucker, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106.

"It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power,
 is the most ferocious enemy justice can have."
James Baldwin