Morning Prayer Service with Meditation – 03.29.2020
Dear friends in Christ,
This week, Bishop Owensby issued a pastoral directive that parishes and staff comply with Governor Edwards’ measures to lessen the spread of the coronavirus through April 13 and longer if extended. So I’m writing (from home) to update you briefly about how that impacts Church of the Ascension.
In compliance with the bishop’s directive for public safety:
- The church office is closed until further notice yet we continue serving. Our staff continues its ministry and administrative duties whilst practicing required practices of social distancing. The staff can be reached by email listed on the parish website.
- Pastoral care will continue as allowable for personal and public safety. Deacon Becker and I will regularly check our email and phone messages at home and the parish office. Should an urgent pastoral matter arise, I can be reached at my home phone listed in the parish directory. Do not hesitate to call!
- Deacon Becker, our Parish Nurse and the Transitions Ministry team are making weekly calls to parishioners at risk to determine their general health and personal needs.
- The only public liturgical service permitted is burial at the columbarium or gravesite (10 people max.) with opportunity for memorial service after the governor’s order is lifted.
- Sunday Morning Prayer will continue to be provided via email and at our website for families and (very) small groups with a brief written meditation. This week’s meditation is provided by the Rev’d Palmer Kennedy, Chaplain at Ascension Episcopal School. For those wanting a virtual live stream, Bishop Owensby will be conducting Sunday Morning Prayer at 10 AM at his webpage: https://www.facebook.com/bishopjakeowensby/
Given the challenges of social distancing, we are exploring ways to address Holy Week so stay tuned! Beginning Monday, a brief daily service of Noonday Prayers will be posted on the website specifically in concern for the health of our community, the state, and the world. As we pray for you everyday, we ask for your prayers as well.
With prayers for peace and health,
The Rev’d Joseph Daly