On Sunday, December 21 we will have our usual 7:30am and 9am services of worship which include both word and sacrament. At 11am we will have a very special Service of Lessons and Carols. Ascension traditionally celebrates Lessons and Carols on the Fourth Sunday of Advent. The service weaves together a progression of scripture readings along with carols sung by the congregation and choirs that carry us from Old Testament prophecy to fulfillment in the Christ child. Childcare is provided for those aged 4 and younger. Parents should drop off children to Rooms 101 and 102 when they get to church as there is no children’s talk at this service. Children age 5 and older with be with us for the service.
All are invited to this warm service, designed with families and children in mind. We’ll celebrate the birth of Jesus and sing many great carols of Christmas. Children are invited to participate in a simple tableau presentation. They may come dressed as their favorite Nativity character or wear one of Ascension’s costumes. Please arrive by 3pm to participate in the tableau. David Trautman will preach. Childcare is not provided.
Festival Christmas Eve Eucharist at 10pm
Our late Christmas Eve service will feature a Festival Procession, incense, candles and the great music of the season in celebration of the birth of the Christ child. Jonathan Millard will preach. Childcare is not provided.
Christmas Day Eucharist at 10am
The lessons are different from Christmas Eve so that those who wish to make this their second service of Christmas may join those who prefer this quiet one to the festival celebrations on Christmas Eve. We will celebrate together with a Rite 2 Eucharist. Jack Gabig will preach. Child care is not provided.
Find out what is coming up in December – Senior Citizen brunch, Advent book drive, a Gathering for those in the medical professions, news from the budget committee, pastoral care announcements, Christmas services and activities. Please read all about it in the latest issue of our monthly newsletter, The Ascent, available here.
“They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God to us.”
2 Corinthians 8:5b
At the end of each calendar year, members of Ascension are asked to submit a financial pledge for the following year. Pledges plays an important role in the process of tithing. A financial pledge encourages individuals and families to be intentional about giving, and also encourages accountability. Members and friends of Ascension are encouraged to take time prayerfully to consider their commitment to tithe the treasure God has given them to the Lord’s work. An online pledge can be made by using the link available here.
From Labor Day weekend through the end of June, we have three services on Sundays beginning at 7:30am, 9am and 11am. For service details during this period, please click here. In between the two main services, from approximately 10 – 11am, we host a Hospitality Hour in the Parish Hall. All are welcome to join us for good food and fantastic fellowship!