Fr. Garry and Carol's Last Sunday at Ascension

As you may know, Fr. Garry Horle will celebrate his last mass with us on September 17. He has stepped up to be our Acting Rector in Fr. Lucas' absence, and he has led us with love and respect and honesty and dedication to God, to our parish and to each of us as individuals.


He and his wife Carol joined our congregation as members  - and they became an integral part of our life at Ascension -   Fr. Garry became a regular presence on our altar with Fr. Lucas - and Carol played (sang?) a major role with our choir !!

Although no celebration could be enough to express our appreciation to Fr. Garry and Carol as they leave Ascension -- we would like to try!   

I'm asking everyone to send or hand deliver a card to the church... (you can hand deliver on the 17th!!)  and join us!   We will present the cards and our best wishes to Fr. Garry and Carol after the 10:00 service on the 17th of September!! (if you are mailing, please have them send to arrive by then!!)  We'd like to flood them with wishes, prayers and kind thoughts as they move onto the next thing God has in store for them! 

Join us for "VAYA CON DIOS"  Fr. Garry and Carol  after the 10:00 service on September 17th.

Ps I believe Vestry is supplying coffee hour treats! 




Discover Ascension's Why, Music Happenings, and Children's

I am going to make an assertion that should not astound you: God's presence with you at this moment is real.  In general terms God's presence cannot be discovered in the senses, it is not corporal and it is not obvious to the casual observing mind. Even as I say this I understand there are exceptions to every statement I just made.  But I am speaking in general terms of everyday life not in the special cases of enlightenment or revelation.  Why am I so certain?  Well God has made the promise as reported in our Scripture more than once that God is always present with us.  The reality of presence has been reported by Sages and Saints of all stripes and varieties and by hordes of ordinary people many of whom I personally know (perhaps one is you.)  My own experiences fortify my knowledge.


And So?   Think about it.  If God is present that means God is available to you to talk to, to consult with, to assist you on your journey, to console you, to listen to you, to assure you of your worth and to remind you of God's everlasting love for you.  Please note that this does not get you off the hook for dealing with and experiencing the ordinary and the extraordinary tasks, joys, disappointments and suffering of living.  Nor does it relieve you of the need to lead a Spiritual/Religious life with the duties, beauties and expectations associated with it. But it does give you a sense of safety, comfort, and hope. I for one find those to be gifts far greater than I could expect and more than enough, I hope you do too.






Change is hard.  No getting around it.  Change is especially hard when you are unclear about awaits at the end of the change cycle.  We would be well served by thinking about what is most important here at Ascension that will not change.  Our strong, healthy, loving community will be the same tomorrow as it was yesterday. As our anxieties rise we have our friends and acquaintances, really our sisters and brothers in Christ, to rely upon. The strength of each other will carry us through the unknown times. Our worship and the Holy Sacraments are sources of strength and comfort.  Most importantly our God is with us. God's promise to be with us always even to the ends of the earth is not a vague ephemeral thing but a concrete reality to be held on to.  We have all the gifts we need, all the strength required and all the peace which passes understanding to make our journey smooth.  We only need to believe along with Julian of Norwich that "All shall be well and all manner of things shall be well..."




God's Picnic

Tomorrow we are going to do Gods picnic. I am not sure who first did it or who named it but I have been doing it for years. It is simply the Eucharist set in a setting comfortable and easy for children to understand. We set up on the floor and let the participating kids did as much of the set up as they can and wish to. This complements our Sunday school emphasis on the sacraments. My experience is kids love it and so do adults if they can let go a bit. Remember you must be like a child if your are to enter the Kingdom.




A Note from our Senior Warden, George Caulkins

As I have promised, I wanted to keep you informed as we travel the road together in this dynamic time in the life of the Church of the Ascension.  I will try not to repeat too much from Fr Garry's excellent message in last week's communication.


Your Vestry met on Wednesday evening in prayerful discussion for two and a half hours.  We were blessed to have the Canon to the Ordinary, Ruth Woodliff-Stanley, join us to help inform our conversations.


