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: April 2012
Come down, O Christ, and help me! reach thy hand, /
For I am drowning in a stormier sea /
Than Simon on thy lake of Galilee: /
The wine of life is spilt upon the sand, /
My heart is as some famine-murdered land, /
Whence all good things have perished utterly, /
And well I know my soul in Hell must lie /
If I this night before God’s throne should stand.
In today’s gospel, the chief priests, scribes, and elders ask Jesus by what authority he is doing these things. Jesus says He will tell them if they will answer one question, did the baptism of John come from heaven or human origin? It is a no-win situation…
Explore the mystery of Christ’s Passion with readings, chant, and Jesus’ own prayer book, the Psalter. The Rev. Deacon Sam Tallman leads the Tenebrae service on Wednesday, April 4, at 6 p.m., which opens our observance of the three holy days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Vigil of Easter. Tenebrae is the Latin word …
My lens to the divine often focuses scripture in a way that is relevant to what I am experiencing on the day that I read it. Today, as I sit in my office at NYU Abu Dhabi, waiting for students to come for counseling sessions, I see this Gospel, filled with very human emotions. Jesus curses the fig tree, turns tables at the temple, and frets about forgiveness.