Audio Sermon for March 11, 2018

Audio from a sermon given by Rev. Rhonda Waters on March 11, 2018.

Listen to more audio at the sermon archive.

Holy Week at Ascension

March 25 at 10am, Palm Sunday Eucharist: Mark the beginning of Jesus’ last week

March 29 at 6pm, Maundy Thursday Eucharist and Supper—remembering Jesus’ last supper with his friends

March 30

  • 10am, Stations of the Cross: The story of Jesus’ crucifixion made accessible for children
  • 11am, Making Contemplative Art: an experience of prayer through making art
  • 1pm, Good Friday Liturgy

April 1 at 10am, Easter Sunday Eucharist

All My Relations Lenten Project

Learning from home: The history and legacy of residential schools

Education has gotten us into this mess, and education will get us out

Hon. Senator Murray Sinclair, Former chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

The purpose of the 2018 Lenten program is to deepen our understanding about the impact of residential schools on the lives of Indigenous peoples; the Anglican Church’s role in the schools and; the ongoing commitment of the Anglican Church to reconciliation and justice.

The program is also a continuation of Church of the Ascension’s ongoing efforts to bring to life the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Call to Action #59 as we agreed at our 2017 Vestry:

#59. We call upon church parties to the Settlement Agreement to develop ongoing education strategies to ensure that their respective congregations learn about their church’s role in colonization, the history and legacy of residential schools, and why apologies to former residential school students, their families, and communities were necessary.

The program consists of two online learning sessions to be experienced at home, followed by a 3.5 hour workshop with supper at Ascension, on Saturday March 17th, 3:00-6:30pm. The online sessions contain a variety of materials. You may find it most convenient to select articles/media of interest, and come back to others later.

Access the Introduction here.

Access the First Learning Module here.

Access the Second Learning Module here.

Audio Sermon for March 4, 2018

Audio from a sermon given by Rev. Rhonda Waters on March 4, 2018.

Listen to more audio on the sermon archive.


Season of Lent

The season of Lent is a time to acknowledge the ways in which we get distracted and turned away from God—and a time to deliberately turn back to focus on God’s desire for our lives. The traditional Lenten disciplines of fasting, prayer, study, and almsgiving are all ways to help us do this work.
This year, consider taking advantage of one (or more!) of these opportunities for observing a holy Lent:

Ash Wednesday Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes
A eucharist and imposition of ashes to mark the first day of Lent; February 14 at 7pm.

Walking to the Resurrection Sock Drive
Bring donations of new, warm socks to church for the clients of St. Luke’s Table.

Walking to the Resurrection: An Ash Wednesday Journey for Youth
On February 14, a full-day program for youth in grades 4–6 and grades 7–12. To register, email by January 28.

Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John
Six weeks of prayer and reflections from the Society of St John the Evangelist. Subscribe for the daily video and prayer email at Contact Rhonda if you would like a copy of the prayer journal.

Ottawa Centre Deanery Lenten Study “Way of Life”
Based on Brian McLaren’s book The Great Spiritual Migration. Five Wednesdays from Feb. 21 to Mar. 21, with two time slots to choose from: 1–2:30pm or 7–9:30pm. Register at

Lent with Kids
Prayer, story, crafts, and dinner for small children and their grown-ups on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 3:30–6:30pm. Volunteers without small children also welcome!

Project of Heart: Responding to Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action #59
Two at-home learning modules, followed by a workshop on Saturday, March 17 from 3–6:30pm with a residential school survivor, an art response activity, and a feast of bannock and moose chili.

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