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April

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Reflecting on Easter

By Dean Miller

Dear Ascension Family, We have officially turned our faces towards the Cross and Tomb this Holy Week …. past Palm Sunday and headed toward the powerful last few days before Jesus’ death. Morgan Reed last week sent out a detailed look at the schedule of our week (the “Whats” of the week) that I’d encourage… Read More »

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April

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Holy Week 2017: Reflection and Schedule

By Morgan Reed

Loving our Neighbors During Lent, two resources have left an impression on my heart. First, our series in the Gospel of St. Luke has challenged me to love my neighbors. The Holy Spirit has been opening my eyes to the diversity of my neighborhood which longs for companionship. Second, our study in Henri Nouwen’s, The Wounded Healer, has… Read More »

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March

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Lenten Reflection: Judi Deatherage

By Judi Deatherage

Hello Ascension family, I wanted to share a unique experience for me this Lent that is shaping how I reflect on Jesus. From March 28th to April 7th I will be in Israel and at the West Bank.  I’ll be on a pilgrimage led by two Northern Virginia-based NGO’s (Telos and Coracle), learning about the… Read More »

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March

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Thoughts from Lent thus far…

By Dean Miller

One of the great gifts of my young life was reading the Los Angeles Times sports sections for years and years.  I started reading it every day my freshman year of high school and was treated by some incredibly insightful, witty, and poetic writing. One of my favorites was a weekly column by a man… Read More »

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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 »

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March

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Pascal’s Pensées: Addressing the modern skeptic from the mid 1600s

By Morgan Reed

Pascal’s Pensées Blaise Pascal was a brilliant scientist who had a deeply Christ-centered faith, making him a puzzle to moderns. A contemporary of Montagne and Descartes, he agreed with the former’s view of the human condition, but rejected the latter’s view on the primacy of reason. His Pensées (thoughts) are a collection of about 1000 notes that he… Read More »

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February

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Lenten Songs

By Andy Zipf

“May the seeds of peace be scattered Birthing trees whose shade gives us rest” All Is Not Lost – The Brilliance This morning after feeding my son, he fell asleep in my arms. Instead of putting him into his crib right away, I held him for a little longer, staring at his face, listening to… Read More »

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February

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Lenten Blog Series: ‘Surprising People’ Lenten Reading

By Dean Miller

Dear Ascension Family, We are right on the cusp of Lent as a church community, the 40-day penitential and preparatory season in the church calendar when we consider afresh Jesus, our need for him, and look to the glorious news of Easter Morning — Son of God, Resurrected on our behalf.   Many in our… Read More »

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February

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Lenten Series: The Wounded Healer

By Morgan Reed

How do we rid ourselves of distraction and compulsion? The writer of Ecclesiasticus warns us of the effects of too much hurry: 10 My child, do not busy yourself with many matters; if you multiply activities, you will not be held blameless. If you pursue, you will not overtake, and by fleeing you will not… Read More »

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February

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Big Week(s)

By Dean Miller

Dear Ascension Family, What a great week!  I am writing this on the cusp of seeing many of you tonight at our screening of the movie “Many Beautiful Things”, and just a few days ahead of the Women’s Retreat morning at the Van der Vaarts on February 20th.  Both events promise to stimulate hearts and… Read More »