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Church of the Ascension

Church of the Ascension

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This is the podcast feed for The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Montgomery, Alabama. Here you will find sermons, studies, morning prayer, special events, and more.
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Finding Compassion
Let our hearts be stretched out in compassion toward others, for everyone is walking his or her own difficult path.
August 15, 2022
Spiritual GPS
Let your faith be your spiritual GPS guiding you through life.
August 07, 2022
The Brinks Truck & The Hearse
Loving one's self is not about what we can do but about what we can become.
July 31, 2022
The Mirror of Erised
Faith is not built off of mountaintops, but in the everyday living of Christian discipleship .  A reflection on Colossians 2:6-19.
July 26, 2022
A Volleyball Named Wilson
What three things would you want if you were stranded on a desert island?  In this reflection on Amos 8:1-12; Colossinas 1:15-28; and Luke 10: 38-42, we discover what distracts us from our true purpose.
July 17, 2022
A Soggy Tuna Sandwich
Finding hope and the fulfillment of God's faithfulness is no less accessible than a soggy tuna sandwich.  Listen for this week's reflection on Colossians 1: 1-14.
July 13, 2022
A Camp in the Kingdom
when you want to proclaim the Kingdom of God, just think Sawyerville.  A reflection on Luke 10:11, 16-20.
July 05, 2022
Let the Dead Bury Their Own Dead
As Jesus followers we are called to proclaim the Kingdom of God--which is very real and right here.  A reflection on Luke 9:51-62.  
June 26, 2022
A Lament and The Light
Even in the midst of darkness, baptism reminds us of the light that we shine as God's people.  A reflection on Psalm 42 in the wake of the shootings at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Vestavia Hills, AL.
June 21, 2022
Offending God
We spend too much energy on trying to offend or not offend one another.  Maybe we ought to consider how we are offending God.  A reflection on the Trinity and John 16:12-15.
June 14, 2022
Hunter Orange
On this Day of Pentecost we are reminded of the power of our witness in the world. 
June 05, 2022
Life of Lydia
Lydia is a dealer in purple cloth.  She is also a dealer in salvation.  A reflection on Acts 16:9-15.
May 22, 2022
I'm Going On a Picnic...
When the rules are meant to exclude, you can be sure they are not about living in the Kingdom of God.  A reflection on Acts 11:1-18.
May 16, 2022
Tabitha Inconvenienced
Tabitha is raised from the dead, not because she is enduring some suffering or needs to be healed, but because God is not finished working through her to heal the community.  Her inconvenience becomes a path to salvation for many and a witness to us.  A reflection on Acts 9:36-43.
May 08, 2022
Youth Sunday
Davis Dickert shares a message of what it means to be a witness--not only as one himself, but all those who have been a witness to him to form his faith.  A reflection on Acts 5:27-32.
April 24, 2022
We Are Witnesses
It was not simply the first disciples who witnessed to the life of Jesus--we do too.  A reflection on the Acts of the Apostles 10:34-43.
April 18, 2022
Courage to Anoint
The story of Mary and her courage to anoint the feet of Jesus.  A reflection on John 12:1-8.
April 03, 2022
The Prodigal Father
God offends us with his lavish excesses doted upon us and we have no control over it.  A reflection on Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32.
March 27, 2022
what does your soul cling too?  A reflection on Psalm 63 and Luke 13:1-9.
March 20, 2022
The Brooding Hen
A reflection on Luke 13:31-35
March 13, 2022
God's Becomingness
Jesus is tempted in the wilderness not as an example of how we resist temptation but as an opportunity for us to choose who we become.  A reflection on Like 4:1-13.
March 07, 2022
Blessings and Woes
Jesus' beatitudes are not the criteria that determines one's entry into Heaven.  They are the way in which God offers us accountability in learning to live in the kingdom now.  A reflection on Luke 6:17-26.
February 13, 2022
Cutty Captured
There are a lot of ideas floating around the world about what love is--but few of us understand or are even willing to embrace that love is about vulnerability.  A reflection on I Corinthians 1:1-13.
