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, from Sunday morning formation to EFM, to Monday Food and Fellowship and so much more. As we enter into 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 Thursday 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 then we usually do in normal Sunday worship, combined with spending time in silence, 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 Thursdays, December 7, 14 and 21 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 Mike Crowdes.


Welcome!

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.

Find out more about the wider Episcopal church, or drop by to connect with our growing community.

God Loves You! No Exceptions!


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 revvincentblack@yahoo.com 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 in the choir room.

The choir will be responsible for delivering your donations. It’s cold weather season, so think warm clothes!


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

Adult Formation

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.


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.