No matter where I turn this week, news (both credible and unsubstantiated) about the threat of this winter’s viruses is everywhere. With your permission, let me use this space this week to share information about Ascension’s practices and concerns during this season:
Healthy in Worship
Recommendations for Worship Practice during Flu Season
Ascension’s Executive Team shares a few recommendations about our life together during this time of heightened concern about viruses and the spread of disease. Before offering suggestions, please know that our congregation’s leadership is aware of and monitoring best practices, that we want you to be comfortable with our practice, and that we encourage you to do what you need to do in order to feel and stay safe.
Soap and water are the best sanitizers; hand sanitizer is useful when soap and water are not available.
Sharing the Peace
You are welcome to exchange the peace—or not—in any manner that is comfortable to you. Perhaps during this season, we would exchange a fist or elbow bump, a “peace sign” to our neighbors, or an intentional nod of recognition.
We will continue to offer bread and wine as in the past, however, the method in which you receive is entirely up to you.
- If you don’t wish to receive the cup, that is okay.
- If you don’t wish to drink from the cup, intinction is okay.
- If you wish to drink from the cup, know that our servers are careful to make sure the cup is sanitary for the next worshipper.
Home may be the safest place if you are feeling ill or compromised
If you cannot join us for worship, you may access my sermon manuscript by logging on to our website and clicking on “Communications. ” You can watch the sermon by clicking on the “Sermons” box on the splash page. (The videoed sermon is often not posted until Monday.)
In Other News
Sunday is Time Change Sunday—all our clocks spring forward one hour.
Please join our Vitality Talk, Sunday, at 9:30 a.m. during which we welcome Rev. Brittany Caine-Conley, Community & Congregational Relations Coordinator, and Maggie Shiflett, Coordinator for Foundation & Corporate Relations with The Night Ministry.
The Lent Challenge is on, with opportunities for all ages to support The Night Ministry. Last week our Godly Play children collected $47.20 in their coin boxes. Their generosity is inspiring!
In order to prepare for Worship on Sunday, you may wish to read the scripture texts for the Second Sunday in Lent in advance:
Genesis 12.1-4a: The blessing of God upon Abram
Psalm 121: “I lift up my eyes to the hills.”
Romans 4.1-5, 13-17: The promise to those who share Abraham’s faith
John 3.1-17: The mission of Christ is the save the world
On Sunday afternoon we are delighted to welcome Cornelius and Inah Chiu and Family as guests on our “One Tree Many Branches” series. The concert is at 4:30 p.m. with a reception following.
My prayers are full these days, as I bring our needs and the needs of the world before God. I pray healing in all its forms, strength for all who are weak, wisdom for all in leadership, and hope for all the hopeless.
Pastor JoAnn Post