Dear People of Ascension,

As we anticipate Juneteenth this Sunday, it has been both fascinating and frustrating to listen to the ongoing January 6th investigation reports from Washington. Have you ever interacted with someone who has harmed you, but seems to be unable to feel shame? How does reckoning happen when perpetrators behave as if this emotion is meaningless to them? As if accountability does not apply to them? How do we carry on when it feels as if nothing ever changes? How do we keep our own hearts from being hardened?

In one of the perennial miracles of the lectionary, this Sunday we hear the story of Elijah, fleeing from Ahab and Jezebel’s threats of murder. Elijah has experienced their shamelessness. Elijah knows that their hearts are hardened. Elijah understands that they believe the rules do not apply to them.

Elijah has recently won a great victory; he has done what he thought God wanted him to do by killing 450 of the priests of Baal. But he realizes that revenge is not what he really wanted. He wonders if his heart has been hardened too.

Where does Elijah finds comfort? How does he gain the strength to carry on?

Elijah flees to in the wilderness, he ‘goes to ground’, as it were. And when he is there, he finds God responding to him in a myriad of ways. Elijah is ready to give up, to declare that he has failed, because his ‘victory’ over the priests of Baal has left him hollow. But God does not let him give up. Twice angels bring Elijah food and water — strength for the journey. And when Elijah arrives on Mt. Horeb, the holy mountain, God does not come to him in sound and fury, but in the silence, the still small voice.

Elijah learns that real accountability and justice are not the same as revenge. That the hard work of building new community takes more than dominating others the way you have been dominated by them. God sends him back to carry on his prophetic work. To continue striving for larger change.

Prayers that our own country will learn this same difficult lesson — that we will find ways forward towards justice and accountability without hardening our own hearts along the way.

- Posey
Your The Gift

Be still, my soul, and steadfast.
Earth and heaven are both watching
though time is draining from the clock
and your walk, that was confident and quick,
has become slow.

So, be slow if you must, but let
the heart still play its true part.
Love still as once you loved, deeply
and without patience. Let God and the world
know you are grateful.
That the gift has been given.

— Mary Oliver
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Looking Ahead:
Summer Service Time Changes
Summer Service Changes- July and August- Starting on Sunday, July 3 and continuing through Sunday, September 4, Ascension will have only one Sunday morning service which will be at 10 am in the church. We will not move into the parish hall this year. This is so we can still include those who worship with us via livestream and be at least a little cooler in the hot months. We also look forward to the opportunity to bring folks who worship at 11 together with those who normally attend the 9 am, as well as continuing our outdoor coffee hours in our summer garden.

The Sunday evening service will continue as usual at 6 pm every week except June 26, when the Pride parade makes getting into the church (to say nothing of sitting in contemplative silence) nearly impossible.
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A Prayer for Spiritual Communion

If you are attending any of our services online, we invite you to use this prayer at communion.

In union, O Lord, with your faithful people at every altar of your Church, where the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated, I desire to offer to you praise and thanksgiving. I remember your death, Lord Christ; I proclaim your resurrection; I await your coming in glory. Since I cannot receive you today in the Sacrament of your Body and Blood, I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart. Cleanse and strengthen me with your grace, Lord Jesus, and let me never be separated from you. May I live in you, and you in me, in this life and in the life to come. Amen.
Regular Service Schedule

9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist (Side Altar)
11:00 a.m. Festal Eucharist w/ Music
(Church & Livestream)
(10:00 am from 7/3--9/4)
6:00 p.m. Meditation & Sacrament (Church)

6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist (Church)
Evening Prayer Every Weekday Evening
via Zoom

Join us each weeknight at 5:30
for Evening Prayer & discussion.

