He is risen!  He is risen indeed! Alleluia! Alleluia!

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"Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy
 manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord.”  

1 Corinthians 11:27 (ESV)

Learn by Heart – Weekly Bible and Catechism Study for the Whole Family

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Sundays*
8:00 and 10:45 a.m. — Worship Service
9:30 a.m. — Adult Discipleship Class,                                 Children's Sunday School

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

*Holy Communion is offered at both Sunday services.

Online Worship
Online Adult Discipleship Class
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Online giving continues to be an easy way for many to give. The giving link is located just above this message. You also can use the mobile app, “VANCO MOBILE.”   

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!

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Jesus Turns Sorrow into Joy

Acts 11:1-18; Revelation 21:1-7; John 16:12-22 or John 13:31-35 

On earth “you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy” (John 16:20). 

Already the Spirit grants you peace and joy through the forgiveness of your sins. For by the cross of Christ “God has granted repentance that leads to life” (Acts 11:18). His Gospel is “a message by which you will be saved, you and all your household” (Acts 11:14). 

He gives freely “from the spring of the water of life” (Revelation 21:6), “and death shall be no more” (Revelation 21:4). He dwells with His people, adorning His Church as a bride for her husband, “making all things new” (Revelation 21:5). Therefore, as the Son of Man is glorified by His cross, “and God is glorified in him” (John 13:31), so He is glorified in us by our “love for one another” (John 13:35), which His Spirit works in us by His grace.

Website updated: May 14, 2022

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