March 21, 2020
DRIVE-IN WORSHIP SERVICE
TODAY
Saturday, March 21
5:00 pm in the east parking lot
Come and worship in your car this Saturday, and gather in safe community to worship and praise God. Message by the Rev. Dr. Scott Sharp. Music by Jim Ahrend, Gil Flores, and Therese Macali.

Please bring an offering of paper goods (toilet paper, face tissue, paper towels) to donate to those in need. We are limiting attendance to 45 cars, to allow for plenty of space between vehicles.
CROWDS

“But now more than ever the word about Jesus spread abroad; many crowds would gather to hear him and to be cured of their diseases. But he would withdraw to deserted places and pray.”

Luke 5:15-16

In this scripture, Jesus has just healed a man with leprosy. The man said, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.” Jesus stretched out his hands to the man and said, “I do choose. Be made clean.” Jesus then ordered the man to go show himself to the priest and make an offering for his cleansing. He also told the man not to tell anyone.

Apparently, the man did tell people, because the word got out and the crowds increased in size! Everyone wanted to be cured of their disease and the crowds gathered around Jesus for that purpose. And what did Jesus do? He left the crowds and withdrew to a deserted and solitary place. Why? To be with God and to pray. In order to continue his ministry with the people, he knew that he had to get away from the people. He had to be refreshed, renewed, rejuvenated. He had to commune with God by himself.

It strikes me that we are being asked to leave the “crowds.” I can’t recall another time in my life when I have been asked to abide by “social distancing.” I’m not even sure I knew that term before last week. To not be with people?! That goes against my personal intuitive nature…I love to be with people! And I am being asked to not hug and to be no closer than six feet from another human being. That hurts…to not be with other people!

But then again, this is exactly what Jesus did. He gives us the pattern…to be in a solitary, deserted place, to pray, and to commune with God. He went away from the crowds.

Spiritual Practice:
Find a comfortable place to sit all alone. Be aware of the stillness, of the quiet. Take deep breaths, breathing in and out. Be aware of God’s Spirit surrounding you. Spend five minutes with this awareness. Be aware of God’s Spirit within you. Spend five minutes with this awareness. Pray…God is my center and my strength. Lift up a prayer of gratitude for this time to be away from the “crowds.”

-- Reverend Dr. Pam Rowley
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 at the link below. Check back daily!

MEALS AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN AT ZUNI
Zuni Elementary is one of the Free Grab & Go meal locations providing lunch M-F from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm to children 18 and under during the current APS school closure.
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.
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