We are Sierra Madre's village church, where all are welcome - from "town" and beyond. We are a place to meet God and your neighbors, serving Christ today for those who will know and serve Christ tomorrow.
We offer praise and thanksgiving to God through a variety of ministries, including worship, fellowship, formation, pastoral care, outreach, and by being present in the larger church and our community.
Let's Keep Ascension Moving Forward....
Due to Covid-19, please consider, as you are able, keeping your pledge current. Making an offering of your resources - time, talent, and treasure - is an integral part of what it means to be a Christian. There are many ways you can support our church.
Upcoming Events and Services:
Going Forward Together
“How shall we sing the Lord's song upon an alien soil..." (Psalm 137:4)
October 2, 2022 - Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Our 8:00 am and 10:15 am Sunday services will both be live streamed on Facebook Live. It is our intention to keep the remote option for joining our worship for the foreseeable future. Please scroll down for our Facebook link.
Access to Church of Ascension Facebook Live page
For Bulletins and Lessons for This Sunday, Please Refer to the Buttons Under Quick Links.
Some practical Suggestions from Fr. Michael to help us deal with difficult times in our world:
Let's Keep Ascension Moving Forward....
Please consider, as you are able, keeping your pledge current, especially during this time of Covid-19. The Church still has financial obligations in spite of our reduced capacity. You might consider signing up through your bank for auto-pay scheduled giving , or, perhaps, mailing your pledge to our Ascension office at the address located at the bottom of this page. Feel free to click on the Give button located under our Quick Links, if it would be more convenient for you doing this time of Covid-19 .
Your gifts are fuel we use to "...Keep Ascension Moving Forward...."
Message from Fr. Michael:
This Sunday at the 10:15 service, we look forward to the Choir and Robert Williamson offering the anthem “Draw Us in the Spirit's Tether." The organ voluntaries will be "Le Prie - Dieu" by George Oldroyd and "Psalm 19" by Benedetto Marcello. Preaching at both services will be Father Michael.
Ascension has returned to receiving Communion in both kinds. Our parishioners have choices. One option is to continue to receive in one kind. A second option is to receive from the common cup. (Please keep in mind that our chalices are made of precious metals which have an anti-microbial quality. Also, we use sacramental wine which is higher in alcohol content. After each person receives, the chalice is turned and wiped with the linen called a purificator.) A third option will be for individuals and households to receive in a small chalice, which will have a small amount of consecrated wine poured into it from the common cruet. Folks may choose to bring from home a glass or cup that holds special significance or to use a small glass which we will have available. Please note – the practice of Intinction (where a parishioner dips the bread in the wine) is not permitted under the diocesan guidelines. With the current surge underway, we are closely follow the direction of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Currently, masks are strongly recommended.
IT'S STEWARDSHIP SEASON AGAIN! Our theme this year is Caring For Each Other. Be on the lookout for the stewardship letter and card in the mail. Don't forget...you can always pledge on this website through the GIVE page.
THE BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS will be held on Sunday, October 2nd at 11:45 a.m. The Youth Group will provide pet care during the 10:15 service.
We are looking for donations of Halloween Candy. Ascension will be handing out candy on Halloween.
THE TUESDAY NIGHT DINNER GROUP will gather at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4th at Domenico's Italian Restaurant, 236 W. Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016. Please RSVP to Lynne Holl at email@example.com or Lynne's cell at (626) 437-8219. All are welcome.
THE MEN'S GROUP MONTHLY LUNCH will meet at noon, Wednesday, October 5th at Nano Cafe, 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre (626) 325-3334. Please RSVP to Deacon Ed.
FRIENDS IN DEED is lower than ever on food. Please join in Ascension's monthly collection of specific "Gold Items". OCTOBER's item is CEREAL.
COFFEE HOUR: Please join us for coffee and fellowship in Hawks Hall after both services.
ALTAR FLOWERS, SANCTUARY CANDLE, AND COFFEE HOUR SIGN-UP SHEETS are on the bulletin board outside Hawks Hall. You can also sign-up for altar flowers and the sanctuary candle online by using these links:
BETWEEN THE MASSES: The adult discussion group has resumed meeting in person in the Parish Hall. The group meets during the hour after the 8:00 am service and before the 10:15 am service.
THURSDAY MORNING MASS: Cancelled this week due to Father Michael being out of town.
RECTOR'S FORUM: Cancelled this week due to Father Michael being out of town.
EPISCOPAL RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT is mobilizing with Anglican agencies and other partners in order to provide humanitarian assistance to people fleeing the violence in Ukraine. Working through the Action by Churches Together Alliance (ACT Alliance), Episcopal Relief & Development will provide cash, blankets, hygiene supplies and other needed assistance. “Ecumenical and orthodox faith networks are on the ground in the border areas of Poland and Hungary,” said Abagail Nelson, executive vice president, Episcopal Relief & Development. “We will continue to coordinate with these networks, in order to meet the needs of people who have been displaced. ”Please pray for all those affected. Donations to Episcopal Relief & Development’s International Disaster Response Fund will provide humanitarian assistance for the crisis in Ukraine.
A Prayer for Ukraine
God of peace and justice,
we pray for the people of Ukraine today.
We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons.
We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow,
that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them.
We pray for those with power over war or peace,
for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions.
Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear,
that you would hold and protect them.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
Archbishop Justin Welby
Archbishop Stephen Cottrell
Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.
The Episcopal Church of the Ascension
25 East Laurel Ave
Sierra Madre, CA 91024
8:00 a.m. - The Holy Eucharist (Rite I)
10:15 a.m. - The Holy Eucharist (Rite II, with music)
Childcare is available at both services