This week and upcoming events at Ascension

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End Racism SundayThis Sunday, September 13th, we will observe a Call to Contribute to the Rebuilding of Burned African-American Churches and take a special collection to help rebuild those churches “charred by hate.” Since the murders at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. church in South Carolina shocked the nation, at least 7 other African American Churches have burned, some definitively and others suspected to be the result of arson. Bishop Dietsche has asked all of us in the Diocese of New York to join in helping these, our sisters and brothers in Christ.

The Presiding Bishop has requested that we join our sisters and brothers in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and continue to make our solidarity visible by participating in “Confession, Repentance, and Commitment to End Racism.” You can read the press release on Liberty-and-Justice-for-All-Sunday-Worship with this link.

Saturday, September 12 is a Food Pantry distribution morning. Volunteers gather at 8am.

Stephen Hagerty is being ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, September 19th, 10:30am at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Ascension is his sponsoring parish, and we hope that many of us will be at the Cathedral to celebrate and pray with Stephen on this momentous and joyous occasion.

We will celebration “Welcome Back Sunday” on September 20th with a special coffee hour after the 11am service. Thursday night Bible Study resumes on September 24th at 7:00pm with a journey through the Psalms.

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Parish News:
January 29

This Sunday, following the 11 am service, Ascension will hold its annual meeting. All are welcome to attend, whether or not you’re a pledging member of the parish. For this special Sunday, we will have three very significant pieces. Starting at 10:45 am, the Prelude will be perhaps the greatest masterpiece of César Franck, his Choral in E Major. The Offertory Anthem will be the highly dramatic and inspiring “In the Year that King Uzziah Died” by David McK. Williams. And the Postlude will be Bach’s formidable “We all Believe in One God.”

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Sermon:
The Third Sunday after Epiphany

Listen to the sermon preached by Brother Thomas Steffenson of the Society of St. Francis on the Third Sunday after the Epiphany. The readings for this day: Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27:1, 5-13; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23.

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