WORSHIPING AT ASCENSION
The worship of Jesus Christ on Sunday mornings is the core of who we are as a parish community. Worship draws us nearer to God and to one another. Worship allows us a space to encounter the mystery and beauty of God. Worship gives us the opportunity to speak to God in prayer and to open our hearts to God in joy, sorrow, gratitude, and praise. All are welcome at worship.
Worship at Ascension is centered around Holy Communion, wherein we encounter Jesus Christ through the sacrament of his Body and Blood. But worship also tells the story of God as revealed in the Hebrew Scriptures, the Psalms, the New Testament, the Gospels, and through preaching. The worship at Church of the Ascension blends the ancient and traditional with the contemporary realities and styles of our everyday lives. You will encounter reverence alongside warmth and joy. You will encounter beauty and dignity, alongside openness and welcome. All of our worship is grounded firmly in the practice of the Episcopal Church and The Book of Common Prayer.
Music is essential to our life as a community of worship, with a full choir offering hymns, Psalms, and choral arrangements at 10 am. Communion music includes traditional anthems, praise music, or contemporary hymns.
What is most important for newcomers, visitors, and longtime members alike to remember: Come as you are. You will meet folks in their Sunday best, or jeans and a t-shirt. You will hear the sounds of infants and children, even as you sit next to octogenarians. The worshiping community at Ascension comes from all walks of life, all political and social persuasions, and all ages. You are most welcome here and you are a blessing in this place. In worship, we are all one in Christ Jesus, united by the power of the Holy Spirit, and drawn together in the love of God. From worship, we are sent forth into the world and our daily lives to share this love and to live the Gospel of Jesus.
On the first Sunday of every month at the 10am service, we offer worship especially geared toward families with children and youth, and we offer a special sermon for our young ones. We encourage families to worship together. A full complement of trained lectors, altar servers, and acolytes symbolizes the shared responsibility between clergy and laity.