July 5, 2019
From the Rector
The Rev. C. Phillip Craig, Jr.
Gratitude
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
- G.K. Chesterton

I have to be careful at times not to overuse a word or phrase, both in my sermons and in my conversations.  Past overworked examples for me might have included the idea of “the journey,” and “a place called home.” More recently, I may be guilty of spending extra time talking about being grateful.  Well, so be it.

I am so grateful that I had the chance this past week for time away with my family.  With our children getting older, days with them are precious indeed.

Importantly, it was a terrific blessing to hear another preacher at Ascension Parish on Sunday morning.  SuEllen’s sermon was thoughtful and compelling, and provided multiple opportunities for conversation at the dinner table in our home.  Thank you, SuEllen!

This Sunday morning, we will take a moment to honor, and to be grateful for the 130th birthday of Ascension Episcopal Parish.  What an opportunity to remember all who came before us, and from whom we inherited this special community, “nestled in the Portland Hills.”

In our Gospel this Sunday, we will hear about Jesus sending his followers into many communities, to share his message and the vitality of his good news.  That’s another charge we have inherited, as followers of Christ. And while that may seem daunting at times, may we remember that Jesus never sent anyone out alone.  His vision continues to be that of a grounded and supportive community.

Grateful, indeed.
From the Minister of Music
Emma Mildred Riggle, M.M.
Dear Parish Family,

I am very pleased to announce that my friend, musicologist and soprano Dr. Samantha Arten, is coming back to Portland this August for the William Byrd Festival. Samantha has joined in the past as a worship soloist and a singer in last summer's Heinrich Schütz motets concert.

Samantha and I have been preparing a voice and organ recital which we will be presenting twice in all - once this August at Ascension, and again in March at an Early Music concert series in St. Louis. The concert will feature rarely-heard devotional works by women composers of the 17th Century, a research speciality of Samantha's. I hope to see you at our performance at Ascension! (Unless you'd rather travel to St. Louis in March, which would also be fun.) You can read more on our Parish website or our Facebook page!

Soli Deo gloria,
130 Years of Ascension Episcopal Parish!
Ascension was founded on July 7, 1889, and since then it has become one of the oldest continuously operating houses of worship in Portland!

This Sunday, July 7, marks the 130th anniversary of Ascension's founding. In this Sunday's worship, we'll sing some celebratory hymns and take a moment to give thanks for the Lord's faithfulness to us over the years!

You can read more about Ascension's history on our website.
Office Hours at Ascension
The office hours at AEP have been updated! If you'd like to stop by or call in, here's what our office hours look like:

Monday: OFFICE CLOSED
Tuesday: 9:30am-1:30pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-12:00pm
Thursday: 9:30am-3:30pm
Friday: 9:00am-2:00pm

When in doubt, please feel free to call the office before you stop by! And remember - Emma's office is downstairs, so try the speakerphone by the front door if you don't see anyone in the upstairs office!
A Full House Behind the Altar Rail

On Sunday, June 30, we had the blessing of a full complement of folks serving behind the altar rail - Fr. Phillip, celebrant; our Senior Warden, SuEllen Pommier, preacher; Gary Hecht, lay eucharistic minister; Neil Duffie, acolyte.
This Month
July 7 - Ascension's 130th Anniversary

Looking Ahead
Please come join us for our annual neighborhood barbecue on our garden patio. The BBQ and Potluck starts at 5 pm. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided, as well as vegetarian and vegan options. Please bring a potluck side dish or salads to share. Soft drinks will be provided, please bring a bottle of wine or beer to share.

The sing-a-long starts at 6 pm, accompanied by the Hootenanny Band! Bring your voice, your neighbors, and your instrument. You are welcome to bring a song to share! Song sheets are provided, pick a song and join in!

Suggested donation $10 per person benefits music programs at Ascension.

Questions? Call the office at 503-227-7806 or email at office@ascensionepiscopalparish.org .

You can read more on the Facebook event page or on our website !
This Sunday: July 7, 2019: Pentecost IV
Lectionary Readings
First Lesson: 2 Kings 5:1-14
S  econd Lesson: Galatians 6:(1-6)7-16
ROTA
LEM: Emily Guimaraes
Lectors: Quinland Porter, Suzan Berry
Usher: Becky Dimond
Sacristans: Karen Albaugh, Janet Edwards, Pammie Hummelt
Refreshments: Alex Guimaraes
Next Sunday: July 14, 2019: Pentecost V
Lectionary Readings
First Lesson: Amos 7:7-17
S  econd Lesson: Colossians 1:1-14
Gospel: Luke 10:25-37
ROTA
LEM: Emily Guimaraes
Lector: Ian Miller, Jennifer Craig
Usher: Terry Horley
Sacristans: Susan Bodin, EllaKathryn Craig, Kat Dominitz, Shirleen Horley, The LeBaron Boys
Refreshments: Sally LeBaron
Collect for the Nation

From the Book of Common Prayer p. 258

Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
In Our Prayers
  • Fred Friedle
  • Bella, the daughter of Eloise Gibson's niece
  • Brice Rosen
  • Janet Mersereau
Today in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
  • Cottage Grove: St. Andrew. Lawrence Crumb, vicar. Pray that the strength of the Holy Spirit anoints the St. Andrew’s family in its ministry.
  • Dallas: St. Thomas. Fred Heard, vicar
  • Drain: St. David. In response to the call and command of our Lord, we strive to lead people of our community to study the Bible, love Jesus and worship and obey God.
The Collect for Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Final Smile
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