February 01, 2022
Turning Water Into Wine
Too often we pray to the gods of transaction in our daily lives as he seek and hold on to the idols of money and power.  God's gifts are not transactional.  They are about an overwhelming transformation of love through the abundant gifts God offers us.  A reflection on John 2:1-12.
January 16, 2022
Baptism is less about "being saved" and more about committing to a relationship with Jesus Christ and others.  A reflection on Luke 3:15-17, 21-22.
January 09, 2022
The Rest of the Story
The Creche or nativity scene originated in 1223.  It has influenced our understanding of the very first Christmas in significant ways.  Yet, it doesn't capture the full picture of what happened in Bethlehem when Jesus was born.  In this week's reflection, find out the rest of the story and what it means for our world today.  A reflection on Matthew 2: 1-21.
January 03, 2022
soon but not yet
Two pregnant women plot to overthrow the government--that is what we read on the Sunday before Christmas.  its still Advent folks--Christmas is soon, but not yet.  A reflection on Luke 1:39-55.
December 20, 2021
Gaudete Sunday
In the midst of the doom and gloom of Advent preachers like John the Baptist calling us a brood of vipers, we are also reminded to REJOICE!  A reflection on Philippians 4:4-7 and Luke 3:7-18.
December 20, 2021
Sin and Salvation
For two thousand years, Christians have tried to follow John the Baptist's call to turn away from sin and yet, sin still plagues us.  Maybe the call is less about denying our sins and more about moving through our vices to discover the virtuous we truly desire.  A reflection on Luke 3:1-6.
December 07, 2021
The Starry Night
In a world in which the Left Behind series has shaped a false narrative of the Second Coming of Christ, we would do better to examine Van Gogh's The Starry Night painting for a more hopeful perspective of the world when Christ will come again.  A reflection on Luke 21:25-36.
November 29, 2021
Love and Good Deeds
Hot Lips Houlihan and Hawkeye Pearce were a source of constant provocation toward one another throughout the series MASH.  Today's reflection on Hebrews 10:11-14(15-18)19-25 offers some insight on how we might provoke one another on toward love and good deeds.
November 14, 2021
An Intense Game of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon
Our origin story is important to us.  Not simply to know where we come from but to discover who we are and thus there is hope wherever we find ourselves.  On this All Saints' Sunday, we reflect on the Book of Revelation 21:1-6.
November 09, 2021
Ritual and Relationships
Ritual can help shape and grow our relationships be it a family ritual of putting up Halloween decorations in the front yard or the more ecclesial rituals found in church.  Either way, the ritual requires our presence.  This week's reflection on Hebrews 9:11-14 offers insight into the incarnational presence of Christ found in the church.
November 01, 2021
Welcome Home
Jesus dies to liberate us to love, not simply to save us from our sins.  That liberation reminds us of our belovedness, that we are first children of God before we are ever sinners in need of redemption.  The stories we share with one another connect our past to our future in order to remind us that we are loved into being by God and one another.  A reflection on Hebrews 7:23-28.
October 24, 2021
Incarnational Intentionality
Jesus is not for us.  He is with us.  We know what it means to be human because God became man and dwelt among us.  A reflection on Hebrews 5:1-10.
October 17, 2021
HeBrews in the Mornings
Believe is more than a sign on a locker room wall--it is an action.  To believe means we do something--go to church, get baptized, take communion, be Christian.  In this first of a seven-part series on the Letter to the Hebrews, we look at how complacency and worldly distractions shift God out of the center of our lives.  A reflection on Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12.
October 04, 2021
Cast Out Demons and Grow Community
Living into community means the willingness to accept others and not reject them.  Even if and when they aren't really "doing it right". In this week's reflection on Mark 9:38-50, we learn the Jesus always appreciates us and encourages us on "The Way."
September 26, 2021
The Greatest
We spend all our time trying to be the best.  In reality, its what we get to do that helps us feel connected and gives us true fulfillment in life.  a reflection on Mark 9:30-37.
September 21, 2021
When other people, including God, don't meet our expectations we tend to stop listening and even try to stop them from speaking.  This defines Peter's rebuke of Jesus and even Jesus' rebuke of Peter.  A reflection on Mark 8:27-38.
