April 9, 2020
ST. JOHN'S FACILITY IS CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 30
In accordance with the New Mexico Department of Health order, our facility will be closed through April 30. 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!
LOVE FEAST
The LOVE FEAST, or Agape Meal, is a Christian fellowship meal recalling the meals Jesus shared with disciples during his ministry and expressing the koinonia (fellowship) of communities joined as the family of Christ. Its origins in the early church were closely interconnected with the origins of the Lord’s Supper as it was first established at that Passover Meal when Jesus gathered his disciples together.

The history of the Love Feast continued with the Moravians in Germany who introduced it as a service of sharing food, prayer, conversation, and the singing of hymns. John Wesley first experienced the Love Feast among the Moravians in Savannah, Georgia. It quickly became a feature of the Evangelical Revival and a regular part of Methodist society meetings in Great Britain. As Methodists immigrated to North America, they made Love Feasts an important part of early American Methodism. The feast was often held on occasions when there was no one present authorized to administer the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

It is important to note that the Love Feast is not a Sacrament and may be conducted by any Christian person. Testimonies and praise are a focal point in most Love Feasts, as well as prayer and singing. Sharing of food is a central part of the feast and may be shared in silence or with informal conversation in Christian fellowship. The “bread” may be crackers, rolls, or a sweet bread baked especially for this service, and broken into small portions to be passed from person to person. The “cup” may be a cup of lemonade, tea, coffee, or water served to each person individually (the early Methodists used to pass a “loving cup with two handles” from person to person).

During our Maundy Thursday Live-Stream Service, we will participate in the Love Feast. In remembrance of that Passover Meal that Jesus shared with his disciples, we invite you to set your table with some unleavened crackers, dried or fresh fruit, and perhaps a hard-boiled egg, along with your favorite beverage.
JOIN US FOR WORSHIP LIVE-STREAMED FROM THE SANCTUARY
St. John’s will live-stream a worship service from the sanctuary tonight and Friday at 7:30 pm, and on Easter Sunday at 9:30 am (Contemporary) and 11:00 am (Traditional). We hope you’ll worship with us! (Pastors Pam and Kelly will lead, along with Shea Perry, Jim Ahrend, and Matt Greer). Live-stream will be available on the homepage of the website.
Tonight, a little before 7:30pm, click here to go to the St. John's Music Ministries YouTube Channel. (Gathering music will begin at 7:25!)

Click here to download an order of service. We hope you'll join us in prayers and hymns!

We hope that you’ll participate by singing and praying at home! Any questions? Email Matt!
IT WAS ON THURSDAY
Scripture reading: Matthew 26: 14-16

It was on Thursday that he became valuable.

He hadn’t anything to sell…
Not since leaving his hammer and saw three years earlier.
Needless to say, he could build a set of trestles or hang a couple of shelves at the drop of a hat,
No bother at all.

But he wasn’t into making things. Not now. He was into…
Well… talking, I suppose.
And listening and healing and forgiving and encouraging…
All the things for which there’s no pay and the job center has no advertisements.

So his work wasn’t worth much. Nor, indeed, was he.
For, not being well dressed or well-heeled or well connected,
He wouldn’t have attracted many ticket holders had he been put up for raffle.
But he had a novelty value… like the elephant man or the fat lady at the circus.
Put him on a stage and he might be interesting to look at.
Sell him to the circus with the promise of some tricks and there could be some money in it.

It was on Thursday that he became valuable.

These readings for each day of Holy Week are intended to be read by people on their own, as personal reflections during Holy Week. They are inspired by stories from scripture and excerpted from the book Stages on the Way. Excerpt from Stages on the Way Worship Resources for Holy Week, Iona Community, Wild Goose Worship Group, GIA Publications, Inc. Chicago - copyright@1997 Wild Goose Resource Group, Iona Community, GIA Publications, Inc., exclusive North American Distributor
Online Classes
ZOOM TUTORIAL
The announcements below include using the program "Zoom" to group-video chat. You can find a tutorial on how to use Zoom HERE!

REVISED MEN'S BIBLE STUDY
On Mondays 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.

"COFFEE BREAK" WITH PASTORS PAM & KELLY
Wednesdays 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.

"SPIRITUAL MOVEMENT" CLASS WITH PASTOR PAM
Thursdays 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.
MUSIC FROM ST. JOHN'S
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!
VIRTUAL TAI CHI WITH KATHY:
APRIL SPECIAL OFFERING: LENTEN OFFERING  
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.
ST. JOHN'S PRAYER LABYRINTH IS OPEN
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.
CONTACT US
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.

ONLINE COUNSELING SERVICE AVAILABLE
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.
Congregational Care Corner

PRAYER SUPPORT
How we support you and your family in prayer during this difficult time? Prayers for health, employment, peace? Please send your prayer requests to the Prayer Team: mapalook@comcast.net

GO-FER TEAM
It is hard to get out and many people shouldn’t. Is there something you need delivered from the store? If we are able to help, we have a few volunteers who would like to serve as Go-fers for people who need something but cannot get it on their own. Please pass any requests on to Jarrod at c.care@stjohns-abq.org
Contact Us
www.stjohns-abq.org
(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