Join us Sunday, December 17, at Captain Butler's for our Christmas Pageant at 9:00 and Service of Lessons and Carols at 10:00. Childcare available.
Welcome to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Ascension. There is a place for each and everyone at our table and all are welcome!
As members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America we are committed to a partnership of local, regional and worldwide ministries empowered by the Spirit of God. Behind every ministry is a willingness of individuals responding to God’s grace. As a church we exist for one primary reason – to proclaim the GOOD NEWS in Christ Jesus! As our mission statement claims: We are “saved by God’s grace, empowered by the Holy Spirit and called to worship, witness, love and serve, making disciples of Christ.” Within Ascension you will find an active and loving faith community. If you do not have a church home in this area or are visiting in Savannah, we invite you to be our guest. We are a ‘Christ-centered Community Serving From the Heart of Savannah’ and we want you to feel at home here, whether you visit for one Sunday or stay a lifetime!
For Lutherans, worship stands at the center of our life of faith. Through God’s word, water, bread and prayer we are nurtured in faith and sent out into the world. Connected with and central to everything we do, worship unites us in celebration, engages us in thoughtful dialogue and helps us grow in faith. It grounds us in our Christian and Lutheran roots, while demonstrating practical relevance for today’s world.
Although some of the approaches to worship may differ from one ELCA congregation to another, we hold certain things in common. Central to our worship life is the presence of God through word and sacrament. The word proclaimed and the sacraments — both Holy Baptism and Holy Communion — are called the means of grace. We believe that Jesus Christ is present in these means through the power of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we describe worship as a “gathering around the means of grace.”
There is also a basic pattern for worship among Lutherans. We gather. We encounter God’s word. We share a meal at the Lord’s table. And we are sent into the world. But we do not think about worship so much in terms of what we do. Worship is fundamentally about what God is doing and our response to God’s action. Worship is an encounter with God, who saves us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Holy Communion is offered each week. As a child of God, you are welcome to commune at the Lord’s table. During communion, ushers will direct you to the altar area to receive bread and wine by intinction (dipping the wafer in the wine). Should you require a gluten-free wafer, please advise the Pastor or an usher prior to the service.
As both the historic second floor sanctuary and first floor fellowship hall are under restoration, on December 17 our 9:00 a.m. Children’s Christmas Pageant and 10:00 a.m. Service of Lessons and Carols will be held at Ascension’s Captain Butler’s retreat center at 115 Penrose Drive on Whitemarsh Island. On December 24 we will return to the Ascension sanctuary for worship.