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.
- Regular Worship Schedule
- Sunday 9am: Holy Eucharist at Side Altar
- Sunday 11am: Holy Eucharist in the Church with sermon, organ music & summer soloist
- 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 Derek Baker
Did you know there are absolutely no instances of demon possession in the Hebrew scripture, the Tanakh? There are a few evil spirits, but they’re usually just causing jealousy or vengeance. Some are even said to be sent by God to false prophets… so they will then fool King Ahab, Jezebel’s husband…. Complicated. But in the Hebrew Bible, there aren’t any instances of demonic possession and certainly no examples of exorcism, the casting out of the demons that possess people. Yet the first three Gospels are full of people possessed by demons!
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In the 2003 film “Luther” starring Joseph Fiennes, Martin Luther is seen rather early in his ministry as wrestling with the character and intention of God. You may be aware that Martin Luther was chief architect of what eventually became a sprawling reformation movement – a movement deeply opposed to how the established church (at the time there was only the Roman Catholic tradition) – how the church understood its role in the world’s relationship with God.
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Monthly Archives: February 2012
He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” This is Jesus’ remarks to a few apostles who had come looking for him after a long day of teaching and healing. It seems as if…
When you come to knowing God, the initiative lies on His side. If He does not show Himself, nothing you can do will enable you to find Him. And, in fact, He shows much more of Himself to some people than to others—not because He has favourites, but because it is impossible for Him to show Himself to a man whose whole mind and character are in the wrong…
Currently there is an e-mail floating around that God has issued a recall notice “regardless of make or year due to a serious defect of the heart. This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype unit, code name Adam and Eve . . .”
The Latin phrase e pluribus unum, or “Out of many – one,” has appeared on every coin minted by the U.S. Treasury since the late 1800s. E pluribus unum is a perfect description of the message Jesus gives in today’s Gospel lesson.
The reading today from John is a beautiful example of intercessory prayer, and we should use its example in our own prayer. In intercessory prayer, we stand before God, and pray for others. Our reading today shows us Jesus praying an intercessory prayer to his Father to protect those closest to him; his followers, his believers, his disciples. He asks for them to be kept safe after he is no longer there to protect them as they continue to go out into the world to teach The Word.
Today we hear: MAJOR WORKS BY BACH At the Prelude (10:50 am) Fantasia & Fugue in C Minor Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) What a special piece this is! I have always loved this Fantasia very much and find it unique among his large organ works. For me, it has a very expressive, almost vocal manner …
I need to make a brief confession. I’ve spent as much time with the psalms as I have training for the New York City Marathon! Though I am grateful that we recite or sing them every Sunday, this hasn’t much moved me to read them as part of my own spiritual practice. As part of my Lenten discipline, I thought I would focus on that which I would normally ignore. But today’s reading is filled with such wisdom on taking the long view that I can’t help wondering why I haven’t been spending more time with the psalms!
On this first day of Lent, we will each be reflecting on what kind of “personal Lent” this will be for us. In reading today’s passages, I am especially struck by the theme of the heart. Psalm 51 describes it best in asking for God to “create in me a clean heart” and to “renew a right spirit within me.” No matter how well we think we are doing…
The Ash Wednesday services will feature special music on the Manton Memorial Organ. Organ music at the 8am and noon services: O man, bewail thy grevious sin, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Have Mercy on me, O Lord God, Johann Gottfried Walther (1684-1748) Selections from Orgelbüchlein, J. S. Bach Postlude: Jesus, my Joy, J. S. Bach …
Please join us on Sunday, February 19th, for our traditional Mardi Gras Celebration in preparation for our Lenten season. The celebration will begin immediately after our 11:00 am service and will be filled with plenty of fun, food and spirit. All are welcome to join us in this annual favorite.