On behalf of the Bishop, Canon Ruth has been in weekly contact with Father Lucas since he began his retreat in New Mexico.  She reported that he is doing well and embracing the program.  He recently received his "90-day Sobriety Chip," of which he is rightly proud.


Lucas will return to the Rectory over Labor Day weekend.  You may see him in the neighborhood, however he will not return to his duties at the church until the Bishop finishes his discernment.  Upon his return, Lucas will meet with the Bishop.  The Bishop and the Canon to the Ordinary will continue their conversations with the Vestry.  It is likely that the Bishop will not make a decision until the end of September.


The term of Fr Garry's interim service expires in mid-September.  I continue to be amazed at how blessed we have been to have Fr Garry shepherd us through this summer.  He started early, and we cannot ask him to stay beyond his term.  Accordingly, we will arrange for supply clergy through the end of September, as the Bishop continues his discernment.  Please join me in thanking Garry for his service to our Parish.


The Vestry discussed the feedback we received during the 6 August Parish meeting.  Thank you to all who participated.  It is important to the Vestry that people be able to communicate their fears, hopes, and desires during this period of uncertainty and provided parishioners the opportunity to reach out to members of the Parish Care and Communications Committee.


To that end, the Vestry also received a report from the Parish Care and Communications Committee, chaired by Phillip Weiss.  The committee received feedback from 22 parishioners from diverse backgrounds and relationships with the church.  Phillip and his committee generated an extensive and valuable report for the Vestry summarizing the feedback.  It formed the basis of our conversations last night, and it will continue to inform our discussion as a Vestry and with the Bishop.  I thank Phillip and his committee for their thoroughness and dedication.


The Committee's report gave us a deep understanding of the diverse views of our parishioners about our direction going forward.  Needless to say, each interview started differently, but many ended up focusing on the question on everyone's mind, "What will happen upon Lucas's return?"  At this point, neither the Bishop nor the Vestry can answer that.  But the conversations continue.  I am grateful for your contributions to these conversations.


Discernment in this situation is one of process.  In the upcoming weeks, the Vestry will meet with Father Lucas to hear about his recovery and what his personal discernment looks like.  We will meet with each other and possibly again with Canon Ruth and Bishop Rob regarding the church's and the Vestry's own discernment with regard to Father Lucas's return.  Finally, Bishop Rob will consider in prayer all relevant information from the church, from Fr. Lucas, and from Canon Ruth to make a final, prayerful decision.


As I mentioned, the interviews found significant diversity of opinions on a variety of topics, but one area of agreement shown through, whether vocalized or intimated.  This is a time of anxiety for our Parish.  I can assure you that I and your Vestry share this anxiety.  But I would be remiss, if I did not also remark on the wonderful strength our congregation has shown during these trials.  Parishioners, staff, clergy, and the Vestry have all stepped up in wonderful ways.  We would not be in the strong position we are during this uncertainty, were it not for everyone's strength and commitment.  Periods of "not knowing" are essential in spiritual decision-making, as uncomfortable as they may be.


Thank you to all for keeping the flame burning brightly this summer.  Thank you to Father Garry, Deacon Tim, Sue, Celeste, and Dan.  Thank you to our lay leaders and our Vestry.

Please continue to hold them in your prayers, as we continue to pray for Lucas, Meredith, Bishop Rob, and Canon Ruth.




George Caulkins

Senior Warden.


News From Ascension

Sunday's Gospel lesson relates the story of Peter trying to walk on the water.  This is a perfect example of a Bible passage which is meant to be meditated on, not emulated.  Far too often we don't look beyond the words as written to the deeper meaning they contain.  The result of this is too often think, "Gee what a nice story, but that could never really happen in real life." To fall into this trap is to miss the richness, beauty, and varied meanings of Scripture.  What can be worse is to miss the point all together or dismiss the whole thing as another impossible miracle.  Dismissing the miracle stories as scientifically impossible is another grave error that will have to be dealt with another time.  It is sufficient in this note to remind you to read with an open heart and an open mind to the depths of Scripture.  Such immersion will lead you to new and wonderful places and you will not get wet as you will by trying to walk on water.





