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;
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!
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.