Ascension Book Club
Beginning April 26 we will have a monthly book club which will meet the last Tuesday of the month 6-7pm. The first book we will read is Crazy Christians by our presiding Bishop Michael Curry. We will meet in Ascension Hall. Books are available in the office for $15.00. Come prepared to discuss the book, having read it of course. Light refreshments will be served. As a reminder, there is a Taize service at 7:30 on the same evening so you might plan to attend both as your
Bishop Curry is reminding the Church that we are part of a movement, the Jesus movement, and asking us to think about what that means and how we might reengage in that movement with passion and might.
The prayer services that Taizé offers are a form of worship to God that incorporates the vision of a united Church, as in the earliest years of Christianity, long before there were the divisions between Protestants and Catholics and the many denominations and disagreements of later history. The prayer services are also meant to be simple enough that all guests of the community, including those with no exposure to faith traditions of any kind may feel a welcoming space to experience holiness and peace.
The two major parts of a Taizé prayer which distinguish it from other worship services are the songs and silence. The Taizé songs are extremely short and are repeated many times. Unlike the Hymns we usually sing on Sunday where we praise God in many verses, the Taizé songs use repetition to allow one simple reality or hope to enter deeply into our hearts. For example “The Lord is my light, my light and salvation, in God I trust.” At the heart of any Taizé prayer however is Silence. Silence lasts a long time, almost as long as a sermon, and is offered again to allow space for all people to experience a collective quiet, whether one sits in total stillness, offers quiet intercessions or even journals a few thoughts.
The Taizé Community in Central France is home to 100 men from every part of the world who live together as monastics. Their community is joined year round by nuns, priests and visitors, mostly young adults who come and share the life of the Brothers, oriented by prayer and simple physical labor. There are as many as 100,000 visitors every year, and sometimes as many as 6,000 young adults praying in the “Church of Reconciliation” joining the three daily prayer services the Brothers of Taizé have as part of their daily rule of life. The Services of the Taizé Brothers are a liturgy they have created over the years inspired both by Early Christianity and by their many guests.
Join us for this meditative respite the last Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm.
Join us for Adult Formation every week between services from 9:15-10am. We will continue discussing what we believe as Episcopalians using Episcopal Questions, Episcopal Answers. All are welcome to join for one or all discussions.
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Nursery and Sunday School
The Church of the Ascension is happy to offer a Nursery for babies and toddlers as well as a Children’s Service, for children who aren’t quite ready to join the adult celebration. Our trained nursery leaders are here for your child(ren), so you can reflect, reconnect, and recharge. In our Children’s Service, kids can expect to be entertained with projects, crafts, and stories that illustrate God’s love. The class also helps to prepare the children to join their parents and the greater church family during the main service. Kids start with their families and are escorted to class after the welcome message, returning during the exchange of peace.
Church of the Ascension adheres the guidelines outlined in Safeguarding God’s Children, which includes more than one adult attending to children at all times. Parents are always welcome to join or observe either group at any time.
All are welcome to find a spiritual home at the Church at Ascension. We are community that encourages questions, seeks answers, and strives to use Jesus’s example in our daily lives.
We’re family friendly and offer the opportunity to find peace, reflect on our spirituality, and experience God’s never ending love, compassion, and grace.
For those wishing to use their time and talents to make the world a brighter place, Church of the Ascension has many active Community Outreach programs.
Join us to begin or renew a relationship with God.
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