May 28, 2023
Dear Siblings in Christ,
Welcome to Ascension Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Northern California and welcome to our Online Worship being livestreamed using Facebook. We have ceased using ZOOM.
This Sunday's Service begins at 10:00 am, May 28, 2023. You may go on your Facebook app and search for ASCENSION EPISCOPAL CHURCH - VALLEJO, CA which is a Page that I manage.
Today is the fiftieth day of Easter. (The word Pentecost means “fiftieth day.”) and we conclude the seven weeks of celebrating our redemption, shown forth in the resurrection and ascension of Jesus and in his sending of the Spirit of God to us. It is the presence of the Spirit in the church that makes God’s action in the dying, rising, and glorification of Jesus of more than historical interest. It is the continued presence of the Holy Spirit that incorporates our lives into the risen life of Christ and makes us part of his Body.
In the reading from Acts, we hear the account of the first Pentecost Day, when the apostles received the Spirit and proclaimed the gospel in many tongues. In the presence of people from many parts of the world, they spoke the Word to all. According to Jesus’ promise, the Holy Spirit descended on the infant church, empowering it to proclaim Jesus as Lord and to minister to all people.
The Gospel reading takes us back to the beginning of this season, on the first Easter, when Jesus appeared to the disciples after his resurrection. He gives them the Holy Spirit and the authority to be God’s agents of reconciliation to all humankind.
Our usual “Order of Worship” follows the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) and the 1982 Hymnal along with other music resources (GIA and Taize). With the Holy Eucharist as our main worship, we hope to provide you a meaningful time of communing with the Holy. Our service includes readings from the Holy Bible, a Sermon, Intercessions and the Communion of Bread and Wine. We hope to also provide you with a blended church music — honoring our traditional hymns as well as contemporary praise songs.
Thank you for wearing red, it being our practice during Pentecost Sunday.
All baptized Christians are welcome to receive the Blessed Bread and Wine which we believe to be the Real Presence of The Risen Jesus Christ.
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Ascension Episcopal Church
2420 Tuolumne Street Vallejo, CA 94589
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