Services at AscensionAscension is a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive community of people who gather to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, to give praise and thanks to God through the beauty of worship, and to love and serve God and our neighbors.
- Worship Schedule
- Sunday 9am: Holy Eucharist at Side Altar
- Sunday 11am: Holy Eucharist in the Church with sermon, music & choir
- Sunday 7pm: Service of Meditations and Sacrament, including chant, interfaith readings and communion
- Monday – Friday: 6pm at Side Altar
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From our Pulpitby the Rev. Elizabeth Sherman
While I have observed many Ascension Days in my life, I honestly don’t think that I’ve ever preached on Ascension Day. Being a lover of liturgical history, it was rather fun boning up on some of the church customs around the feast day. Traditionally, it was on Ascension Day that there was a blessing of …
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“Hope.” There’s that word again; it must be important. I’m thinking in fact that hope is at the very foundation of what it means to be in relationship with God. We can’t prove God exists, so we have faith in God — faith that includes doubt. Faith plus doubt equals hope. And when I think of hope, believe it or not, I actually often think of the Hebrew Bible. The story of salvation in Jewish Scripture is incredibly rich and vibrant with bright colorful imagery and poetry with drama and intensity. The stories themselves not only reflect God’s movement through vast oceanic expanses of feeling that undergird the behavior of individuals, tribes, and nations; these stories reach into our very core places.
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The celebration continues for our new ministry with The Reverend Elizabeth G. Maxwell, installed as the twelfth Rector of The Church of the Ascension. On the evening of May 13, 2015, hundreds gathered in the church for her installation by the The Rt. Rev. Andrew M.L. Dietsche, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. …
Thursday, May 21st at 8 pm Voices of Ascension will perform their last concert this season with a Renaissance program including Palestrina’s Stabat Mater. Tickets available door from 7:30pm, 5th Ave/10th Street.
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 …
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 …
“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.
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 …
Tai Chi classes will be held Thursdays at noon, beginning May 7, in the Parish Hall (12 W. Eleventh Street). Classes are instructed by Dan Baum of Eastern Village Arts; cost is $25 for one class or $75 per month. Call the parish office (212-254-8620) if you are interested or just come to a class …
We are studying the Parables of Jesus, using the following text: Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi by Amy-Jill Levine. Please join us! In order to have a better idea of space needs, please let Fr. Ed know if you are planning to attend. You can email him directly or …
TONIGHT at 7pm. You are invited to attend the Celebration of New Ministry and Installation of the Twelfth Rector, The Reverend Elizabeth G. Maxwell at 7pm, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Reception following in the Parish Hall. Visiting Clergy please vest in festive stoles. Enter the church on Fifth Avenue at 10th Street.
Every year, our liturgy invites us to walk with Jesus step by step through the last week of his life, into the mystery of death and resurrection. Through the mystical drama of worship, we participate in the enthusiasm of the crowd as Jesus enters Jerusalem in triumph, and then feel how quickly adulation turns to violence. We are washed, fed and loved in the tenderness of Jesus’ last supper. We watch with bewildered and breaking hearts as our Lord dies a criminal’s death on the cross. And we wait and wonder as he passes from death to life, to greet us with overwhelming joy on Easter morning.
Welcome to the 2015 Church of the Ascension Lenten Devotional. This devotional is a reprint from 2003. As you complete each day’s readings and writings, we hope you will feel encouraged to sit with God’s words and the words of our current and former fellows from Church of the Ascension. Lent is a deeply spiritual …
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.