Ascension will be holding its annual Advent Quiet Day on Saturday, December 15 starting at 10AM in the Parish Hall. This year’s quiet day, led by the Rev. Dr. James Reho, will be focused on Hesychastic Prayer, one of the oldest forms of Christian meditation. Coming from the Elders of the Desert, this tradition teaches us to experience God in the heart, to tap into the Holy Spirit that lives within us. This experience, which we can have daily, powerfully transforms us into “the likeness of God.” In this half day together, we will learn about this tradition as well as learn a practice for unveiling this indwelling God as resident in our own open hearts. Finally, we will explore how to use the opened heart for the healing of deep emotional trauma in our lives. The day will begin and end with corporate prayer, and lunch is included. Please bring a meditation cushion and/or shawl if they are part of your typical practice. All levels of meditators and pray-ers are welcome… especially beginners!
We will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis — the saint who preached to the birds and called a wolf his brother — with the blessing of the animals following the 11 am service this Sunday, October 1. The blessing will be around 12:30 pm, giving those who live nearby a chance to go and get their animals; however, you are also welcome to bring well-behaved pets to church that day. Tell your friends!