Volume 9, Issue #37 - September 26, 2019 

In the name of Christ, we embrace all people to be nourished and empowered by the Holy Spirit to love and serve the world.

I love jazz and recently I've started listening to "Free For All," a 1964 album by Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers. When I listen to the album (and especially the title track), I'm really delighted by the solo work that Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), and Curtis Fuller (trombone) do. There is an intense and beautiful exuberance in their playing that causes me to perk up and feel good, even at the end of the day.

I experience a similar feeling when we worship together. Worship in the Episcopal Church is designed to be the work of all of us together, generously leavened with God's Spirit. When we gather for worship, each of us is necessary, each of us is important. And when the Holy Spirit is among us, it can cause a palpable and unforgettable feeling - a holy joy! 

When you worship at Ascension, I hope that you're able to feel some of this as well. I also hope you realize that you are essential to what happens. Though the preacher and the people gathered around the altar are very visible, the people praying in the pews, reciting the creed, reading the Scripture, and providing us with the beautiful music are equally important. 

Thank you for being a part of the 'holy jazz' here at Ascension. It is a joy to worship with you.


  • Prayer Book cost is $18 - Hymnal cost is $24 (standard pew editions).

  • Make your check payable to 'Church of the Ascension' and WRITE A MEMO ON THE CHECK for either 'Prayer Book' or 'Hymnal.'

  • You may put your check with the Sunday offering OR take it to the parish office.

  • You will be notified when your book is received, so you may make arrangements for the book's dedication inscription and initial placement (you may do this yourself, or ask the office to handle it).

Please understand that there is no guarantee that any book will always stay in the same pew or place in the church; prayer books do get moved around for various reasons. But be assured that your gift will be used and appreciated by the Ascension congregation for many years to come.

The Vestry recently accepted a bid of about $3,700 and work has begun on replacing the handicap access railing at the north/left front entrance to the church. Repair was postponed much longer than it should have been, and recently the railing completely failed and came apart in several places. It is now an urgent and immediate safety hazard, and the railing is needed by several parishioners. This is a significant unplanned expense coming at a tight-budget time of year for the parish.

Please help as you are able: make your check payable to Church of the Ascension and put “safety rail” in the memo line. Thank you!
Sunday, October 6, 9:30 a.m.
Bring your furry and feathered friends for a special blessing: cats, dogs, birds, and other domestic pets or farm animals. Animals must be leashed or caged and under control of the owner at all times.

Please feel free to join us for worship at 10:30 with your domestic pets!

ALSO COLLECTING cans and bags of PURINA I pet food for LIFE House. Bring your pet food donations to church during the month of October.
Frankfort P R I D E Festival
Saturday, October 12, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Old State Capitol Lawn

We need more helpers!

Will you take a shift at Ascension’s booth to reach out to members of our community?

Please sign up on the sheet posted on the parish office window,
or call the parish office at 502-223-0557.
Sunday, October 20, 8:00 & 10:30

This is a real-time worship teaching/commentary explaining various elements of the service. This time we will cover the Service of the Word. If you sometimes wonder why we do what we do, or if you know someone who would like to learn, this is definitely a service to attend!

Sunday, October 27, 8:00 & 10:30

Bishop Van Koevering will make his official annual visit to Ascension, attending both the 8:00 and 10:30 services as well as the Preacher’s Forum and Coffee Hour. He will administer the rites of Confirmation and/or Reception to presented candidates. The undesignated plate offering on the occasion of the Bishop’s visit customarily goes to the Bishop’s Discretionary Fund; this year, Bishop Mark will donate 100% of these offerings to Reading Camp.

Friday-Saturday, November 1-2, Winchester
You are invited - see details at www.diolex.org

Wednesday, October 30 at 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 2, at 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 3 at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, November 10, 8:00 & 10:30
This is a real-time worship teaching/commentary explaining various elements of the service. This time we will cover the Table. If you sometimes wonder why we do what we do, or if you know someone who would like to learn, this is definitely a service to attend!

Every Sunday

Meet at 9:30 a.m.
in the choir stalls

More singers are needed –
come join us!
Sunday School / Christian Formation Classes with

Every Sunday
led by Laura Buffenmyer.
All school-age youth are invited;
gather in the parish hall at 9:15 a.m.
9/1: $3,691     9/8: $5,413     9/15: $5,904 9/22: $3,227
THE BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW will meet next on October 5, 2019 (every other Saturday), in the parish library at 10:00 a.m. This group endeavors to bring men and youth to Christ through the three-fold disciplines of Prayer, Study and Service. Contact William Legg ( wleggwork@msn.com ) for details.
CENTERING PRAYER group meets every Saturday morning, 10:00 - 10:30. All are invited and welcome to come and explore this ancient technique, meeting in the main church. For more information, contact Scott Kimbel, kskimbel@yahoo.com
THE DAUGHTERS OF THE KING will meet on Sunday, October 6 (FIRST Sunday of each month), in the parish library after the 10:30 service. Contact Judith Spencer for details ( jspencer254@yahoo.com )
Check out public service and activity schedules on the online church calendar at www.ascensionfrankfort.org/calendar

Find the Diocese of Lexington online at www.diolex.org 
Schedules & Teams
* UPDATED: September 22 - January 26 as of 9/26/19 *

September 29, 2019
Daily Office Lectionary
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Week of Proper 21, Year One – BCP 986
OR go to www.lectionarypage.net and choose by calendar date
  • BREAKFAST begins at 8:50 a.m. - free of charge to those in need; others may pay a small amount as able.

