Blog

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

Sermon – July 24, 2016

Four weeks ago, I arrived as a guest at the Church of the Ascension; this week, I leave as your friend. On Friday, I was privileged to have dinner, among other wonderful people, with your Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry. During our conversation, I was asked to identify one of the defining features…  [ More → ]

Posted in Blog, Featured, Sermons | Comments Off on Sermon – July 24, 2016

Sermon – July 3, 2016

O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [ More → ]

Posted in Blog, Sermons | Leave a comment

Orlando: Prayer is Not Enough

The shock and horror of this assault has covered our nation in mourning. Yet this was actually the 15th mass shooting in America so far in June, and the 133rd in 2016. Almost as horrifying as the killings themselves is the regularity with which we awaken to such reports … [ More → ]

Posted in Blog | Comments Off on Orlando: Prayer is Not Enough

Bishop’s message on gun laws

I am writing to you to invite your encouragement of our United States Senators to support the “No Fly, No Buy” legislation that will likely be before them this coming Monday.  [ More → ]

Posted in Blog | Comments Off on Bishop’s message on gun laws

Sermon – June 12, 2016

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. [ More → ]

Posted in Blog, Sermons | Leave a comment

Sermon – June 5, 2016

O God, from whom all good proceeds: Grant that by your inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by your merciful guiding may do them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [ More → ]

Posted in Blog, Sermons | Leave a comment

Sermon – May 29, 2016

It’s not easy, at first, to get a sense of what is on Paul’s mind as we read today’s excerpt. But if you compare the first several verses to most of his other letters, you will notice the jarring absence of a prayer of thanksgiving directly after the initial greeting. Paul is astonished. He’s actually angry. [ More → ]

Posted in Blog, Sermons | Leave a comment

Sing at Ascension this Summer

Would you like to sing in the Summer Choir on Sunday mornings? Summer is soon upon us and we would like to find out who might join a Volunteer Choir to sing periodically during the summer months at the 11:00am service. Rehearsals are Sunday mornings at 9:15. It was great fun for those who participated …  [ More → ]

Posted in Blog, Featured | Comments Off on Sing at Ascension this Summer

Sermon – Trinity Sunday, May 22, 2016

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [ More → ]

Posted in Blog, Sermons | Leave a comment

Sermon – May 15, 2016, Pentecost Sunday

The Feast of Advocacy and Consolation – The Feast of Pentecost is believed by a host of scholars to be the day that Christianity, as a faith movement, was born. The First Sunday of Advent might begin our liturgical year, but it’s Pentecost – as a point in time and space – where what we know of what it means to be Christ’s body, made an initial, quantum leap into expressed reality. [ More → ]

Posted in Blog, Sermons | Leave a comment