Worship songs can't just be rooted in culture - they won't be deep enough. They have to be rooted in scripture. - Matt Redman
The Feast of the Ascension is a significant celebration for all of us at Ascension. Our parish is named after this feast day, which marks the 40th day after Jesus’ resurrection and commemorates his ascension into heaven. On Sunday, May 21, we will observe the occasion by gathering after the 10:30 a.m. service for great food, fellowship, and fun for all ages at our annual All-Parish Picnic. In addition to our Sunday celebration, a number of you have expressed a clear desire to gather on the actual Ascension Day - Thursday, May 18th. As we explore the addition of a third service that will include contemporary music, we think Ascension Day would be a great opportunity to try out some of the music. Both of our current services are liturgical and sacramental. We see these aspects of worship as central to who we are and connected to our understanding of God. While my vision for a third service is casual and “come as you are,” it should also remain true to our liturgy and sacraments. The timing and style of music will distinguish this service from the others. These characteristics will help us as we seek to broaden our reach in the community and attract a different demographic. Just as with hymns, there is a wide range of music in this category. Part of the selection process will include the consideration of theology espoused in the music selections. I pray that our Ascension Day service is the beginning of a larger conversation about music and worship. Please join us on Thursday, May 18th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall!