Church of the Ascension
By Church of the Ascension
Church of the AscensionSep 26, 2022
The Day of Pentecost
Come Holy Spirit upon all of us this Day! Like a mighty rushing wind that blows through those doors and ignites that flame within all of our hearts today and forevermore.
What is Prayer?
Jesus wants to share a gift with those who follow him that is only realized through relationship with the Father that will be achieved through the Holy Spirit.
The Challenge of Faith
We may all wrestle with God from time to time, but in doing so we realize that we have never let go of God, and He has never let go of us.
The Way, The Truth, The Life
If we live the way Jesus lives then we don’t have to worry about finding our way to the kingdom—we will already be a part of it.
The Lord is our Shepherd
Jesus is trying to keep all of us in a community together. A community that loves each other and looks out for each other. Not a community that looks at differences but a beloved community that embraces differences and grows together, stronger as one.
Maybe Jesus swag comes to us in grace, that unearned and underserved love of Jesus that everyone sees in how we love and care for our neighbor.
Be an act of God's presence in someone else’s life
Jesus is the Life of the Party
May your Easter be filled with love, laughter, and joy!
Palm Sunday to the Passion
From king to cross. It is finished. Yet, when Jesus breathes his last, we know that truly it has just begun.
The Gifts That God Offers
The Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.
Even When We See, Our Sin Remains
Many have sight but few have vision.
The Woman at the Well
Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty.
Joe Versus the Volcano
Find joy in the little things in life because one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. Appreciate the blessings God gives us all.
You are Enough
Though our feelings come and go, God's love for us does not.
It is not what you have but what you give that brings happiness.
A Beacon of Hope
Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.
Walk a Mile in Someone Else's Boots
Sometimes you need to look at life from a different perspective.
A Thousand Points of Light
There is light in darkness, you just have to find it.
I Am Well Pleased
Our relationship with God is transformational, not transactional. It is a partnership in which we grow together, rooted in covenant.
What's in a Name?
God ensures we know his name, not because we might exercise power or control over God, but because by knowing his name, we are granted power by him to spread that name through all the world.
Being fearless doesn't mean living a life devoid of fear, but living a life in which our fears don't hold us back.
Hallmark Happy Endings
Transformation is a journey without a final destination.
Look Back as Long as You Keep Moving Forward
It's fine to look at the past as long as we learn from it and don't dwell in it.
What We Can All Learn From Corporal Louis LeBeau
The ability to cast light into even the deepest and darkest aspects of life should be cherished.
An Evensong of Thanksgiving
Rabbi Scott Looper gives the homily in a joint Thanksgiving service between Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Temple Beth Or, and First United Methodist Church.
Mighty is the Sword
I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself.
Tearing Others Down Won't Get You Any Higher
Be an example to others of all that is good in this world, for others will copy you and they also will become good examples.
Zacchaeus Was a Wee Little Man
If you judge a book by its cover you might miss out on an amazing story.
Can't We All Just Get Along?
The more we genuinely care about others the greater our own happiness & inner peace.
The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease
Once there was a persistent widow and her name was God. And she kept pestering us to love her and act justly until we finally did.
The Giving of Thanks
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Calm Amidst the Storm
The gospel is the hope in the midst of suffering, the peace in the midst of the storm, the joy even in the times of sorrow.
Bruiser & The Mayor
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands: One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
Finding light where it seems there is only darkness
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
The Sheep who Cried Wolf
The mere presence of the shepherd puts the sheep at peace. When he is near, they don't panic, and they don't fight. They can lay down in peaceful slumber. Nothing reduces stress like the presence of the Shepherd. When you are living in close connection to Jesus, you can sleep, you can relax, you can rest.
The Cost of Discipleship
This is the beginning of a new day. God has given me this day to use as I will. I can waste it or use it for good. What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever. Leaving something in its place I have traded for it. I want it to be a gain, not a loss; good not evil; success, not failure, in order that I shall not forget the price I paid for it.
Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris
It's not enough to do things in the right way. What's more important is doing things for the right reasons.
A woman walks into a doctor's office
Life is unpredictable and sometimes you need to adjust your schedules and plans to meet the demands of the day. While you may not be be able to solve all of the world's problems, you can be there for others in need by providing hope and a path for them to follow.
Let our hearts be stretched out in compassion toward others, for everyone is walking his or her own difficult path.
Let your faith be your spiritual GPS guiding you through life.
The Brinks Truck & The Hearse
Loving one's self is not about what we can do but about what we can become.
The Mirror of Erised
Faith is not built off of mountaintops, but in the everyday living of Christian discipleship . A reflection on Colossians 2:6-19.
A Volleyball Named Wilson
What three things would you want if you were stranded on a desert island? In this reflection on Amos 8:1-12; Colossinas 1:15-28; and Luke 10: 38-42, we discover what distracts us from our true purpose.
A Soggy Tuna Sandwich
Finding hope and the fulfillment of God's faithfulness is no less accessible than a soggy tuna sandwich. Listen for this week's reflection on Colossians 1: 1-14.
A Camp in the Kingdom
when you want to proclaim the Kingdom of God, just think Sawyerville. A reflection on Luke 10:11, 16-20.
Let the Dead Bury Their Own Dead
As Jesus followers we are called to proclaim the Kingdom of God--which is very real and right here. A reflection on Luke 9:51-62.
A Lament and The Light
Even in the midst of darkness, baptism reminds us of the light that we shine as God's people. A reflection on Psalm 42 in the wake of the shootings at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Vestavia Hills, AL.
We spend too much energy on trying to offend or not offend one another. Maybe we ought to consider how we are offending God. A reflection on the Trinity and John 16:12-15.
On this Day of Pentecost we are reminded of the power of our witness in the world.
Life of Lydia
Lydia is a dealer in purple cloth. She is also a dealer in salvation. A reflection on Acts 16:9-15.
I'm Going On a Picnic...
When the rules are meant to exclude, you can be sure they are not about living in the Kingdom of God. A reflection on Acts 11:1-18.
Tabitha is raised from the dead, not because she is enduring some suffering or needs to be healed, but because God is not finished working through her to heal the community. Her inconvenience becomes a path to salvation for many and a witness to us. A reflection on Acts 9:36-43.
Davis Dickert shares a message of what it means to be a witness--not only as one himself, but all those who have been a witness to him to form his faith. A reflection on Acts 5:27-32.
We Are Witnesses
It was not simply the first disciples who witnessed to the life of Jesus--we do too. A reflection on the Acts of the Apostles 10:34-43.
Courage to Anoint
The story of Mary and her courage to anoint the feet of Jesus. A reflection on John 12:1-8.
The Prodigal Father
God offends us with his lavish excesses doted upon us and we have no control over it. A reflection on Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32.
what does your soul cling too? A reflection on Psalm 63 and Luke 13:1-9.
The Brooding Hen
A reflection on Luke 13:31-35
Jesus is tempted in the wilderness not as an example of how we resist temptation but as an opportunity for us to choose who we become. A reflection on Like 4:1-13.
Blessings and Woes
Jesus' beatitudes are not the criteria that determines one's entry into Heaven. They are the way in which God offers us accountability in learning to live in the kingdom now. A reflection on Luke 6:17-26.
There are a lot of ideas floating around the world about what love is--but few of us understand or are even willing to embrace that love is about vulnerability. A reflection on I Corinthians 1:1-13.
Turning Water Into Wine
Too often we pray to the gods of transaction in our daily lives as he seek and hold on to the idols of money and power. God's gifts are not transactional. They are about an overwhelming transformation of love through the abundant gifts God offers us. A reflection on John 2:1-12.
Baptism is less about "being saved" and more about committing to a relationship with Jesus Christ and others. A reflection on Luke 3:15-17, 21-22.
The Rest of the Story
The Creche or nativity scene originated in 1223. It has influenced our understanding of the very first Christmas in significant ways. Yet, it doesn't capture the full picture of what happened in Bethlehem when Jesus was born. In this week's reflection, find out the rest of the story and what it means for our world today. A reflection on Matthew 2: 1-21.
soon but not yet
Two pregnant women plot to overthrow the government--that is what we read on the Sunday before Christmas. its still Advent folks--Christmas is soon, but not yet. A reflection on Luke 1:39-55.
In the midst of the doom and gloom of Advent preachers like John the Baptist calling us a brood of vipers, we are also reminded to REJOICE! A reflection on Philippians 4:4-7 and Luke 3:7-18.
Sin and Salvation
For two thousand years, Christians have tried to follow John the Baptist's call to turn away from sin and yet, sin still plagues us. Maybe the call is less about denying our sins and more about moving through our vices to discover the virtuous we truly desire. A reflection on Luke 3:1-6.
The Starry Night
In a world in which the Left Behind series has shaped a false narrative of the Second Coming of Christ, we would do better to examine Van Gogh's The Starry Night painting for a more hopeful perspective of the world when Christ will come again. A reflection on Luke 21:25-36.
Love and Good Deeds
Hot Lips Houlihan and Hawkeye Pearce were a source of constant provocation toward one another throughout the series MASH. Today's reflection on Hebrews 10:11-14(15-18)19-25 offers some insight on how we might provoke one another on toward love and good deeds.
An Intense Game of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon
Our origin story is important to us. Not simply to know where we come from but to discover who we are and thus there is hope wherever we find ourselves. On this All Saints' Sunday, we reflect on the Book of Revelation 21:1-6.
Ritual and Relationships
Ritual can help shape and grow our relationships be it a family ritual of putting up Halloween decorations in the front yard or the more ecclesial rituals found in church. Either way, the ritual requires our presence. This week's reflection on Hebrews 9:11-14 offers insight into the incarnational presence of Christ found in the church.
Jesus dies to liberate us to love, not simply to save us from our sins. That liberation reminds us of our belovedness, that we are first children of God before we are ever sinners in need of redemption. The stories we share with one another connect our past to our future in order to remind us that we are loved into being by God and one another. A reflection on Hebrews 7:23-28.
Jesus is not for us. He is with us. We know what it means to be human because God became man and dwelt among us. A reflection on Hebrews 5:1-10.
HeBrews in the Mornings
Believe is more than a sign on a locker room wall--it is an action. To believe means we do something--go to church, get baptized, take communion, be Christian. In this first of a seven-part series on the Letter to the Hebrews, we look at how complacency and worldly distractions shift God out of the center of our lives. A reflection on Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12.
Cast Out Demons and Grow Community
Living into community means the willingness to accept others and not reject them. Even if and when they aren't really "doing it right". In this week's reflection on Mark 9:38-50, we learn the Jesus always appreciates us and encourages us on "The Way."
We spend all our time trying to be the best. In reality, its what we get to do that helps us feel connected and gives us true fulfillment in life. a reflection on Mark 9:30-37.
When other people, including God, don't meet our expectations we tend to stop listening and even try to stop them from speaking. This defines Peter's rebuke of Jesus and even Jesus' rebuke of Peter. A reflection on Mark 8:27-38.
Jesus the Jerk
This week we explore that age-old question, "Why do some people's prayers get answered and others don't. A reflection on Mark 7:24-37.
Meals and Memories
Gathering for meals helps form us into community--ay home, with friends, and in the church. This week's reflection looks at Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23.
Why are we here?
Sometimes I wonder why we are here...surely its not just for the food. A reflection on I Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14 and John 6:51-58.
An Empty Embrace
When the sins of the father weigh upon the sons, destruction and death often follows. This week's reflection explores the brokenness and losses of King David through the story of the young man, Absalom, in 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33.
Ribs and Bread
This week's reflection on John 6:24-35 compares the Body of Christ to a tray of pork ribs. Which just might mean Dreamland is about as close to Heaven as it gets--at least in Alabama.
G. I. Joe and Barbie
In a culture that believes he who dies with the most toys wins, its hard to recognize real abundance. A reflection on John 6:1-21.
The Economy of God
The economics of man are always defined by transaction. The economy of God offers transformation. A reflection on Mark 6:30-34, 53-56.
Honor and Shame
Two kings of Israel--one brought honor to God and thus himself. The other brought shame. A reflection on the rule of King David and King Herod Antipas through the stories of 2 Samuel 6:1-5,12b-19 and Mark 6:14-29.
Do the times make the leaders or the leaders make the times?
In this week's reflection on Mark 6:1-13, Drew+ looks at four presidents and how their courage in times of strife shaped them as persons and as presidents. Jesus, too, was shaped in times of trouble and rejection--especially in his own home town among those who knew him best.
Our world suffers from resistance--resistance to one another, resistance to creation, resistance to ourselves, and resistance to God. Jesus is so non-resistant to life and healing and positive energy that even his clothes have healing properties. We, as the church, are called to be the hem of Jesus' cloak--the place that all those who suffer can come and find renewed life. In this week's episode, Candice Frazer+ offers a reflection on Mark 5:21-43 and what it means to practice non-resistance and simply say "Yes!"
God vs. Goliath
We often like to think of the David vs. Goliath story as one in which the archetype of the weak defeats the strong. In the story of David and Goliath, David goes to battle against Goliath with God not only on his side; all of Israel has chosen the side of God! Of course David cannot lose. This week's reflection by Drew Brislin+ explores I Samuel 17:1, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49.
