1) In Amos 7, the Lord shows Amos a vision of a plumb line, a tool used to measure whether a wall is in perfect perpendicular relation to the floor. The plumb line symbolizes the measure of the righteousness of Israel, and Israel is found wanting. The result of this will be that the Lord will bring his people into exile. When you read this passage, what emotions do you experience? How would you feel if you were in Amos’s place? How would you feel if you were the people of Israel to whom the message was announced?
2) The Polish philosopher Leszek Kolakowski argues that all of human experience can be read in light of Israel’s experience. As a result he argues that “exile is the permanent human condition.” What does it mean to you to be in exile? Are there ways that the theme of being in exile connects with your experience? With that of your friends or loved ones?
3) Mother Tish argued in her sermon that when a wall is not perpendicular it must be knocked down and rebuilt, and that Amos’s vision should be understood in this light. The Lord sent Israel into exile in order to rebuild them, and in Christ Israel is indeed being rebuilt as a community that includes both Jews and Gentiles (Eph. 2). Have you ever felt that the Lord is knocking you down? Have you seen ways that he has rebuilt you? What would it mean for him to rebuild you once he has knocked you down?
The vision of our youth group is to be “A Christ-centered and open-hearted youth group dedicated to fostering faithful disciples through love, service, and the teaching of Biblical truth.” Middle School Youth Group typically happens Fridays at 6:30pm. However, to find out the exact schedule, please visit www.caygonline.com (“Church of the Ascension Youth Group”). Ascension’s website could not contain the enthusiasm of the youth and their leaders, so they created their own! Please check out the website for the latest and any changes to regular programming!
Please note: Youth Alpha starts the first weekend in June. Rising 6th and 9th graders will then be WELCOME to join the middle (Friday June 1) and high school (Sunday June 3) youth groups! This is also a great summer series to bring friends. Note: Friday nights will finish later, at 9pm. Sunday nights finish much later, as we plan to watch the Movies at Dusk on Schenley Plaza. For those who aren’t interested in that evening’s movie, youth group finishes at the regular time of 8:30pm. See the full Movies in the Park schedule here.
Church of the Ascension offers English classes for internationals (beginners, intermediate and advanced). A Bible Study is optional. All welcome!
All women are welcome. Childcare is open at 9:45am with the study beginning 10am. The group meets in Room 105 of Ascension’s education wing.
A midweek service of Holy Eucharist takes place in the Gordon Chapel at noon on Wednesdays. This service is open to all and often attracts those who live and work in the neighborhood. The service is approximately 45 minutes in length.Childcare is not provided.