April 1, 2020

Scripture: Philippians 2: 1-11

“let this mind be in you that you have in Christ Jesus” (from NRSV, bold text from footnote)

A prayer for a transformation of our minds. I need that! Paul invites us to imitate Christ’s humility. In John Wesley’s writings “Works”, he says of this passage, “Christ emptied himself of all but love”. In a later sermon “On Working Out Our Own Salvation”, Wesley writes “first, God works; therefore you can work. Secondly, God works; therefore you must work… with utmost care and diligence”.

Lenten disciplines are self-examinations that seek greater conformity to the mind of Christ and true devotion to ministry on behalf of the world.

These days I find myself asking people how I might pray with them or for them, listening for their insights on how they are experiencing the world and how the Holy Spirit may be speaking to them through prayer.

So I wonder how our prayers for the people might be transformed as we ask one another to share what they are seeing, what they are experiencing, how the Spirit may be speaking to them during these days of Lent and this time of sheltering in place?

One of my favorite prayers from the Book of Common Prayer, is titled “For All Sorts and Conditions of Men”. * Toward the conclusion of the prayer it reads

“Finally, we commend to thy fatherly goodness all those who are in any ways afflicted or distressed, in mind, body, or estate; that it may please thee to comfort and relieve them according to their several necessities, giving them patience under their sufferings, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions. And this we beg for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.”

I invite you to share your “prayers for the people” with me. And to be more specific, I want to invite or ask you to share with me what you are praying for now that maybe has changed since we have begun this time of social distancing and sheltering in place. What has come into your heart and mind as we intercede for the world and for the church while we are at a distance? What “conditions of people” have arisen in your consciousness that had not occurred to you before? As an example I find myself praying for all kinds of people at the grocery stores and the hardware stores these days and I am definitely thankful that spring is not stopped by a virus!

You can e-mail me your prayers and ideas at kellyg@stjohns-abq.org.
(*a title established by the Episcopal Church in 1789)

-- Pastor Kelly Giese
The announcements below include using the program "Zoom" to group-video chat. You can find a tutorial on how to use Zoom HERE!

TODAY - Wednesday, April 1 at 1:30 pm
Log in and have coffee (or tea) and chat with Pastors Pam and Kelly! Zoom link HERE. Wednesdays at 1:30 pm.

Thursday, April 2 at 1:30 pm
Join Pastor Pam for a 30-minute spiritual exercise. Space is limited, and the Zoom link will be provided to the first 15 people to sign up! Sign-up is HERE. Thursdays at 1:30 pm.

Mondays, starting April 6, 2020, join Jack Nuzum online with a Zoom Bible study of the book of James. Two sessions per Monday, one at 10:00 am and one at 7:00 pm. If you aren't already on the Bible study list, contact Jack at jcnuzum@juno.com or 265-5241. Zoom is easy to use and James is full of great topics.
As part of our outreach during this unsettling time, the Music Ministry has launched “Music From St. John’s,” a series of video performances by local musicians. This is an effort to continue to provide beautiful music to our congregation and community, and also to provide work to local musicians who have been severely affected by cancelations. New videos will appear daily for the foreseeable future, and they are being created by Shea Perry. We hope you’ll enjoy and share the videos, and also consider making a donation to the New Mexico Musicians Relief Fund. The easiest way to view the videos is to go to the St. John’s Music Ministries Facebook page. Check back daily!
Join Us this Palm Sunday, April 5 For Worship Live-Streamed From the Sanctuary! St. John’s will live-stream a worship service from the sanctuary this Sunday at 11:00 am, and we hope you’ll worship with us! (Pastors Pam and Kelly will lead, along with Shea Perry, Jim Ahrend, and Matt Greer). Live-stream link is HERE and will also be available on the homepage of the website.

A printed worship order will be emailed Sunday morning to the eDisciple list.

We hope that you’ll participate by singing and praying at home! Any questions? Email Matt at matt@stjohns-abq.org.
In accordance with the New Mexico Department of Health order, our facility will be closed through April 10. We will keep you apprised as things develop.

Your St. John's pastors and staff are still very much on the job, and are available to you during this time. Please reach out to us if we can help you in any way!

Each year the funds we raise during the Lenten/Easter season go to many local ministries. A sample of those includes the following: Family Promise, Grace Meal, Asbury Pie Cafe, Wesley House, McCurdy Ministries, NM Ramp Project, Mobile Food Pantry, lunch bags for the homeless, Breaking Bread Meals, Silver Horizons and many more. In these difficult times these ministries need our help more than ever. Please give generously.
Please come to pray in the labyrinth any time of day. Park in the east parking lot near the front doors of the sanctuary/narthex doors. Our prayer labyrinth is directly to the south of the front doors. It is advisable to have one person on the labyrinth at a time. Enter the prayer labyrinth with a personal prayer and then quietly and contemplatively experience what God has to share with you during this time.
Office Administrator, Debbie Brown, will be answering the phone at St. John’s every weekday from 9:00 am-2:00 pm. Please call the office if you have any concerns or pastoral care needs. Debbie will get messages to Pastor Pam and Pastor Kelly. The office number is 505-883-9717.

The St. John's staff includes a licensed mental health counselor who is available to meet virtually (using a smartphone or computer) in a secure online platform during these anxious times. If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally, counseling is available. Click here or contact Susan Brumbaugh at 505-506-6717 or counselor@stjohns-abq.org for more details about session and cost information.
Contact Us
(505) 883-9717
2626 Arizona St NE | Albuquerque, NM 87110
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Questions? Contact Shea Perry at communicate@stjohns-abq.org