September 12, 2021
Jesus the Jerk
This week we explore that age-old question, "Why do some people's prayers get answered and others don't.  A reflection on Mark 7:24-37.
September 05, 2021
Meals and Memories
Gathering for meals helps form us into community--ay home, with friends, and in the church.  This week's reflection looks at Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23.
August 29, 2021
Why are we here?
Sometimes I wonder why we are here...surely its not just for the food.  A reflection on I Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14 and John 6:51-58.
August 15, 2021
An Empty Embrace
When the sins of the father weigh upon the sons, destruction and death often follows.  This week's reflection explores the brokenness and losses of King David through the story of the young man, Absalom, in 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33.
August 09, 2021
Ribs and Bread
This week's reflection on John 6:24-35 compares the Body of Christ to a tray of pork ribs.  Which just might mean Dreamland is about as close to Heaven as it gets--at least in Alabama.  
August 01, 2021
G. I. Joe and Barbie
In a culture that believes he who dies with the most toys wins, its hard to recognize real abundance.  A reflection on John 6:1-21.
July 25, 2021
The Economy of God
The economics of man are always defined by transaction.  The economy of God offers transformation.  A reflection on Mark 6:30-34, 53-56.
July 18, 2021
Honor and Shame
Two kings of Israel--one brought honor to God and thus himself.  The other brought shame.  A reflection on the rule of King David and King Herod Antipas through the stories of 2 Samuel 6:1-5,12b-19 and Mark 6:14-29.
July 11, 2021
Do the times make the leaders or the leaders make the times?
In this week's reflection on Mark 6:1-13, Drew+ looks at four presidents and how their courage in times of strife shaped them as persons and as presidents.  Jesus, too, was shaped in times of trouble and rejection--especially in his own home town among those who knew him best.  
July 04, 2021
Yes Day
Our world suffers from resistance--resistance to one another, resistance to creation, resistance to ourselves, and resistance to God.  Jesus is so non-resistant to life and healing and positive energy that even his clothes have healing properties.  We, as the church, are called to be the hem of Jesus' cloak--the place that all those who suffer can come and find renewed life.  In this week's episode, Candice Frazer+ offers a reflection on Mark 5:21-43 and what it means to practice non-resistance and simply say "Yes!"
June 27, 2021
God vs. Goliath
We often like to think of the David vs. Goliath story as one in which the archetype of the weak defeats the strong.  In the story of David and Goliath,  David goes to battle against Goliath with God not only on his side; all of Israel has chosen the side of God!  Of course David cannot lose.  This week's reflection by Drew Brislin+ explores I Samuel 17:1, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49. 
June 20, 2021
The Kudzo Kingdom or I'll Get By With a Little Help From My Friends
Drew offers a reflection on this week's Gospel reading, Mark 4:26-34.  Planting even the smallest seed of friendship and hospitality with others will grow your friendship with God.
June 13, 2021
God Forgives the Church Condemns
Too often we are told by the church that we are sinners in need of forgiveness and not that we are beloved children of God.  Approaching the world from a place of condemnation is much different and less spiritually fulfilling than a starting point of belovedness.  In today's reflection on Mark 3:20-35, we hear that those who blaspheme have no forgiveness because they deny the very God who always forgives.
June 06, 2021
Christian Doubt
Trinity Sunday is often called "Heresy Sunday" by preachers due to the difficulty in explaining the mystery of God in Three Persons and the Unity of One Being.  Instead, Drew takes the less treacherous path of exploring how doubt is not the opposite of faith but, like Nicodemus, can be an avenue of greater relationship with God.
May 30, 2021
Many Languages, One Voice
We have begun to weaponize our words to either a liberal or conservative persuasion regardless of context--political, social, religious, medical, etc.  On this Pentecost Sunday, the Holy Spirit speaks in a unifying voice drawing people to God and one another.  
May 23, 2021
Woven Together
Just as many different threads are woven together to create a tapestry, so is life woven into relationship and fate.  In this week's reflection on John's Gospel, 17:6-19, we hear how Jesus' high priestly prayer is a prayer of connection that we might be bound together to glorify God.
