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Our normal Sunday morning schedule:

  • Worship at 8:30am and 11:00am

  • Sunday Church School from 9:45 – 10:45am for students age 3 –  high school 

  • Adult Education classes from 9:45 – 10:30am

  • Nursery staffed 9:30am through 11:00am worship service

 Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper Rescheduled

March 18 will be your chance to feast on pancakes, bacon and sausage to support our youth! 

This event is a key fundraiser for youth attending the National Youth Gathering this summer in Detroit. 

A free-will offering will be collected, so please be generous! 

 

Lent at Ascension:  Click here to learn more about worship, study and fellowship opportunities during Lent.

Want more information about Ascension? Join us in worship. Our Parish Notes, found in the Sunday worship bulletin, will detail opportunities for fellowship, service, and giving.

Want more information about Lutheran beliefs and teachings?  As a member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we invite you to visit elca.org.

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Discernment Preparation During The Week of February 22

Discernment Preparation for the First Congregational Gathering
on Sunday, March 15th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
What is God Doing Among Us?

 

Have a notebook and pen/pencil handy. Prayerfully read the lesson. Read slowly, pausing to reflect on each phrase. Whenever a word, phrase or idea “comes out to you,” stay with it for awhile. Meditate on it; pray about it. Then continue on with your reading.

Reading for the week of February 22nd, 2015: Matthew 25:31-40 (NRSV)

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33 and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34 Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40 And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family,[a] you did it to me.’

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 25:40 Gk these my brothers

After you have finished reading the lesson, reflect upon and write down your responses, insights, or impulses to the following questions:

a. What does this scripture tell me about God?
b. What does this scripture tell me about the church?
c. What does this scripture tell me about myself?

Close with a prayer for Ascension Lutheran Church, the members of the Council and the Transition Team, your family and yourself.

The full list of weekly readings to help us reflect upon the purpose of the church:

  • Week of February 1 – Luke 5:1-11
  • week of February 8 – John 15:1-17
  • Week of February 15 – Luke 10:25-37
  • Week of February 22 – Matthew 25:31-40
  • Week of March 1 – Acts 1:1-11
  • Week of March 8 – Acts 2:1-4,14-18,38-47

Discernment Preparation During The Week of February 15

Discernment Preparation for the First Congregational Gathering
on Sunday, March 15th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
What is God Doing Among Us?

 

Have a notebook and pen/pencil handy. Prayerfully read the lesson. Read slowly, pausing to reflect on each phrase. Whenever a word, phrase or idea “comes out to you,” stay with it for awhile. Meditate on it; pray about it. Then continue on with your reading.

Reading for the week of February 15th, 2015: Luke 10:25-37 (NRSV)

25 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus.[a] “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 27 He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”

29 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii,[b] gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ 36 Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 10:25 Gk him
  2. Luke 10:35 The denarius was the usual day’s wage for a laborer

After you have finished reading the lesson, reflect upon and write down your responses, insights, or impulses to the following questions:

a. What does this scripture tell me about God?
b. What does this scripture tell me about the church?
c. What does this scripture tell me about myself?

Close with a prayer for Ascension Lutheran Church, the members of the Council and the Transition Team, your family and yourself.

The full list of weekly readings to help us reflect upon the purpose of the church:

  • Week of February 1 – Luke 5:1-11
  • week of February 8 – John 15:1-17
  • Week of February 15 – Luke 10:25-37
  • Week of February 22 – Matthew 25:31-40
  • Week of March 1 – Acts 1:1-11
  • Week of March 8 – Acts 2:1-4,14-18,38-47

 

From the Transition Team: Listening to Scripture

How can I be part of the transition at Ascension? Over the coming months, the transition team is inviting each member of the congregation to read scripture in a meditative way and pray for the congregation.

Each week, we will provide a scripture text. Read it each day. Sit with it and see what new insights may emerge. You may want to jot down your insights or questions in a small notebook or journal. Consider these questions: What does this scripture tell me about God? What does this scripture tell me about the church? What does this scripture tell me about myself?

The scripture will remind us again how Jesus is present in our midst as a community of faith. Read and pray to listen for how the Holy Spirit has been integral to our life together and how God may be opening us to new ministry. This devotional experience prepares us for our First Gathering on Sunday, March 15th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, where we will discuss the question, “What is God Doing Among Us?”  

The reading for the week of February 1 – 7 is Luke 5:1-11. 

The reading for the week of February 8 – 14 is John 15:1-17.

The reading for the week of February 15 – 21 is Luke 10:25-37.

The reading for the week of February 22 – 28 is Matthew 25:31-40. 

The reading for the week of March 1 – 7 is Acts 2:1-4, 14-18, 38-47.

Sunday, March 15 – First Congregational Gathering:  What Is God doing Among Us?  3:00 – 5:00pm at Ascension.

The Transition Committee is happy to share information about the the transition and call process.  You can contact the committee members via e-mail at transition@ascensiontowson.org.  To see a chart that lists the steps from welcoming our interim pastor through calling a new pastor, please click here.

 

 



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