Fr. Lucas is at an educational course in Idaho this week, however he will be back us on Sunday, March 26. Please keep him in your prayers as he takes some time for learning in preparation for his upcoming sabbatical.
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
Lenten Musical Opportunities
Along with Lent this year comes many extra opportunities for music, prayer, and worship. Please partake of some or all of these opportunities, I can assure you that they will be beautiful, prayerful, and spiritually renewing.
To begin, a little bit a shameless less promotion for myself. I will be giving two organ recitals. The first one is this Tuesday, March 21, 6:30 p.m., at First Plymouth Congregational Church, 3500 S. Colorado Blvd., in Englewood. I will be playing a wide variety of music to demonstrate the versatility of the organ. It will include music by David N. Johnson, Gerre Hancock, J.S. Bach, Jean Langlais, Herbert Howells, and Charles Tournemire.
The second recital that I'm giving is on Wednesday, March 29, 12:15 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church in Boulder, 1820 15th Street, Boulder. This is a shorter program that will feature a larger selection of pieces by J.S. Bach, because the organ there is well suited for Bach.
François Couperin's Leçons de ténèbres
On Wednesday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m., The Denver Early Music Consort will present François Couperin's Leçons de ténèbres pour le mercredi saint (Tenebrae lessons for Holy Wednesday) here at Ascension. The musicians will preform this music on Baroque period instruments, joined by fantastic vocalists. This music will be performed in the form of a Tenebrae service, including the extinguishing of candles. This should be a beautiful, moving event, perfect for Lent.
Choral Evensong, Sunday, March 26, at 4:30 p.m.
According to our usual observance, we will have Choral Evensong for the last Sunday of the month, which is Laetare Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Lent. 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. The music will be especially fitting for Lent. Please join us for this additional opportunity for prayer during Lent!
The Choir, in Concert, April 25, 2017
The Choir, an alternative Christian rock band will be in concert here at Ascension on the evening of April 25. Tickets are $20 for the 7:30 p.m. show, VIP tickets are available for a 6:00 p.m. pre-show performance and reception. Tickets are available on The Choir's website: thechoir.net.