7:45 a.m. – Quiet, classical Episcopal Prayer Book liturgy. No music. Main Church.
9:00 a.m. – Classical Episcopal. Organ; hymns mostly from The Hymnal 1982, choir, with sung introits, anthems and benedictions; sung Eucharist from The Book of Common Prayer: Rite II (Rite I during Lent). Main Church.
10:15 a.m. – For families with small children. Songs accompanied by guitar that appeal to young children who often dance and clap their hands. Chapel.
11:00 a.m. – Eucharist in Spanish with hymns mostly from Flor y Canto accompnaied by piano. Chapel.
11:15 a.m. – A non-traditional Eucharist using prayers fromA New Zealand Prayer Book and Enriching Our Worship accompanied by the ensemble described above. Music is mostly from Gather 2nd. ed. but other hymnals such as Wonder Love and Praise, Lift Every Voice and Sing and The Hymnal 1982 are also used. Main church.
5:00 p.m. – “Last Chance Church” featuring alternative Eucharistic prayers and music from a variety of sources accompanied by piano. Chapel.
For years, the leadership of Ascension have endeavored to create liturgies that express the diversity of styles that comprise the Episcopal Church, to offer multiple points of entry for seekers who appreciate one style over others. On the whole, our style is respectful and reverent while not taking itself too seriously. Apart from the prayers of the Book of Common Prayer that constitute the shape of all of our liturgies, our worship is often punctuated with laughter and spontaneity.
In addition to the resources of the Book of Common Prayer, at the 11:15 am and 5:00 pm services we often use the expanded language Eucharistic prayers of “Enriching Our Worship” and the New Zealand Prayer Book. In Lent, at our more traditional 9:00 am Eucharist service, we return to our roots in the English Reformation and use the old Elizabethan prayers of Rite I.
At Ascension we value vigorous congregational singing, and we draw on the resources of The Hymnal 1982, along with Lift Every Voice and Sing II; Wonder, Love and Praise; and Gather, a hymnal that features music and texts from living composers.