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Ministry & Mission at the Ascension
- All Souls’ Book: If you would like to remember a loved one by having their name read at our All Soul’s Service on Tuesday, November 2, please write their name in the book provided at the back of the church. In order for the names to be read aloud during the service, they must be written in the book. We will have pens available; however, we recommend that you use your own pen, if at all possible. If you are interested in attending this service, we ask that you register either by email at [email protected] or call 368-5693 and leave a message. Thank you.
- Vaccine Passport: Effective October 22, 2021, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has mandated that you must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical exemption in order to attend a faith-based gathering. All individuals over the age of 12 must present official proof of vaccination and identification before being permitted entrance into the building. Please ensure you bring along your proof of vaccine and identification when you attend any function at the church.
- Annual General Meeting: The AGM is scheduled for today, October 24, at 2 p.m. in the Auditorium. Masks are required and physical distancing will be observed. The Diocesan Administrator will be attending the AGM. Reports will be avail at the meeting. You will need to present proof of vaccination and identification before being permitted entrance into the building.
- Confirmation Registration: Confirmation registration will take place today, Sunday, October 24, after the 11 a.m. service. Children must be 11 years of age by December 31, 2021 to register. You may also register by completing the form on our website ascensionnl.ca. The form is located under the Care button towards the top of our home page. You must register by October 31. Further details to follow.
- Congratulations: Congratulations to Reverend James Reid who received the Doctor of Divinity (Honoris Causa) at Queen’s College convocation on Thursday, October 21.
- Community Supper: This week’s free hot take out meal will be on Wednesday, October 27, from 5-6:30 p.m. The mobile truck will be parked at First United Church, 221 Park Avenue. The meal this week will be chicken soup, sandwich, a cookie with a of bottle water. Covid protocols will be observed.
- Food Bank: We are resuming collection for food bank items, effective immediately. We will have a bin located in the main entrance of the church for those who would like to bring any items on Sunday, and we will also have a bin located at our side entrance for those who wish to drop their items at the church between 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Monday to Friday. Thank you so much.
- Hockey with Heart: On November 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mount Pearl Minor Hockey Association will hold its annual fundraising for community food banks. Donations may be sent to [email protected] with the subject line- Food Bank Donation. Our Blades will also be collecting donations at the following locations: St. Peter's Parish/Salvation Army; Mary Queen of the World; Church of the Ascension; Church of the Good Shepherd; Park Avenue Pentecostal Church; Sobeys; Coleman’s; Walmart; and the Glacier. Thank you for your support.
- Online Fall Fair Auction: In lieu of our annual Fall Fair, the Parish of the Ascension will be hosting an online Fall Fair Auction. The auction will take place on Facebook from November 21 to November 26. We are inviting parishioners to make donations to our online auction before November 10. We are looking for only new items please. Here are some possible items to consider donating:
- Baked Goods
- Knitted goods
- Decor & Decorations
- Gift Cards
- Christmas Decorations
- Entertainment Items
If you have a physical item to donate, please drop it to the church office by November 10, Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Please indicate who is making the donation (only in case the committee needs to be in touch with you). If you are able to donate any perishable items (baked goods, etc.) or if you have any questions, please email [email protected] or call Lisa Fancey. We are looking forward to this exciting event to lead us towards the holiday season!
- Pre-Authorized Givings: If you would like to set up pre-authorized givings, please contact the church office at 368-5693 for direction.
- Church Envelopes and Donations: Just a reminder to include your name, envelope number and amount of the giving on the envelope when you submit your donation. This will ensure you receive credit on your yearly tax receipts. Thank you.
- E-Transfer: What a great way to contribute to the parish for your weekly offering or special project! If you would like to use an alternate method of payment, please use the following email address: [email protected] and the password is church.
- CLB Take Out Lunch: Each week the CLB offers take out lunch specials on Friday. If you are interested in purchasing for your home or office group, please call 722-1737 to pre-order. Orders must be received by Thursday at 11 a.m. Free delivery for orders of five or more dinners.
