Welcoming The Rev. Elizabeth G. Maxwell

February 1, 2015, the fourth Sunday after Epiphany, we continue our welcome to our new Rector, The Reverend Elizabeth G. Maxwell. We invite everyone to join us for services this week. Sunday services are: 9am Holy Eucharist at Side Altar; 11am Holy Eucharist in the church with sermon, music & choir; 7pm Service of Meditations …  [ More → ]


The road ahead: the rectory renovation

We’re not quite ready for the “before and after” shots of the Rectory because we are square in the middle of the before!  So here are some pictures of the demolition phase as we prepare the rectory to be a new home for our new rector and get the parlor floor set to be our new meeting …  [ More → ]

One World, One Faith, One God

“In the midst of transition (or change) the work is going to be about creation…about cooperating with God in re-creating ourselves…about becoming more fully what God calls us to be.” — Debra K Farrington, The Seasons of a Restless Heart, as quoted in Mother Shelley’s sermon on stewardship, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Read the full sermon here and learn about the parish’s plans for growth, change and ministry over the next several years. [ More → ]

Ascension’s Twelfth Rector

It is with great pleasure that the wardens and vestry announce that we have called the Reverend Elizabeth G. Maxwell as the twelfth Rector of The Church of the Ascension in the City of New York, and that she has accepted the call. She will take up her duties on January 12, and her first …  [ More → ]


Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Please join us on Tuesday, February 17th, for our traditional Pancake Celebration in preparation for our Lenten season. The celebration will begin immediately after the 6pm service and be filled with plenty of fun, food and spirit of Mardi Gras. A sign up sheet will be posted in the Parish Hall for those who are …  [ More → ]

New Year’s Day Service 12 noon on 1/1/15

Our New Year’s Day service with the Holy Eucharist is at 12 noon at the side altar. Join us as we welcome Emmanuel and continue to celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas.

Christmastide at Ascension 2014

Please join us for our Christmas Services with special music for the Christmas Vigil, Festival Procession and The Holy Eucharist. At 5 pm on December 24th, we celebrate with a family service; children attending will carry animals to the Crèche with hymns sung by our Children’s Choir. At 10:30 we will hear anthems and carols …  [ More → ]

Blog Posts

Advent: Holding out our hands in the dark
by The Rev. Shelley D. McDade

Whatever your opinion, or lack of one, is on the Michael Brown shooting and demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, and other cities around our nation…the real truth is that people are in pain. Deep pain. And it isn’t just this one situation. People are reacting strongly to the multitude of unprecedented situations playing out in and around our everyday lives. My personal mantra in life is “to respond, not react.” Right now, people are reacting. And I don’t think we even realize how much minor transitions and developments of life are compromising and affecting our ability to think… to grow… to embrace… to respond… to activate… or rest… in God. [ More → ]

How are you living out God’s hope for you?
by David Cholcher

Last Sunday, I was running on empty. And then I came to church.

Mother Shelley asked how we might answer this direct question: how do you maintain your hope? My blood ran a little cold. I was exhausted by weeks of decision-making and problem-solving. Her question sounded like a riddle of faith, and I was in no mood to fail. [ More → ]

174-year-old rectory needs more than just another coat of paint
by Dorothy Dinsmoor

“The electric wiring and the plumbing throughout the building date from the 1920s. The refrigerator bears a plaque noting it was made in the 1960s. Over the years, as the building served as home to Ascension rectors, relatively little was done to improve the interior beyond an occasional coat of paint. Floors are damaged, walls have cracks, and there are even remaining gas pipes from the time when gas lighting was in use, before electricity was invented and made available.” [ More → ]