Religion

Finding Faith in Unexpected Places

January 20, 2022

The lessons we will read in church on this Sunday bring many things to mind, but one of the most notable things I see is something we have been grappling with in our education and formation classes this year: Finding faith in unexpected places. This is the kind of faith we read about in Nehemiah.…

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Living Into Rituals of Hope

January 13, 2022

I am grateful for the ways that we mark the seasons of the church year and the seasons of our lives with rituals. This past week, on the day that we remember the Baptism of our Lord, we baptized three new members into our parish family: Owen, Bennett, and Roman. Baptism is a rite that…

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The Lord Sits Enthroned Above The Flood

January 6, 2022

The Lord sits enthroned above the flood;the Lord sits enthroned as King for evermore. The Lord shall give strength to his people;the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace. These words from Psalm 29 resonated with all of us who gathered for Bible study this morning. These final couplets from this week’s Psalm…

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Knowing, Loving, and Serving in 2022

December 30, 2021

One of the optional readings for the Second Sunday After Christmas comes from Matthew 2 and it is commonly called “The Flight to Egypt.” In this short narrative, Joseph decides to flee Judea with his young family after the angel warns him of Herod’s plot to murder all the newborn baby boys in and around…

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Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2021

Christmas is (almost) upon us, and with it comes all the business of the holiday season: Meals to plan and cook, friends and family to visit, and of course, presents to buy and wrap. The entire Christmas Season, which now stretches from Thanksgiving through Christmas, goes by many names: The Season of Hope, the Season…

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Hope in Troubled Times

December 16, 2021

I don’t know whether you’ve noticed this or not, but we have had a series of really hopeful readings from some of the Minor Prophets of the Hebrew Bible during this Advent season. What’s remarkable about these readings is that each of these prophets lived during times that were anything but hopeful. Last week, we…

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Senior Warden’s Note

December 9, 2021

Dear Christ Church of the Ascension Family, Thank you very much to all of you for the loving and warm send off for Fr. Daniel and his family! Thank you for contributing to his Almy gift card for vestments, for all of the cards, the roast, and your prayers for him and his family as…

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Saying Good-bye

December 2, 2021

There comes a time to say good-bye, and this is it. Sunday will be my last services at Christ Church of the Ascension as rector. It has been quite a time. There was time to confront and have conflict, time to forgive and make peace. There will be time this weekend to celebrate and to grieve. …

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Gratitude is a Practice, a Virtue, and a Way of Life

November 24, 2021

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” I Thessalonians 5:16-18 The commands to rejoice and give thanks are repeated time and time again in the whole Bible. We often think of whether we feel joyful or thankful, but the Bible gives…

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The King We Didn’t Know We Wanted

November 18, 2021

More than a few years ago, when opening presents on St. Nicholas Day, Rachel said, “This is exactly what I wanted, and I didn’t even know!” The gift was an unexpected delight that caught her off-guard. Sometimes I wonder if we are still open to being caught off-guard by God.  When Jesus came, everyone was holding…

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