Ascension Memorial Church offers two services on Sunday morning, and one service during the week (described below). Sunday services are greatly enriched and made possible with the help and participation of numerous service volunteers. Serving in whatever capacity you choose on a Sunday morning is fun, rewarding and a needed gift in support of our common liturgy.
Sunday ~ 8:00 a.m. Service of Holy Eucharist ~ offers a quiet, traditional liturgy attended mostly by adults.
Sunday ~ 10:15 a.m. Service of Holy Eucharist ~ offers a contemporary liturgy supported musically by the Ascension Church Choir. Newcomers will find this service a helpful introduction to our parish. Conversation and refreshments in St. Matthew’s Parlor following the service provides members of the parish a chance to introduce themselves to newcomers and field questions.
Overview of TWO Service Schedule at AMC
8 a.m. ~ (Rite I) Service of Holy Eucharist
9 – 10 a.m. ~ Coffee Hour in St. Matthew’s Parlor
10:15 a.m. ~ (Rite II) Service of Holy Eucharist with Adult Choir
Children begin the morning with their parents as part of the Service; then the Rector dismisses the children to participate in the “Our BEACH” Sunday school program. Following the service, all ages gather for refreshment and fellowship in St. Matthew’s Parlor.
Monday ~ 12:15-12:45 p.m. Holy Silence/Silent Meditation ~ offers a 30-minute silent meditation open to people of all walks of life who value the regular practice of sitting meditation.
Wednesday ~ 9:30-10:00 a.m. Bible Study ~ Rector-led open table conversation on upcoming Sunday Scripture readings
Wednesday ~ 5:30-6:00 p.m. Holy Silence/Holy Communion ~ offers a 15-minute period of silent meditation followed by communion and healing rite.
On The Observance of a Holy Silence
The wisdom of the Psalmist (46:10) tells us: “Be still, and know that I am God.” If there is a God and the presence of God in our lives is not simply a wishful notion, an empty promise, then it is within our reach to know for ourselves, first hand, the experience of dwelling in the very presence of God, to feel with heart, mind and soul the joy of resting in the embrace of God.
Holy Silence is nothing more, yet nothing less, than the practice of stilling the mind, of watching and observing how our busy minds so hold our attention that we forget to notice a simple, profound truth: namely, that though we have thoughts and feelings, we are more than our thoughts and feelings. We exist apart from them, we are alive in God, there we abide before, during and after every thought and every feeling that passes through our awareness.
The more we practice observing a Holy Silence, the more we learn again and again and again to let go gently and kindly to our thoughts and feelings and to rest again in the very presence of God.
Sunday Service Volunteering
Contact: Rector 978-356-2560
Chalice Bearers are trained to assist the celebrant at services of Holy Eucharist by offering the chalice during the Communion portion of the service. They vest, process, sit in the chancel beside the altar during the service, and lead the congregation as Intercessor during The Prayers of the People.
Acolytes come in all sizes and ages and serve in support of the liturgy at Sunday services. Acolytes serve in a variety of ways to help make worship services at Ascension Church possible – everything from lighting candles, to leading the choir and clergy in procession, to assisting the celebrant at the altar. Acolytes add a degree of dignity to the service and provide an important ministry to the parish and its guests every Sunday morning.
Ushers/Welcomers are the first faces seen on a Sunday morning at Ascension Church. These parishioners wear name tags, greet folks as they enter the church and offering a Sunday bulletin. They also collect the offering, bring the bread and the wine to the altar, close and open the communion rail, and do a quick clean-up after each service.
Lectors are parishioners who read verses from holy scripture for our services. Unlike Chalice Bearers, Lectors do not vest, but come forward from the congregation to read from the lectern. Talents needed for this ministry are clear diction, a love of Scripture, and a desire to speak with authenticity and humility. We are blessed with many fine Lectors, but more are always welcome.