Gracious offers of assistance continue to come in and we are blessed by the opening of so many hearts. We are currently pursuing the sign out front and hope to have that in place very soon. I am working on the gathering of resources for both worship and community ministry. Among my sundry belongings, once I dig them out, are a lectern-sized lectionary (RCL) and a Spanish altar book.
Here are some wish list items (if you don't ask, you don't receive):
- A lectern
- A pillar or small-surface side table on which can be placed...
- A nice bowl for a font
- A vacuum cleaner
Waste baskets (we have only one and many rooms that need them)we now have 8
- Folding or stackable chairs for the church hall (Update: 25 are on their way)
The Book of Common Prayer 1979(we now have 48)
- Bibles for Bible study down the road
- Spanish Bibles (ditto)
- Musicians and instruments
- Effective means of communication with the community
- NEW: an iron and ironing board
- NEW: brooms, dust pans, mops, devices for cleaning toilets
And always, always prayer that we may listen for and follow the Spirit and open our hearts to the people of the community.
I also ask your prayers for those who have felt they needed to leave the Episcopal Church, the community that once worshiped in this space. May everything they do for the reign of God be blessed, may they be channels of grace to others, may God heal anger and bitterness in all our hearts, and may we all move forward that Good News may be proclaimed by many voices and in many manners.
There is more than enough room in this part of town for every ministry God can raise up. Approximately 52,000 people with no church affiliation live in two adjoining zip codes.
Every day there are new blessings, new acts of love and support, for mission and ministry. It is only as we participate in mission and ministry (and it does not have to be our brand or flavor, I speak broadly here) in our specific corners of the world that become part of tikkun, the restoration and healing of the world.
We must act, speak, bear witness, and struggle on larger stages also but it is the close, concrete, particular acts that embody what we yearn to become.
I hope, this evening, that y'all yearn to be what we are made to be: channels of compassion, healing, justice, peace, truth, light, and love.
In the current tight economy I don't want to confront anyone with a begging bowl for this ministry. My own income is from a secular job and this is about a movement of the Spirit and the People of the South Valley and up toward the West Mesa in Albuquerque, NOT about any one priest. (I wince when loving people call this "my" church; you know what I mean, I trust.) If this is about me, I should stop right now.
We are venturing where the diocese, struggling with many larger challenges at the moment, cannot afford to make any substantial investment.
So, because some have asked, if anyone wishes to contribute, they may make checks payable to the following:
Episcopal Diocese of the Rio GrandeAnd earmark them for "Our Saviour, ABQ."
4304 Carlisle Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Only if you want to and can afford it, OK?
If what you can afford right now is "only" prayer, that is more precious than gold and makes a difference. Without the prayers of many this simply will not happen and I and others involved are immeasurably grateful for every prayer offered. Thank you.