March 23, 2020
Daily Devotions this week are being provided by our St. John’s Certified Lay Ministers. Today’s devotion is from Joe Marshall.

WAITING
 
Isaiah 41:10 reminds us “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”.
 
Our life this day is not the same as it was just a few short weeks ago. Quickly we were asked to make drastic changes to our routines and we did. And we wait…we wait because we do not know how long this new way of living is going to last. 
 
My wife and I are both still working, but we know that is not the case for everyone. Also, we do not have children at home so we are not faced with the challenges of “what to do today?” We are all watching a lot more TV and finding creative ways to occupy our time.  
 
Chores and “honey do” list are getting completed finally. Freezers and closets are getting organized. Garages are finally getting rid of clutter and are homes are being deep cleaned. But still we wonder and we wait. 
 
While waiting we will follow the rules. Wash our hands, shield our cough, stay at home if we are sick. Stay away from others and if we have to go out we will do so cautiously and practice social distancing. 
 
How is your soul? Is it well? I hope you are spending time with the One who loves you and is crazy about you. God reminds us over and over again throughout scripture that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Yes - God is with us in this crisis. God is weeping with us. He wants us to cast our cares and worries on Him. Go ahead - give it over to Him and let Him take it. 
 
Open your Bibles and search. Search for the voice of God to speak to you through scriptures. Listen as God speaks. Hear as He whispers “You are my child. I love you. You matter.”
 
What are some meditation disciplines that you are trying? Are you watching online messages? Journaling? Taking long walks? Listening to music? What else? Share your ideas here so as to help others seek God and to remain hopeful. 
 
One thing that I do and I invite you to do as well is write affirmations. Write a one liner the same thing over and over again until you fill up a page. It can be anything that you want. Anything positive to bring you hope. Then flip the page over and write 10 things that you are most grateful for. Do this everyday. You might write the same thing or you might change it up but do it everyday to remind you of WHOSE YOU ARE AND WHO YOU BELONG TO!!! You are a Child Of God.

-- Joe Marshall
DRIVE-BY COMMUNION & PRAYER
Wednesday, March 25
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!
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