The Kudzo Kingdom or I'll Get By With a Little Help From My Friends
Drew offers a reflection on this week's Gospel reading, Mark 4:26-34. Planting even the smallest seed of friendship and hospitality with others will grow your friendship with God.
God Forgives the Church Condemns
Too often we are told by the church that we are sinners in need of forgiveness and not that we are beloved children of God. Approaching the world from a place of condemnation is much different and less spiritually fulfilling than a starting point of belovedness. In today's reflection on Mark 3:20-35, we hear that those who blaspheme have no forgiveness because they deny the very God who always forgives.
Trinity Sunday is often called "Heresy Sunday" by preachers due to the difficulty in explaining the mystery of God in Three Persons and the Unity of One Being. Instead, Drew takes the less treacherous path of exploring how doubt is not the opposite of faith but, like Nicodemus, can be an avenue of greater relationship with God.
Many Languages, One Voice
We have begun to weaponize our words to either a liberal or conservative persuasion regardless of context--political, social, religious, medical, etc. On this Pentecost Sunday, the Holy Spirit speaks in a unifying voice drawing people to God and one another.
Just as many different threads are woven together to create a tapestry, so is life woven into relationship and fate. In this week's reflection on John's Gospel, 17:6-19, we hear how Jesus' high priestly prayer is a prayer of connection that we might be bound together to glorify God.
The Post-Pandemic Church
The ascension of Jesus leads to the responsibility of the disciples and us by extension to be the church in the world and carry on Christ's work. That work never becomes static but is always being renewed and that is no different for the post-pandemic church. A reflection on Acts 1: 1-11.
Peace and Forgiveness
A sermon reflection this Second Sunday of Easter on the power of peace and forgiveness as inspired by The Gospel of John (20:19-31) and the cartoon Bluey.
Easter Sunday Sermon
On this happy morning of Christ's resurrection, take a moment to let the surprise of this story's ending capture you. Based on the understanding that the shorter ending of Mark is really a new beginning into reading his entire Gospel as a post-resurrection story, this reflection opens up the wonder of Mark 16:1-8.
On this Good Friday, the Passion of Mark offers us a reflection on why we are prone to scapegoat others and how that has influenced the social constructs of justice in the world we live in today.
Book of Forgiving Part Three
In this final episode of exploring The Book of Forgiving by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu, Candice talks about what it means to forgive oneself, seek forgiveness from others, and how forgiveness can transform the world.
"Create in me a clean heart..." Sermon for the Fifth Sunday of Lent
Many of us wrestle with understanding what sin really is. In today's sermon, we explore what sin is and why it means something more than simply breaking the rules.
Book of Forgiving - Part Two Releasing or Renewing the Relationship
In today's episode we explore the final step of the Fourfold Path of Healing--releasing or renewing the relationship.
Book of Forgiving Part Two - Granting Forgiveness
This week we explore the third step of the four-fold path to healing - "Granting Forgiveness" - as we continue our look at The Book of Forgiveness by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu.
Sunday Worship Third Sunday of Lent (Full Service) March 8, 2021
Rite I worship from The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Montgomery, Alabama. Sermon: Rev. Candice B. Frazer
Book of Forgiving Part Two: Naming the Hurt
In this second step of the Four-Fold Path of Forgiving, we explore "naming the hurt".
Sermon-February 28, 2021
Sunday Worship Second Sunday of Lent (Full Service) -February 28, 2021
Sermon: Rev. Drew Brislin
Book of Forgiving Part 2-Telling the Story
Reverend Candice B. Frazer talks about the second part of the Book of Forgiving Lenten Study
Sunday Sermon February 21, 2021
Sunday Worship First Sunday of Lent (Full Service) -February 21, 2021
Sermon by Rev. Candice B. Frazer. The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Montgomery, Alabama.
Book of Forgiving Part 1
This segment explores the first three chapters of The Book of Forgiving by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu. It is the first of six podcasts that will explore forgiveness.
Ash Wednesday Reflection
A reflection on Psalm 103 by the Rev. Candice B. Frazer.
Sunday Worship Rite II (Full Service) -February 14, 2021
Sunday livestreamed worship February 14, 2021. Sermon by Rev. Drew Brislin at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Montgomery, Alabama.
Sunday Sermon Feb 7, 2021
Sunday Worship Rite II (Full Service) -February 7, 2021
Sunday worship at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Montgomery, Alabama for February 7, 2021. Sermon by Reverend Candice B. Frazer
Sunday Worship Rite II -January 31, 2021
Sunday Worship at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Montgomery, Alabama for January 31, 2021. Sermon by Reverend Drew Brislin.