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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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January

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Chronos Moments, and My dad

By Dean Miller

Dear Ascension Family, Since late December I’ve been reflecting a bit on our first two years with you all, and on what interesting chronological moments I was facing as we entered 2017.  It struck me that I had a freshman son in high school, turn 50 in the spring, and had a father very sick… 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 »

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 »

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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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Christmastide Events

By Morgan Reed

Christmastide marks the 12 days of Christmas beginning at Sundown Christmas Eve and lasts through Epiphany Eve (January 5th). We will have several things happening and we would love for you to join us so we include the list below as a summary: Christmas Eve: December 24, join us for worship in the chapel at Rivendell… 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 »