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December

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Be our Christmas and Start the World Again

By Morgan Reed

I find so much comfort in this prayer from Walter Bruggemann’s Prayers for a Privileged People (p. 116): In this hour of free-fall, be your good self again, meet us not according to our flaw but according to your generous self-giving: Be our Christmas, and start the world again. . . Be our Christmas and start the… Read More »

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December

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Two Encouragements for Lessons and Carols

By Dean Miller

Dear Ascension Family, In 1880 Edward Benson, then Bishop of Truro, Cornwall (the southwestern tip of the United Kingdom) led a service on Christmas Eve that had 9 readings spanning the Old and New Testament, telling the story of Jesus, Son of God come to die on our behalf. Since that evening the service has… Read More »

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December

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Advent Music – Andy Zipf

By Andy Zipf

As I drove in to church Sunday morning to meet the music team for rehearsal I was listening to part of an interview with a Jesuit priest on NPR. Something he said caught my ear over the ambient noise of the road … he was making the point that our culture has softened the Christmas story… Read More »

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November

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Jump In! Advent and Morning Worship off and Running!

By Dean Miller

Dear Ascension Family, I wanted briefly to write to you on 3 things. First, on Sunday we kicked off the church year with the first Sunday of Advent and our sermon series on “How is Christ our Hope?” We’ll be considering that question throughout Advent and this past Sunday looked at what it means to… Read More »

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November

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Lessons and Carols

By Morgan Reed

Why you should come We are a church that loves to sing and eat together! Lessons and carols is a helpful way for us to do exactly that. On December 18 at Rivendell School (5700 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22207) at 10am we will worship together with nine lessons from God’s Holy Scripture which will walk us… Read More »

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November

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Advent 2016 and the winds of change

By Morgan Reed

Winds of Change Sitting at my table with coffee in hand, I’m anticipating Advent with hope as I look out of my window at 30mph gusts of wind that are ushering winter into Northern Virginia. Winds of change have blown into our lives both in Northern Virginia this year and at the Church of the… Read More »

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November

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Agnus Dei

By Andy Zipf

Friends, I recorded this version of the Agnus Dei last night in the exquisite natural reverb of Rivendell’s upstairs sanctuary. Agnus Dei from Andy Zipf on Vimeo. Having trouble viewing the video? Click here. “Agnus Dei, Latin for “Lamb of God” comes from John the Baptist’s statement about Jesus’ Messianic ministry in John 1:29 and was… Read More »

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December

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Resources for the Third Week of Advent

By Dean Miller

  Dear Ascension Family, In this last week of our emails sharing Advent resources we turn our faces to the screen, and movies. Movies increasingly tell the meta-narrative of our world as we seek to make sense of our lives.  And whether a screenwriter, actor, or director has a relationship with Jesus or not the… Read More »

06

December

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Resources for the Second Week of Advent

By Dean Miller

  Dear Ascension Family, In our second email about Advent resource we want to talk about music. The gospel passages around Jesus’ birth are full of people bursting into song, giving glory to God, celebrating the gift of this child, thanking God for the privilege of meeting Jesus. The energy and excitement that erupts from… Read More »

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November

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Join us this Advent…

By Dean Miller

Dear Ascension Family, Happy New Year! Today we begin the celebration of Advent, the liturgical season that starts the Christian calendar. Taken from a Latin word meaning “coming,” Advent is the roughly month-long season where we prepare for the coming of a Messiah long-promised. This is a preparatory and penitential season, which means that we… Read More »