A Message From Fr. Garry and the Vestry

Follow-Up to the Parish Meeting:


It is my and the vestry's desire to provide you with some highlights from the recent parish meeting, specifically regarding Lucas' status and the status of the discernment process for his possible return.


Lucas' Recovery:


* Lucas is proceeding well in his recovery


* He completed his treatment program in Estes Park


* He has been staying at a monastery very close to Santa Fe


* This location has allowed him to be fully engaged in the AA community there, attending meetings daily


* He has also found strong support with the brothers in the community


* Lucas was initially planning to go to a second monastery; however, he chose to stay with the Santa Fe group to due the access to recovery and the support of the community


* Canon Ruth reports that Lucas has been checking in regularly and is keeping all of his appointments


* Her observations are that Lucas is fully engaging his recovery



The Discernment Process for Lucas' Possible Return:


* Regarding Lucas' future, ultimately it is a discerned and prayerful decision by the Bishop in full consultation with the vestry and Lucas himself


* Throughout this process the Bishop and Canon are looking at the many variables in play


* Lucas has expressed his desire to return to Ascension and resume his position as our Rector


* At this time, no definitive decision has been made regarding Lucas; the discernment process is still in play


* Lucas will be returning to the rectory the first week of September


* By that time the Canon will have met with the vestryregarding its recommendations which will, in part, be informed by feedback from parishioners


* The Bishop and Canon will then consult with the Senior Warden to gain the vestry's recommendations for going forward


* They will then meet with Lucas to assess his frame of mind, fitness for duty, and intentions


* If Lucas returns to the parish, it will not be "business-as-usual"; he will be under the supervision of a mentor with a set of specific expectations (from the Bishop) for a determined period of time to assess his progress and his overall success, as well as how the parish is receiving him


* Fr. Garry will be leaving his interim position in mid-September


* If by mid-September it is still not clear what will happen with Lucas, the Bishop's office recommends a supply priest until the time that final decisions are made



As noted previously, if you would like to make any comments regarding your thoughts, hopes, and concerns at this time please contact either me at, Laura Osborne at, Nancy Yeaman at or Phillip Weiss at 


We welcome your thinking and ask for your continued prayers for Lucas, Merideth, and the parish.    


Fr. Garry Horle+




Contact Information


Church of the Ascension
600 Gilpin St.
Denver, CO 80218

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Parish Meeting, this Sunday, August 6

Our all Parish meeting, this Sunday, August 6, will have a distinguished friend and visitor. The Rev. Canon Ruth Woodruff-Stanley of the Bishops Office will be joining us for our conversation.  We are grateful that she could take time from her very busy schedule to join us for this important day.  I hope that you will make every effort to attendfollowing the 10:00 Service and to bring your thoughts and concerns to share.


Once again I am reaching out to you to try to entice you to sign up as Church of The Ascensions' delegate to the Annual Convention of the Diocese of Colorado to be held in Grand Junction October 12 -14.  Please contact me immediately if you decide to fill this important role.




Parish Meeting on August 6, Festival Hymn Sing on July 28, and

The vestry and I would like to invite you to attend a Parish Meeting on Sunday, August 6, immediately following the 10:00 service. The intent is to provide the members of Ascension the opportunity to ask questions as well as share any of your thoughts with me and the vestry regarding the parish at this time. Additionally, we will provide you with any updates that we might have. If you are not able to attend but have some questions or thoughts, please email them directly to me at or Phillip Weiss at


Thanks to everyone who made Mass on the Grass such a success.  And blessings to Doris and Eric as they embark on their marriage journey and thanks for including all of us in your blessed beginnings.  As you enjoy time for recreating and re-creating don't forget your Church.  Pray for us when you are unable to attend and bring your friends when you can come.  Please try to be here August 6 as above.





Music with Dan Romero

Mass on the Grass on Sunday - Bring a Chair, and Memorial for

A Word from Dan Romero


Mass on the Grass, this Sunday, Bring a Chair!

