Tuesday, August 21, 2012

You are Invited to A Circle of Protection Prayer Vigil on October 13 in Albuquerque

Photo courtesy of Laura Elizabeth Pohl, Bread for the World
For those of us who live in Albuquerque, the second  Saturday of October is special.   This is the culmination of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, a magical time when hundreds of colorful hot air balloons fill the skies.

This year, another special event is scheduled in Albuquerque for the second Saturday in October.  Please join us for an evening of prayer and reflection.  Our vigil, Electing to Form a Circle of Protection in New Mexico, will help us to ground ourselves spiritually and reflect on the social justice that our Creator wants for all people on Earth.

We will follow the same format as last year's vigil, using prayers, reflections and songs.  We will end the evening with fair-trade refreshments and an opportunity to sign letters asking the candidates seeking to represent us in the U.S. Senate (Martin Heinrich and Heather Wilson) and the First Congressional District (Janice Arnold Jones and Michelle Lujan Grisham) to protect the programs that help the most vulnerable in our society.   We will deliver the signed letters to the local headquarters of the four candidates before the November 6 election.  Ms. Arnold Jones and Ms. Lujan Grisham were among the five candidates with whom we met after last year's vigil.  Here is more information about those visits.

Our planning team (Sister Joan Brown, Joy Carroll, Terese Bridges, Ellen Buelow and Carlos Navarro) hopes you can join us this year.  Here is the information for your calendars.

Electing to Form a Circle of Protection
Immanuel Presbyterian Church 
114 Carlisle SE (Nob Hill)
Saturday, October 13  
5:00 p.m.

Fair-trade refreshments will be served.

Please bring non-perishable food and other items to donate to local refugee communites

Here is the liturgy and a couple of videos of our procession last year.

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