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Good Friday and the Cross as God’s Claim on the World

By Allison Brown | April 19, 2019

In the fifth chapter of The Brothers Karamazov, we are told that Ivan Fyodorovich has written a controversial article arguing against the separation of church and state. He is more claiming that the Orthodox Church fails when it forgets that it contains the world and believes that the world somehow contains the church.  This rather…

Holy Week and Easter at Christ Church of the Ascension

By Allison Brown | April 11, 2019

During Holy Week our services take on the particular shape of the last week of Jesus’s life, moving from simple services of faithful observation to the last meal of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday’s crucifixion, Holy Saturday’s quiet waiting, and then on Saturday night, the new flame is lit and comes into the darkened church alone…

Remembrance and Celebration this Weekend

By Allison Brown | April 5, 2019

Back in the fourth century the Roman Empire granted official status to the church, and this included some benefits that are important to us. The Bishop and clergy could vest themselves with signs of Roman aristocracy, the Bishops were provided a horse for travel and guard when necessary, and basilicas were given as gathering places…

The Thin Blue Line that Runs through Everyone

By Allison Brown | March 29, 2019

Yesterday, the city of Phoenix buried one of its own police officers with honors from both the Police Department and the Air Force. But his true memorial was a mass held at his home parish in St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church out in the west Valley. He left behind a wife and two adult…

Community of Hope Sunday, March 31

By Allison Brown | March 21, 2019

Community of Hope Sunday, March 31 after the 10:15 service  What do you do with your faith? Every one of us is a part of what God is doing here and around the world. Or at least we are called to be. What are you doing to bring God’s love to the world? On Sunday,…

Lent and Holy Week

By Allison Brown | March 7, 2019

A couple of decades ago now, the Roman Catholic Church dropped Ash Wednesday services from their official services because it was not a specific day of remembrance but rather just the beginning of a season.  Or maybe a Diocese did. Anyway, people flocked to our little parish to get their ashes. It was a packed…

Ash Wednesday: on being an Embassy of God’s Kingdom

By Timothy Watt | February 28, 2019

The news is full of the ways the church fails in our pursuit of being the Kingdom of God on earth. And individually we all have stories of a church falling short of its purpose, and we have even more stories of individuals failing. What do we need to do in order to be an…

Ascension Society: Leaving a Legacy

By Daniel Richards | January 15, 2019

Ascension Society Building your Legacy at Christ Church of the Ascension What is Planned Giving Planned giving encompasses a variety of ways that gifts can be made to the church from accumulated resources. It usually involves financial or estate planning; however, it is not reserved for the wealthy. Planned giving is a means by which…

Christ Church Annual Meeting 27 January 2019

By Daniel Richards | January 15, 2019

CCA Annual Meeting | Sunday, January 27th Join us on Sunday, January 27th following the 10:15 a.m. service for our Annual Meeting in Rectors Hall! Ministry reports are due to Allison by Friday, January 18. Please email your report to

Stewardship 2019

By Daniel Richards | January 15, 2019

Dear Friends and Family of Christ Church of the Ascension, As these cool nights and sunny days promise, fall has arrived, and we are reminded to be grateful – we have survived another summer in the desert. Fall has come in with rain. In these waning days of the long growing season of Pentecost, the…