This Sunday we will be having our annual "Mass on the Grass". For the 10:00 service we will be having church in Little Cheesman Park, near the corner of 8th Avenue and High Street. Please join us for this annual summertime observance and enjoy worshipping outside in the beauty of God's creation. 

This year we are asking everyone to bring a chair (or several) from home for you to sit on during the service. This can be a folding chair, lawn chair, or camping chair. Anyone who is able to bring a few extra chairs will be greatly appreciated to share with those who cannot bring one. We will be bringing a few chairs from the church but not as many as last year. This greatly cuts back on the work involved in setting up our outdoor church service.

For those of you who do not wish to join us in the park, the 8:00 a.m. service will still be in the church, as usual. 


Please join us for this fun summertime event!


Memorial Service for JoAnne Kyhl, July 8, 4:00 p.m.


Tomorrow, Saturday, July 8, at 4:00 p.m., we will be having a memorial service for our dear friend, JoAnne Kyhl. JoAnne passed away back in March after a long battle with cancer. She was a devoted member of our parish choir, and a consummate musician and composer. Please join us for this service to celebrate her life, followed by a reception in the parish hall. 


Upcoming Music Events

Festival Hymn Sing, Coming this Summer, Date TBA
Once again we will be holding our popular "Festival Hymn Sing" sometime this summer. For a donation of $50.00 prior to the event we can guarantee that your favorite hymn or religious song is included. All proceeds benefit Ascension Friends of Music. Last year's event was a great success. The selection of hymns and songs was very eclectic and this reflects the diversity of our parish and the many different Christian traditions that we all come from. More information in the weeks to come! Please join us for this fun event for the whole family.


Youth and Children's Update

Joseph Wolyniak, July 4 Weekend, and Summer Sunday School

Genesis 22: 1-14 The testing of Abraham (The sacrifice of Isaac)


God tested Abraham. He said to him, "Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am." He said, "Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you." So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; he cut the wood for the burnt offering, and set out and went to the place in the distance that God had shown him. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place far away. Then Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the donkey; the boy and I will go over there; we will worship, and then we will come back to you." Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. Isaac said to his father Abraham, "Father!" And he said, "Here I am, my son." He said, "The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?" Abraham said, "God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt offering, my son." So the two of them walked on together. 


When they came to the place that God had shown him, Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood in order. He bound his son Isaac, and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to kill his son. But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am." He said, "Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me." And Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place "The Lord will provide"; as it is said to this day, "On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided." 


Our Hebrew Bible lesson for this Sunday is one of the toughest, most controversial stories in all of Scripture. It tells the account of God asking Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac.  As Abraham is about to complete the task God stops the madness.  The passage raises many questions such as who is this God, what kind of man would murder his son, what does God require of us?  And so many more. I commend this passage to you for study, reflection and meditation.  You will be joining a long list of scholars, theologians, and artists who have studied, commented and written of this story for hundreds of years.


Sunday we welcome The Rev Dr. Joseph Wolyniak as Preacher and Celebrant.  Many of you will remember Joseph's time with us our theologian in residence.  Since then he has completed his Doctorate, been ordained Priest, and accepted a position as College Chaplain at Princeton University.


Don't forget that July 9 is our annual Mass on the Grass at little Cheesman Park.




A Word from Deacon Tim

On Wednesday, June 28, Church of the Ascension partnered with NOVO Coffee for our second annual "Blessing of the Bikes" on Bike to Work Day. We offered free coffee and iced tea, delicious baked goods, hearty homemade breakfast burritos, hospitality from members of the parish, and the opportunity for Father Dennis Kennedy to bless both bicycle and rider. Overall, we had about fifty cyclists drop by, and about half of them asked to be blessed. A heartfelt thanks to everyone who gave their time and energy to make this happen. This is a great way to maintain our visibility in the community and greet neighbors new and old. And as we went forth to love and serve the Lord, we met the Risen Christ in the smiling faces of the cyclists who stopped to grab some breakfast and share their stories with us. I look forward to doing this again next year. 


