O God, whom saints and angels delight to worship in heaven; Be ever present with your servants who seek through art and music to perfect the praises offered by your people on earth; and grant to them even now glimpses of your beauty, and make them worthy at length to behold it unveiled for evermore; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
~ Book of Common Prayer (1979), 819
As a church in the Anglican tradition, our worship follows the historic liturgy of Word and Sacrament. Music is at the heart of our liturgy and mission as we worship, love and serve Jesus Christ. Our music includes expressions ancient and modern, eloquent and simple, familiar and new.
We are a singing congregation who take seriously St. Paul’s admonition to sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to the Lord (Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16).
In our worship we join the saints and angels gathered around God’s throne and sing: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” (Revelation 5:12)
Worship at Ascension is enhanced through the various choirs and instrumental ensembles that participate each Sunday. If you sing or play an instrument, we would love to have you join us.
The Ascension choirs and instrumentalists are vital to our Sunday worship. We have music groups for children, youth and adults and welcome those of various skill levels and musical backgrounds.
Our musicians sing and play music from around the world and across the centuries, from chant and hymns to pieces by composers such as Palestrina, J. S. Bach, G. F. Handel, Benjamin Britten, Paul Manz and John Rutter.
The Ascension Chorale sings once a month at the 8:30 am Sunday service from September through May. Open to all singers high school age through adult. Practices are held one Wednesday evening a month at 6:30 pm and one Sunday morning a month between the services.
Voices of Ascension
The Voices of Ascension sing at the 10:30 am Sunday service from August through May. Open by audition to all singers high school age through adult. Practices are on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm and on Sunday mornings from 9:45 to 10:30 am.
Ascension Festival Choir
The Festival Choir sings for Ascension’s annual Advent Lessons and Carols (second Sunday after Thanksgiving) and other special services throughout the year (Christmas, Easter, etc.). Open to all singers high school age through adult. Practices are on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 pm for several weeks prior to special services.
Open to preschool and elementary age children. Sings and practices about once a month September through May.
This group plays for the 10:30 am service and practices on Sundays and other times as scheduled. Instrumentation is keyboards, acoustic guitar, bass, drums and percussion. Open by audition to those with advanced skills, high school age through adult.
This string and woodwind groups plays once a month at the 8:30 am Sunday service and special events. Practice times vary.
Student Instrumental Ensemble
The string ensemble meets in between the morning services September to May and presents music at various services. Open to students who play bowed string, woodwind and brass instruments and read music at least at an intermediate level.
Our projectionists use the AV computer to run the slide show that contains the liturgy, prayers and music for each of our Sunday services. Computer or tech experience is not necessary to do this job, the slide show is prepared in advance. Projectionists are scheduled for one service a month and arrive 15 minutes before the service begins when they are serving.
For more information on our music ministry
please see: ascension-music.org