Click this link to join:
To call in (voice, no camera), dial 929-205-6099; the meeting ID is 770 597 201.
Open Church Schedule
Open Church - Mondays through Fridays, Noon to 3pm. If you would like to volunteer for this ministry, please contact Gretchen Dumler or contact the church office ( or 212-254-8620
Safety Protocols for indoors services:
Masks must be worn at all times while indoors
Vaccination is strongly encouraged.
Everyone serving at the altar, choir members, and all volunteers are required to be vaccinated.
The Rector is on sabbatical from June 6 through July 5. For all pastoral needs, please contact Fr. Ed ( or Mother Posey (, or call the church office at 212-254-8620
The Parish Office Summer Fridays! From July 3 through September 2, the office will close on Fridays at 1:00 p.m.
Our Pantry Needs Volunteers - Our pantry program has enjoyed the robust participation of highly committed volunteers. We anticipate this will remain the case for the foreseeable future. Could you spare a couple of hours the mornings of the first and third Saturdays of the month? We begin at 8am and work until around 9:45am. Please consider joining us. It’s a very enjoyable and fulfilling time of service and fellowship. If you are feeling moved to join us, or have any questions, please let Fr. Ed know.
Many thanks!
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Our parish can only continue its mission and ministry because of the generosity of parishioners, visitors, and friends of the parish and we are working hard to make our online giving as easy and seamless as possible. (If you experience any issues with giving online, please email

You can pledge online at or by downloading the Abundant app for iOS or Android. When donating, please choose whichever purpose you intend for your contribution. These categories change as we update them during the year:
  • Offering Plate
  • Stewardship Pledge
  • Altar Flowers
  • Rector's Fund
  • Memorial Gift
  • Haiti Project
New! Electronic Credit Card Receipts - Do you pay your pledge with your credit card? If so, you will now be receiving a receipt from the bookkeeper via email or text message on your phone. This is not spam or phishing. If you have any questions, please call the church office at 212-254-8620
Cyber Attack Alerts!

The news has reported heightened security alerts for possible computer hacks from Russia. For your personal systems and accounts, the absolute best protection falls to you. Here are some excellent ways you can secure your systems:

  • Create strong passwords (10 to 15 characters, containing upper & lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.)
  • Use separate passwords for each account.
  • Use two-factor authentification on all your accounts.

Please know, the parish leadership will never ask you to send money or purchase gift cards to help out in a need.

If you received a phishing message, do not reply, just delete it or move it to your spam folder.

How to recognize Phishing –The first thing you’ll notice is that it doesn’t “sound” like the person you know. Their phrasing and choice of words are just a little “off”. Second, if you look closely at the sender’s actual email address or phone number it will be something strange and will not be any contact information you know for this person. What to do? The most important thing is do not reply. The best thing to do is to delete it or move it to your junk/spam folder. If you receive a Phishing text or email feel free to let the parish administrator know (212-254-8620 or Check out for more tips.
Monday Evening Lectionary Bible Study -- Join us Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. This is an opportunity to read and discuss the readings for the upcoming Sunday. If you are interested in joining, please contact Sibyl Piccone.
This Week at Ascension
Anyone entering the church must wear a mask. Please utilize the hand sanitizer stations.
Sunday – June 19
Holy Eucharist (Side Altar) 9:00 a.m.
Festal Eucharist w/ Music; (Church & Live Stream) 11:00 a.m.
In person and online ( 
Join us for Coffee Hour following the Service
Meditation & Sacrament (Church) 6:00 p.m.

Monday – June 20
Church and Parish Office closed for Juneteenth
Evening Prayer (Zoom) 5:30 p.m.
Bible Study (Zoom) 6:30 p.m. If interested, please contact Sibyl Piccone

Tuesday – June 21
Church open for prayer & meditation; Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer (Zoom) 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday –June 22
Church open for prayer & meditation; Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer (Zoom) 5:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist (Church) 6:00 p.m.

Thursday –June 23
Church open for prayer & meditation; Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer (Zoom) 5:30 p.m.

Friday – June 24
The Parish Office will be closed at 1 p.m. for Summer Fridays
Church open for prayer & meditation; Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer (Zoom) 5:30 p.m.

Saturday – June 25
The Food Pantry meets the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month. For assistance or to volunteer, please contact Fr. Ed at (

Sunday – June 26 – Pride Sunday
Holy Eucharist (Side Altar) 9:00 a.m.
Festal Eucharist w/ Music; (Church & Live Stream) 11:00 a.m.
In person and online ( 
Join us for Coffee Hour following the Service
Meditation & Sacrament will not meet tonight to accommodate the Pride crowds.

If you need information to connect to one of our Zoom events please call the church office at 212-254-8620 or email us at
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