This Week At Ascension

Events Calendar | Spires Monthly Newsletter     *Apr Edition Available

We are isolated, but that doesn’t mean we need to be alone.

Ascension Video Reflection and Prayer

Social distancing does not mean we need to miss our weekly Services and Messages. Click the link below to see a video of Father Vincent reading scripture and preaching his message. Come and pray with us!

April 5: Palm Sunday
Read Along with This Week’s Lessons

March 29: Witness Of Life

March 22: Reach Out To God; Reach Out To Each Other

To participate in virtual Holy Communion and other virtual resources, visit the Episcopal National Cathedral . The Episcopal Cathedral is our Nation’s cathedral. Besides the excellent spiritual resources, the Cathedral has been part of our Nation’s history and is worth a look.


Noon Time Prayer via Conference Call

The Church of the Ascension is still coming together to meet, pray, and talk! Join Father Vincent and members of the Ascension community on a conference call every Tuesday and Friday at 12:12pm for:

  • Noonday Prayer (10 minutes);
  • A reflection from Forward Day by Day (5 minutes);
  • Time for us to check-in with each other (20 minutes);
  • Time to ask questions and exchange information (10 minutes);
  • Prayer for the Church of the Ascension.

Click the links to read and follow along with the prayers.

These calls will give you access to your priest in this time of uncertainty and will allow us all to continue together in prayer and worship.

We will start noonday prayer promptly at 12:12 and end just before 1pm. Please do not call in before 12:05pm. You can call in for all or part of the time.

Follow along in prayer using the Book of Common Prayer pp. 103-107 (or click the Noonday Prayer link at the top of this message).

Please join us by calling 1-425-436-6300 and use Pin 593523#. Use *6 to mute and unmute yourself when trying to talk.

Don’t let this pandemic keep you away from friends and your spiritual community. We’re still here – won’t you join us?


Our COVID-19 Response

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our in-person gatherings, including:

  • Worship Services
  • Church Meetings
  • AA Meetings *
  • Community Meals **
  • Music Lessons

are suspended indefinitely.

May God bless us all.

* Please click on the link below for a list of phone and internet AA meetings
** Community Meals will continue as scheduled. Meals will be prepared for take-out.

Online Intergroup : Alcoholics Anonymous


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. Use the form found here:
Email Father Vincent
or call the office at 216.521.8727 to set up an appointment.


Welcome!

All are welcome to find a spiritual home at the Church at Ascension. Father Vincent Black has a Message of Welcome for you.

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.


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.

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


The Episcopal Church?

The Episcopal Church isn’t a place, it’s a Movement. Check out this short video (2:34) and find out more.

The Modern Episcopal Church – A Short Primer

Learn more about the activities and beliefs of the Episcopal Church.

The Episcopal Church (Main Site)


Fr. Black Tells His Story

In the latest edition of Prizm magazine, Fr. Vincent Black shares his journey to the priesthood.

“I went through a very dark period of thinking that there was no hope for me, that there was something terribly wrong with me, and that clearly God couldn’t love me if I were such a sinner,” remembers Black.

God Loves You! No Exceptions!


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

God Loves You! No Exceptions!

Our Services

The Church of the Ascension offers two services with different worship styles. The 8am service is shorter because there is no music and there are fewer people. The language is older and more poetic with “thee, thou, takest, etc.” It is quieter and more intimate. There is a simple hospitality offered afterwards of usually coffee and cookies.

The 10:30 service has music, more pageantry, and is about 15 minutes longer. There is Sunday school for children during the first part of the service from September to the end of June. There is also a nursery available for infants and toddlers for the duration of the service. After the service there is usually a more elaborate hospitality time with a range of foods and refreshments.

Keep In Touch!

The Church of the Ascension wants to keep in touch with you. Sign up below to receive text and/or email messages. You can unsubscribe at any time.


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. Use the form found here:
Email Father Vincent
or call the office at 216.521.8727 to set up an appointment.


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 2018 Sermons, 2017 Sermons, 2016 Sermons, 2015 Sermons and the 2014 Sermons are available on-line.