The Feast of the Ascension
of our Lord Jesus Christ

Please join our
Ascension Celebration
by way of the
schedule and links below.

Reflections and a Blessing
from Bishop Lee
In a recorded Zoom conversation with some accompanying images, Bishop Lee shares his memories of Church of the Ascension over the years, reflects on theological and pastoral aspects of the Ascension of Christ and on the retiring chapter of his own episcopacy, and offers a prayer and blessing for all at Ascension.

The recording is 18 & 1/2 minutes. Forward to the final few minutes
if all you want is the prayer and blessing. Start by clicking here.


works by
Charles Villiers Stanford
Johann Sebastian Bach
Alexandre Guilmant/Adolphe Marty

6:30 P.M.


No, it won't be this up-close and personal and you'll have to provide your own refreshments ... but you can Zoom in after the mass to share fellowship with others hosted by the wardens.


... was titled a technology issue and in addition included news of the death of longtime parishioner Jack Johnston, a letter from Choirmaster Benjamin Rivera, in invitation to sew masks (with an offer of free elastic) and some comic relief.

Sunday, May 24
+ A live-streamed mass at 9:00 a.m . that may be viewed at our Facebook page will be the norm for at least the next few weeks.

+ Scripture Reflection via Zoom at 10:15 a.m. From the lectionary:

+ The Virtual Coffee Hour at 11:00 a.m . could be described as an Online Wheeler Hall. Just as we have differing motives for going to coffee hour at the church, and just as we may mostly observe or actively participate there, so it has been with our virtual coffee hour the past two weeks. It’s a free-for-all, but I do moderate and do my best to give everyone who shows up a chance to speak if they wish.

+ A musical offering by Organist David White will be posted to Ascension's YouTube Channel by Sunday morning. We are seeking to keep an archive of masses, mini-recitals there. Click here to be taken to the YouTube channel.
for Zoom Veterans
and Zoom Novices
For those already Zooming: please heed the repeated Zoom requests to UPDATE YOUR ACCOUNT. Due to important security upgrades, Zoom will begin requiring everyone to connect using the latest version of the Zoom client app after May 30. If you're not already using the latest version (5.0), you will eventually be prompted to upgrade when you connect.  If you'd like to ensure a smoother transition, you can also update ahead of time by clicking here to to download the latest version.

For the Novice, Newbie, or tech-challenged : It may be easier than you know . We've simplified instructions on the sheet that you can view by clicking here. Please know that you can block your camera (and don't need one to start with), and you could join our Scripture study or Virtual Coffee Hour, for instance, without having to say a word. Give it a try.
For our prayers: Charley Taylor, August 'Augie' Alonzo, Jim Berger, Ethel Martin, Yuka Asai, Dean Pineda, Carnola Malone, Charlene MacDougal, Patricia Johnston, Stewart Marks, Char Yurema, Mary Drell, Jim Lo Bello, Steve Waltz, Mary Lou Devens, Marty Stenson, Donna Neglia, John Brower, Choy Jimenez, Steve, Peter Bergman, Catriana Patriarca, Noah and Clem, Jessica, Jim Wilson, Ricardo Carillo, Maxim, Ken Kelling, George Pineda.
Recent/Upcoming Birthdays/Anniversaries : Burton Nelson, 5/1; Maggie Zellers, 5/1; Anabel Finch, 5/2/2014, Robert Browning, 5/3; James Caldwell, 5/3; Jolene Walsh Juskiewicz, 5/8; Claudia Vargas, 5/9; Jenna Jones 5/10; Luiza Kallembach, 5/11; Janis Anfosi, 5/13; Elma Ling Hoffman, 5/14; Robert Sheridan, 5/16; Michael Clark Sr. 5/18; Carter Luery, 5/19; Dana Luery, 5/19; Kimberly Milano, 5/27; Katherine Beeken, 5/28; Jennifer Lord, 5/28; LaVerne Rollé Saunders, 5/30; and Br. Michael-Francis Smith on the one-year anniversary of his Benedictine vows.
Prayers for the departed:
All who have died due to complications of COVID-19, including
Diane and John
Herman Carrillo (and his bereaved husband Denis vanEngelsdorp)
Emily Hoffman (grandmother of Elma Ling Hoffman)
Phyllis Bergman (friend of Louise Gram)
Maat Brower (and family)

Rajeev Rao 
Ricardo Rivera (uncle of Benjamin Rivera)
Helena Wilson (mother of Jim Wilson)
Curley (brother of Ruby Woods)
Jack Johnston (5/15)

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.

Hail the day that sees him rise, Alleluia! 
to his throne beyond the skies. Alleluia! 
Christ, the Lamb for sinners given, Alleluia! 
enters now the highest heaven. Alleluia! 

There for him high triumph waits; Alleluia! 
lift your heads, eternal gates. Alleluia! 
He has conquered death and sin; Alleluia! 
take the King of glory in. Alleluia! 

Highest heaven its Lord receives; Alleluia! 
yet he loves the earth he leaves. Alleluia! 
Though returning to his throne, Alleluia! 
still he calls us all his own. Alleluia! 

Still for us he intercedes; Alleluia! 
his atoning death he pleads, Alleluia! 
near himself prepares our place, Alleluia! 
he the firstfruits of our race. Alleluia! 

There we shall with you remain, Alleluia! 
partners of your endless reign, Alleluia! 
see you with unclouded view, Alleluia! 
find our heaven of heavens in you. Alleluia! 

Ascension hymn text by Charles Wesley, 1739
The Very Rev. Patrick Raymond, Rector

Susan Schlough, Treasurer

Br. Nathanael Deward Rahm BSG, Parish Office