Sunday
December 20, 2020
Sundays | 9:30 & 11:00 am
St. John’s will live-stream a worship service on Sunday morning at 9:30 am (Contemporary) on the Abide Facebook page and 11:00 am (Traditional) on our Youtube Channel. We hope you’ll worship with us! (Pastors Pam and Kelly will lead, along with Shea Perry, Jim Ahrend, and Matt Greer). We hope that you’ll participate by singing and praying at home! Any questions? Email Matt at mgreer@stjohns-abq.org.

Download the worship order HERE.
Sunday Community Activities: Click HERE to view all Sunday School Classes & groups! Join us in the virtual Sonshine Coffee Zoom immediately following the 11:00 am Worship with church Leadership Team members hosting. Zoom registration is HERE.
HOME ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING
Sing "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"

Read Isaiah 9:6-7
For a child has been born for us,
  a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
  and he is named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
  Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His authority shall grow continually,
  and there shall be endless peace
for the throne of David and his kingdom.
  He will establish and uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
  from this time onward and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

Prayer:
“We light this candle as a symbol of the Prince of Peace. May the visitation of your Holy Spirit, O God, make us ready for the coming of Jesus, our hope and joy. O come, O come, Emmanuel.”

Please consider taking a photo/video of your candle lighting and submitting them to Shea at communicate@stjohns-abq.org for #adventaltarspace.
During Advent you are invited to participate in personal Advent Evening Prayer and Worship in the comfort of your home at the close of each day. Download this guide HERE.
Mindfulness Meditation with Susan Brumbaugh - Part 1:
#ADVENTALTARSPACE
"Here is our nativity" -- Christina Beppler
CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP
AT ST. JOHN'S
Thursday, December 24

4:00 pm Family Service (Music and stories for children with Therese Macali)

5:30 pm Abide Service

LUMINARIAS: One Night Only, Free Viewing for All!
Thursday, December 24 | After Sunset
Even though the church building is closed, the spirit of the season is alive. Our own Abide Service wanted to light the way for the Christ-child on Christmas Eve by “lighting up” St. John’s with luminarias. So view your favorite service online this Christmas Eve, then any time after sunset drive by the church to see our building lit up with the traditional New Mexico decoration of luminarias. For those of you who have been sequestered at home, this is a great reason to get you out of the house while keeping you safe within your vehicles. There is no service associated with this event. It is merely for your enjoyment and meditation during this season of joy, peace and love. We hope you will come and enjoy the wonder, beauty and humility of this glorious occasion of our Savior’s birth.
THE GREAT CONJUNCTURE: Being together, apart…
December 21 | 5:30-6:00 pm

What you will need: Scripture reading: Isaiah 9: 1-2 (below); poems (below, if you so choose) binoculars (if you have/want them); a clear view of the southwest sky at dusk;
We invite you to join with others at St John on Monday, December 21st 5:30-6:30, as we watch and wait, continuing to prepare for the Light of Christ that is coming into the world. This year, the winter solstice and “the great conjunction” of Jupiter and Saturn occur on the same day. Below is a short background of each:
The winter solstice marks the exact moment when half of Earth is tilted the farthest away from the sun. It usually happens on December 21 or 22, at the exact same second around the world.

Because less sunlight reaches Earth, the winter solstice is also the day of the year with the least amount of daytime, known as the shortest day of the year. But the good news is that every day after the winter solstice will be a little longer, until we reach the day with the most hours of daylight. Called the summer solstice, it usually occurs between June 20 and June 22.

In a rare occurrence, it also happens that tonight, December 21st, Jupiter and Saturn – which are actually more than 400 million miles apart, are expected to appear closer to each other in the night sky than they have for centuries. Journalist Colin Dwyer says “at this proximity, the planets will appear to touch or even form one large, brilliant star in the sky… in what astronomers call a “great conjunction”. In the same article he quotes an astronomer at Rice University “you’d have to go all the way back to just before dawn on March 4, 1226, to see a closer alignment between these objects visible in the night sky”.

