This Week at Ascension + September 8, 2021

"Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness." - Psalm 96
"We should talk … about newcomers"
This evening, 5:15 - 5:55 p.m. via Zoom
See additional information below.
This evening: Wednesday, Sept. 8th
Commemoration of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

5:15 p.m. "We should talk ..."
6:00 p.m. Evening Prayer
6:30 p.m. In-person & Live-streamed Mass
Sunday, September 12, 2021

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

9:30 a.m. - Morning Prayer via ZOOM
10:00 a.m. In-person & Live-streamed Mass

From the Rector
A Pastoral Note:
Requiescat in pace Bill Flodin

Longtime Ascension member William (Bill) Flodin died in his home near Ascension last night or early this morning. My thanks to parishioner Carol Noren who timely informed me and to others who made it possible for me to anoint the body and share the rites to be prayed at time of death. I've been informed that Bill clearly directed that no requiem mass was to be offered or other memorial service or gathering organized. Iwill of course let parishioners know if I learn otherwise. Please join me nonetheless in praying for the repose of his soul and for all who knew and cared for him. The photo of Bill was taken by a friend in the summer of 2020 at the home of fellow Ascension members Jim Berger and Jim Drury.

O God, whose days are without end, and whose mercies cannot be numbered: Make us, we pray, deeply aware of the shortness and uncertainty of human life; and let your Holy Spirit lead us in holiness and righteousness all our days; that, when we shall have served you in our generation, we may be gathered to our ancestors, having the testimony of a good conscience, in the communion of the Catholic Church, in the confidence of a certain faith, in the comfort of a religious and holy hope, in favor with you, our God, and in perfect charity with the world. All this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Book of Common Prayer, page 504

"In all that you do, you are to nourish Christ's people from the riches of his grace, and strengthen them to glorify God in this life and in the life to come."

From the Liturgy for the Ordination of a Priest
Book of Common Prayer, page 531

Dear people of Ascension,
This morning our new Curate, the Rev. Deacon Meghan Murphy-Gill, was given a date, time and place and for her ordination as priest – Saturday, October 16, 11:00 a.m., here at Church of the Ascension. Also to be ordained priest in the same liturgy is the Rev. Deacon Jo Ann Langman, sponsored by the people of St. Mark's Church, Glen Ellyn. The Rt. Rev. Chilton Knudsen (who by then will have begun serving as Diocese of Chicago Assisting Bishop) will ordain both candidates and celebrate the mass.

     Please refrain for now from marking your calendars! Why? Preparing for this ordination liturgy presents at least four distinctive challenges:

  • It’s only a little more than five weeks away;
  • No ordination has taken place at Ascension in the memory of anyone I’ve asked here (and therefore we have no prior ordination here to reference);
  • We’ll be collaborating with clergy, lay ministers and musicians from St. Mark’s Glen Ellyn (Deacon Langman’s sponsoring parish) and with a bishop who has ordained many but not in this diocese; and
  • Ongoing COVID restrictions will require pre-registration for limited attendance that will be allocated between the ordinands’ family members, parishioners from Ascension and St. Mark’s, and others.

Having warned you off of expectations, I nonetheless ask you to contemplate how you may be able to serve that day – at the altar, for instance, or as usher, or helping with hospitality if a reception will be possible. As October 16 nears, we will know and share more about attendance and other opportunities to take part.

Meanwhile, the anticipation of an ordination gives a chance for all Christians to consider gifts and callings and what we receive from and give to the Body of Christ, the Church. I pray you may be so drawn and blessed as we look forward to Deacon Meghan's ordination as priest.

"We should talk … about newcomers"
This evening, 5:15 - 5:55 p.m. via Zoom
“The Episcopal Church Welcomes You.”

As an editor, I am all too familiar with reminding writers to “show, not tell” when making a claim. The same goes for the well-known motto above. We may say we are welcoming, but how we show it is essential for warm, authentic, and meaningful hospitality. 

Tonight, we’ll discuss our own experiences of feeling welcome (or unwelcome) when attending a church for the first time and discern together how we can be truly welcoming to newcomers. All are invited to join in, even — and especially — if you are a newcomer to Ascension.

Deacon Meghan Murphy-Gill, Curate

Join us via Zoom this evening at 5:15 p.m.
Upcoming Wednesday Connections

Wednesday, September 15, 5:15 p.m.
Christopher Poor: "On becoming Anglo-Catholic"

Wednesday, September 22, 5:15 p.m.
RefugeeOne: "Refugees--Afghanis and Others"

Wednesday, September 29, 5:15 p.m.
Angelology in Patristic Writings
(for the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels)
Dr. Greg Wiebe, Canada Mennonite University

Also Upcoming at Ascension

Ascension Vestry Meeting
Thursday, September 16, 6:30 p.m.

Solemnity of Michaelmas Sunday, October 3
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.

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.
From Deacon Charles Farrell
"We should talk pantry@ascension ... and we should also DO."

Deacon Murphy-Gill's sermon for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, 9/5/2021, may be read here.

Organ Repertoire for September 12, 2021
Dans la Paix ensoleillée du Divin Amour  [1939]
(In the light-filled Peace of Divine Love)
Olivier-Eugène Messiaen (1908-1992)
At the Entrance Procession
At the Offertory
At the Communion
At the Retiring Procession
Hymn 675  BOURBON
Alors les justes resplendiront comme le soleil dans le royaume de leur Père
(Then shall the righteous shine forth)
Olivier-Eugène Messiaen

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!
From Benjamin Rivera

Dear friends,

Our vocal music has returned to its usual (pre-COVID) summer format:
-congregational Mass Ordinary, hymns, and service
-chanted propers, solos, and/or motets sung by the

If you haven’t attended a summer Mass for a while, you may not be aware that many of these Masses feature a quartet or quintet of mixed voices. We hope you’ll join us in the building, or online if you’re unable to attend in person.

Peace be with you!

Between Masses, please don’t forget that our choir 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,
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, Beth Hall, Steven Upmeyer, Sue Lenz, Ben, Thom Ehlen, David D. Jones 

Birthdays: August ‘Augie’ Alonzo, 9/5/1941; Edward Minieka, 9/8; Duncan DuClos, 9/10;
Timothy Kowalski, 9/10

Requiescat in pace: George F. DeWolfe, 9/5/1898; James Albert FitzSimmons, 9/10/1991;
The Victims of the September 11, 2001 Terrorist attacks

Prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of William L. (Bill) Flodin, 6/11/1933-9/8/2021
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.