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Ascension is a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive community of people who gather to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, to give praise and thanks to God through the beauty of worship, and to love and serve God and our neighbors.
Regular Worship Schedule
Starting April 28, "socially distanced" Eucharist services will be held on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Due to limited seating and contact tracing requirements, pews must be reserved in advance. For now, most other public services and programs of the Church of the Ascension are taking place online until further notice. Contact the parish office to learn how to attend our online services via Zoom.
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We continue our celebration of Christ’s resurrection at 11 a.m. Sunday, via Zoom; please join us! (Pro tip: Sign on 5 minutes early for preludial music.)
We’re also worshiping online at 5:30 p.m. every weekday evening with the Office of Evening Prayer. (If you don’t have a prayer book at home to join in, use this link; psalms are here.)
And we’re resuming our midweek, in-person Eucharist services at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, starting April 28! For now, seating is limited to 20 worshipers at a time, so that people may be safely distanced. Use this link to reserve a pew for one of the upcoming Wednesday Eucharists. Alleluia!
Please join us for worship online or by phone this Second Sunday of Eastertide. Preludial music — three pieces by baroque composer François Couperin this week — begins at 10:45 a.m., followed by a service of scripture, hymns, an anthem from Handel’s Messiah, and a sermon to be preached by our seminarian, Linda Brandt.
- To join the service via Zoom: ascensionnyc.org/sunday
- To dial in via phone: 929-205-6099; when prompted, enter the meeting ID: 322 793 633#
More details are available in our weekly newsletter and order of service…
The Lord is risen indeed! Allelulia!
Happy Easter! Our service again this year takes place via Zoom. Preludial choral music begins at 10:45 a.m.; the service itself begins at 11 a.m. Please join us as we celebrate the resurrection, rebirth and renewal of Easter, spring, and an increasingly vaccinated city!
The Great Vigil — Easter’s equivalent of Christmas’s Eve — was the ancient gathering of believers in the hours of darkness to hear scripture and offer prayer. Initially a night-long service ending at dawn, this practice of prayerful watching anticipated the baptisms that would come at first light. Easter was the primary baptismal baptismal occasion for the early church, and still today, whether we celebrate a baptism during the Vigil or not, we reaffirm our own baptismal vows after hearing the record of God’s saving deeds in history. In this way, we further link the meanings of Christ’s dying and rising to our understanding of our own baptisms.
To commemorate Good Friday, please join us online, via Zoom, at noon. The rector writes: “We invite you to bring a cross with you to the service. This may be a cross that you already use for prayer, or one that you make, paint or draw for this day. This past year has been so full of extraordinary occasions that show us the cross: agonized suffering, cruel injustice, helpless vigils, unspeakable courage, self-giving sacrifice. As we contemplate all that we have lived through in the shadow of Jesus’ Passion, may the crosses we bring remind us of the depth of God’s love for us and for the whole world.”
At 7 p.m. on Maundy Thursday, we will gather online via Zoom to remember Jesus’ last night before his crucifixion. The rector invites us, in our own homes and in our own ways, to then spend part of our evening following the service keeping watch with Christ. “Light a candle, read a psalm, perhaps open your journal. Sit in quiet. Ask Jesus to be present to you and bring all your griefs, struggles and hopes for yourself and the world into that space.”
And please join us for the rest of the week for our Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Great Vigil and Easter services, as well. See the complete schedule here.
The rector writes: “The liturgies of this week speak to some of the deepest, most difficult experiences of human life. They invite us to walk with Jesus from Palm Sunday hosannas to the crowd calling for a lynching; from the intimacy of the upper room to the betrayal, dereliction and God-forsakenness of Good Friday; from the anguish, and silence of death to the wonder and joy of Easter Day.”
Please join us for our Sunday service for Palm Sunday, March 28 at 11 a.m., via Zoom, when we start to share the wondrous gift of Holy Week with its readings, characters and moments. And please join us for the rest of this week, Monday through Easter, by joining our different services marking the passion and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free and to break every yoke?”
Even as we “spring forward,” we look back on a most exceptional year in our individual lives and as a parish. The rector writes: “As we mark this solemn one year anniversary, I want to thank God, who has been with us in the wilderness and is with us still, bringing water in the desert for so much longer than any of us imagined.”
From the rector: “This year I am thinking of Lent not as spring cleaning, but as spring thaw. When I walk around the city, I see the dirty remnant of the last snow, and in the parks, the wet ground where the snow has melted. It is slushy and then muddy — a mess before the new growth of spring crocuses peak up through the earth. What, I wonder, in my life or in yours might thaw this Lent?”
Join us at 11 a.m. for Sunday’s service via Zoom and in our activities in the weeks ahead as we warm to the message that the Creator and Ruler of the Universe loves us to the point of even dying for us if we demanded it.