Our Worship

Worship is the highlight of our life together as a church. Eugene Peterson has said, “Worship is the strategy by which we interrupt our preoccupation with ourselves and attend to the presence of God.”

Our desire is that our experience of the presence of God through worship shapes us for the rest of the week: “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.” (Romans 12:1, The Message). Worship doesn’t end when we walk out the door. Rather, the hope is that our time together on Sunday mornings is just the beginning. Please join us in this journey.


REGULAR SERVICE TIMES: Join us at 9am or 11am

Each week one of our two services will be livestreamed on Ascension’s YouTube channel. For more information, or to download this week’s bulletin, see our News and Events page.

What to expect?

  • We are doing construction! Half of our facility, the Parish Hall wing, is inaccessible through the end of 2023. We have some recommendations to make your visit as easy to navigate as possible. First, when you join us for worship, please use the main red doors off of Ellsworth (even though the largest parking lot we use – Oakland Catholic – is on Neville). Second, bathrooms and our post-service hospitality hour are in the education wing and must be accessed using a side door from the Nave (our worship space). Finally, our ushers will be very happy to give direction!
  • Childcare is offered in rooms 101 and 102 of the Minnie Smith Education Wing from 8:45am – 12:30pm. All of our childcare workers have all mandated clearances as well as mandated diocesan training. Ushers can direct you to those rooms.
  • Sunday School will run concurrently with both services. Children aged 4 – 5th grade begin with their parents, leaving for class after the children’s talk, and returning in time for communion.
  • Regarding Holy Communion, with Covid in mind, our clergy will dip a wafer into the communion wine and place the wafer into a communicant’s cupped hands. We will continue with this mode of communion for the foreseeable future, not going back to a common cup. Gluten free wafers are available.

SPECIAL SERVICES DURING ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS

Lessons & Carols: Sunday, December 18 at 9am and 11am

The biblical narrative of fall and redemption is told through a series of scripture readings, reflections, and a variety of music. This year, the Service of Lessons and Carols will take place at both the 9:00am and 11:00am services on Sunday, December 18. It will be the same service at both times, featuring carols, as well as music from the choir, children’s choir, and music team. This is a great opportunity to bring a friend. No Sunday School; Childcare for children aged 3 and under is provided.

Christmas Eve Family Service: December 24 at 6pm

All are invited to this warm service that is designed with children in mind. We will celebrate the nativity of Jesus with a children’s tableau and sing the great carols of Christmas. Childcare for children aged 3 and under is provided. Remember to bring your bells!

Christmas Eve Festival Eucharist: December 24 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. Childcare is not provided. Remember to bring your bells!

Christmas Day: December 25 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. Childcare is not provided.

The Second Sunday of Christmas: Sunday, January 1 at 9am and 11am (regular times)

No Sunday School; Childcare for children aged 3 and under is provided. Join us for worship on the first day of the New Year.