March 30, 2020
ANOINTING JESUS WITH OUR TEARS

Scripture reading: Luke 7: 36-38

An uninvited woman comes to the house of a Pharisee who has asked Jesus to dinner. She brings with her an alabaster jar of ointment. Somehow she is able to “bathe his feet with her tears”. In this act of devotion we see a moment of deep gratitude and deep sorrow.

In the gospel of Luke this story follows the healing of the centurion’s servant and the raising of the widow’s son at Nain. The story also comes after Jesus’ teachings and sermons on forgiveness, blessings, and love for enemies.

This woman who is not named, is from the city. Had she seen healings? Had she heard the teachings on forgiveness? Perhaps she had begun to believe she could be forgiven because of what Jesus said? We don’t know.

What we do know is that Jesus forgives her and says “your faith has saved you, go in peace.” Jesus also tells those watching that through her actions, she shows great love in response to great forgiveness.

The image of tears washing Jesus’ feet captures my imagination. No words are ascribed to her in the text, but her gesture speaks volumes. An uninvited presence, she comes from beyond the boundaries of the table to enact a word of lamentation, repentance, and devotion. In her silence she speaks as no one else dares.

In this season of repentance, a time of lament for our broken and fragile world. May we in this time of pandemic, when we see sickness and loss all around us, be reminded that Jesus heals and forgives and loves still.

Practice:
As we pray today for the world and its sorrows, for ourselves and our loss, for the gift of forgiveness and the great love we have been shown in the death and resurrection of Christ, I invite you to fill a jar or jug with water and pour it out on the earth. Perhaps you will water a plant, maybe it will be a symbol of the gift of tears. Tears of repentance and tears of joy. Below is a prayer to recite over this gift of water, these gifts of tears, this washing over us of love and forgiveness poured out for us in the life, death and resurrection of the Son of God.

Prayer:
O Lord, we name our sorrows, our losses, and our wounds, those we inflict and those we receive. May our grieving beckons us, too, to name our causes for joy, to name our dreams and longings. Help us to share us our heart’s desire with you, in lamentation and in joy, so we may remember your boundless love in the heart of a fragile world and bear witness to You Lord, our healer, redeemer, savior, the One who forgives us and the One who blesses us. Amen

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

"COFFEE BREAK" WITH PASTORS PAM & KELLY
Tuesday, April 1 at 1:30 pm
Log in and have coffee (or tea) and chat with Pastors Pam and Kelly! Zoom link HERE.

"SPIRITUAL MOVEMENT" CLASS WITH PASTOR PAM
Wednesday, 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.
OUR SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP ON MARCH 29:
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:
ST. JOHN'S FACILITY IS CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 10
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!
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