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First-person reports, thanks, requests and other items reflecting the day-to-day workings of life in a parish community

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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One World, One Faith, One God

“In the midst of transition (or change) the work is going to be about creation…about cooperating with God in re-creating ourselves…about becoming more fully what God calls us to be.” — Debra K Farrington, The Seasons of a Restless Heart, as quoted in Mother Shelley’s sermon on stewardship, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Read the full sermon here and learn about the parish’s plans for growth, change and ministry over the next several years. [ 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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For the Season of the Spirit

Many images, icons and paintings have tried to capture the essence of the Holy Spirit specifically from the writings of the New Testament during the Feast of Pentecost. Pentecost was not a moment and, in my opinion, it wasn’t even an event. It was an expression of the power of God meant specifically to carry the message of God to all people in all languages to all nations and tribes of the world. It was not a division of race but rather an invitation of unity: unity of faith; unity of spirit; unity of God. Paintings of this subject traditionally associate the tongues of fire with the tops of the disciples’ heads. In the May 28th issue of Christian Century there is an article on a Pentecost painting by Christian Thai artist Sawai Chinnawong.  [ More → ]

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The Light of Lent: Lent 5

The nature of our existence allows for countless journeys to be experienced. The journey of time and circumstance. The journey of alliance and detachment. The journey of pleasure and regret. The journey postponed and the journey remembered. The journey of knowledge. The journey of innocence. And the journey of love. Our Lenten journey, if entered …  [ More → ]

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Music for Holy Week 2014

Palm Sunday, April 13 Organ Music at 10:45am Récit de Tierce en taille by Nicolas de Grigny Kyrie III (Klavierübung) by Johann Sebastian Bach Choral Music at 11:00am Lift up your heads (from Messiah) by Handel Christus factus est by Anton Bruckner Ave Christe by Josquin des Prez Evening Service of Meditation and Sacrament at …  [ More → ]

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Lenten Reflection: Lent 4

Honoring Self in Lent In every journey there is a need for respite. A wisdom which allows us to place all else in life aside and just rest in the pleasure of how far we have come. Even if it doesn’t seem as though much has happened it still is important to stop, replenish and …  [ More → ]

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Lenten Reflection: Lent 3

Embracing the Via Media of Lent About mid-way through the Lenten season we begin to feel adrift and may have even lost the enchantment of the journey. We are reminded of some of the things we have decided to leave behind and wonder if our bodies, our hearts and our minds are capable of living …  [ More → ]

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Lenten Reflection: Lent 2

Living on the inside of Lent To step into the season of Lent is to open yourself up to the unknown. At first there is clarity. It is easy to see the habits that need to be ended, the relationships that need to be mended, and the clutter that needs to be organized. But then …  [ More → ]

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Lenten Reflection: Lent 1

To step into Lent is to acknowledge our desire for being known. If we truly want to be known we need to open ourselves up to the possibility of a shared life with each other. A shared life often feels like compromise…something accepted rather than wanted. A compromise may feel as though we are settling …  [ More → ]

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