Audio sermon for February 14, 2018

Audio from an Ash Wednesday sermon given by Rev. Rhonda Waters on February 14, 2018.

Listen to more audio at the archive page.


Ascension is Hiring a Music Director

Church of the Ascension is seeking a part-time Director of Music to join our diverse and energetic community.

Worship music at Church of the Ascension is varied, ranging from contemporary songs from various sources as well as music with African roots to traditional hymns. The congregation includes a number of skilled musicians and singers, who add their talents to those of the parish’s music director. Instruments used regularly include violin, guitar, drums and saxophone in addition to piano and organ. The focus of the music is on participation and worship, rather than performance. There is no permanent choir; ad hoc groups come together seasonally as needed.

10 hours / week: $20-24 per hour.


  • Lead music for Sunday services (10:00 am) and for occasional liturgical holy days (Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday etc.).
  • Recruit, coordinate and facilitate the involvement of amateur musicians in the church (instruments and vocalists); recruit and direct pick up choirs for holiday services; work with musicians with varying skill levels and ages.
  • Plan service music with the priest, and liaise with the church worship committee
  • Report on Ascension’s use of copyrighted sheet music, and other music-related administrative tasks.

Candidate Profile:
Mandatory skills and attitudes:

  • skilled on keyboard especially on the piano
  • Coordination skills
  • Highly organized
  • Ability to lead vocalists
  • Flexible, openness to multiple styles
  • Willing to learn about the Anglican tradition, as expressed at Church of the Ascension

Desirable skills and capacities

  • Capacities with other musical instruments, including organ
  • Familiar with music for a church setting
  • Basic knowledge of sound systems

Short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview which will include an audition. Finalists will be invited to lead a Sunday service.

Please send resume and cover letter to

Download a pdf of this job listing here.

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.

March concert: Harmonic Generation

March 3, 2018
Harmonic Generation
Join us on March 3 to celebrate 10 years of Harmonic Generation with “A Decade of A Cappella,” a benefit for One World Choir.
A project of World Folk Music Ottawa, One World Choir welcomes immigrants and refugees of all backgrounds—not only to share vocal and choral traditions, but to develop community and connection.
Eventbrite - Harmonic Generation

April 28, 2018
Safe Low Limit
Local jazzmen Safe Low Limit plumb the depths of the scale by pitching their sound in the bass clef. Tossing predictability to the winds, this group famously played a gig in an (empty) swimming pool. The lineup includes tuba virtuoso Dr. Keith Hartshorn-Walton; trombonist Steve Berndt; cellist Ken Kanwisher, and drummer Michel Delage.
Eventbrite - Safe Low Limit

Purchase tickets online at Eventbrite.


  • General adult: $20
  • Pick-3 Pass: $50
  • Groups of 10+, please call 613-236-3958 for discounted rates.

All concerts start at 7:00 p.m. Your ticket includes sweets and savouries, coffee and tea, or purchase a glass of wine or craft beer.  Tickets and passes are available online at Eventbrite and at the door.

Proceeds from concerts will go towards fair compensation for the artists, and will support church programs.


We are incredibly excited to bring to our community another year of wonderful music and performance in a casual and intimate setting. Our sponsors help the concert series to achieve success, and we are incredibly grateful to them! If you would like to sponsor us this year, please contact We have many options for sponsorship to suit your needs, and we are very thankful for your partnership this year.

Our sponsorship package can be viewed here: Ascension Sponsors

Support for Ascension’s concert series comes from our sponsors:

Word Task

Merriam Print

Cléroux Rénovation Ltée

The Mainstreeter, Old Ottawa East’s community voice

Bluesky Strategy Group Inc.

ViaCibo Italian Street Food

Campbell Douglas Keyboards

And a grant from Service Canada’s Summer Jobs program.

What’s New for Kids and Youth

Church of the Ascension has a robust and vibrant program for children and youth! New activities and directions are in the works. To learn how you can participate, contact Gabrielle Wilson

Lent with Kids
Children with their grown-ups are invited to learn about the season of Lent and hear the good news that we can always turn back to God. We provide crafts, stories, prayers, songs, and dinner—so all that’s left for the day is bedtime! Saturday, February 24 from 3:30 to 6:30pm.

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