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Update on CDC Guidance and Indoor Gatherings @ Ascension

“If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.” Maya Angelou

The pandemic has increased our capacity to change and adapt. Change that happens rapidly tends to be the most challenging. Since the initial, abrupt change of the pandemic onset, we have endeavored to change slowly and carefully. The primary reason has been to preserve a high degree of safety for all who gather here. This methodology has been affirmed by many in our parish.

Following the new guidance from the CDC, some of you have asked about relaxing our masking policy at Ascension. Effective today, masking will be optional at the church. . There are many reasons why members may choose to continue masking, and it is important to honor this choice. For those hoping to remain particularly careful, it is helpful to note that our early service has a smaller attendance.

As we enter the season of Lent there are also a few liturgical changes to note. This Sunday we will begin with The Great Litany and will shift to Eucharistic Prayer B, as we often do in Lent. As you attend, you’ll notice that the bulletin no longer includes the full text of the service. We hope this reincorporates our use of the Book of Common Prayer. Some of the prayers you may offer from memory, such as the Lord’s Prayer. Those online will still have words for these prayers on the screen as they view the service.

For those who worship online regularly, we have heard your feedback and will continue to make the most of this offering. We also recognize online worship as an opportunity to welcome new members. I invite your insight into which elements and practices are most important and helpful. As we change the bulletin format, please let us know whether you would like to have a Book of Common Prayer or Hymnal for your home. There will be additional resources available on our Worship at Home page soon, as well.

Blessings on your Lenten Season,

Fr. Paul Klitzke

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