The ‘Explore Anglicanism’ course will run for five consecutive Wednesdays beginning April 11 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., and each session will be led by a member of our clergy at Ascension, Bishop Grant LeMarquand (our Priest-in-Charge while Canon Jonathan is away on Sabbatical), and our co-Associate Rectors Tish and Jonathan Warren. Childcare will be provided each evening of the course.
Bishop Hobby will join us on Ascension Sunday, May 13 in order to celebrate confirmations at both the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. If you are interested in being confirmed, we would ask that you make every effort to attend all of the course sessions. Each of the individual sessions are, however, open to all who are interested in a deeper look at Ascension or at Anglicanism more generally. The course sessions are as follow. Those being confirmed should plan on attending all 5. Others are welcome to attend classes of particular interest.
April 11: Understanding Anglicanism (Part 1): The History of Anglicanism
We’ll begin with a crash course in Anglican history from the founding of the early church through the creation of the Anglican Church in North America.
April 18: Understanding Anglicanism (Part 2): Theology and Liturgy of Anglicanism
This class will take a dive into the Anglican Prayer Book as well as the Sacraments. The class will include an Instructed Eucharist – a guided walk through the different aspects of our weekly communion service.
April 25: Understanding Ascension: The Local Church and You!
This class will look at the distinctives of Church of the Ascension, its ministries and staff. It will include a teaching on the Spiritual Gifts and any who want to will be invited to complete a Spiritual Gifts Inventory. An opportunity to meet one on one with a member of our clergy to discuss the results of the Inventory will be offered.
May 2: Understanding Spiritual Practices: How to Grow in Christ
This class will explore topics including a Rule of Life; Spiritual Exercises: Lectio Divina, Examen, Contemplative Prayer; Community Groups; Spiritual Direction and Mentoring.
May 9: Understanding the Commitments of Confirmation and Membership
This class will look at the specific commitments being made in both confirmation and membership. A tour of the Nave will be offered and there will be an open forum to ask a priest any question that is on your mind.
Join Clergy and Staff for an informal dinner on Sunday, March 18th from 5 – 7pm. We’ll meet at the Common Room of the Summerset at Frick Park Community Center located at 1425 Parkview Boulevard (15217). This is in Squirrel Hill, about 12 minutes from the church. Bring the kids! It’s an informal time to get to know one another better. We would love to know you plan to come. You can sign up online or email email@example.com.
Please join us to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
6am The Great Vigil of Easter
The first service of Easter Day begins with darkness and includes the singing of the Exsultet, or Song of Praise, over the year’s Easter Candle, the passing of the Light of Easter, scripture, silence and Holy Baptism. Please remember to bring your bells to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord! Childcare is not provided at the vigil.
9am and 11am Services
Our 9am and 11am worship will be much the same, but with songs, hymns and anthems to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord on Easter Day! Please remember to bring your bells! There will be children’s ministry available for children ages 4 and under in rooms 101 and 102. Children ages five and older will remain in the service with their families.
Easter Egg Hunt
We will have an Easter Egg Hunt in the Hunt Rooms and Courtyard following both services on Easter Sunday. Please join us and bring baskets!
Weekly devotional resource is available here.
Sermon questions are available here.
Good Friday at Ascension
Because these are the hours Jesus hung on the cross, we encourage worshippers to keep vigil for the entire three hour period, but the service will easily allow people to spend any one hour (Noon, 1pm or 2pm) without loss of continuity. There will be children’s ministry for all children (infants to grade 5), available for all three hours (Noon, 1pm and 2pm) in room 102 and the Hunt rooms. Please feel free to drop off your children for all three hours, or for any one or two of the three hours. Children will engage in all kinds of activities themed to Good Friday.
Maundy Thursday at Ascension
The worship of Maundy Thursday is rich in symbolism and will include washing of feet and the dramatic stripping of the altar in preparation for Good Friday. The service concludes in total darkness. Childcare will be available for infants to 4 year olds in Rooms 101 and 102 of the Education Wing. K-5th graders will have a special Maundy Thursday program in the Hunt Rooms.
Palm Sunday at Ascension
Both of our services will feature the Liturgy of the Palms, a Festival Procession and a dramatic reading of the Passion narrative. Children aged 5 and older will remain with their parents for the service. Childcare is provided for ages 4 and younger in rooms 101 and 102 of the Education Wing. There is no children’s talk on Palm Sunday, so please take your children to childcare prior to the start of the service.
Sermon questions from Palm Sunday:
1) What details in this lengthy passage stand out or are particularly striking to you?
2) In her sermon, Mtr Tish said that Jews in Jesus’ day were looking for a particular kind of salvation: a Messiah that would deliver them from Roman occupation and make them into a sovereign state again. What are the things we are looking to for salvation in our culture? What are the things you are hoping that God will deliver you from?
3) Why did the authorities crucify Jesus?
4) In Mark 8:31, Mark tells us that “the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again.” What details does Mark give us in our passage that tell us why the crucifixion was necessary? How are the crucifixion and death of Jesus “good news” for us today?
Dinner and Compline
Join other young adults for Dinner and Compline on Tuesday, March 13th from 6:30-8:30pm. This is a fantastic way to get to know others in our Young Adult community!
What’s Compline? Compline is one of the Daily Offices found in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. Most often, the word “office” means the place where we work, or a political position. But there’s also a “church” meaning. From an ancient Latin root, it means to make a ceremony or service, so we refer to our through-the-day prayers as “offices.” An “office” consists of prayer, scripture and psalms, and saying the offices is a way of living in constant touch with God. Jesus did it! Traditionally there are seven offices (see Psalm 119:164), but most who observe the offices don’t do all seven. The principle is to have regular, fixed-time appointments with God – morning, noon and evening.
Join our Seniors Luncheon Club on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 12:30 – 2:30pm. Meetings take place in the Hunt Room. Parking restrictions will be lifted for people to park on the streets and the Neville Street lot will be reserved for seniors only. There is a $10 charge for lunch, but first-time friends are free! Please RSVP to Ann Tefft at 412-526-1107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first luncheon of the season will take pace on Thursday, Sept 13th from 12:30 – 2:30pm. It will feature Janet Helms. Janet has a tremendous ministry in Africa, being both Chair of the Kenya Christian Education Partnership and author of The Orphaned Heart. She has helped raise funds for schools in Kenya and has toured many countries in Africa doing healing prayer ministry in areas ravaged by civil war. So, you are invited to come, meet new friends, enjoy a great lunch and hear a challenging speaker. Generally, OWLS is for those 55+, but in actuality all of our meetings are open to any who wish to join us!