This Week at Ascension + July 13, 2022

"Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness." - Psalm 96
Tonight, July 13, 2022
Wednesday in Proper 10 (Feria)

Evening Prayer at 6:00 p.m. via ZOOM

In-person and Live-streamed Said Mass at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 17, 2022

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer via ZOOM

9:00 a.m. In-person Sung Mass
with Organ and Hymns

11:00 a.m. In-person & Live-streamed
Solemn High Mass

Image: Christ in the House of Martha and Mary, 1655, Johannes Vermeer,
Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

From the Curate
 History Matters

There is often a tension between those who deeply value history and those who keep their eyes on the future. In the church, there are some who fear the loss of historic traditions if we don’t continue to practice them as they always have been practiced. Likewise, there are others whose hearts soar during innovative liturgies and emphasize thinking of the church of the future. When these camps talk about each other (unfortunately, they usually avoid talking to each other), they tend to roll their eyes and project their misunderstandings onto one another. 
This kind of tension isn’t limited to religious institutions. You can sense it in our politics, the arts and sciences, our educational systems. All facets of culture hold the past, present, and future in tension. 
To me, the key is not so much to try and resolve the tension but to work within it. As a people firmly situated in time in the present, we are always negotiating our past with our future—it just depends on how aware of and willing to do it we are. We once were there in the past. Now we are here in the present. Where will be next? I believe that to live fully now, we cannot forget our past nor can we ignore the future. 
There is one place and time where I find these things in a holy balance: the celebration of the Eucharist. Here, the power of the past illuminates the present and the future. In this meal, we celebrate in memory of the entire Christ event (Jesus’ birth, life and ministry, death and resurrection) in a way that says something about who we are now and how we ought to imagine ourselves in the future. 
The next time you’re at Mass, I invite you to ponder the entire liturgy of the Eucharist as a holy balance of past, present and future and to wonder how it can light your path as you move through the hours, days, months and years to come. 

—Mtr. Murphy-Gill

P.S. At the excellent suggestion of Jim Lo Bello, we’re introducing a new feature to This Week at Ascension: This Month in Ascension History (we will not be acronyming that). This feature will include significant events in Ascension’s past as well as old photos that highlight the dynamic history of this parish.

—Mtr. Murphy-Gill

This Month in Ascension History - July
July 1873 - Ground was broken for St. Faith’s Chapel.

July 1, 1869 - Seventh Rector of Ascension Dr. Thomas Carver, D.D., left the parish and vestry began a search for a new rector. 

July 18, 1886 - The church building was destroyed by fire for a second time.

July 25, 1886 - The congregation worships at LeGrand Roller Rink at Clark and Elm (see the photo above).

July 13, 1924 - Father Larrabee passes away.

July 3, 1945 - Father Stoskoph was involved in a head-on car collision.

(Many thanks to Jim Lo Bello for assembling these highlights in Ascension history and to Dr. Carol Noren and Gary Alexander for finding the photo of the roller rink Mass!)
Requiescat in pace
The Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of
The Rev. Wilton H. Bunch, MD. PhD., Priest,
will be Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 11 a.m.
at Church of the Ascension.
Committal will follow in the columbarium.
The Rt. Rev. Chilton Knudsen will preside.

Requiescat in pace
Funeral arrangements for Michael Paul Clark, Sr. are still pending at this time.
Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon them. May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
From the Rector Search Committee

So far, the search for finding a new rector has moved along smoothly. Now it’s up to you to keep the momentum going. We need your help. Please sign up to participate in a small group. The sign-up sheets are ready for you in Wheeler Hall. We tried to offer a wide array of times, but if none of these times work, do let us know. We will try to accommodate you, if possible. If you are unable to sign up in person at church, please contact Cynthia Perrizo at so she can sign you up with an on-line group. We do want everyone’s participation. Don’t wait! Thanks.

Respectfully submitted,
Cynthia Perrizo, co-chair Rector Search Committee
David Schrader, co-chair, Rector Search Committee

Prayer Requests
Do you have a need for special prayer in your life? Whether your prayer needs are because you have an upcoming surgery, an ill family member, or you’re just feeling particularly lonely lately, Fr. Heard and Mtr. Murphy-Gill would like to know.

We’ve created a way for letting us know about your requests for prayers in a way we hope makes it easy for you to reach out, though you can always call the church or reach out to one of the priests personally. 

Contribute to This Week at Ascension

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Organ and Choral Repertoire for July 17, 2022
Pièce d' Grand Orgue CFF 53b
César-Auguste Franck (1822-1890)
At the Entrance Procession
At the Offertory
At the Communion
488 SLANE (9 a.m.)
HARTINGTON (11 a.m.)
At the Retiring Procession
Grand Pièce en la majeur CFF 51
César-Auguste Franck

Mass Setting
White/Powell Congregational

Offertory Motet
Thomas Hoekstra (1941-2018)
Psalm 8 (1996)

Communion Motet
Giulio Bentivoglio (1864-1939)
Ave verum corpus

Chanted Mass Propers from the Graduale Romanum

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)

8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer via Zoom
9:00 a.m. In-person Sung Mass
11:00 a.m. In-person and Live-Streamed Solemn High Mass

7:30 A.M. Morning Prayer via FACEBOOK LIVE
6:00 p.m. Evening Prayer via Zoom

6:30 p.m. Said Mass
For our prayers: Brooke and Patrick Raymond, Pablo Illás, Victor Fernandez,
Joyce Avila, LaVerne Saunders, Ted Saunders, August ‘Augie’ Alonzo, Beth Hall,
Sue Lenz, Brenda Martins, Claire Green, Lee Gould, Gertrude Isaac, Marty Stenson, Paula Clark (Bishop-elect)
Birthdays: Fr. Paul Ahn, 7/11
Requiescat in pace: Michael Paul Clark, Sr., 6/20/2022; Betty Lodine, 7/11/2006; Oliver William Porter, 7/13/1999; Edward Jacobs, 7/13/2000;
Jerry Haapanen, 7/13/2017; Beatrice (Bea) Haapanen 7/16/2017

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. Thomas Heard, Interim Rector

The Rev. Meghan Murphy-Gill, Curate

Susan Schlough, Treasurer

Br. Nathanael Deward Rahm BSG, Parish Office
Vestry of Church of the Ascension
Ken Kelling, Sr. Warden; LaVerne Rollé Saunders, Jr. Warden;
Ian Barillas-McEntee, Jim Lo Bello, Ken Cozette, Marlea Edinger, Sean Hansen, George Pineda, Joshua Simpson, Sam Sommers, Enrique Vilaseco, Vestry
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.