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June

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Anglicanism: Global and Local

By Morgan Reed

Dear Ascension Family, Summer is finally here! All our kids are finally out of school, summer camps are cranking up, the heat index is rising and any access to a pool is welcome. Below is our next-to-last Monday email sent as a follow up to our Ascension Essentials sermon series, this week giving you ways… Read More »

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June

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The Book of Common Prayer

By Dean Miller

Dear Ascension Family, Below is the sixth Monday-follow-up email in our Ascension Essentials series, sent as a way to engage further in what we are learning. I hope there is something here you can explore. I mentioned a delightful article called ‘Morning Walks with My Son’ from the New York Times. If I was going… Read More »

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June

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Anglican Music

By Dean Miller

Good Monday to you! This is the fifth in our Monday blogs for the Ascension Essentials series. The intent of these, again, is to stimulate further thought, discussion, and love of God and his world through what is below. I pray these are a blessing. Heroes: John Newton and William Cowper Yesterday I mentioned what… Read More »

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June

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Tracks of Righteousness

By Andrew Litke

Samuel Johnson As I was preparing the sermon this week (which you can listen to HERE), Samuel Johnson was frequently on my mind. Johnson (1709–1784) stands among the most important writers and critics of English literature. His impressive resume includes numerous essays in The Rambler, The Idler, and The Adventurer; critically acclaimed poetry, such as London;… Read More »

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May

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Ascension Essentials 3: The Sacraments

By Dean Miller

Dear Ascensionites,  I hope when you find this (if you find it on Memorial Day or later in the week) you are encouraged by the daily commitment God has to you in light of our looking at the sacraments this past Sunday. The sacraments truly are a remarkable gift from God. A couple ways you… Read More »

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May

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The Bible in English

By Morgan Reed

Ancient Paths and the Bible On Sunday, we looked at how Scripture, Tradition, and reason keep us on the ancient paths the lead us to God Himself, the rest we need for our souls. If you want to hear the sermon, you’ll find it here One of the songs that has encouraged me as I have… Read More »

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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 »

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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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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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February

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Embrace Lent!

By Dean Miller

Dear Ascension family, Today we enter into the glorious, penitential church season of Lent together … the 40-day season wherein we reflect on Jesus, his work, our need for him, and the glorious wonder that he gave himself in death and resurrection for that need. Many of us will begin this season in our Ash… Read More »