The worship services scheduled for St. Augustine's on Sunday, August 29, 2021, have been canceled. This includes the 8:00 am service, the 10:30 am service and visit from Bishop Thompson, and the 12:30 pm service. Fr. Brad will be reaching out to those members of the congregation who were to be baptized, confirmed or received during the 10:30 am service.
Our hope is that a worship service can be livestreamed via Facebook on Sunday at 10:30 am. Obviously, the storm may interfere with that plan.
Many of us have been through this many times: the uncertainty, the fear, the anxiety. Remember that the important thing is that everyone stay safe and make sure your loved ones, especially those who may be home-bound, are safe as well.
A Message from Bishop Thompson
A Prayer Before Hurricane Ida
As Hurricane Ida approaches, we find ourselves in a familiar, yet nonetheless significant time of worry and fear. This is especially true as the storm will make landfall on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. I read this prayer this morning and wanted to share it with you.
Heavenly Father, we ask you to calm the wind and the waves of the approaching hurricane, and spare those in its path from harm. Help those who are in its way to reach safety. Open our hearts and minds in generosity to all who need help in the coming days. In all things, in all ways, and in all times, help us to never forget that even when our journey through this life seems dark and stormy, you are in the boat with us, guiding us to safety.--Amen.
(prayer modified and shared from a post in 2012 by J. Martin)
Please remember to make preparations, evacuate if needed, heed to warnings of local officials and forecasters, and make sure that you are connected with others who can help you in time of greatest need. In addition, we as the diocese will draw together to support one another. It is what we do best.
I offer my continued prayers and will be in touch as we move through this storm.
The Rt. Rev. Morris K. Thompson, Jr.
Bishop of Louisiana