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Beloved in Christ,

A very blessed and joy-filled Ascension Day to all of you. Last night we read a portion of the Song of the Three Children as part of the Ascension Eve Evensong service. You may recognize some of it from the Benedictus es, Domine:

Blessed art thou, O Lord, God of our fathers,
    and to be praised and highly exalted for ever;
And blessed is thy glorious, holy name
    and to be highly praised and highly exalted for ever;
Blessed art thou in the temple of thy holy glory
    and to be extolled and highly glorified for ever.
Blessed art thou, who sittest upon cherubim and lookest upon the deeps,
    and to be praised and highly exalted for ever.
Blessed art thou upon the throne of thy kingdom
    and to be extolled and highly exalted for ever.
Blessed art thou in the firmament of heaven
    and to be sung and glorified for ever.
  "Bless the Lord, all works of the Lord,
    sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.
Bless the Lord, you heavens,
    sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.
  Bless the Lord, you angels of the Lord,
    sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

Traditional beliefs surrounding this song is that it is the song the Three Children sang while in the fiery furnace as they refused to bow down and worship the Babylonian king. While it is likely that this section is a late addition to the Canon, it stands are a reminder - that no matter what happens in the world around us, we are still to sing praises to our God. Ascension Day is a reminder to us that we now have a great high priest in heaven, who is seated at the right hand of the Father, and He is to be praised and exalted for ever.

Please join us this Evening for Holy Communion at 6 pm to celebrate Ascension Day. 

Sunday's Schedule:

After talking to the Vestry, we decided to make some very minor adjustments both the 8 am, and 10 am service will be Holy Communion this week. We are hoping that this will help alleviate some of the crowdedness at the 10 am service. 

8 am - Holy Communion - Masks Required
10 am - Holy Communion - Masks Recommended - Streamed live
We will have fellowship and sandwiches following this service outside.

If you are still not ready to come out the 10 am service will still be streamed on YouTube, you can find that here, along with the download for Sunday:

I will also be at the church from 1-2 pm for anyone who is not ready to be in a crowd, but would still like to receive Holy Communion. 

Next week: 
We will continue with Morning Prayer - Monday-Thursday at 8:30. 
Evensong - 6 pm Wednesday. 

Be well, be kind, and in all things glorify God. 

Fr. Ian 
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