St. Francis Day Animal Blessing October 4th

This Sunday we will have a service for Blessing the Animals in the church garden on Fifth Avenue after the 11 am service (around 12:30, giving those who live nearby a chance to go and get their animals). You are also welcome to bring well-behaved pets to church that day. Our Fall Calendar of Events …  [ More → ]


This Week at Ascension

Barbecue dinner on Wednesday, Tai Chi Thursdays & college student welcoming on Saturday. Join us for our monthly Parish BBQ on August 26 around 7pm in the front garden, weather permitting. This Saturday, August 29th, from 9am to 2pm we will welcome NYU and neighboring students moving in for the new school year. We will …  [ More → ]

Volunteer for the Summer Choir!

There has been some interest expressed in forming a volunteer choir for the 11am service during these summer months when our regular choir is off (June, July, August, Labor Day weekend.) If you (or someone you know) would like to sing, just send an email to and provide the following information: your name, email …  [ More → ]

You can help the people of Nepal

We are very glad to learn from our Assistant Sexton, Dawa Sherpa, that his family in Nepal are all OK after the devastating earthquake that has left more than 5,000 dead and hundreds of thousands displaced. Please remember the injured, the lost and frightened, the dead and all offering aid in your prayers. If you …  [ More → ]


This week and upcoming events at Ascension

This Sunday, September 13th, we will observe a Call to Contribute to the Rebuilding of Burned African-American Churches and take a special collection to help rebuild those churches “charred by hate.” Since the murders at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. church in South Carolina shocked the nation, at least 7 other African American Churches have burned, some …  [ More → ]

Services in the Church this week and Ascension is in The Episcopal New Yorker

The weekday 6pm services and the 11am Sunday service will take place in the church.  For updates about possible weather related changes with services in the Parish Hall, watch this site or the weekly parish email message.   The summer issue of The Episcopal New Yorker has Janet Fisher and Hunter Clark’s photographs of our Celebration …  [ More → ]

Thursday Bible Study & 20s/30s Brunch

We continue to review Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi by New Testment scholar Amy-Jill Levine on Thursday evenings at 7pm in the Parish Hall. Drop-ins are welcome! It’s impossible not to catch up and be drawn deeply into some very stimulating discussion. And who doesn’t love brunch? Especially if …  [ More → ]


August 30, 2015 Sermon
by The Rev. Edwin Chinery

Proper 17 Year B   “You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness.” James 1:19, 20 In 2004 I was working as Coordinator of the HIV Services Department in UMDNJ’s Federally Qualified Health Center in New Brunswick …  [ More → ]

August 16, 2015 Sermon
by Maurice Seaton

Proper 15 Year B Proclamation by Maurice Seaton John 6: 51-58 May the words from my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be always acceptable in thy sight Oh Lord, our strength and redeemer. Amen “We are what we eat!” Some of us have the luxury of choice in what, and how much, we …  [ More → ]

August 9, 2015 Sermon
by The Rev. Edwin Chinery

Proper 14 Year B In The Proverbs, a central feature of Judeo-Christian Wisdom Literature, we read, among many wisdoms, the following depiction of wisdom itself: …when purpose first unfolded before the oldest of works from everlasting, I was firmly set, from the beginning, before earth came into being. The deep water was not, when I …  [ More → ]