Worship during the pandemic
Worship is currently via livestream only with no in person congregational attendance. We will maintain this pattern until at least Ash Wednesday, February 17th. A service is aired on Ascension’s YouTube channel at 10am Sunday followed by a walk through eucharist from 11:15am – 12:15pm. All service information, including livestream link, bulletin and children’s resource, is available HERE. The pastoral letter explaining the decision to continue suspension of in-person attendance is available HERE.
What is a walk through eucharist?
During the time we have limited capacity for worship, we offer a walk through eucharist. This is a time to receive the bread, one of the elements of communion, from an Ascension clergy. All who watch the livestream service are welcome. The walk through eucharist will last approximately one hour after each service. Entrance to Ascension’s Nave will be via the red doors facing the Parish Hall lawn. No registration needed for this.
Can’t come in person but would like the Eucharist?
For those unable to get to church, Lay Eucharistic Visitors are available for porch visits. Please use the link available HERE if you would like an at home visit.
Pandemic or no pandemic, here’s what we think about 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.
What to expect … in non-pandemic times!
As Anglican believers, our main services of worship always have Communion as well as a Sermon. We normally have two services on Sunday morning at 9am and 11am with a Hospitality Hour in the Parish Hall from approximately 10am – 11am.
For both services, children ages 4 and older begin in the service with their parents and, following a Children’s Talk that aligns with the same scriptural passages that adults will be hearing, they process to their classrooms for Sunday School and then rejoin their parents for communion.
Childcare for infants and toddlers is available for the whole service beginning 15 minutes before the start of the service. Nursery and Toddler childcare can be found in Rooms 101 and 102 of the Education Wing. Room 105 of the Education Wing has a video feed of the service and is open for infants and their parents during the service.
If you are wondering what to wear, dress ranges from informal to business casual.
9am and 11am Sunday Services (non-pandemic times)
Our 9am service uses a Eucharistic Prayer from Common Worship, the official liturgical resource of the Church of England. A music team leads the musical part of the service with hymns and songs offered in a contemporary style. Childcare and Sunday School are provided for children through 5th grade. Our Special Needs program runs concurrently with this service in the New Catacombs, the space located downstairs from the Education Wing. The entire service is about an hour and twenty minutes long. A hospitality hour in the Parish Hall immediately follows.
Our 11am service follows the Renewed Ancient Text liturgy of the Anglican Church in North America. The musical part of the service incorporates an adult choir, a contemporary music team called Resounding Grace and hymnody accompanied by a newly refurbished organ. Childcare and Sunday School are provided for children through 5th grade. A Hospitality Hour in the Parish Hall precedes the service and a fellowship time with cookies and coffee follows the service. The service lasts about an hour and thirty minutes.