May 16, 2021
The Post-Pandemic Church
The ascension of Jesus leads to the responsibility of the disciples and us by extension to be the church in the world and carry on Christ's work.  That work never becomes static but is always being renewed and that is no different for the post-pandemic church.  A reflection on Acts 1: 1-11.
May 14, 2021
Peace and Forgiveness
A sermon reflection this Second Sunday of Easter on the power of peace and forgiveness as inspired by The Gospel of John (20:19-31) and the cartoon Bluey.
April 11, 2021
Easter Sunday Sermon
On this happy morning of Christ's resurrection,  take a moment to let the surprise of this story's ending capture you.  Based on the understanding that the shorter ending of Mark is really a new beginning into reading his entire Gospel as a post-resurrection story, this reflection opens up the wonder of Mark 16:1-8.
April 04, 2021
Crucify Him!
On this Good Friday, the Passion of Mark offers us a reflection on why we are prone to scapegoat others and how that has influenced the social constructs of justice in the world we live in today.
April 02, 2021
Book of Forgiving Part Three
In this final episode of exploring The Book of Forgiving by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu, Candice talks about what it means to forgive oneself, seek forgiveness from others, and how forgiveness can transform the world. 
March 28, 2021
"Create in me a clean heart..." Sermon for the Fifth Sunday of Lent
Many of us wrestle with understanding what sin really is.  In today's sermon, we explore what sin is and why it means something more than simply breaking the rules.
March 21, 2021
Book of Forgiving - Part Two Releasing or Renewing the Relationship
In today's episode we explore the final step of the Fourfold Path of Healing--releasing or renewing the relationship.
March 21, 2021
Book of Forgiving Part Two - Granting Forgiveness
This week we explore the third step of the four-fold path to healing - "Granting Forgiveness" - as we continue our look at The Book of Forgiveness by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu.
March 14, 2021
Sunday Worship Third Sunday of Lent (Full Service) March 8, 2021
Rite I worship from The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Montgomery, Alabama. Sermon: Rev. Candice B. Frazer
March 09, 2021
Book of Forgiving Part Two: Naming the Hurt
In this second step of the Four-Fold Path of Forgiving, we explore "naming the hurt". 
March 07, 2021
Sermon-February 28, 2021
Rev. Drew Brislin
March 01, 2021
Sunday Worship Second Sunday of Lent (Full Service) -February 28, 2021
Sermon: Rev. Drew Brislin
March 01, 2021
Book of Forgiving Part 2-Telling the Story
Reverend Candice B. Frazer talks about the second part of the Book of Forgiving Lenten Study
February 28, 2021
Sunday Sermon February 21, 2021
First Sunday of Lent. Rev. Candice B Frazer.
February 22, 2021
Sunday Worship First Sunday of Lent (Full Service) -February 21, 2021
Sermon by Rev. Candice B. Frazer. The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Montgomery, Alabama. 
February 22, 2021
Book of Forgiving Part 1
This segment explores the first three chapters of The Book of Forgiving by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu.  It is the first of six podcasts that will explore forgiveness.
February 21, 2021
Ash Wednesday Reflection
A reflection on Psalm 103 by the Rev. Candice B. Frazer.
February 17, 2021
Sunday Worship Rite II (Full Service) -February 14, 2021
Sunday livestreamed worship February 14, 2021. Sermon by Rev. Drew Brislin at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Montgomery, Alabama. 
February 17, 2021
Sunday Sermon Feb 7, 2021
Sunday sermon by Rev. Candice B. Frazer. February 7, 2021.
February 08, 2021
Sunday Worship Rite II (Full Service) -February 7, 2021
Sunday worship at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Montgomery, Alabama for February 7, 2021. Sermon by Reverend Candice B. Frazer
February 08, 2021
Sunday Worship Rite II -January 31, 2021
Sunday Worship at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Montgomery, Alabama for January 31, 2021. Sermon by Reverend Drew Brislin.
February 02, 2021