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Stewards in (and of) Transitions

“The truth is, if we’re really living fully into the promise of God’s kingdom, if we’re truly co-creators with God, then we’re always in transition. I, for one, am praying that our ‘transition mindset’ doesn’t fade away once our official interim period ends.” See what Meredith Ward — art gallery owner, parish vestry member, and chair of our Rector Search Committee — shared Sunday, October 26, about why she gives to Ascension. [ More → ]

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Ascension’s Twelfth Rector

It is with great pleasure that the wardens and vestry announce that we have called the Reverend Elizabeth G. Maxwell as the twelfth Rector of The Church of the Ascension in the City of New York, and that she has accepted the call. She will take up her duties on January 12, and her first …  [ More → ]

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Lenten Quiet Day: Lectio Divina

Come join The Rev. Jonathan Linman who will lead us in our annual Lenten Quiet Day on Saturday, March 29 from 10am-3pm. A simple lunch will be served. Please RSVP by March 26th to Ethan Mandel at ethan dot mandel @ gmail dot com. The theme will be “Praying with the Scriptures: An Experiential Introduction.” …  [ More → ]

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Ascension Book Group

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 12 at 7pm in the Parish Hall. The book to be discussed is The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd which is set in the American South in 1964, the year of the Civil Rights Act and intensifying racial unrest. It is a coming-of-age …  [ More → ]

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Bach Mass in B Minor, Feb. 27 at 8pm

The concert will be performed by Voices of Ascension on Thursday, February 27th, 8pm at Fifth Avenue & 10th Street. Universally recognized as one of the highest achievements of Western Art, The Mass in B Minor represents the culmination of Bach’s life as a composer of sacred choral music. This one work contains such a …  [ More → ]

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Messiaen Organ Recital by John Gillock Feb. 4

Jon Gillock will play Messiaen’s Le Banquet Célèste and La Nativité du Seigneur on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 8pm. The Church of the Ascension continues the distinguished series of concerts featuring The Complete Organ Works of Olivier Messiaen, played by Messiaen’s friend and disciple, Jon Gillock. In the first two programs of this cycle, …  [ More → ]

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Rectory Rehab

Our period of transition presents us the opportunity to do some much-needed rehabilitation of our rectory. Renovation of its electrical and plumbing systems in particular is essential. The Ascension vestry, and also the Buildings and Grounds and Finance committees, have been considering the best use of our rectory, as this will dictate the direction taken …  [ More → ]

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Love in Transformation

For the 3rd Sunday in Pentecost, the Day1 radio program and podcast invited the Rev. Shelley McDade, Ascension’s interim pastor, to its Atlanta, Georgia, studios. Visit the Day1 web site to hear Mother Shelley interviewed by Day1’s host and executive producer, Peter Wallace, and her sermon: “Love in Transformation,” a reflection on Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 1:11-24. (In addition to an audio file of the broadcast, the transcript of her sermon is also available on the Day1 web site.) [ More → ]

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First Summer Parish Barbecue

Save the date for our first summer 2013 Parish BBQ on Wednesday, May 29th, at 7 p.m. Hamburgers, hot dogs and lemonade will be provided. A sign up sheet will be posted in the Parish Hall to bring a salad, side dish or dessert. Come and enjoy the fellowship of the parish. All are welcome!

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I got me flowers to strew thy way; I got me boughs off many a tree: But thou wast up by break of day, And brought’st thy sweets along with thee. The Sunne arising in the East. Though he give light, and th’East perfume; If they should offer to contest With thy arising, they presume. …  [ More → ]

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