The Church of the Ascension
la Iglesia de la Ascensión
We hope you will join us for Worship on Sundays during the Summer
9:30 am English Eucharist with music
12 noon Spanish
The summer season is a wonderful time for worship --- a time when we can relax some of our forms of worship and delight in being together as neighbors and friends and companions of our good friend, teacher, and savior, Jesus from Nazareth. Here are a few of the aspects of our worship to which we can look forward for the month of July.
The English language service will share together in just one service on Sunday mornings, at 9:30 AM. When we gather we will discover that, like previous summers, the furniture has been moved and the altar placed more centrally so that we can gather in a circle around it when we celebrate the Eucharist. The importance of this is the symbolism it conveys: The Eucharist began as a “family” meal for Jesus and his friends and this idea of being a family gathered around a common table is an important image for us whenever we gather, as God’s family, to be strengthened by God’s Word and sacrament and by one another’s fellowship. We will begin our service each week in our pews but will process to encircle the table at the Offertory --- a physical embodiment of the “offering” of our whole lives at this table.
Our vesting of the Table and various aspects of our worship will be in keeping with a theme of simplicity, the Table covered by a simple cloth and lit by two modest candles. Only the Celebrant will wear vestments and those vestments will be only the white alb and stole which indicate the priest’s role as the convener of the gathering and celebration leader of the meal. Our bread for this meal will be pita bread, a form of bread which, as it is one loaf, reminds us (in the words of one fraction anthem) “we being many are one bread, one body, for we all share in the one bread.” Secondly, it has the advantage of being real and recognizable bread --- as Jesus used (‘though his bread was probably of barley) at the first of these holy meals. In a sacramental tradition like ours we are reminded that it is ordinary things which God transforms with divine presence --- ordinary things like pita bread and Gallo wine and ordinary lives like yours and mine.
Ascension has a bi-lingual youth group that for young people ages 12 and older. The group meets for fellowship and topical discussions.
Meet Pastor Santiago Rodriguez
Pastor Santiago Rodriguez
(spanish translation follows)
The Rev. Santiago Rodriguez was ordained in Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2003 and became the Senior Pastor of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. But he began his work relationship with Gloria Dei as Outreach Ministry at the 1998.
Previously, before he arrived with his family as a missionary to the United States in 1997, he worked as a community organizer for more of 15 years in his home country, the Dominican Republic and throughout Latin America.
The Pr. Santiago has been married to Keila Rodriguez for 31 years, and they have three children: Santiago Jr. 30, Vimar 28, and Eufradis 23.
Pr. Rodriguez attended to Harvard University, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, and The Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia. He holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Ministry and a Master’s Degree in Divinity. He has also completed the program Doctorate in Ministry.
He has received several awards for his contributions to the community by the R.I. Council of Churches, the City of Providence, the Senate, the House and the Office of the Governor.
Currently Santiago is a member of the Steering Committee of the R.I. Interfaith Coalition and the Job with Justice both focused on economic and social justice issues through collaborative involvement of churches in Providence and Rhode Island.
El Rev. Santiago Rodriguez fue ordenado en Palabra y Sacramento en la Iglesia Evangélica Luterana en América en 2003 y se convirtió en el Pastor Principal de la Iglesia Luterana Gloria Dei. Pero él comenzó su relación de trabajo con Gloria Dei como Coordinador del Ministerio de Alcance en el 1998.
Previamente, antes de venir con su familia como misionero a los Estados Unidos en 1997, trabajó como Organizador Comunitario por más de 15 años en su país de origen, la República Dominicana y en toda América Latina.
El Pr. Santiago ha estado casado con Keila Rodríguez por 31 años, y tienen tres hijos: Santiago Jr. 30, Vimar 28 y 23 Eufradis.
El Pr. Rodríguez asistió a la Universidad de Harvard, el Seminario Teológico Gordon Conwell, y el Seminario Teológico Luterano de Filadelfia. Posee una Maestría en Ministerio Urbano y una Maestría en Divinidades. También ha completado el programa de Doctorado en Ministerio.
El ha recibido varios reconocimientos por sus contribuciones a la comunidad por parte del Consejo de Iglesias de R. I., la Ciudad de Providence, el Senado, la Casa de Representantes y la Oficina del Gobernador. Actualmente Santiago es miembro del Comité Directivo de la Coalición Interreligiosa de R. I. y de Trabajo con la Justicia ambos centrados en temas de justicia económica y social a través de la participación colaborativa de las iglesias en la ciudad de Providencia y todo Rhode Island.