"So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ." 
Romans 10:17
Learn by Heart – Weekly Bible and Catechism Study for the Whole Family

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Sundays
8:00 & 10:45 a.m. — Worship Service
9:30 a.m. — Adult Discipleship Class,                                    Children's Sunday School
Holy Communion is offered 
at both Sunday services.

Wednesdays in Lent and Advent
6:30 p.m. Vespers

Online Worship
Online Adult Discipleship Class

Welcome to Ascension!

 
Pastor James Gier

And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. ~ The Nicene Creed

In the Gospel of St. John (14:6) Jesus said "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." Jesus is our way back to our Father in heaven. He is the Gospel (Good News) of God to the world. As Evangelical Lutherans, we are loyal to the Gospel of Christ, "for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).

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This Gospel ministry and mission of the Christian Church is to seek, make, and mature disciples for God's eternal kingdom through preaching, baptizing, teaching and communing. This work of the Holy Spirit of God among mankind is centered in the Divine Service in which the Word of God is first proclaimed and administered through sermons and sacraments. Through this Word and these means God saves us from our captivity to sin, death, and the devil, and so works in us a new and everlasting life.

... just as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns                   to all eternity! ~ Luther's Small Catechism

At Ascension, this new life finds its expression in a three-fold fellowship and ministry of Church, Family, and School. Here, you will encounter and know the Lord Jesus Christ for your forgiveness, life, and salvation!

 

Thoughts for Advent

The Lord Jesus comes in humility to redeem us 
The season of Advent focuses on the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and this first Sunday establishes this theme for the rest of the season. The Son of God came long ago to be our Savior, “a righteous Branch” descended from David (Jeremiah 33:15). 
As He then came into Jerusalem, riding on a lowly donkey to sacrifice Himself for the sins of the world (Luke 19:28-40), so does He come to His Church today in the humility of Word and Sacrament to deliver the fruits of His Passion: the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. He absolves us and establishes our hearts “blameless in holiness before our God and Father” (1 Thessalonians 3:13). 
The same Lord Jesus, who “blameless in holiness before our God and Father”; the same Lord Jesus, who came to Jerusalem then and who comes to us now in peace, will come again with power and great glory on the Last Day. Then, there will be “distress of nations in perplexity,” with “people fainting with fear.” 
Yet, as we anticipate that great and terrible day, He bids us to rest securely in Him: “Raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:25, 26, 28)

News and Events

Pastor Gier Records Veteran's Day Message
News about Indiana Choice and Vouchers
"Apologetics" is the subject of new Sunday Adult Discipleship Class study
Sunday School volunteers needed
 

Learn by Heart

A weekly activity for the whole family 
  • Bible Verse of the Week
  • Catechism Memory Work
  • Hymn of the Week
  • Psalm Meditation of the Week
  • Bible Story Meditations of the Week
View the details of this week's Learn by Heart lessons at the following link: Learn by Heart. Look for updates every week.

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