As a way of being apart together and of celebrating the light coming into the world, we encourage you to get outside and take in the offering of the night sky. To take a moment this Advent to be “lost in wonder, love and praise” (Charles Wesley, Love Divine, All Loves Excelling) as we all share in the splendor of God’s creation. We have included the reading below and some prayers one written for Advent and another celebrating the Creator.

Isaiah 9: 1-2 “But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light has shined.“

Advent, Divine Light,
Lover of the universe
Love incarnate
Love that is alive all over
our world today:
Warm our hearts and
melt our indifference.
Ignite love within us
that is big enough
to overcome our
smallness, and
big enough to extend
to all the earth
and all our
more-than-human
neighbors.
Luminous Love,
shine deep within,
with a light that
shares the darkness
with a graciousness that
does not overpower.
May we, too, be bearers of the Light. Amen.
- Wendy Janzen, Burning Bush Forest Church

Whichever Way We Turn
Whichever way we turn, O God, there is your face
in the light of the moon and patterns of stars
in scarred mountain rifts and ancient groves
in mighty seas and creatures of the deep.
Whichever way we turn, O God, there is your face
in the light of eyes we love
in the salt of tears we have tasted
in weathered countenances east and west
in the soft skin glow of the child everywhere.
Whichever way we turn, O God, there is your face
there is your face among us.
John Philip Newell, Praying With the Earth (Eerdmans: Michigan) 23. 
MONDAY MORNING MUSIC WITH MATT
Monday, December 21 | 9:00 am
Join St. John’s Music Director Matthew Greer for the last “Monday Morning Music” of 2020! He will welcome his good friend, pianist Amy Greer, for a discussion/argument about music of the season and beyond. Click here to join!
"MUSIC FROM ST. JOHN'S" LIVE-STREAM CONCERTS
Wednesdays | 12:00 pm
Join us for a series of concerts live-streamed from the St. John's sanctuary! Concerts are a benefit for Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless. Musicatstjohns.org
Sol Calypso
Join Alexis Corbin, Hovey Corbin, and family members for a fun and festive Christmas concert.
Prayer Requests:
The Gruen family in the passing into glory of Marge

Ann Boland and family in the passing into glory of Bob

Roger and Donna Eaton in the passing of sister Virginia Davis

Donna Bruce in the passing of her brother

Karen and Hal Tidler in the passing of their brother-in-law
VIRTUAL PRAYER QUILT
Kelly Giese is the recipient for the prayer quilt on display for December 7 - December 20.

In lieu of tying knots, please pray this prayer (or your own prayer) for Kelly: “Loving Lord, we ask that as Kelly moves forward to a new location and a new ministry, may your Holy Spirit lead and guide her and keep her steadfast, always abounding in your work and in your love. Amen."
 DECEMBER SPECIAL OFFERING: Two Ministries for Children
This month, we have the opportunity to support two wonderful ministries dealing with children. The Methodist Children’s Home in Waco, Texas, has helped troubled children (ages 12-18) find a place to heal and grow in a loving Christian environment for over 125 years. Younger children thrive in homes of loving foster parents. “They (MCH) are here for me when no one else is.” “They never give up on us.” “I now know that God’s going to be there for me.
      A second Methodist-supported haven for children is Providence Place in San Antonio, Texas. Its motto says it all: “Giving God’s Children a Faith, a Family, a Future.” “Providence Place loved me and helped me make the best decision for my child without any pressure,” said one birth mother in the open adoption program. And, as an adoptive couple puts it, “It is indescribable the joy that Abby has brought into our lives.” Providence Place also helps young adults with physical and/or cognitive disabilities develop their full potential and learn to live on their own with minimal assistance.  Both of these fine ministries rely on our generous donations.
Contact Us
www.stjohns-abq.org
(505) 883-9717
2626 Arizona St NE | Albuquerque, NM 87110
Office Hours (call only): Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Questions? Contact Shea Perry at communicate@stjohns-abq.org