- Services During the Week:
- October 31, 2021, All Saints: 11:00am - Holy Eucharist/BAS
- November 2, 2021, All Souls: 7:00pm - Holy Eucharist/BAS
Prayers of the People
Let us intercede before the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ for the sake of the Church, the world, and one another.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for the mercy, healing, forgiveness, and salvation you lavish upon us in Jesus! Give us courage and persistent faith, so we always trust and follow him along his way. We pray for the parishes of St. Mary the Virgin, St. Michael and All Angels. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
As you consoled and healed the remnant of Israel, do so and more for your persecuted Church. Make it rich in faith, hope, and love. By its witness to Jesus, open the eyes of its sin-blinded enemies, and lead them also along Christ’s way.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless this congregation with such lively faith that we always see opportunities to bring other people to Jesus and his healing love. Make us eager to be companions to those who do not yet know him. Help us to be their guides along Christ’s way. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Lord, blindness is not just a metaphor. It’s a physical reality. We lift before you the challenges and needs of those who are impaired in vision, hearing, and mobility. Help us to bring the light of your love and the music of your word to them. Help us also to provide the assistance, training, and support they need to flourish. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
May our country’s leaders show common sense, humility, and virtue. Teach them that power, wealth, and fame matter less than wisdom, justice, mercy, and integrity. Use them to lead their people along your way. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Thank you for the brave, wise, and good among us who risk so much to protect life, health, liberty, and justice. Renew and sustain their strength and resolve. Use them to mend communities fractured by sickness, violence, and injustice, and to lead many along your way. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Like Bartimaeus’s friends, we plead that Jesus would bring healing and encouragement to all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit. Especially we plead for those on the Ascension Prayer Cycle. Bring them healing and hope, light and life. Refresh all who care for them, so together they may walk along your way. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Dear heavenly Father, we entrust into your care our beloved dead. Ease the sorrow of those whose grief runs deep. Give us strength to encourage and support each other as we follow our blessed Savior along the way that leads to your spacious house and our eternal homecoming. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Incline your ear to our prayers, dear Lord; and answer them according to your most gracious and holy will, for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Ascension Prayer Cycle: Aden, Amelia, Amy, Angela, Ann, Annie, Aubrey, Audrey, Barbara, Brenda, Brian, Brittany, Brandon, Callum, Carl, Cathy, Christina, Cindy, Claire, Clarence, Connie, David, Debra, Delilah, Dennis, Derrick, Don, Donna, Doreen, Dot, Doug, Dulcie, Ed, Edie, Edgar, Elaine, Emily, Erin, Evelyn, Finnley, Frederick, Fred, Frank, Flo, Garrett, Gary, George, Gerald, Glenda, Gordon, Harry, Ike, Ina, Ingrid, Ira, Jack, Janet, Jason, Jennifer, Jenny, John, Josephine, Joan, Junior, Kent, Kevin, Kim, Laura, Leo, Leonie, Lori, Luke, Madeline, Marie, Marsha, Mark, Marion, Marylou, Maxine, Maxwell, Melvin, Michael, Michelle, Mike, Mona, Nancy, Pam, Peter, Rachel, Randell, Rochelle, Rodney, Roland, Ruby, Ruth, Rita, Sadie, Sam, Sean, Shirley, Stephen, Susan, Tasker, Tina, Todd, Tom, Valerie and Warwick.
Lord God our redeemer,
who heard the cry of your people
and sent your servant Moses
to lead them out of slavery,
free us from the tyranny of sin and death,
and by the leading of your Spirit
bring us to our promised land;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. AMEN
A Reading from the Book of Job
Then Job answered the Lord: "I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. 'Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?' Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. 'Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you declare to me.' I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes." And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he had prayed for his friends; and the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. Then there came to him all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before, and they ate bread with him in his house; they showed him sympathy and comforted him for all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him; and each of them gave him a piece of money and a gold ring. The Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; and he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand donkeys. He also had seven sons and three daughters. He named the first Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren happuch. In all the land there were no women so beautiful as Job's daughters; and their father gave them an inheritance along with their brothers. After this Job lived one hundred and forty years, and saw his children, and his children's children, four generations. And Job died, old and full of days. JOB 42:1-6, 10-17
Reader: The Word of the Lord
People: Thanks be to God
REFRAIN: Taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are they who trust in him.
I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall ever be in my mouth.
I will glory in the Lord; let the humble hear and rejoice. R
Proclaim with me the greatness of the Lord; let us exalt his name together.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me out of all my terror. R
Look upon him and be radiant, and let not your faces be ashamed.
I called in my affliction and the Lord heard me and saved me from all my troubles. R
The angel of the Lord encompasses those who fear him, and he will deliver them.
Taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are they who trust in him! R[Many are the troubles of the righteous, but the Lord will deliver him out of them all.
He will keep safe all his bones; not one of them shall be broken. R
Evil shall slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be punished. The Lord ransoms the life of his servants, and none will be punished who trust in him. R PSALM 34:1-8 (19-22)
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ According to Mark
People: Glory to, you Lord Jesus Christ
They came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" Jesus stood still and said, "Call him here." And they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take heart; get up, he is calling you." So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man said to him, "My teacher, let me see again." Jesus said to him, "Go; your faith has made you well." Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way. MARK 10:46-52
Reader: The Gospel of Christ
People: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ
Prayer Over the Gifts
God of constant love,
you have guided your people
in all times and ages.
May we who offer you our praise today
always be ready to follow where you lead;|
we ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
Prayer After Communion
God our guide,
you have fed us with bread from heaven
as you fed the people of Israel.
May we who have been inwardly nourished
be ready to follow you all our days;
we ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
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