Good Monday morning to you!

Today we resume the prayer for the week; today’s offering is a meditation called “Looking Up”. May it be a balm to you and offer restoration and peace.

Note: regarding Morning/Evening worship this week — until further notice, and while we are sheltering-in-place, our online Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer/Compline gatherings are as follows:

Morning Prayer is at 9 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday and can be found at this link. 

Evening Prayer (or Compline) is at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday and is at this link. 

The password for the meetings is the same and can be found in Rev. Christopher’s email to the church sent April 13. If you didn’t receive the email and would like to join the worship services, please email Rev. Christopher: cpotter@stjohns-es.org

We’ll see you online!

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Looking Up — a morning meditation

what direction are the clouds moving
this is the most important question of the day

I look up
from my morning coffee
I notice
that they are drifting due slowly south
with patches of blue between

yesterday they were moving north
the answer, however, is not important, not at all
their direction has no bearing on my day

how can it be that the answer to the
most important question of the day
is not important, you may protest

here is the secret of presence
the importance is in asking the question
in seeking the answer

because while I’m looking up
I notice
the songs of four different birds
large crows cawing in the distance
and tiny hummingbirds tick-ticking
from the branch of a salvia flowering nearby

because while I’m looking up
I notice
the muscles in my neck and jaw
thanking me for the morning stretch

because while I’m looking up
I notice
sunlight has suddenly ignited the tops of the pepper trees
then suddenly slipped silently behind a great white ship
returning the leaves to cool green

because while I’m looking up
I notice
the air is still
and refreshingly cool on my upturned face

what direction are the clouds moving

a most important question because, to answer
I must pause,
and look heavenward

~ by Gary Shoup