THIS WEEK AT ASCENSION + November 4, 2020
"Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness." - Psalm 96

You will be able to see how many spots, if any, are still available.

A note on HOW TO CANCEL may be found in conjunction with the information below for the coming Sunday.

The full schedule for Sunday, including virtual worship and connections,
may be found below.
This evening, November 4
Commemoration of Richard Hooker

Evening Prayer, 6:00 p.m. Low Mass, 6:30 p.m.

Also see Hooker's 'Last Word' below.

Image: Statue of Richard Hooker, Cathedral Church of St. Peter, Exeter, England
Sunday, November 8
Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

Virtual and In-Person Schedule
with links for virtual worship and in-person reservations

Virtual Worship & Fellowship
8:30 a.m. - Morning Prayer
9:00 a.m. - Live-Streamed Mass
10:15 a.m. - Virtual Coffee Hour

11:00 a.m. In-Person Mass - Reservation Required: Click here

Image: Ten Bridesmaids, by Jorge Cocco Santángelo

NOTE: If you need to CANCEL your reservation:
CLICK the link above. CLICK on the pink text "you have registered for this event." You will be given the option "Remove Registration." CLICK on that option and your reservation is removed.

From the Rector
The next election

“Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” - Abraham Lincoln
Dear people of Ascension,

   We all wakened this morning to uncertainty about the presidential election. Many of us, I sense, are already numbed by all aspects of it. I can’t add anything of value here, other than to re-emphasize Deacon Arceneaux’s message of last week. Ascension clergy are available if your faith and politics converge in ways that suggest the possible benefit of pastoral care.

   Meanwhile, another election nears, December 12, for the XIII Bishop of the Diocese of Chicago. Allow me to summarize how the new bishop will be elected and how you can participate.

   You already have participated in the bishop election – at our January 2020 annual meeting by electing our electing lay delegates to the electing convention. Ordained clergy do not require your election. We are required to participate. To be elected, a candidate must receive a majority of votes by all lay electors and, separately, by a majority of all clergy canonically resident in the diocese.

  Please consider these four additional steps that you may take to participate:

2. Communicate your thoughts, observations and questions to any lay or ordained elector. Click here for our electors’ contact information.

A fifth step, of course, is prayer. The Collect from the Book of Common Prayer for the election of a bishop may be found (and prayed) below. Pray as well for our Ascension electors and for the candidates. And pray that, in a larger context of election fatigue and uncertainty, goodwill, clarity and hope may prevail.  

Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a bishop for this Diocese, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer, page 818
Also from the Rector
As noted above ... A Conversation with our Bishop candidates on Friday, November 13, at 10:00 a.m. represents one of the next steps in the Diocese of Chicago Bishop search. The conversation one of several in which you may participate but has been specially earmarked for Chicago North Deanery and Chicago South Deanery congregations and ministries. My letter above includes a link to the conversation on the 13th, names and contact information for our Ascension lay electors, and two separate opportunities to share your impressions of the candidates with our electors and others. are noted in my letter above.
Reminder of reduced attendance limit for in-person worship, effective October 30, 2020. Per instruction from the bishop, attendance numbers for all Chicago Episcopal churches have been reduced to no more than 25 persons in the building at any one time. To reach this number, and taking into account ministers in the sanctuary, the organist and the usher/greeter team, available spots in the pews are now limited to 18 (as reflected in the links from this newsletter and our website). The related letter from the Rev. Courtney Reid may be read here.

Newcomer Henri Poilevey was baptized this past Sunday, November 1, All Saints Day. He first came to Ascension after the New Year and had previously expressed an interest in Baptism at the Easter Vigil. Thanks be to God that he persevered in inquiry and faith! Joey Keegin and Bonnie Scott were/are Henri's Sponsors.
Some additional photos may be seen below.
Please keep Henri in your prayers.

All Saints' Day Baptism

These three photographs were taken on Sunday, November 1, 2020
at the Baptism of Henri Poilevey.

Photos courtesy of Cheryl Peterson.
Can you help host a virtual coffee hour? We started our Sunday virtual coffee hours almost immediately after pandemic restrictions took effect. For many, they have provided a meaningful connection opportunity at a time where meaningful connections are hard to come by. Those of us who hosted prior to the start of in-person worship are no longer able to be present or host. We'd love to identify a half dozen hosts who would serve on a rotating basis. This role is low-tech (if you are already able to Zoom) and high reward. Training is available. Please contact me or either warden.
Sunday's Organ Repertoire
Opening Voluntary
Rhapsody on Tallis's The Third Tune
Basil Harwood (1859-1949)

At the Communion
Improvisation on PICARDY

Closing Voluntary
Rhapsody, op. 38 IV. Allegro; maestoso
Basil Harwood

Choir of the Ascension:
Now on Soundcloud!
I will let Choirmaster Benamin Rivera give you more information another time, but you may now find some Choir of the Ascension recordings at Click here or on the image to the right. I can heartily commend the recording of Tallis' If ye love me at the top of the list!
I regret having to remind you that visits to Ascension, other than for urgent or essential matters or for brief personal devotion in the church, are to be avoided. Any (other) visit should be arranged in advance with Br. Nathanael Rahm Thank you for your understanding.
Due to COVID-19, Church of the Ascension’s Treasurer and Bookkeeper are limiting the amount of time they spend working in the parish offices. All checks received at Ascension via the United States Postal Service, not always a reliable service in our area, will be bank deposited approximately every 4-6 weeks. They will next be here Thursday, November 5th, for several hours beginning by 10 a.m. You may contact the Treasurer by email anytime at 
Ascension Connections
(with your click and God's help)
Meeting ID:
792 031 7452
Password: 1133
Join-by-Phone Option: (312) 626-6799

Weekly Ascension Schedule

For connections:
via Zoom (click here)
except for Morning Prayer,
via Facebook (click here).

