This Week At Ascension

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Contemplative Prayer Service
For Advent

At the Church of The Ascension we’re fortunate to have a lot of different opportunities to engage with scripture and deepen our faith. As we enter the season of Advent, you’re invited to participate in a quieter, more contemplative way of experiencing God’s word and preparing for the birth of Christ with a Wednesday evening service of Compline combined with Lectio Divina. Lectio Divina (Divine Reading) is a way of reading a single passage of scripture more slowly and deliberately than we usually do in normal Sunday worship, combined with spending time in meditation, and listening for the word of God. Lectio Divina is less about understanding what a piece of scripture “means” and more about experiencing and “feeling” it.

Join us Wednesdays, December 5, 12 and 19 starting at 7pm, and expect to spend 30-40 minutes. As we move into the busy holiday season, this will be a great opportunity to have some scheduled time for peace and reflection. If you are interested in being a reader, see Father Vincent or Michael Crowdes.


I am so glad you have made your way to our website. I hope that you find it useful in getting a little more acquainted with our community of faith. We are an Episcopal Church that celebrates our Anglican heritage by walking the middle way as both catholic and protestant followers of Jesus. If you are looking for a place to grow spiritually, to explore Christianity, and to live into your potential as a human being encouraged and supported by other people of faith please come and see if we might be right for you.

We are a diverse community of varying-abled bodies, varied ethnic and cultural heritages, varied sexual and gender identities. Some of us grew up in the Church and others of us are very new to the Church but we are all learning together how to walk in love as followers of Jesus. We believe that God loves all people endlessly, without exceptions.

We are made up of all sorts of families with varying ages. We love children and the aged and everyone in between. We love those who are single, married, divorced, and in committed relationships. We love those who have children, those who don’t have children, those who have pets, and those who don’t have pets. We strongly believe that God brings us together not despite, but because of, our differences and that our church would be more complete if you would share yourself with us.

I am Father Vincent Black, the spiritual leader here at the Church of the Ascension. I am a native Clevelander and graduate of John Carroll University. I lived and taught in Japan for four years and taught middle school in Lakewood before going to seminary at Bexley Hall in Columbus. I am married to my partner and best friend.

I am thrilled to be part of this growing spiritual community. We are located on the east end of Lakewood between Garfield Middle School and the Lakewood Garden Center and have developed good partnerships with both. In fact, I invite you to join us any Sunday for worship, conversation, study, and fellowship and afterwards to stop in and see Paul at the Garden Center. If you are looking to nurture your spirituality, wrestle with questions about life’s purpose and meaning, and encounter God who loves you, no exceptions, I hope you will come and let us walk this journey with you.

I look forward to getting to know you.

God Loves You! No Exceptions!

The Royal Wedding

Did you watch the royal wedding of Harry and Meghan? Did you hear the preacher at the wedding? We are those Anglicans, we are the Episcopal Church. We try to walk in love as Christ loves us. We believe that God loves you, no exceptions. You are welcome any time!

The Episcopal Church

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Need To Talk?

Father Vincent encourages you to make an appointment with him to discuss anything on your mind or heart. He is available on most Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Please email him at or call the office at 216.521.8727 to set up an appointment.

Clothing Drive

The Choir is collecting clothing for St. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s clothing drive. This clothing will be made available to the needy free of charge. If you would like to clean out your closet, the “re-choir-ed” clothing box is located next to the office.

What Is The Church's Stance On...

We’ve all heard Fr. Vincent tell us that he isn’t here to give us all the answers to our spiritual questions. Rather, we should rely on him for help as we wrestle with our faith, doubts, decisions, and questions. This is a common response within the Episcopal Church, but why?

We are all involved in helping the Church shape its doctrine. How does this happen? What does it mean that we are part of the Anglican Communion? These questions and more are discussed in a resource document that examines the history of the Episcopal church, our Anglican roots, decision-making within the church, and more.

Watch the video for a brief primer on the document.


Issued by The House of Bishops, the document can be read or downloaded by clicking on the title Re-Membering And Re-Imagining: Essays On The Episcopal Church.

An Interview with the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church

The Most Reverend Michael Curry became presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church last November. Judy Woodruff of PBS’s Newshour sat down with Bishop Curry to learn how he is leading the church – Click the link below to see the interview.

PBS Newshour Interview

I have been in the Episcopal Church my whole life. We are a better Episcopal Church because we really are trying to welcome all.

-Bishop Curry

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.

Archived Sermons

As relevant today as when they were delivered, the 2017 Sermons, 2016 Sermons, 2015 Sermons and the 2014 Sermons are available on-line.