Our Saviour in the South Valley of Albuquerque hosted a Miracle Day on Saturday, November 14. Folks arrived from Epiphany in Socorro, San Gabriel in Corrales, Canterbury and St. Michael's in Albuquerque, plus someone from St. Paul's Lutheran in Albuquerque who attends EFM at St. John's Cathedral. Kitchens and bathrooms were cleaned, walls were scrubbed, trash collected and hauled away, vacuums were busy everywhere, leaves were raked, brass and silver were polished, surfaces swept, and a vast quantity of weeds were gathered and burned. All kinds of cleaning supplies and devices were brought for the occasion and left for the ongoing cleaning and maintenance of the church. An overwhelming array of food was offered for lunch and leftovers were shared with the fire fighters next door.
In the midst of it all we gathered for a quiet time of Bible study, reflection and discussion, and prayer around mission and ministry and God's abundant goodness.
An immense amount of dedicated labor went into today. It also yielded to-do lists for the future, but mostly grateful, joyous, faith-filled hearts and a sense of accomplishment. The grounds and buildings look cared for and we look forward to welcoming people into worship, study, service, and celebration in this place.
If you would like to join with today's Bible reflections, we looked at Ephesians 1:1-23 and pondered what this means for our mission and ministry today. We invite you to spend some time with this amazing passage and consider what it means for mission and ministry where you are.
A thousand thanks to all who showed up, sharing labor, tools, food, and hearts. As St. Paul wrote in Philippians 1:3-5:
I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now.And we do thank God at each remembrance.
Christ Jesus, you go before and behind us, you are our light and our shield; guide our path, be our clear sight, lift us up in your Gospel joy, and bless the work we do in your name and honor, for you are our beloved, and our life made new. Amen.
PS: You might want to save the weekend of May 1-2. Tuesday, May 4, is the feast of St. Florian, patron of fire fighters. We have begun discussing a blessing of the fire engines and community prayer for our fire fighters that weekend.