Worship Services

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Sunday worship with Holy Communion at 10:00 AM in the sanctuary.

Special Sunday services every year
second Sunday of September, God’s Work, Our Hands national Lutheran day of community service
first Sunday of October, Blessing of the Animals
last Sunday of October, Reformation Sunday
first Sunday of November, All Saints Sunday
Sunday before Thanksgiving, Christ the King Sunday
Sunday after Thanksgiving, the first Sunday of Advent
second Sunday of December, Visit of St. Nicholas
second Sunday of January, Baptism of Our Lord Sunday
Special Sunday services this year
February 26, the Transfiguration of Our Lord
March 5, the first Sunday in Lent
April 9, Palm Sunday
April 16, Easter Sunday
May 28, Ascension Sunday
June 4, the Day of Pentecost
June 11, the Holy Trinity
Special services
All Saints Sunday Requiem at the Columbarium at 10:00 AM
Thanksgiving Eve Holy Communion at 7:00 PM
Christmas Eve Family Communion at 4:00 PM
Christmas Eve Choral Communion at 7:30 PM
Ash Wednesday at 7:30 PM
Maundy Thursday at 7:30 PM
Good Friday at 7:30 PM
Easter Sunday Garden Communion at 7:30 AM

Special Services



“God, who is rich in mercy and love, gives us a new birth into a living hope through the sacrament of baptism. By water and the Word God delivers us from sin and death and raises us to new life in Jesus Christ. We are united with all the baptized in the one body of Christ, anointed with the gift of the Holy Spirit, and joined in God’s mission for the world.”
Evangelical Lutheran Worship

To schedule a baptism for yourself or your child, please contact the congregation office.



One of the most impacting events in the lives of any couple is when those two persons unite spiritually and formally, in Holy matrimony, before God, family and cherished friends.

This is the one event that can never be matched… a precious moment in time to be remembered forever. And, where this wedding takes place is paramount to those wonderful and spiritually motivated moments.

The architectural design of thechurch and sanctuary is truly unique, designed by the world famous Taliesin West Frank Lloyd Wright architects. Ascension is built in the shape of a pentagon, with five  sides, instead of the usual four of most other buildings and interiors.

The five-sided design of the Ascension Sanctuary is not only beautiful to view, but also provides an unparalleled acoustical quality of voice and musical projection.

And, speaking of music, Ascension is proud to be home to one of Arizona ’s most distinguished pipe organs, an original Möller installation, which fills the sanctuary with the richest musical sounds that any physical structure could possibly contain.

The design of our Sanctuary also includes four special stained-glass windows (shown in “Campus Environment” web page) that contribute to an ever-changing lighting environment, changing moods every hour of the day.

If you are planning a wedding in the near future, you owe it to yourself to visit Ascension Lutheran Church in Paradise Valley, Arizona to realize first hand just how beautiful your wedding day could possibly be. You can feel God’s love shining down upon you as you pledge your vows.

The picture possibilities, created by your selected professional photographer, will be just wonderful from any direction.

Come visit Ascension and meet with Pastor Ryan.  Be informed of what is required from everyone involved.  It’s enlightening and exciting!  Call the church office at 480-948-6050 to arrange for a visit. We have a special brochure just for you that explains everything you should know about weddings at Ascension, including where to start planning, what to expect, pricing for all the various services you will need, and just what  is next, on this your most important date, with God, your new spouse, your loving families and special friends.

Memorial Services

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Preparing for the Time of Death

When the time comes for a Memorial Service you will find the staff at Ascension available to assist the family in planning the Memorial Service Ceremony.

A member of the Pastoral Staff is available to help with planning and answering any questions that may arise. They will advise you in selecting the time, date, and Officiant for the memorial service and in planning the order of worship.

The Memorial Garden

Our Memorial Garden offers us the opportunity to experience the feeling that, even in death, our loved ones remain close to the church.  Included within the Garden are two features, a Columbarium and a Memorial Wall. The Garden encourages members to feel more emotionally and spiritually connected to their community of faith and their interred loved ones.

The Columbarium

The Columbarium contains 120 granite faced niches into which urns of cremated remains are to be placed. Each niche contains one or two urns.  Cremation has become increasingly recognized as an ecologically and economically sound Christian alternative to ground burial.

The design incorporates the pentagon shape in the base, carrying on the recurring architectural theme found throughout the church. The shape of a cross is subtly inscribed in the base.

The Memorial Wall

Incorporated into the design of the Memorial Garden near the Columbarium is the Memorial Wall.  An engraved granite wall plaque may be selected to memorialize a loved one who is interred elsewhere or who has not chosen the Columbarium provision. A wall plaque may be selected for any person regardless of when death occurred or the place of disposition.

Ascension Lutheran Church sincerely invites you to consider our Memorial Garden as a final earthly home for you and your loved ones.