 Thanks again!


Summertime Happenings at Ascension

Fr. Garry is on retreat this week in California, however he will be back us on Sunday, July 2. Please keep him in your prayers as he takes some time for spiritual renewal and rest.

A Prayer for Clergy and People

Almighty and everlasting God, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift: Send down upon our bishops, and other clergy, and upon the congregations committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of thy grace; and, that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honor of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ. Amen.

A Prayer for Travelers

O God, our heavenly Father, whose glory fills the whole creation, and whose presence we find wherever we go: Preserve those who travel; surround them with your loving care; protect them from every danger; and bring them in safety to their journey's end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Music with Dan Romero


Lots of things happening this Summer!

This week I thought I would highlight some of the musical events (or at least events that involve music in one way or another) and happenings. In spite of the summer being a "quieter time" at church, we still have many things going on. I do hope that many of you will participate as you are available. Remember, all are always welcome.

Summer Choir, beginning July 2 at 9:00 a.m.
Starting on Sunday, July 3 will be our summer choir. During Sundays in the July simply show up at 9:00 to rehearse an easy anthem with the choir and then we will sing for the10:00 service. This is a great way to try out singing in the choir and everyone is most welcome.

The choir may also be doing some more difficult music this summer that will require some rehearsals. These plans are still being formulated, but stay tuned. Anyone interested will be most welcome to join us for rehearsals for some good music above and beyond what we usually do for summer choir.

Mass on the Grass, Sunday, July 9, 10:00
We will be having church in Little Cheesman Park on July 9 for the 10:00 service. Please join us for our annual "Mass on the Grass" and enjoy worshipping outside in the beauty of God's creation. For those of you who do not wish to join us in the park, the 8:00 service will still be in the church, as usual. 

Festival Hymn Sing, Coming this Summer, Date TBA
Once again we will be holding our popular "Festival Hymn Sing" sometime this summer. For a donation of $50.00 prior to the event we can guarantee that your favorite hymn or religious song is included. All proceeds benefit Ascension Friends of Music. Last year's event was a great success. The selection of hymns and songs was very eclectic and this reflects the diversity of our parish and the many different Christian traditions that we all come from. More information in the weeks to come! Please join us for this fun event for the whole family.

Fathers' Day and Summertime Happenings

Green is the color of God's creation this time of year and it is into the green season we go. It is also the time when many of us re-create by recreating.  I encourage you to take advantage of our beautiful state and city. Visit a park for a picnic, camp and hike, be outside walking or biking. Take advantage of the beauty that surrounds us and rest and relax as needed.  But don't forget your Church and the worship that Glorifies God and fills your soul.


Carol and I will be leaving Monday for Bishops Ranch, a property of the Diocese of San Francisco in Healdsburg California. This for a week of Benedictine meditation, study and worship.  We will be observing the rule of silence for much of the day and all evening and night.  We have three sung and two spoken services a day with a daily Eucharist in both the Episcopal and Roman tradition. It is our experience that it is a wonderful, refreshing, recharging time and beside the food is excellent. The Church of the Ascension, its people, its staff, and its Rector will be in our daily prayers. I will be back in the office the 29th.  We have limited cell phone and wireless time and reception is spotty at best. Please call Celeste if the need arises.





Trinity Sunday

Here we are on the brink of the celebration of that great Christian mystery, The Trinity. On Sunday we will give thanks To Father, Son and Holy Ghost or if you prefer Creator, Redeemer. Sustainer. By whatever names you use it remains the pervasive mystery of our faith.  How to explain One Holy God in three persons each fully God and fully and wholly one not three? Our words are inadequate and the Greek words of the original formulations meaningless to us. Yet this non-biblical word expresses a deep understanding and revelation which came to the early church as an expression of their experience of God.  And it is the same with us.  On a head level it makes very little sense, on our deepest feeling level it explains part of the mystery of God.  Mystery it is and mystery it shall be, we need only to enter into it to discover its power, its glory and its comfort.


