Stewards in (and of) Transitions

by Meredith Ward

“The truth is, if we’re really living fully into the promise of God’s kingdom, if we’re truly co-creators with God, then we’re always in transition. I, for one, am praying that our ‘transition mindset’ doesn’t fade away once our official interim period ends.” See what Meredith Ward — art gallery owner, parish vestry member, and chair of our Rector Search Committee — shared Sunday, October 26, about why she gives to Ascension. [ More → ]

News

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 → ]

Ascension Sunday June 1, 2014

On Sunday, June 1, as we celebrate The Day of Ascension as our parish Feast Day, we will also welcome special guest The Rt. Rev. Stacy Sauls from the Diocese of New York. This celebration will include the Confirmation and Reception of several new members into the parish and the service and ministry of Parish …  [ More → ]

Inquirer’s Classes begin April 22, 6:45pm

The Spring Inquirer’s class will begin on Tuesday, April 22, at 6:45pm in the Parish Hall. Each class will take a look at a different aspect of the Christian Faith and what it means to be a member of The Church of the Ascension. Classes will go for six consecutive weeks ending in a hands-on …  [ More → ]

Events

18th Sunday after Pentecost: Oct. 12th

Join us this Sunday: 9am Holy Eucharist at Side Altar; 11am Holy Eucharist in the church with sermon, music & choir; 7pm Service of Meditations and Sacrament including chant, interfaith readings and communion. The 11am service includes special music by the Ascension choir (see listing on sidebar). Here are notes on the Organ Music for …  [ More → ]

Blessing of the Animals, Sunday, Oct. 5th

We will celebrate the Blessing of the Animals this Sunday after the 11 o’clock service in the front garden on Fifth Avenue at 10th Street (around 12:30 pm). This is a special celebration of all creatures great and small so please join us. Sunday Services: 9am Holy Eucharist at Side Altar; 11am Holy Eucharist in …  [ More → ]

16th Sunday after Pentecost: Sept. 28, 2014

Join us this Sunday: 9am Holy Eucharist at Side Altar; 11am Holy Eucharist in the church with sermon, music & choir; 7pm Service of Meditations and Sacrament including chant, interfaith readings and communion. The 11am service includes special music by the Ascension choir (see listing on sidebar); prelude at 10:45am and postlude on The Manton …  [ More → ]

Blog Posts

For the Season of the Spirit
by The Rev. Shelley D. McDade

Many images, icons and paintings have tried to capture the essence of the Holy Spirit specifically from the writings of the New Testament during the Feast of Pentecost. Pentecost was not a moment and, in my opinion, it wasn’t even an event. It was an expression of the power of God meant specifically to carry the message of God to all people in all languages to all nations and tribes of the world. It was not a division of race but rather an invitation of unity: unity of faith; unity of spirit; unity of God. Paintings of this subject traditionally associate the tongues of fire with the tops of the disciples’ heads. In the May 28th issue of Christian Century there is an article on a Pentecost painting by Christian Thai artist Sawai Chinnawong.  [ More → ]

The Light of Lent: Lent 5
by The Rev. Shelley D. McDade

The nature of our existence allows for countless journeys to be experienced. The journey of time and circumstance. The journey of alliance and detachment. The journey of pleasure and regret. The journey postponed and the journey remembered. The journey of knowledge. The journey of innocence. And the journey of love. Our Lenten journey, if entered …  [ More → ]

Music for Holy Week 2014
by Dr. Dennis Keene

Palm Sunday, April 13 Organ Music at 10:45am Récit de Tierce en taille by Nicolas de Grigny Kyrie III (Klavierübung) by Johann Sebastian Bach Choral Music at 11:00am Lift up your heads (from Messiah) by Handel Christus factus est by Anton Bruckner Ave Christe by Josquin des Prez Evening Service of Meditation and Sacrament at …  [ More → ]