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February 18, 2024
The First Sunday in Lent
Services at 8:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.
"Show me your ways, O LORD, and teach me your paths." (Psalm 25:3)
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Based upon updated guidelines from the Los Angeles County Health Department, and State authorities, we encourage those with heightened vulnerabilities to continue wearing masks. During this season of an uptick in Covid cases, we are closely monitoring the best practices put forward by the Los Angeles County Health Department.
Ascension has returned to offering Communion at the rail, either kneeling or standing facing east. We continue to provide the small glasses that will be filled from the common cruet. Please note that the practice of intinction (where a parishioner dips the bread in the wine) is not permitted under the diocesan guidelines.
A PRAYER FOR PEACE IN THE HOLY LAND: Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen. The Book of Common Prayer (page 815)
Episcopal Relief and Development is mobilizing with Anglican agencies and other partners in order to provide humanitarian assistance to people fleeing the violence in Ukraine. Working through the Action by Churches Together Alliance (ACT Alliance), Episcopal Relief & Development will provide cash, blankets, hygiene supplies and other needed assistance. “Ecumenical and orthodox faith networks are on the ground in the border areas of Poland and Hungary,” said Abagail Nelson, executive vice president, Episcopal Relief & Development. “We will continue to coordinate with these networks, in order to meet the needs of people who have been displaced. ”Please pray for all those affected. Donations to Episcopal Relief & Development’s International Disaster Response Fund will provide humanitarian assistance for the crisis in Ukraine.
Responding to Turkey and Syria: Many people have inquired about how to respond to the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. We all know that the recovery will take years, if not decades. One option is to contribute through Episcopal Relief and Development. They are working in concert with the Anglican Alliance and other European partners. Here is the link to their website: https://www.episcopalrelief.org
Also, Vestry member Matt Gorman offers this consideration: “Acts 11:26 mentions Barnabas and Saul teaching in Antioch (aka, Antakya) which is where followers were first called “Christians” … according to Galatians 2:11, it was in Antioch where Paul confronted Peter “to his face”. It is sad to now see the tragedy in this birthplace of Christianity where the people have kept the faith alive for centuries, often in the face of persecution." The link for donations to the Antiochian diocese is HERE.
A couple of other recent articles are below:
A Prayer for Ukraine: God of peace and justice, we pray for the people of Ukraine today. We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons. We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow, that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them. We pray for those with power over war or peace, for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions. Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear, that you would hold and protect them. We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen (Archbishops Justin Welby & Stephen Cottrell)
THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18: We welcome Father Mark Hallahan (while Father Michael is on the East Coast evaluating the General Ordination Exams). Deacon Ed will be preaching at both services. At the 10:15 a.m. service, we look forward to the choir and Robert Williamson offering the anthem "Lead me Lord". The organ voluntaries will be "Prelude in B Minor" by Johann Christian Rinck and "Reverie" by Noel Rawsthorne.
BETWEEN THE MASSES: The adult discussion group meets between the 8:00 am service and the 10:15 am service in Hawks Hall.
MONTHLY "SPIRE" NEWSLETTER: Printed copies of the February Spire can be found at the back of the church and on the reception table in Hawks Hall, or read the newsletter HERE.
PRESIDENT'S DAY: The parish office will be closed on Monday, February 19 in observance of the holiday.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: Parishioner Alyce Rohrer passed away on February 1. Her funeral will be held here at Church of the Ascension on Saturday, March 9 at 11:00 a.m.
TUESDAY NIGHT DINNER GROUP will gather at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, February 20 at Corfu Restaurant, located at 48 West Sierra Madre Boulevard, here in town. Please RSVP to Ray Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 626-233-1035. All are welcome.
LENTEN GOAT DRIVE: This Lent we are raising money for Goats for Episcopal Relief and Development. Please turn in donations by Palm Sunday, March 24th.
THURSDAY MORNING MASS will not be held this week.
RECTOR'S FORUM will not be held this week.
FRIENDS IN DEED is lower than ever on food. Please join in Ascension's monthly collection of specific "Gold Items" which include canned tuna and chicken, hearty soups, stew, chili, pasta and pasta sauce, peanut butter, cereal, rice, oil, sugar, flour, fruit juice, and vegetable juice (V8). Please leave your donations at the back of the church or on the bench in Hawks Hall.
THE PARISH ANNUAL MEETING WILL BE HELD SUNDAY, FEBUARY 25th. The meeting will follow the single service at 9:30 am. This year, the reports and financials will be available prior to the meeting either by email or at our website. Only a few printed copies will be available. If you would like to a printed copy, please contact the parish office. A list of the Qualified Electors will be published.
ANNUAL MEETING POTLUCK: Please sign up on the bulletin board in Hawks Hall.
ALTAR FLOWERS, SANCTUARY CANDLES, AND COFFEE HOUR SIGN-UP SHEETS are on the bulletin board outside Hawks Hall. You can also sign up for flowers and sanctuary candle online by using the links below. Please note that due to increased costs, flowers are now $50 instead of $40.
WEEKLY PRAYER: Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Episcopal Church of the Ascension
25 East Laurel Ave
Sierra Madre, CA 91024
8:00 a.m. - The Holy Eucharist (Rite I)
10:15 a.m. - The Holy Eucharist (Rite II, with music)
Childcare is available at both services