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 2013
THE BOY ASKED, “Why doesn’t God send Jesus back to earth again to remove all doubt?” He took the thought no further. What would he have wanted? That Jesus come to Iowa, climb the steps to his parents’ porch, and knock on his door?
HAVE YOU EVER FELT like that clay pot? Looking around and thinking, hey I’m a pretty good pot. I’m pleasant to look at; I hold cold, clean water for people to drink; I am always available whenever I’m needed. I’m doing just what a pot should do. And I’m feeling pretty good about myself. Then along comes the potter to take a look at you.
The deadline for the Parish Questionnaire is extended to Sunday, March 3, to enable everyone to participate. A reminder that the parish Questionnaire can be found online here. Hard copies are available in the Parish Hall or Narthex, as are drop boxes for completed questionnaires. The first of two Parish Round Table Discussions will be …
I AM A TRUE PRODUCT of the Me Generation, whose litany has been: “I’ll do it alone / No help needed / Can’t listen to you as I am too busy with myself and my worldly goals.” This mantra had encased my nascent spiritual life in a polished and seemingly impregnable cocoon, and therefore, isolated, I believed my relationship with God to be unique.
BOTH PSALM 79 AND DANIEL are about asking God for his compassion and forgiveness after the people of Israel have gone against God’s wishes. Daniel prays to the Lord, asking him for forgiveness because the people “have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from the commandments and ordinances.”
“YOU THEREFORE, MUST BE AS PERFECT, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Ah, the perennial reminder: You fall short; keep going! There is always more slope ahead, even when the top seems near, for the Father is perfection, and by definition, none can approach his perfection. Why such an impossible goal?
In most parts of the Bible, the King James Version speaks to me more movingly than the Revised Standard Version, and Psalm 130 is no exception. However, I sometimes gain interesting and valuable insights by comparing the older and more poetic translation with the new and presumably more accurate one.
THE PASSAGE FROM MATTHEW’S GOSPEL is part of his account of the Sermon on the Mount, the great cornerstone of Christ’s teaching and theology. In verse 12, Christ instructs us “…whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them.” With this statement, the Sermon on the Mount reaches its highest point. The Rev. William Barclay of Trinity College, Glasgow, wrote in his analysis of Matthew, published in 1956: “This saying is the topmost peak of social ethics, and the Everest of all ethical teaching.”
WE FIND, NOT SURPRISINGLY, THE THEME of repentance in all three readings. The psalm is lyrical, highly rhythmic and poetic in the King James translation, and the parallelisms in verses 11 and 12 make repentance actually an expression of desire and a reaching toward divine union. “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and uphold me with thy free spirit.”