This Sunday marks a change of seasons for the church and with that change our liturgy will also undergo a small change.  We will be moving to Eucharistic Prayer B for the summer. It is fully reprinted in the bulletin so check it as we go along.  Many blessings and see you in Church.



Pentecost, this Sunday!

Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." - John 20:21


Pentecost is one of the most important holidays on the Church calendar.  The day honors the coming of the Holy Spirit, the sending out of the Disciples into the world, and the birth of the Church.  It is meant to be a festive and celebratory day that empowers us with that same Holy Spirit and that same shove to ministry and engagement with the world.  So let us also join with the generations of people before us and with the thousands around the world who joyfully receive the very good news of the presence of the Spirit within us and around us.  At the Church of the Ascension we can do that by wearing red to church as our own "tongues of fire", enjoying the participation of our children at the 10 O'clock service and by coming to the Make Ascension Bloom catered tea following that service.  We look forward with joyful anticipation to your presence and participation.



A Change of Seasons

John 17:11 And now I (Jesus), am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.


As we move from Easter through Pentecost into the Season after Pentecost sometimes referred to as Ordinary time there are lots of housekeeping and new items to consider.


Pentecost June 4:  Remember to wear red to Church in celebration of the tongues of fire representing the Holy Spirit descent upon the Apostles and us.  Pentecost is also considered the birthday of the Church so it is appropriate that this will be a Youth Sunday.  Bring all your kids so that they can participate in the Service.  They will be invited to the altar during the Eucharistic celebration so they can see what is going on up close and personal.  It is also appropriate to celebrate by Making Ascension Blossom.  A catered tea will follow the 10:00 service where the plans to re-do the landscaping on the 6th Avenue front. A freewill offering will be collected at this time to assist with the cost. If you cannot make it, a check made out to the Church noted "Make Ascension Blossom" would gladly be accepted.


Bible Study:  It seems the men's and women's bible study groups have fallen on tough times and have faded away.  If there is any interest in reviving these groups for at least the summer please contact me at the office or at 303-523-1601.


Adult Education: Starting the Sunday after Pentecost, I would like to gather a group after the early service in the Parish Hall to discuss some possible adult education to take place between services for the Summer Season.  If you are interested please meet me there.


Fr. Garry+

Ascension Day, this Thursday, May 25

"And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high." Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God. - Luke 24:49-53

Dear members of the Church of the Ascension,

On Thursday we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension, our name day.  This festival marks Jesus earthly leaving of his Disciples.  As he does so he promises that they will be "...clothed with power from on high." And then he blessed them and withdrew.  We are similarly blessed by God both in our Church Community and in our fellowship with one another.  This is our first chance to be together following the news of the illness and temporary absence of our Rector Lucas. I urge you to attend our Festival Eucharist at 6:00 PM and follow it with a potluck dish of your choosing. Let us make the most of this opportunity to gather together and share the contents of our hearts.

I also want to let you know about my regular office hours.  I will be sure to be in the office on Tuesdays from 8:00 AM (Morning Prayer) thru 4:30 PM and Wednesdays from 11:00AM thru 6:00PM.  Of course I am available to you by appointments as is possible for you.  You can always call me at 303-523-1601. I will be in the office at most other times during the week but I may be out on a pastoral or hospital call.  I encourage you to drop in and chat if you are in the neighborhood.  I love to hear your hopes and dreams as well as you joys and sadness.  If you don't have access to the church ring the bell or call so you can be let in.  My office is on the second floor.

Peace and Love,


Baptisms this Sunday

This Sunday at the 10:00 a.m. service we will baptize Warren James Knowlton and Abigail Rowena Nagle. Please join us to welcome these as the newest members of our Christian community.  



Warren James Knowlton





Abigail Rowena Nagle



Sounds and Memories of Ascension Day

Our senses are very closely tied to our memories. It is remarkable how a certain smell or touch can bring back memories of a past event. Sounds can do this as well and music certainly can. I think this is especially true for musicians because musicians dive into a piece of music and become very emotionally connected to it after hours and hours of practice. This is certainly true for me.

