Apart & Together:
Intermittent Glimpses from Ascension
Updates for Saturday, March 28
Eve of the Fifth Sunday in Lent
Morning Prayer via 'Zoom' Sunday at 8:30 a.m.
Live Mass via Facebook Live Sunday at 9:00 a.m.
See additional information below.
Dear People of Ascension,

What a slog this week has been, trying to put together people and technology with the aim of remaining in better touch during this difficult time. Many of my own efforts failed or fell short or await help from others. Speaking of whom: my thanks to Organist David White and Verger Mary Beth Hwang with regard to a couple of ideas that have been realized and a few others that are moving forward. I pray you may be able to share in Morning Prayer at 8:30 a.m. and/or for a Low Mass at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow (Sunday the 29th, the Fifth Sunday in Lent), both 'live' even if not in person. More information is provided below. Please know of my constant prayers.
The Very Rev. Patrick Raymond, Rector Image above: Raising of Lazarus,
after William Blake, Tate Gallery, London
Morning Prayer via Zoom: Sunday at 8:30 a.m.

Yes , but what is Zoom? And how do I use it? Zoom is a video conferencing media that is being rapidly adapted by many Episcopalians as a preferred format for sharing the Daily Office. Verger Mary Beth Hwang has agreed to host a connection and officiate at Morning Prayer (from her home on the northwest side) on Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. In theory, anyone with a desktop computer, laptop or smart phone should be able to take part. Apparently you could even take part from a land line phone (provided it doesn't have a rotary dial ...). You'll want to come back here and click this link to take part. Alternately, you may go to the Zoom app or website and type in the following Meeting ID: 792 031 7452.
Disclaimer: this is a work in progress and it may take us awhile to work out some bugs. When we do so, we hope to provide a variety of opportunities to connect ...
Thanks for your patience. 
Mass for the Fifth Sunday of Lent
Rectory Chapel via Facebook Live
9:00 a.m.
I have a variety of reservations about this arrangement! But I am grateful if the offering is edifying even to a few of you. I will share more thoughts in Wednesday's newsletter. Meanwhile.

What if I don't have the technology?
What about other parishioners who definitely do not have the technology?

Thank you for your concern, especially for anyone without zoomy connectivity. The wardens and I are asking these same questions, sharing the underlying concerns, and making some headway. Look for more information in Wednesday's newsletter.
What urgency merits going into the church proper at this time is a complicated equation. For me, I felt compelled this afternoon to take care of a weekly task normally done by Sacristan Thom Ehlen: putting a new 7-day candle in the Sanctuary Lamp. With reference to the middle photo--yes, I did replace the decorative brass cap! And I chose to offer the remainder of this past week's candle with at the Mary shrine. - Fr. Raymond +