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Sacramental and Ritual Practice
Lutheran Church of the Ascension welcomes you to join our community of faith in a number of ways, sacramental and ritual. For more information, please contact the church office.

 

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Membership
All are welcome to participate in the life of this congregation. Those who wish to make an intentional decision to join this assembly, may do so through a period of instruction with the pastor, through the sacrament of Baptism, Affirmation of Baptism, or transfer from another Lutheran congregation. Membership brings a sense of belonging and commitment to a community of faith. It also confers voting status for the congregation's business matters.

Baptism
In Holy Baptism, the Triune God delivers us from the forces of evil, puts our sinful self to death, gives us new birth, adopts us as children, and makes us members of the Body of Christ. Holy Baptism is received by faith alone. Baptisms take place during public worship. We baptism infants, children and adults, after a period of preparation and participation in the life of our congregation.

Communion
Holy Communion is offered every Sunday at Lutheran Church of the Ascension. At the table of our Lord Jesus Christ, God nourishes faith, forgives sin, and calls us to be witnesses to the Gospel. Communion is offered to all the baptized. First Communion instruction is offered at age-appropriate levels to all who desire it.

Affirmation of Baptism
Affirmation of Baptism may be used at many times in the life of the baptized Christian. It is especially appropriate as part of a process of formation in faith in youth or adulthood (confirmation), at the time of beginnings one's participation in a community of faith, as a sign of renewed participation in the life of the church, or at the time of a significant life passage. Confirmation at the Lutheran Church of the Ascension involves classroom instruction, worship participation and community service.

Marriage
Marriage is a gift of God, intended for the joy and mutual strength of those who enter into it, and for the well-being of the whole human family. Marriage is also a human estate, with vows publicly witnessed. Because of the amount of time, energy and prayer spent in preparation for marriage, Lutheran Church of the Ascension typically hosts weddings for those who already have an active relationship with the congregation.

Funeral
At a person's death, the church shares the grief of those who mourn and remembers the brevity of life on earth. At the funeral we give voice to our sorrow, thank God for our loved one, and entrust this companion of ours into the hands of God. Lutheran Church of the Ascension hosts funerals without expectation of relationship with the one who has died or that person's family. Interment of ashes may take place in the congregation's Celebration of Life Gardens on the church property.

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