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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Monthly Archives: April 2012
If you are interested in joining the Church of the Ascension, please consider coming to our Inquirers’ Class. The classes will begin Tuesday, April 10 (from 6:45 to 8 p.m.) and will run for six weeks through Tuesday, May 15. Each week we will look at a different aspect of the Episcopal Church and our …
We are extremely honored to present the great musician Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini in his first U.S. concert in 25 years. Tagliavini, more than anyone else, re-introduced to the musical world the great Italian Baroque organ repertory and the appreciation of the Italian Baroque instruments that remain intact. Because of his profound musicality and influence, he …
One hundred years ago this Saturday, on April 14, 1912, the son of the founder of the world-wide Baha’i faith, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, spoke publicly for the first time in the United States. At the invitation of the Rector of the Church of the Ascension, The Rev. Dr. Percy Stickney Grant, this historic talk marked the spread …
In this reading from the Letter to the Hebrews, intimacy jumped out. “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” But why would we? What are we afraid of? To begin with..
When I survey the wondrous cross /
On which the Prince of glory died, /
My richest gain I count but loss, /
And pour contempt on all my pride.
Prelude: Fugue in E-flat Major, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Choir Introit: Gregorian Chant, Surrexit Dominus vere. Alleluia! Gloria in excelsis in B-flat Major, Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) Offertory Anthem: Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem, Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) Sanctus (sung in Latin) from Lord Nelson Mass, Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) Communion Music: O Taste and See, …
Prelude: O man, bewail thy grievous sin, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Anthems: O vos omnes, Tomás Luis de Victoria (ca. 1549-1611) It is a Thing Most Wonderful, Richard Busch (1998) Tenebrae factae sunt, Marc Antonio Ingegneri (ca. 1545-1594) Communion Motet: Ave verum corpus, Josquin Desprez (ca. 1440–1521)
Prelude: Tierce en taille (Pange lingua), Nicolas de Grigny (1672-1703) The Heavenly Banquet, Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992) Anthems at the Foot Washing: Dominus Jesus, Pax vobis, In hoc cognoscent omnes, Ubi caritas, Maurice Duruflé (1902–1986) Offertory Anthem: O sacrum convivium, Thomas Tallis (ca. 1505-1585) Communion Motet: Tantum ergo, Maurice Duruflé
On Thursday, April 18th at 8pm Voices of Ascension will perform some of the most beloved of all choral works (such as the Mendelssohn and Ireland works), performed with the polish, care and interpretive depth that can only come from one of the world’s preeminent choral ensembles. Two of the other pieces share the same …
Let’s imagine that we are at the Last Supper. The disciples are gathered around Jesus, quietly conversing. They reach across the table to dip their bread, their hands brushing against each other’s hands, sharing the same bowl with him. The mood is solemn, yet comfortable and familiar. It is the holy ritual of the Passover feast that they have celebrated all their lives. Then, into this sacred space…