Audio Sermon from August 5, 2018

Audio from a sermon given by Debbie Grisdale on August 5, 2018.

Listen to more audio at the sermon archive.

Audio sermon from July 29, 2018

Audio from a sermon given by Rev. Carolyn Pollock on July 29, 2018 at Church of the Ascension.

Listen to more audio on the sermon archive.

Ascension Jazz & Chamber Series 2018-19 Season

Ascension Concerts 2018-19 Discount Prices on now!

Ascension’s Jazz & Chamber Series is back for a third year of live music in Old Ottawa East. Programming for the new season is something of a work in progress, but here’s a peek:

November 17: Christian Vachon & Roland Graham(Bach Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard, Vol. 1)
December 8: Christmas Jazz
January 26: D’Jango Libre Gypsy Jazz
February 23: Garry Elliott & Rachel Beausoliel (Brazilian music for voice, guitar, and percussion)
March 23: Thomas Annand & Laura Nerenberg(Early masterworks for harpsichord and violin)
Bonus Chamber Concert in October, TBA

Launch Special: Enter discount code SUMMER and receive 25 percent off the cost of a Season Pass.

The Season Pass gives you six concerts for $100, a savings of $20. Your ticket includes sweets and savouries, coffee and tea, or purchase a glass of wine or craft beer. All concerts start at 7pm; proceeds go towards fair compensation for the artists, and support for church programs.

Purchase Season Passes on Eventbrite

A Pick-3 Pass gives you three concerts for $50! Select three of your favourite artists to customize your pass. Available online at Eventbrite and at the door.

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Support for At the 2018-19 comes from our sponsors:

Word Task

Merriam Print

Cléroux Rénovation Ltée

The Mainstreeter,

Bluesky Strategy Group Inc.

ViaCibo Italian Street Food

Campbell Douglas Keyboards

Become a sponsor

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

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 and music with African roots to traditional hymns. The congregation includes a number of talented, skilled musicians and singers. 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.

Ten hours per week; competitive salary to commensurate with experience.


  • Lead music for one Sunday service weekly, plus approximately five–seven special services annually
  • Coordinate the involvement of volunteers
  • Participate in the planning of service music
  • Perform administrative tasks related to music (e.g., copyright reporting)

Candidate Profile

Mandatory skills and attitudes:

  • Keyboard skills   
  • Good coordination and organizational skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility, openness to multiple styles
  • Willingness to learn about the Anglican tradition, as expressed at Church of the Ascension

Desirable skills and capacities

  • Capacities with other musical instruments, including organ
  • Ability to lead vocalists
  • Familiarity 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. 

Please send resume and cover letter to

All My Relations

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 this 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; a 3.5 hour workshop was presented at Church of the Ascension on March 17, 2018. 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.

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