March 16, 2020
STILLNESS

“Be still, and know that I am God!” Psalm 46:10

Trevor Hudson, in his Lenten devotional book Pauses for Lent says, “We often place magnets proclaiming this verse in Psalms on our fridges. But there is a huge difference between sticking this verse on the fridge and living it out. Finding stillness and silence in a world conditioned to noise, busyness, and words is not easy. Little wonder we often lack personal and intimate knowledge of the Eternal One. The psalmist emphasizes that we need to be still to know God. Perhaps this is why our souls yearn for stillness. In their restlessness they long for that silent communion with God for which they are created. Aware of this, Desmond Tutu writes, ‘Each one of us wants and needs to give ourselves space for quiet.’ It is in stillness we come to know what our hearts long for: the Divine Presence alive in us. In this way, we can see the importance of fostering a life of outer and inner stillness” (Hudson, Pauses for Lent, p.17).

Spiritual Practice: Create “stillness” today for thirty minutes. Perhaps a quiet corner in your favorite big chair, a bench in the park, a walk to the park or on a trail. Be still and wait and listen. What does God have for you to experience in the stillness?

-- 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!




DRIVE-BY COMMUNION & PRAYER
Wednesday, March 18
12:00 pm
Your staff will provide drive-by communion and prayer Wednesday from 12:00-1:00 pm in the west parking lot. Drive into the parking lot, go straight and then left, to swing around to the west office/music wing doors. We will meet you at the curb, offer a prayer and communion (in an individual, pre-wrapped cup), and then you will be on your way. This is one way to stay connected to each other and to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion. We look forward to seeing you Wednesday!
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.

ST. JOHN'S MEDITATION & MEMORIAL GARDEN OPEN FOR PRAYER
Our beautiful meditation and memorial garden is open for prayer, weekdays from 9:00 am-2:00 pm. The garden is located on the west side of the sanctuary. Please enter the gate and proceed to one of the three benches in the garden. Spend all the time you would like in this tranquil setting. This is a good place to participate in some Sabbath, soul-tending time. Please, no more than three people in the garden at one time.
DRIVE-IN WORSHIP SERVICE
Saturday, March 21
5:00 pm in the east parking lot - Stay tuned for more details!
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.
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