What church could be like – Rev. Canon June Hough, May 20, 2018

Archbishop Michael Curry’s sermon was a highlight of the royal wedding. (Owen Humphreys/AFP/Getty Images

For the archbishop’s full sermon, follow this link: https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2018/05/19/bishop-michael-currys-full-sermon-from-the-royal-wedding.html

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Ninja Jesus – Rev. Canon June Hough, May 13, 2018

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We All Need Somebody to Lean On – Rev. Canon June Hough, May 6, 2018

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Being Jesus, being a servant — Rev. Bruce Pocock, April 22, 2018

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Thomas: living with doubt, community and experience — Cameron Gutjahr and Rev. Jim Garey, April 8, 2018

painting by Carl Heinrich Bloch

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Opportunities for ministry – April 1, 2018

This is the final week of our series of announcements about the great ministry opportunities at Ascension. As we’ve said all along:

Whatever opportunity you might choose, we can assure you:

  • It will be interesting work
  • You will be helping to make your church a better place
  • You may even learn something new

There is one last area we want to look at in more detail:


Good news is worth sharing. I’m in the bad news business, but even I know this is true. So what can we say about the wonderful things going on and the new opportunities we are exploring at this church in the name of God? How can we get the word out, especially to broaden our appeal?

There are so many opportunities in this particular ministry that it will take several people working together to use all the tools and channels that are already in our hands.

We have print – a medium that is still very relevant.

We have digital – which is reaching new and targeted audiences (which can be done in an ethical way and not like Cambridge Analytica, I might add).

And we have people – the oldest and actually still the most effective means of communications.

The key is to train ourselves to use each of these effectively and with a heart for sharing and communicating with others where they are and as they are. Two new projects will grow out of this:

  • a communications/ PR committee and
  • training in sensitive evangelism, which will probably be good for everyone in case they’re ever put on the spot to explain their faith, but especially for those who have a gift for this ministry.

We’ve talked about financial ministries, the new Christian Education Committee, and organizing an all-candidates meeting. Out in the Gathering Space, there are a couple of posters about other ministry opportunities, including Deputy Rector’s Warden, evangelism training, and a new Kitchen Care Committee. We’ve had some people step forward to answer this call to ministry, which is one of the reasons we’re having a special vestry meeting today.

Where do you feel God is calling you to share your gifts in ministry? For these and any other ideas, contact any member of the Executive Team: Rev. June, Russ Braley, Mary Grant, Sandra Coulson, or Bill McKinstry.

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The empty tomb is only the start – Rev. Canon June Hough, April 1, 2018

Stained glass from St. Elizabeth Roman Catholic Church, Columbus, Ohio

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Opportunities for ministry – March 24, 2018

We continue this week looking at great ministry opportunities at this church, with spotlight on some of them.

Whatever opportunity you might choose to, we can assure you:

  • It will be interesting work
  • You will be helping to make your church a better place
  • You may even learn something new

This week, we look at what is referred to in the Marks of Mission as “Transforming Society”.

There is a call in the Gospels to share with God in the creation of a more just and peaceful world. Sometimes that means interacting with the political system because so much of the work of reducing poverty and addressing injustices and inequity in society are in the hands of our elected representatives. They are ultimately answerable to the people, and that includes us as people of faith with a vision of hope for God’s love working in a broken world.

At this church, we have often organized all-candidates meetings for the public. While the floor is open to any questions, we take the opportunity to raise issues such as poverty reduction. We do have a provincial election coming up on June 7. We already have one person from this church plus a couple from Good News Christian Reformed Church on Clarke Road who want to work on this. So there’s already a core of people; we just need some more helpers. Do you have a passion for social justice and the impact of political action?

Where do you feel God is calling you to share your gifts in ministry? For these and any other ideas, contact any member of the Executive Team: Rev. June, Russ Braley, Mary Grant, Sandra Coulson, or Bill McKinstry.

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Loved enough to be served – Rev. Canon June Hough, Good Friday, March 29, 2018

Jesus washing Peter’s feet, a painting by Sieger Koder (notice Jesus’ reflection in the water)

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A week of emotional highs and lows – Rev. Canon June Hough, March 24, 2018 (Palm Sunday)

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