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Ascension 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, hymns & the Ascension Choir
- Sunday 7pm: Service of Meditations and Sacrament, including chant, interfaith readings and communion
- Monday – Friday: 6pm at Side Altar. Church open for prayer and meditation 12-3pm.
- Mondays: Movement & Meditation
12:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall, 12 W. 11th Street. Suggested donation: $15.
- Wednesdays: Centering Prayer
7:30-8:15 a.m. in the Chapel, Fifth Avenue at 10th Street. For more information, please contact Shep Skiff.
- Mondays: Movement & Meditation
Author Archives: The Rev. Edwin Chinery
Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Natural Systems Theory tells us that all institutions are at risk, by their very nature, of eventually subsuming the original mission. Self-preservation becomes the priority – no matter how earnest and selfless the mission of the institution may have initially been. Could Jesus be aware of this? Would he have us resist such systematic change?
Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
O God, who before the passion of your only begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Lessons You can read the scripture for February 5, 2017 here. Audio Roughly nine months prior to my call to serve here at Church of the Ascension, Hurricane Sandy struck, hitting the Jersey Shore and a great number of locations on the shores of the five boroughs. The storm hit very hard. At the time …
Lessons You can read the scripture for January 22, 2017 here. Audio Interesting times. It’s safe to say we live in interesting times, is it not? In fact, I’m feeling much in agreement with Thomas Paine who, in December of 1776 wrote the words, “These are the times that try our souls.” (Well, he wrote …
Lessons You can read the scripture for Christmas 2016 here. Audio One of the divas currently reigning at the Metropolitan Opera is a supremely gifted soprano with an enormous vocal range. Her name is Joyce DiDonato and I was fortunate enough to attend her recital at Carnegie Hall a little over a week ago. The …
Lessons You can read the scripture for December 4, 2016 here. Audio I’m unendingly amazed at the ways in which the Holy Spirit moves in the world. She’s been at it a long, long time. I say “she”, in part, because Judaism has a long history of recognizing “Wisdom” as both feminine and co-eternal with …
What are we celebrating in our observance of the Reign of Christ? The very words suggest magnificence and great power – the grandeur of a king whose rule exceeds all others.
Then why this gospel text?
These last few moments of Jesus’ life seem, at first, to run counter to all we might value in the world, let alone a royal ruling over it all.
To be with Jesus in this moment on the cross – as we celebrate his reign – invites us to consider the ways use of the language of royalty and ruling risks missing the whole point of the gospels, because of the way “king” or “ruler” might connote a fixed sense of order, rather than a dynamic sense of God’s action on earth.
Lessons You can read the scripture for November 6, 2016 here. Audio The structure of today’s gospel passage is four blessings contrasted with four woes, all of which serve the purpose of encouraging believers to “look heavenward” during trial and tribulations. What does it mean to look heavenward? And, if we’re able to discern such …