Ministry & Mission at the Ascension
- Sunday Mornings in Lent: During Lent our Sunday morning Eucharistic liturgies will follow the format compiled by the Reverend Canon Dr. Boyd Morgan. Dr. Morgan is a priest of this diocese and retired Provost of Queen’s College. He is also an outstanding liturgical scholar and is a member of the Liturgical Task Force of the Anglican Church of Canada. These liturgies follow the familiar pattern of the Eucharist found in The Book of Alternative Services. Components are drawn from that book, from the ongoing work of liturgical renewal of the Anglican Church of Canada, from Common Worship, an alternative Prayer Book of the Church of England, and from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, the Service Book of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, with whom we are in full Communion. Dr. Morgan writes: “This series of liturgies is one person’s efforts to assist the church’s ongoing work of liturgical formation. The backdrop is the Sunday morning gathering. Our liturgy is never a completed task, done over and over, but our weekly praying the liturgy continues to shape each of us and our communities. Very simply, this series is aimed at keeping our liturgical growth and formation alive, and to continue asking liturgical questions, questions of faith. Sunday by Sunday, we, as the people of God, are formed by our words and actions, always seeking to know Christ in the breaking of the bread, and, not only to be made known to the gathered community, but to be made known to the world.” And he quotes the late Leonel L. Mitchell, an illustrious liturgical theologian of the Episcopal Church of the United States: “One of the advantages of new liturgical texts, especially those which use different images, is that they disrupt our easy familiarity with traditional phrases and challenge us to think afresh about what we really mean by the words we use. They call us not to abandon traditional faith, but to look and see what new and enriching patterns of devotion, which our present rite does not afford us, are offered by the supplementary texts.” Our prayer is that these liturgies will help us through Lent to enter more deeply into the faith we have in Jesus Christ—its meaning and its expression—as we live in these times of universal change. William J. Bellamy
- Lenten Cards: If you would like to make a Lenten offering, there are Lenten cards available at the entrance of the church. Feel free to pick one up. Thank you.
- Readers for Lenten Services: If you are interested in reading at any of the Lenten services, please sign the sheet located at the entrance of the church or call the church office. Thank you.
- World Day of Prayer: The annual service will be held on Friday, March 3, at First United Church, Mount Pearl, at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome, and refreshments will be served after the service
- Food Bank: Please remember those in need! When you are picking up your groceries, please add an item or two and drop it in the food bank box at the entrance of the church. Thank you to all parishioners who have contributed to the food bank. Items are much needed and greatly appreciated!
- St. Mary the Virgin Anglican church: St. Mary the Virgin will host an Old-Fashioned Lenten Meal Takeout on Saturday, March 11, between 3:30 and 6:00 pm. The menu will include ham with raisin sauce, baked beans, mashed potatoes, carrot, and partridgeberry pudding with sauce for dessert. The cost is $20.00 per meal. Tickets MUST be purchased before March 5 and they are available by calling St. Mary’s church office at 579-0039.
- Church Givings: If you have offerings for the church, you may:
- drop them off at the drop box on the front steps (to the right). This mailbox is monitored regularly;
- e-transfer to [email protected]. Be sure to indicate where you would like your donation allocated;
- contact the office to sign up for preauthorized givings. Church number is 368-5693 or email [email protected].
- If you have givings at home and you are unable to bring them to the church, please let us know and we will arrange to have them picked up.
- Services During the Week:
- Wednesday, March 1, BAS/Evening Prayer
- Sunday, March 5, Lent II, BAS/HE
Anglian Church of Canada One Licence #733242-A Book of Alternative Services The Taizé Community Book of Common Praise GIA Publications Wee Worship Book The Iona Community CCLI License # 1733318Resources for Chimes from the above sources