8:30 a.m. Virtual Morning Prayer
9:00 a.m. Live-Streamed Mass
10:15 a.m. Virtual Coffee Hour
11:00 a.m. in-person mass

6:10 p.m. Evening Prayer via Zoom

6:30 p.m. Low Mass
Yes, but I still haven't Zoomed ...
For the Novice, Newbie, or tech-challenged: It may be easier than you know. We've simplified instructions on the sheet that you can view by clicking here. Please know that you can block your camera (and don't need one to start with), and you could join our Scripture study or Virtual Coffee Hour, for instance, without having to say a word. Give it a try.
Please give generously as you are able.
Treasurer Susan Schlough has asked me to remind you of Ascension's ongoing expenses at this time. To the extent that you are able, payment on your pledges or the offering of Holy Day or other special gifts will be greatly appreciated. You may still write a check and mail it to the church, or online payment is possible through the buttons at various places on our website. Thank you!
For our prayers: Charley Taylor, August 'Augie' Alonzo, Jim Berger, Ethel Martin, Dean Pineda, Charlene MacDougal, Marty Stenson, David Byerly, Bonnie Joseph, Catriana Patriarca, Robert Devens, Richard Laibly, Nicholas Carl, Sara, the Howard family, John, Owen Raymond, Diane Burnett, Sandra, Rhea, Doreen Rao, Steven Wallis, Fr. Lawrence Larson

Thanksgivings for
Birthdays: Fr. Robert Petite, 11/2
Baptism: Henri Poilevey, 11/1/2020

Bishop Candidates: The Rev. Canon Paula E. Clark, The Rev. Edwin Daniel Johnson,
The Rev. Dr. Fulton L. Porter III, The Rev. Winnie Varghese

Requiescat in pace:
Alice Louise Stoskopf, 11/2/1951
Betty Lee Cox, 11/6/2002
Gustav A Norén, 11/7/2003

Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them;
May their souls and the souls of all the departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.

In the event that you've missed XIII Bishop of Chicago candidate information ...

To read the announcement of Bishop Candidates by the Standing Committee of the diocese, click here.

To read about the canonical 'Petition Process' that provides an opportunity for additional Candidates to be considered, through Monday, October 12, click here.

To read about the four present Candidates and their impressive and diverse qualifications as presented by the Bishop Search Committee, click here.

To learn about ground already covered in the bishop search or about the upcoming Candidate Conversations or December election, click here.

The Last Word
Richard Hooker's 1594 Laws of Ecclesiastical Piety is widely regarded as among the most formative treatises in Anglicanism. Though written more than 425 years ago and in significantly differing political and religious circumstances, the segment below could be read as equally relevant to some of our political/religious liabilities today. The passage below is from a 2019 contemporary language rendering that may be read, in entirety, by clicking here. - Fr. Raymond +

   WHOEVER wants to persuade the multitude that they are not as well governed as they should be will never lack a sympathetic audience, since everyone can recognize the obvious problems in any kind of government, but they rarely have as much insight into the innumerable hidden obstacles which inevitably hinder the business of governing. Thus, those who bewail the current state of affairs are esteemed to be the champions of the people and men of independent thought, and under this guise whatever they say is accepted without question. Whatever their speech lacks in substance is supplied by people’s willingness to believe it. On the other hand, those of us who would defend the status quo are quickly judged as mere time-servers or boot-lickers of the establishment, and people will stop up their ears against our arguments before they even hear them ….
    Many feel themselves at liberty to talk about the truth, even though they have never plumbed the depths from which it springs and, when they are led there, they quickly get tired because they are being taken off the beaten paths they have trod so often. However, this must not stop the argument from going where the subject demands that it go, whether or not everyone likes it. Anyone for whom this argument is too complex can save themselves the trouble and stop reading now. If anyone thinks it too obscure, they should remember that often in both works of art and in works of nature the most important things are not necessarily the things immediately visible to our eyes. We may admire houses for their stateliness, trees for their beauty, but the foundations which bear up the one, and the roots which nourish the other both lie hidden under the earth. When we need to uncover them, it is not necessarily pleasant, either for those who do it or for those who watch it happening. In just the same way, all who live under good laws may enjoy them and benefit from them with delight and comfort, even if most do not know the grounds or reasons for their goodness. However, when people cease to obey the laws, claiming that they are corrupt and wicked, it becomes necessary to uncover their foundations and roots.

The portrait below is from the National Portrait Gallery, London. The artist and subject are both unknown, although the portrait was long thought to be of Richard Hooker.
The Very Rev. Patrick Raymond, Rector

Susan Schlough, Treasurer

Br. Nathanael Deward Rahm BSG, Parish Office