This Week at Ascension + October 6, 2021

"Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness." - Psalm 96
"We should talk … about the rosary"
This evening, 5:15 - 5:55 p.m. via Zoom
See additional information below.
Bad News/Good News:
'Chicago Marathon Sunday,' October 10
See additional information below.
This evening:
Wednesday, October 6
Eve of Our Lady of the Rosary

5:15 p.m. "We should talk ... Praying the Rosary"
with Samuel Sommers via ZOOM

6:00 p.m. Evening Prayer
6:30 p.m. In-person & Live-streamed Mass
followed by The Rosary:
Glorious Mysteries

Image: Rosaries draped over a crucifix at El Santuario de Chimayó, New Mexico

Sunday, October 10

The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
9:30 a.m. - Morning Prayer via ZOOM
10:00 a.m. In-person & Live-streamed Solemn High Mass
Mass Setting: Antonio Lotti (1667-1740)
Missa brevis in Eb

Image: Christ and the Rich Young Man, A.N. Mironov, 2010

From the Rector
Details Details Details

 Dear people of Ascension,

     All of us, I gather, know the expression: The devil is in the details. Many of us, no doubt, have had experiences that validate the notion. Only after we signed up for some worthy and apparently simple endeavor does it become exponentially more complex!

    As an example: I enthusiastically agreed that Ascension would host the ordination liturgy to take place here on October 16, a week from Saturday. Now the devilish details are coming home to roost. Even now as I write this, three good, smart souls are in St. Michael's Hall, contemplating how to live-stream the ordination there so that more folk who will want to be here on the 16th can be. And if we figure that out – how will the usher-greeters at the door (or doors?) sort out who’s going where? How will we get Communion to those in St. Michael's Hall?
    These and other details are still to be worked out, some, I pray, by you. Some needs for hospitality and lay ministers at the altar, for example, are laid out below. Other details will arise! I may call you!   

    Let me suggest, as well, that God can also be in the details. Consider for a moment the hundreds of details that must be anticipated and handled for any of us to board a plane and safely arrive at a desired destination.

We could think of the coming ordination day, or any other special liturgy, as our flight, our desired destination, our details. With your help, I'll be looking for and giving thanks to God all along the way.

PS One more detail ... I anticipate at least one and perhaps three baptisms on November 7, the Solemnity of All Saints. Please contact me if you also wish to be included in preparation for baptism that day. Thank you.

Blocs of seats are being made available not only to Ascension parishioners but also to family members and close friends of the ordinands, members of St. Mark's Church, Glen Ellyn (Deacon Lagman's parish), diocesan clergy and laity. We will have up to 50 additional seats in Ascension's St. Michael's Hall (available on a first-come, first-served basis), where the service will be live-streamed and where Communion will be offered. If you wish to attend the Ordination Mass, please click here and then choose the appropriate category of participation. If the link you choose indicates that no more spots are available, consider attending in St. Michael's Hall. The liturgy will also be live-streamed via Facebook and YouTube.

In the event you are able and willing to help with the details ...

For hospitality - helping with a garden reception following the ordination, contact Jr. Warden Ken Kelling.

Lay ministers of the liturgy - all positions - contact Verger MB Hwang. (The morning will include an 8:30 a.m. rehearsal.)

Usher-Greeters are needed. You need not be a regular usher! Basic training will be provided. Please contact Senior Warden Cheryl Peterson.

General questions: Br. Nathanael Rahm or the Rector.

From the Curate
Wednesday, October 6
“We should talk … Praying the Rosary.”      

This evening, 5:15 - 5:55 p.m. via Zoom
On this eve of the Commemoration of Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7), Ascension and Society of Mary member Samuel Sommers will share a brief history of the rosary in the Western church as well as some of the pious legends surrounding it. We’ll share questions and/or our own stories about how we came to the rosary as personal or public devotion and share what we find helpful for meditating on the rosary mysteries.

Join us this evening, 5:15 - 5:55 p.m. via Zoom
RefugeeOne Coat and Glove Drive
Thank you to all who donated new and gently used goats and gloves this past Sunday. These warm items will make for an even warmer welcome for newly arriving refugees in Chicago. RefugeeOne has requested coats in men’s, women’s, and children’s sizes as well as warm gloves and one-size fits all glove liners. 

We are still collecting these items until Friday and looking for a volunteer to deliver them to RefugeeOne on Saturday morning between 10 am and 1 pm. Please call the church or email Deacon Meghan if you’d like to volunteer.
Ordination Preacher
In anticipation of our ordinations, Bishop Chilton Knudson asked my fellow ordinand, Jo Ann Lagman, and me to select the preacher. This was an easy “task” as we both count the Rev. Bryan Cones as a significant person in our priestly formation processes. (He was the first person in whom I confided my sense of call to the priesthood.) We are delighted that he has agreed.

Fr. Cones is an Episcopal priest, writer, and theologian. He was ordained in 2014 and served as Associate Rector of St. Augustine’s in Wilmette, interim rector of St. Simon’s in Arlington Heights, and interim pastor at Christ Church in Kensington, Australia. He holds a PhD in liturgy and practical theology at Pilgrim Theological College-University of Divinity in Melbourne, Australia, and is currently serving as Interim Rector of Trinity Church Highland Park. His book, This Assembly of Believers: The Gifts of Difference in the Church at Prayer was published in 2020. 

Please join me and Deacon Lagman in welcoming Fr. Cones to Ascension and in anticipating a fine message. 

—Deacon Meghan
Chicago Marathon
Sunday, October 10

The Chicago Marathon will run up La Salle Street and pass Church of the Ascension Sunday, October 10. Plan your travel to church accordingly! All runners have normally passed Ascension by 9:00 a.m., but roads throughout the area remain congested. The alley gate will be opened for access to the parking lot. (As shown: Clark Street to Elm, west to the alley, south to the parking lot.)

