8:00 a.m. â€“ Meditative, classic Episcopal Prayer Book liturgy. – Main Church
10:00 a.m. â€“ Classic choral Episcopal Prayer Book liturgy accompanied mostly by organ and some grand piano. Hymns and service music are mostly from The Hymnal 1982. An all volunteerÂ choir sings introits, anthems and benedictions. This is a contemporary English sung Eucharist (“Rite Two”) from The Book of Common Prayer, supplemented by expanded language prayers from Enriching Our Worship during ordinary time. Traditional Elizabethan English (“Rite I”) is used during Lent. – Main Church
12:00 p.m. â€“ A Eucharist in Spanish with hymns mostly fromÂ Flor y CantoÂ accompanied by piano. – Main Church
For years, the leadership of Ascension have endeavored to create liturgies that express the diversity of styles that comprise the Episcopal Church, to offer multiple points of entry for seekers who appreciate one style over others. On the whole, our style is respectful and reverent while not taking itself too seriously. Apart from the prayers of the Book of Common Prayer that constitute the shape of all of our liturgies, our worship is often punctuated with laughter and spontaneity. In Lent, at our more traditional 10:00 am Eucharist service, we return to our roots in the English Reformation and use the old Elizabethan prayers of Rite I. At Ascension we value vigorous congregational singing, and we draw on the resources of The Hymnal 1982, along with Lift Every Voice and Sing II; Wonder, Love and Praise; and Gather, a hymnal that features music and texts from living composers.