As I write this article I am in the midst of preparation for our Ascension Day service, which happens this Thursday, May 25, at 6:00 p.m. Ever since I arrived at Ascension I have chosen the choral anthem, "God is gone up", by Gerald Finzi as the offertory anthem for Ascension Day, and this was the case four years ago when we celebrated Ascension Day on Sunday, May 12. The music of this glorious anthem enveloped my mind for many days following and now it brings back very specific memories. I remember being filled with joy on that Ascension Day celebration.

As I made reference to in last week's email, it was early in the morning that very next day, Monday, May 13, that a fire broke out in our lovely church building. I was awakened by frantic phone calls from people telling me that there was a fire in the church. I remember going to the church on Monday morning to see the devastation for myself. I remember how shocked and sad I was by all this, such a contrast to our joyous Sunday morning. And while all of this was happening the music of "God is gone up", was going through my head, as though it was haunting me, possibly because I find it a very haunting piece of music, but maybe also because God was reminding me that I needed to continue rejoicing, even amidst this tragedy. Maybe this is the lesson: that we need to always be rejoicing and thankful because even in the worst situations God is still with us and blessing us. It may be difficult to see, but I believe it's true.

Performing this piece of music once again brings back all of those memories, both the good and the bad. But right now I certainly feel joy because we can look back and see how far we've come. As I mentioned last week, in an ironic way that fire brought all of us as a parish together. Today Ascension is a vibrant place and there's lots of hope for the future. Thanks be to God for bringing us through difficult and trying times, and for all the blessings that have been given to us!


That all said, join us this Thursday, to celebrate our feast day;


Ascension Day

Thursday, May 25

6:00 p.m. Service

7:00 p.m. Parish Potluck


The Feast of the Ascension is our patronal feast day and our feast of title. We will celebrate it with a choral mass sung by our Parish Choir along with festival anthems and hymns telling of Christ's Ascension into heaven forty days after Easter. There will be a parish potluck supper following the service at 7:00 p.m. Please join us in celebrating our feast day!


Upcoming Events


Festival Hymn Sing
Coming up this summer we will be holding our annual festival hymn sing. For a donation of $50.00 prior to the event we can guarantee that your favorite hymn or religious song is included. Proceeds go to Ascension Friends of Music. Please join us for this fun event for the whole family. Date and time will be announced soon.


Baptism of Katherine Weigand

This Sunday, we are excited to welcome Katherine Weigand into the body of Christ! Katherine will be baptized at the 10am service and we will welcome her with great joy. Holy Baptism is a beautiful and sacred part of our life together as the Ascension community and it is an honor and a privilege to be present for this sacrament.  See you on Sunday!


Faithfully in the Risen Lord Christ,


Fr. Lucas+


Together We Can Make Ascension Blossom!

Blessings on your Sunday and the week that is to come.  This is a very special announcement from long time parishioner Hazel Stevens Price.  Ever since the fire in 2013, the south side landscaping of the church just hasn't been the same.  Hazel is hosting a special "Make Ascension Blossom" tea on Sunday, June 4th, after the 10am mass in order to celebrate our landscaping and to beautify it! 

This will be a catered tea after the 10am service and all are invited and welcome!  Please see the announcement below.  This is a chance for all to gather, to enjoy fellowship and food, and to pitch in for the beautifying of our parish in the neighborhood.  Please RSVP by replying to this e-mail and mark your calendars for this very special event!




Together we can make Ascension blossom!
June 4th, after the 10am Mass

Please help me celebrate turning 60-and beautify Ascension at the same time! I am hosting an English Tea Party to inspire you to join me in making the south side of Ascension blossom!

Catered by House of Commons

This is a freewill offering, everyone is welcome to enjoy the food and community while learning about the plans to landscape the 6th Avenue side of Church of the Ascension.

If you can't join us please feel free to send a donation to the church office designated to:

"Make Ascension Blossom".

Hazel Stevens Price

RSVP by replying to this e-mail! 






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Church of the Ascension
600 Gilpin St.
Denver, CO 80218

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