Our Sunday schedule includes three worship services
Each of these services follows a common pattern, this is commonly known as "liturgy". This pattern has been used for many years and connects us with the faithful from previous generations. This pattern offers a rhythm to worship.
The 8:00 am service at Ascension is rather intimate and tends toward the contemplative. The early hour allows one to begin their day with worship. It includes reading from scripture, a sermon, prayers and Holy Communion. From time to time it includes music as well.
The 10:00 am service at Ascension is a vibrant expression of our service. It is a diverse gathering, where all are welcome. The festive procession includes the choir that helps lead worship. This service includes scripture, a sermon, prayers and Holy Communion as well.
The Noon service at Ascension is primarily for a community of Dinka (South Sudanese), although all are welcome. The songs, prayers and readings are primarily in the Dinka language. It includes Holy Communion on the first Sunday of the month.
observation of sacred seasons
The liturgy the forms our service changes throughout the year, as we acknowledge the different seasons of the church. Some of these are widely known, such as Christmas or Easter, others may only be known to those within the church. There are also days that are particularly appropriate for baptism, the Easter Vigil, on the Day of Pentecost, on All Saints' Day or the Sunday after All Saints'
Day, and on the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (the First Sunday after the Epiphany). If you are interested in baptism, or learning more about the seasons of the church contact Fr. Paul.
On the importance of music
Music is an important part of our Sunday services, and also part of our joy. This is true whenever it is offered, either at our 10:15 and our Dinka services. It helps connect us and our voices as we praise God. We are blessed with a fantastic volunteer choir, an amazing organ, and even some special young voices from time to time.
Ascension Adult Choir
The Ascension Adult Choir is a group of volunteer singers who love to sing and are willing to learn! They rehearse in the Nave each week on Wednesday evenings from 7:15pm until 8:30pm. They help to provide worship leadership at the10:15am service and for other services as determined throughout the year. The choir sings a wide variety of great choral music ranging from ancient plainchant to classic masterpieces to modern works and commissioned anthems.
The Martin Pasi Organ, Opus 16
All components of the instrument were built in Martin Pasi’s shop in Roy, Washington. Working with a small group of fine craftsmen, the shop builds one organ at a time, crafted by hand from natural materials using reliable and historical organ building methods. Our organ has two manuals and a pedal keyboard. The freestanding casework is contracted of old-growth Douglas fir, the metal pipes are a 97% lead-tin alloy, and the wooden pipes are from Tulip Tree. These and many other similar refinements make this a distinguished instrument of lasting tonal and visual beauty, exemplify an elegance and inherent integrity characteristic of the greatest traditions of the organ builder’s art – Soli Deo Gloria!