A Message from Fr. Vincent
During the November 13th worship service, Bishop Hollingsworth will baptize people into the Body of Christ, the Church. He also lays his hands and prays over those presenting themselves for confirmation, reception, and reaffirmation.
The bishop is a visible sign of the catholicity or universality of the Church as the Body of Christ. Therefore, when the bishop is visiting a parish, it is appropriate to celebrate sacraments and rituals that emphasize our interconnectedness as members of the one Body of Christ. This is the opportune time to be baptized and/or confirmed. It is also a time for those confirmed by a bishop in another tradition to be received into the fellowship of this Communion or for adults who have been confirmed in the Episcopal Church to recommit themselves to Christ as participants in God’s mission in the world.
It is very important for our growth spiritually as a parish and for acknowledgment of that growth that all adults have been officially recognized as adult members of the Episcopal Church. If you are interested in learning more about these things or presenting for baptism, confirmation, reception, or reaffirmation please call or email me at 216-577-4623 or firstname.lastname@example.org immediately so we can have a conversation and/or make necessary preparations.
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.
I have been in the Episcopal Church my whole life. We are a better Episcopal Church because we really are trying to welcome all.
Ascension Book Club
Join us on the last Tuesday of every month, from 6-7pm for our Book Club. Our book this month is Immortal Diamond by Richard Rohr.
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 schedule permits.
Taizé - A Meditative Service
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.
If you want to listen or re-listen to a sermon, we’ve archived most of them for you. Simply look for “Sermons” on the banner at the top and click on it.
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.
God Loves You! No Exceptions!