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July

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The Holy Spirit in Anglicanism

By Dean Miller

Dear Ascension Family, This is our last Monday email for the Ascension Essentials series and my guess is many of you will get it while preparing for your July 4th plans.  I’ve very much enjoyed this series and the dialogue with many of you and as always trust that what is below will stimulate further… Read More »

03

May

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Upcoming fun-filled weekend together

By Dean Miller

Dear Ascension Family, We are just a few days out from a big weekend embracing one another and topics like the media, narrative, kids, advertising, and our earth.  I think Sunday and Monday will be really engaging times together.  All these different topics tie into the bigger, broader, more foundational question of what it means… Read More »

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April

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Regent College, Making Peace with Creation, and Loving the World

By Dean Miller

Dear Ascension Family, I hope you, Resurrection People, are bringing life to wherever you are this wet week.  I am writing to share with you about our weekend with Regent College in a couple weeks. Regent Weekend:  Who and What? By now most if not all of you have heard me share either on Sundays or in our Weekly… Read More »

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April

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The Next Few Weeks

By Dean Miller

Dear Ascension Family, Greetings to you on this overcast day, I hope this finds you well. I am still gratefully riding the blessing of our weekend together, revisiting and reflecting again on the arc of Good Friday to the Easter Vigil downtown, to Easter morning and our brunch together at Rivendell. It was a gift… Read More »

06

March

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Lenten Mission Reflections

By Angela Weston

Lent and Missions This past week we entered the season of Lent as a church family. At Ascension, Lent and world missions have always been connected because it is during this season that we take an offering to give to an international ministry. Lent is a time for us to cut back and to simplify our… Read More »

25

January

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Making What is From What was Not

By Morgan Reed

Creating what is out of what is not We desperately need to know that it is easy for God to raise the dead and call into existence that which does not yet exist because we encounter what feels immobilizing, disorienting, and impossible far too frequently. The Holy Scriptures proclaim that God is the one who makes “what is” out of… Read More »

04

January

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Happy New Year and Coming Attractions! – Dean Miller

By Dean Miller

Dear Ascension Family, I hope you are well after great Christmas breaks …. we surely scattered all over the country in December!  I wanted to write briefly about things coming up for the next few weeks. First, I am very thankful to announce on behalf of our Search Committee and Parish Council that we will… Read More »

18

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 »

06

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 »