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 → ]


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 → ]

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 → ]


Bishops United Against Gun Violence

The tower bells of The Church of the Ascension at Fifth Avenue and 10th Street will be rung for ten minutes at noon on Friday, June 19, 2015. In the wake of the mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Bishops United Against Gun Violence, a group of more than …  [ More → ]

New! Photos from Rector Installation

Photos by parishioner Hunter Clark and others from the installation of Ascension’s 12th rector, the Rev. Elizabeth Maxwell, by the 16th bishop of the diocese of New York, the Rt. Rev. Andrew Dietsche, are available here and as part of our Flickr galleries.

Trinity Sunday May 31, 2015

This Sunday, May 31st, we will celebrate Trinity Sunday: 9am Holy Eucharist in All Saints Chapel; 11am Holy Eucharist in the church with sermon and soloist; 7pm Service of Meditations and Sacrament including chant, interfaith readings and communion. Prelude at 10:45am and postlude after the service on The Manton Memorial organ. Special Coffee Hour this …  [ More → ]


Sermons at Ascension
by The Rev. Elizabeth G. Maxwell

Sermons by our priests are now posted as audio files. Here is a link to the most recent June 14th sermon preached by The Rev. Elizabeth G. Maxwell, our rector. See the sidebar at right “From our Pulpit” to listen to this and other sermons from The Church of the Ascension.

Message for Holy Week & Easter 2015
by The Rev. Elizabeth Maxwell

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. [ More → ]

Lenten Devotional Booklet
by The Rev. Elizabeth G. Maxwell

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 …  [ More → ]