  • ADULTS gather at 9:15 a.m. in the library for "The Preacher's Forum." 

  • CHILDREN & YOUTH: Christian Formation/Sunday School - All ages please gather in the parish hall to go upstairs together as a group. Latecomers must be escorted by a parent to the upstairs classroom. Children of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend all church services; a nursery is available for younger children starting at 9:15 a.m.
8:00 a.m. - Rite I
  • Chalice Bearer: Scott Mello
  • Lector & PoP: Michal Smith-Mello
  • Acolyte: Stuart Brown
10:30 a.m. - Rite II   
  • Chalice Bearer: Julia Tyson
  • Lector: Lara Heady
  • Acolytes:  
  • C: Jordan Masters
  • T: Craig Aossey & Geoff Pinkerton
  • Jubilee Streamers as available
  • Ushers: Jim & Debbie Kimbrough
  • Altar Guild: T1 - Suzanne Cox
  • Men's Club: T3 - Roy Upshaw, Jack Bates, Fred Kirchhoff

COUNTERS:   TWO needed

& Coffee Hour Coordinator this week: Shannon Lancaster
  • Vestry member responsible for lockup will also coordinate or supply snacks for Coffee Hour (reimbursable expense) and ensure kitchen cleanup is complete.

  • Jan Stevens is our Hospitality Coordinator - contact her by email at jstevens5@aol.com to discuss Coffee Hour questions, needs and procedures. If you can bring treats but need a helper, or vice versa, Jan can help you team up!
Intercessions for the Church: St. Raphael’s Church, Lexington – The Rev. Canon Helen Van Koevering, Rector.

Recently in need of prayers: Adriane; Angela; Arlene; Bill; Dan; David; Debbie; Don; the Duncan Family; Faye & Steve; Geoff & Heidi; Greg; Janice; John; Josh; June; Lara; Shawn.

Continuing concern: Betty; Collin; Darlene; David; Dillard; Doris; Holly; Isaiah; James; Janet; Jean; Jim & Debbie; Jinks; John; Julia; Lee; Mac; Marilyn; Mary; Melissa; Natalie; Polly; Rebecca; Scott & Kathy; Sherri; and Tom. We also pray for those on active duty in the military: Daniel, Houston, Mary Jo, Nick, Seth, and Tanner.

Birthdays: 9/30 – Doris Hinds, Linda Word; 10/1 – Mackenzie & Reagan Napier;
10/3 – Cody Davis, Theresa Walton; 10/4 – Jan Stevens, Hunter Wooldridge. 

Recently Deceased: Harry Lee Waterfield Jr. (brother of Rose Gayle Waterfield Hardy and brother-in-law of Dan Walton).

Part of the strength of this congregation is our care and concern for each other. Please help us to do this by letting the church office know when you are ill, hospitalized, or otherwise in need of prayer and/or visitation. We especially want to serve you during these times.  Also, if we don’t have your birthday or anniversary on file, or if it appears incorrectly, please let us know!  Call the office at 502-223-0557 (messages are checked Tuesday thru Friday), or email curate@ascensionfrankfort.org
Pre-Planning for End of Life

Rite I or Rite II? Eucharist or no? Burial service in the church, or only a graveside committal? Special music, songs, readings, people? Please consider writing your preferences on a “Funeral Information and Burial Instructions” form, for secure long-term storage in the parish office. This confidential information will serve as a guide to the church and your family after your death. A 'Kentucky Living Will Directive and Health Care Surrogate Designation' Form is also available.

Ask in the office or one of the deacons for a blank form, or download from our web site at: https://www.ascensionfrankfort.org/links

Return the completed form(s) to Deacon Rebecca, Deacon Sue, or the parish office.
10:30 AM RITE II - John Martin, Organist

  • Prelude: What wondrous love is this - Dale Wood
  • Opening Hymn: Hymnal 438 - Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord - Woodlands
  • Gloria: S 280, All glory be to God on high
  • Gradual Psalm: Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16 Qui habitat 
  • Gospel Acclamation
  • Offertory: What wondrous love is this - John S. Dixon
  • Sanctus: S 129 
  • Fraction Anthem: WLP 879
  • Communion Hymn: Hymnal 439 - What wondrous love is this  
  • Closing Hymn: Hymnal 625 - Ye holy angels bright - Durrell’s 148th
  • Postlude

  Ritesong Online Music Library
Clergy and Staff

  • The Rev. Peter Doddema, Priest
  • The Rev. Dr. William G. Brown, Associate Priest Emeritus 
  • The Rev. Deacon Rebecca A. Saager, Curate
  • The Rev. Deacon Susan E. Kurtz, Deacon
  • Mr. John B. Martin, Director of Music & Organist
  • Ms. Mona Landrum Proctor, Parish & Financial Administrator 
  • Mr. David Gierlach, Sexton

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