Sundays at 8:30 & 11
We worship every Sunday at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.** Both services are identical in worship style, and worship is approximately one hour in duration. According to local custom, Holy Communion (Eucharist) is served every Sunday except on the second Sunday of the month.
**Summer Schedule (July 9th-August 20th)
Sundays at 9:30a.m. – Worship
Sundays at 10:30 a.m. – Sunday School
Sundays at 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. – “Inside Out” Service
Worship services at Ascension are liturgical, and the style of music is best described as “blended,” that is, a combination of music of both yesterday’s and today’s generations. Participation is encouraged during every service, as all music used in worship is notated either in a hymnal or in the service folder.
Large-print worship folders and assistive listening devices are available upon request; please speak with an usher before the worship service to request either of these.
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Praise & Prayer Worship Service
Our weekly Praise & Prayer services are held every Tuesday, immediately prior to the serving of lunch in the Soup Kitchen. All persons are invited to come as they are, from where they are, for a brief 10-15 minute time of worship. During the Praise & Prayer service, we hear God’s Word, we join in singing spirituals and songs, and pray together familiar texts as well as prayers for our community. The Praise & Prayer service meets in Luther Hall around 11:00 AM every Tuesday.
Statement on Holy Communion (Eucharist)
In the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, we believe, teach, and confess that along with the bread and wine, we are in reality also receiving the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. With His Body and His Blood, we receive the forgiveness of our sins, the assurance of eternal life, and strength to live the Christian life today. We also understand Holy Communion has the potential for harm as God’s Word (1 Corinthians 11:23-32) teaches that those who do not believe these things may bring judgment upon themselves. Receiving Holy Communion is much more than just going through the motions. It is a heart and mind involvement which involves examination and preparation (1 Corinthians 11:28). Because it is so special, we feel a responsibility to help people understand the great blessing of this sacrament.
It is our custom to offer this meal to those who study, confess, and believe the words of the Scripture concerning it. We would appreciate the opportunity to discuss this further if you have questions.
Children are always invited to participate in worship at Ascension; we always encourage parents to bring their children to worship. If your child becomes restless during worship, please know that you are more than welcome to take them into the narthex or our nursery (ages 3 and younger), where you will still be able to see and hear the worship service. Our nursery is staffed during all Sunday morning activities by an attendant from Charlotte Care Services, and you are most welcome to remain with your child in the nursery if you wish.