Apart & Together:
Intermittent Glimpses from Ascension

Late Night Edition for Saturday, April 18
First ... something lovely ...
... That annual little patch of daffodils and
hyacinths in front of the convent ...
Dear People of Ascension,

Sorry to say I'm having tech troubles again with the pre-recorded liturgy for the Second Sunday of Easter, tomorrow. I'll keep working on it this evening, but I'm not hopeful. Here's what I have in mind for tomorrow, in any case:

* 8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer via Zoom.
(See access instructions below.)

* Pre-recorded mass , if/when available,
on YouTube and or Facebook.

* 10:15-10:50 a.m. - Bible study / reflection on Sunday's gospel text, John 20:19-31 (see below) via Zoom and facilitated by me and my wife Brooke.

* 11:00-11:40 a.m. - Virtual coffee hour , fellowship, check in, questions, again via Zoom.
Resurrection Raphael
Connecting via Zoom
For tomorrow ... please do join us for Morning Prayer Sunday at 8:30 a.m. by clicking here (a different click from last week's). Alternately, you may go to the Zoom app or website and type in the following Meeting ID: 792 031 7452. This week you'll also need this Password: 1133

Yes, you may also connect with me by phone!
I hope to have more time in the coming week for pastoral matters. If you'd like to arrange a time to talk, for any reason, please click here to send me an email or leave a message on the church answering machine, (312) 64-1271.
The Gospel appointed for the Second Sunday of Easter
John 20:19-31
W hen it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."
But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe."
A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe."
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

Join us if you can via Zoom Sunday morning at 10:15 a.m.
to share in reflection on this text.