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July 19, 2015 Sermon Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Proper 11 Year B Today’s gospel reading seems, at first, to missing something – to be missing, at the very least, the excitement that is to be found in the nineteen verses that are absent. It’s tempting to try and construct some reason to focus on Mark’s feeding of the masses, but in the coming …  [ More → ]

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July 12, 2015 Sermon on Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Proper 10 Year B This sermon was delivered by Eve Beglarian. You can read the scripture for July 12, 2015 here.

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July 5, 2015 Sermon on Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Proper 9 Year B In the last fifteen years, Bruce Chilton – New Testament scholar now of Bard, formerly of Yale – has produced, among other things, a pair of books entitled Rabbi Jesus and Rabbi Paul. In these works, the author draws together the various scriptures pertaining to each of his subjects and creates …  [ More → ]

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June 21, 2015 Sermon responding to the killings at Mother Emanuel

Proper 7B 21 You can read the scripture for June 21, 2015 here. Preached at the Church of the Ascension on June 21, 2015

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Sermons at Ascension

Sermons by our priests are now posted as audio files. Here is a link to the most recent June 14th sermon preached by The Rev. Elizabeth G. Maxwell, our rector. See the sidebar at right “From our Pulpit” to listen to this and other sermons from The Church of the Ascension.

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Volunteer for the Summer Choir!

There has been some interest expressed in forming a volunteer choir for the 11am service during these summer months when our regular choir is off (June, July, August, Labor Day weekend.) If you (or someone you know) would like to sing, just send an email to denniskeene@ascensionnyc.org and provide the following information: your name, email …  [ More → ]

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Message for Holy Week & Easter 2015

Every year, our liturgy invites us to walk with Jesus step by step through the last week of his life, into the mystery of death and resurrection. Through the mystical drama of worship, we participate in the enthusiasm of the crowd as Jesus enters Jerusalem in triumph, and then feel how quickly adulation turns to violence. We are washed, fed and loved in the tenderness of Jesus’ last supper. We watch with bewildered and breaking hearts as our Lord dies a criminal’s death on the cross. And we wait and wonder as he passes from death to life, to greet us with overwhelming joy on Easter morning. [ More → ]

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Lenten Devotional Booklet

Welcome to the 2015 Church of the Ascension Lenten Devotional. This devotional is a reprint from 2003. As you complete each day’s readings and writings, we hope you will feel encouraged to sit with God’s words and the words of our current and former fellows from Church of the Ascension. Lent is a deeply spiritual …  [ More → ]

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Advent: Holding out our hands in the dark

Whatever your opinion, or lack of one, is on the Michael Brown shooting and demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, and other cities around our nation…the real truth is that people are in pain. Deep pain. And it isn’t just this one situation. People are reacting strongly to the multitude of unprecedented situations playing out in and around our everyday lives. My personal mantra in life is “to respond, not react.” Right now, people are reacting. And I don’t think we even realize how much minor transitions and developments of life are compromising and affecting our ability to think… to grow… to embrace… to respond… to activate… or rest… in God. [ More → ]

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How are you living out God’s hope for you?

Last Sunday, I was running on empty. And then I came to church.

Mother Shelley asked how we might answer this direct question: how do you maintain your hope? My blood ran a little cold. I was exhausted by weeks of decision-making and problem-solving. Her question sounded like a riddle of faith, and I was in no mood to fail. [ More → ]

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