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Author Archives: The Rev. Elizabeth G. Maxwell
Dear People of Ascension, Some of you have been asking about our plans for reopening the church. All of us miss being together in person in our beloved sacred space. You will recall that last month I reported that Bishop Dietsche had told us that no churches in the Diocese of New York are to …
Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Dear People of Ascension, This Thursday, June 4, at 6:30 pm EDT we will have a Zoom conversation about what next steps we at Ascension are called to take to confront, unlearn and dismantle racism and white supremacy in our own lives, our church and our larger society. Grounded in our baptismal covenant, we will …
Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The following Meditation is for May 24, 2929, the Seventh Sunday of Easter, from The Rev. Elizabeth G. Maxwell, Rector, Church of the Ascension.
Dear People of Ascension, I commend to you the meditation for the 6th week of Easter from our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Andrew Dietsche, which you can listen to here. It’s really a meditation about the Ascension and the ten days between Jesus’ ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, so it …
O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Dear people of Ascension, Alleluia! Christ is risen! Although we were not physically together, our worship this Holy Week and Easter was deeply meaningful and full of love and spirit. I am grateful to everyone whose creativity, hard work and skill made our services happen, and happen beautifully. Thank you to my dear clergy colleagues …
Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
A Message from the Rector, Thursday, April 9, 2020. This year we celebrate Maundy Thursday at 7pm with readings and reflection, and a simple meal shared online. This is a new experience at Ascension, though it is an old tradition for Maundy Thursday. Please prepare some simple food in your own home, and set it …