With the New Year upon us, as well as this holy season of Epiphany, come new baptisms at Church of the Ascension! This Sunday, we joyously celebrate three baptisms, one at the 8am service and two at the 10am service. Baptisms are a reminder to us that God is always doing something new in our lives and in the life of the Church. And they are occasions to rejoice with families, godparents, and the Church throughout the world that all are born anew into the life of Christ through water and the Holy Spirit. Please join your parish family this Sunday to welcome and support the newly baptized, and hold the baptismal candidates and their families in your prayers!
Baptism at 8:00 a.m.
Russell Luke Selnick, born April 23rd, 2016 to Audrey Laricchia Selnick & Jesse Selnick
Baptisms at 10:00 a.m.
Louisa Knight Kahler, born January 25th, 2016 to James Hall Kahler & Luzon Alejandra Pahl
Smith Maxwell O'Shaughnessy, born March 2nd, 2016 to Blake Andrew O'Shaughnessy & Emily Kay O'Shaughnessy
Music with Dan Romero
The Cast Their Nets
In this Sunday's Gospel reading from the Gospel of Matthew we hear the story of Jesus calling Peter and John to follow him. Hymn No. 661, "They cast their nets in Galilee," is based on this scripture.
The hymn text was written by William Alexander Percy (1885-1942), who was a lawyer, planter, and poet from Greenville, Mississippi. A Roman Catholic by his mother's upbringing, he attended the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, and was a veteran of World War I.
The music for this hymn was written by David McKinley Williams (1887-1978) who was a noted composer and organist who served as organist and choirmaster at St. Bartholomew's in New York City. The Welsh born Williams was brought to Denver at a young age and began his career as a church musician as a chorister at St. John's Cathedral and was later organist at St. Peter's Episcopal Church (now know as St. Peter and St. Mary).
Percy's hymn text is perhaps one of the most haunting texts in our hymnal. For me this hymn gives a different and uncomfortable point of view of what the Christian life should be and the "peace of God." I recall a quote from C.S. Lewis, "If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don't recommend Christianity." To be the people who Christ calls us to be is not an easy task, but Percy says it best on the last two lines of this peom, "Yet let us pray for but one thing - the marvelous peace of God."
1. They cast their nets in Galilee
just off the hills of brown;
such happy, simple fisherfolk,
before the Lord came down.
2. Contented, peaceful fishermen,
before they ever knew
the peace of God that filled their hearts
brimful, and broke them too.
3. Young John who trimmed the flapping sail,
homeless in Patmos died,
Peter, who hauled the teeming net,
head-down was crucified.
4. The peace of God, it is no peace,
but strife closed in the sod,
Yet let us pray for but one thing -
the marvelous peace of God. - William Alexander Percy, 1924
Choral Evensong, Sunday, January 29, at 4:30 p.m.
Evensong continues at Ascension on Sunday, September 25. at 4:30 p.m. Choral Evensong is the traditional sung version of Anglican Evening Prayer, sung in the English Cathedral tradition. The parish choir prepares a significant amount of choral music for these services, which provides for an especially beautiful and artistic form of worship.