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February 17: Shame is the Sin

The readings this week raise the themes of shame and humility — two concepts which, to me as an Individualist lapsed Christian child of the 80s, have always been very uncomfortable concepts. I am well-acquainted with shame; as a young adult, guilt and shame threatened to take me down, going so far as to drive …  [ More → ]

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February 16: Pray That God May Speak

The Book of Daniel, from which one of today’s readings is taken, has fascinated me since childhood Sunday School days, because it is filled with vivid imagery. Of course there are the stories of the lion’s den, the writing on the wall, the fiery furnace, the interpretation of the king’s dreams and beasts galore. Today’s …  [ More → ]

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During the Lenten Season …

In addition to the weekday Eucharist services at 6pm and Sunday services at 9am, 11am and 7pm, there are several special programs and activities at Ascension this Lenten Season including Forums after the Sunday 11 o’clock service. Lenten Devotional Here is a link to the 2018 Lenten Devotional with readings by clergy and parishioners at …  [ More → ]

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February 15: Happy Sin!

“Sin.” A tough word. “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves.” What is sin? The Oxford English Dictionary, calling it “a transgression of the divine law and an offense against God,” does not help much. When someone said to me, “I don’t sin,” I wondered what she meant. Offenses that are on …  [ More → ]

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Ash Wednesday: A Reflection

Lent is my most favorite time of year. It is the one time in our liturgical calendar where we are encouraged to rid ourselves of worldly distractions and return to the most important relationship of all – our relationship with God. It is a time of penitent renewal, through repentance and reconciliation. A time where …  [ More → ]

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Lenten Reflections: An Introduction

Storytelling is a wonderful means of cultural transmission. At a time when a majority of the population could not read or write it was a way of passing on information — lessons in behavior; lessons in survival; important life lessons. The Greek myths are full of life lessons and problem solving messages. So, too, are …  [ More → ]

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Listening to the Still, Small Voice: A Lenten Retreat

Friday, March 2, through Sunday, March 4, join us for a retreat that explores the role and benefit of times of quiet and silence in our tradition and in our spiritual lives. Our time together will help us listen to the still, small voice of God, struggle with the frustrations and longing that come with …  [ More → ]

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Mardi Gras/Pancake Supper, February 13, 2018

On Tuesday, February 13, 2018, join us for a festive Mardi Gras reception and pancake supper at 6:30pm in the Parish Hall. Be sure to bring your palms from last year and join us after the festivities as we burn them to make ashes for Ash Wednesday. The next day, February 14th, Ash Wednesday services …  [ More → ]

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Ash Wednesday Services at Ascension & Lenten Quiet Day

Ash Wednesday Services take place on February 14, 2018 with imposition of ashes at 8 a.m., noon, and 7 p.m (with choir). Ashes will be available at the church throughout the day. A Lenten Quiet Day, Saturday, February 17th, will be co-facilitated by Fr. Ed Chinery and Stephen Payne, PhD, from 10am to 3pm. Participants …  [ More → ]

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Parents’ Meeting – February 4, 2018

How can Ascension develop our ministry with children and families? Please join Mother Liz and Shana Kaplanov on February 4 following the 11 am service to discuss our Sunday School and nursery and other programs for children and families at Ascension. We are eager to hear your ideas and questions as well as sharing how …  [ More → ]

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