Can you help share coffee and cookies with sidewalk onlookers and runners early that morning beginning at 7:30 am? If so, please sign up here.

... and please offer prayers for Mother Jackie Cameron, who will be running in Sunday's marathon. In the photo she's shown with a bronze medal for her third-place-in-age-group achievement in the September 26 Chicago Half-Marathon.

Go, Mother Jackie!


Wednesday 10/6
6:00 pm: Evening Prayer via ZOOM
6:30 pm: Mass (In Person and livestreamed
Followed by The Rosary: Glorious Mysteries

Sunday 10/10 
9:30 am: Morning Prayer via ZOOM
10:00 am: Solemn High Mass (In person and livestreamed


Wednesday 10/6
5:15 pm We Should Talk about
Praying the Rosary via ZOOM

Wednesday 10/13
5:15 pm We Should Talk about
Vocation via ZOOM

Sunday 10/10
Chicago Marathon

Also Upcoming at (or via) Ascension

All Souls Day, November 2
Requiem Mass TBA

Solemnity of All Saints Sunday, November 7
Procession and Solemn High Mass, 10:00 a.m.
Organ Recital, 3:30 p.m.
Choral Evensong and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, 4:00 p.m.

If you anticipate or wish to inquire about Holy Baptism
on the Solemnity of All Saints, please inquire with
any member of the Ascension clergy.
Mask Reminders ...
  • Yes, they are or can be miserable to wear.
  • Yes, our cultural imbroglio about masks is disheartening.
  • Yes, we all wish we could all be mask-free all the time.
  • Yes, we ask you to honor the best intentions of our own parochial mask requirements (those intentions being your best health + the best health of others) by wearing an appropriate mask and by appropriately wearing it.
Organ Repertoire for October 10, 2021
Herr Christ der einig Gottes Sohn
three settings: BuxWV 184, 191, 192
Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
At the Entrance Procession
At the Offertory
Hymn 475  TYSK
At the Communion
Hymn 346  SONG 4
At the Retiring Procession
Hymn 655  NYLAND
Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ BuxWV 196
Dietrich Buxtehude

About our 2021 Repertoire
As I develop a long-range plan for repertoire each year, I choose a theme or area of emphasis, often complete works or a complete large-scale work by one composer. During 2021, organ music by women composers and African-American composers is being and will be featured in voluntaries and recitals throughout the year. There are some little-known gems waiting to be discovered, as well as music by major composers, with whom works for the organ are not generally associated. Enjoy!

Between Masses, please don’t forget that The Choir of the Ascension has recorded upwards of 60 tracks that you can listen to anywhere you have an internet connection. They can be found here:
Ascension Connections
(with your click and God's help)
Participate in Ascension masses at our YouTube Channel. (Look for other connections options soon.)
Meeting ID:
792 031 7452
Password: 1133
Join-by-Phone Option: (312) 626-6799

Weekly Ascension Schedule

For connections:
via Zoom (click here)
except for Morning Prayer, Mon-Fri,
via Facebook (click here).

9:30 a.m. Virtual Morning Prayer
10:00 a.m. Live-Streamed Mass
11:00 a.m. Virtual Coffee Hour

6:00 p.m. Evening Prayer via Zoom

6:30 p.m. Low Mass
Please give generously as you are able.
Treasurer Susan Schlough has asked me to remind you of Ascension's ongoing expenses at this time. To the extent that you are able, payment on your pledges or the offering of Holy Day or other special gifts will be greatly appreciated. You may still write a check and mail it to the church, or online payment is possible through the buttons at various places on our website. Thank you!
For our prayers: August 'Augie' Alonzo, Jim Berger, Sarah Ponder, Taffy Wehe,
The Rev. Canon Paula Clark, Andrew McLean and family, Beth Hall, Steven Upmeyer, Sue Lenz, Ben, Thom Ehlen, David D. Jones, Carys and Joshua Benjamin, Mike Rieman and Alexandra Olsavsky, Chris and Beth Cole, Heather Miller and Jeffrey O’Malley, Lawrence Cox 

Birthdays: Trevor Anton Peterson, 10/3; Anthony William Clark, 10/3; Michael J. Vales, 10/4; Ralph Vara, 10/4; Richard William Connaughton, 10/5; Deacon Charles F. Farrell, 10/7;
Edmund Senkowski, 10/8

Ted & LaVerne Saunders, marriage, 10/7/1989; Jim & DiAnne Walsh, marriage, 10/9/1976

Requiescat in pace: Adelle M. Norén, 10/7/2003; Gladys Schlough, 10/8/2009; Rich Pace,
Sarah Susman, Laurence Larson, Priest
Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them;
May their souls and the souls of all the departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.

The Rev. Patrick Raymond, Rector

The Rev. Meghan Murphy-Gill, Curate

Susan Schlough, Treasurer

Br. Nathanael Deward Rahm BSG, Parish Office
Vestry of Church of the Ascension
Cheryl Peterson, Sr. Warden; Kenneth Kelling, Jr. Warden; Kelly Colomberti, Marilyn Evans, Lynette Hector, Jim Lo Bello, George Pineda, David Reeves, Samuel Sommers, Enrique Vilaseco, Amber Zelazny

Approved minutes of Vestry meetings are always available online to parishioners who request the link. If you would like Internet access to these Vestry Minutes, please email the Parish Office and request the link. Once you access the web page, you can read all recent Vestry meeting minutes.
The link remains live indefinitely. Any parishioner who has the link will not need to request a new link from month to month.