7:45 a.m. â€“ Meditative, classic Episcopal Prayer Book liturgy. – Main Church
9:00 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
10:15 a.m. â€“ A Communion service for families with small children. It features songs accompanied by guitar that appeal to young children who often dance and clap their hands. – Chapel
11:00 a.m. â€“ A Eucharist in Spanish with hymns mostly fromÂ Flor y CantoÂ accompanied by piano. – Chapel
11:15 a.m. â€“ This is best described as a modern service using prayers from A New Zealand Prayer BookÂ andÂ Enriching Our Worship accompanied by an instrumental ensemble with grand piano, electric bass, 6 and 12 string amplified acoustic guitars, two flutes, oboe, cello, and hand percussion on djembe, conga, and bongo drums. Hymns are mostly fromÂ Gather 2nd. ed. but otherÂ hymnals such asÂ Wonder Love and Praise,Â Lift Every Voice and SingÂ andÂ The Hymnal 1982Â are also used. – Main Church
5:00 p.m. â€“ â€śLast Chance Churchâ€ť featuring alternative Eucharistic prayers and music from a variety of sources accompanied by piano. – Chapel
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 addition to the resources of the Book of Common Prayer, at the 11:15 am and 5:00 pm services we often use the expanded language Eucharistic prayers of â€śEnriching Our Worshipâ€ť and the New Zealand Prayer Book. In Lent, at our more traditional 9:00 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.