November 16, 2014
The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 28)
Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them; that, by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
If you are visiting or new to the Advent, we hope that you will feel welcome and at home. Please, if you will, fill out a visitor’s/newcomer’s card so that we can keep in touch.
All persons baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit are invited to the Altar to receive the Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If you wish to receive a blessing, come to the Altar and cross your arms over your chest.
Childcare is provided for infants and toddlers during both the 9 AM and 11:15 AM Masses.
9:00 AM - Infant nursery is located on the first floor in the room beyond the Parish Office. The Toddler nursery is located downstairs in Moseley Hall.
11:15 AM - Infant and Toddlers are cared for on the first floor in the room beyond the office.
If you have questions or special needs we want to hear them. Contact Emily Litman at 617-852-2661.
The flowers at the High Altar are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Dr. D. E. and Teresa Jeffry.
9:00 Coffee Hour: Maggie Dunbar and Angie Corbet host the coffee hour this morning. Next week the hosts will be Paul & Mary Roberts and Cassie & Jack Gurnon. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-625-1857, or
, if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.
11:15 Coffee Hour: David Fisher and Ian Mackey & Stephen Eisele host the coffee hour this morning. Next week’s coffee hour hosts are Daniel & Marcos German-Domingues and Karen Cheney. To view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, go to http://theadventboston.org/parilife/11coffee.htm. If you have any questions, feel free to contact
Advent Church School is in session! Following communions during the 9 AM Mass, classes are offered for children of all ages. Please contact Emily Litman 617-852-2661 to register or schedule a tour of our classrooms.
Children’s Sermons: After the Gospel reading, willing children may process out of the sanctuary to hear a sermon put into their own words. Following the message, they process back into the service to join their families for the liturgy of the Eucharist. Children’s bulletins may be found in the back of the church as an alternative.
ENTR’ACTE //Entr’acte, the Advent’s Adult Education Series, takes place this morning following the 9:00am Mass (approximately 10:20am) in the Parish Library. This year’s topic will be entitled Sacraments and Sacrifice. This morning Father Warren will talk about The Church’s Big Bang: The Resurrection of Jesus.
The central and essential conviction of the Christian religion is that a new kind of life for women and men and a new world has come and is coming into being through the Incarnation of Jesus the Christ. Through his obedient life, his sacrificial death, and his rising out of death, human reality has been forever changed. Classical Catholic Christianity understands that one way by which Christians are joined to the new life in Jesus and enter his new world is through the Sacraments of the Church. In this series we will think about the connection between Jesus’ Sacrifice and Resurrection and the Sacraments he provides for us as a means of grace and life.
Advent Tour: This morning our Verger, Raymond Porter, will give a tour of the church building. Ours is a fascinating, complicated, and historic building. Mr Porter will provide a ten to fifteen minute overview of its many facets. Meet him in the Baptistry. The tour will begin immediately after the Postlude.
This Afternoon! Evensong will be sung by the Choir of the Church of the Advent on Sunday November 16, at 5:00 PM. Music by Magalhaes, Sumsion and Brahms will be featured. At 4:30 PM, Organist Simon Thomas Jacobs will present a half-hour organ recital featuring the music of Percy Whitlock. There will be no supper or talk following the Evensong today.
Looking ahead! Please join us on November 30, when at 4:30 PM Harvard Memorial Church Assistant Organist Thomas Sheehan will offer an Organ Prelude Recital, and at 5:00 PM the Advent Choir will sing the popular service of Lessons & Carols for Advent Sunday. Music featured will include works by Brahms, Britt, Byrd, Hammerschmidt, Ord, Poulenc & Senfl. A gala reception will follow the service.
MISSION & OUTREACH
Fall Coat Drive: We’re delighted that so many Adventers have generously contributed to our partnership with One Warm Coat (onewarmcoat.org). We’ll continue to accept clean winter coats (men’s, women’s, and children through 5T) through November 23. If you would like a receipt for tax purposes, please see Deacon Daphne.
Seek the “Greening” of the City // Decorating Beacon Hill // December 6 and 7: Can you help our neighbors decorate Beacon Hill’s iconic gas lamps for the holiday season? Volunteers needed to help cut and wire the garlands at the Otis House on Saturday, and to wrap 1,100 lamp posts in the neighborhood on Sunday! Go to http://www.bhcivic.org/events/events.htm to volunteer or for more info.
ODDS & ENDS
CHRISTMAS SWEATERS. Each year guests of the Tuesday Evening Community Dinner are presented with sweaters as a gift. This is often the only gift they will receive during the holiday. We have found a very good and economical source for top quality sweaters, and so this year we ask that members of the Parish support this by making a contribution rather than buying a sweater themselves to donate. Contributions may be included with the collection or mailed to the Church Office. Please make sure that your check is clearly marked for the Sweater Fund.
Vestry Nominations. Please note that several members of the Vestry, a Treasurer and a Clerk will be elected at the Annual Meeting to be held on Sunday, January 18, 2015. It is not too early to think about members of the Parish whom you think would serve effectively on the Vestry. A Nominating Committee consisting of John Higgins, Jack Gurnon, Thatcher Gearhart, Father Warren, and the Wardens, Peter Madsen and Kara Rodgers, is ready to receive the names of those whom you wish to nominate. Please speak to them beforehand to make sure that they are willing to run.
Members of the Arts & Letters small group have embarked on a reading of Alexander Schmemann’s book For the Life of the World on Wednesdays after the Healing Mass. All are welcome. Please speak to
for more information about our schedule. We meet in the library starting approximately at 6:45 PM.
Advent calendar available to order: Created especially for the Church of the Advent, 12 months of spectacular color images of liturgies, rituals, and celebrations - with special bonus of photos from the parish trip to the Holy Land. $20 each, with proceeds benefiting Missions & Outreach, these calendars cover January through December 2015. Order forms are available in the bookstore - please note that payment is due with the order! Order by Christ the King (November 23) and have in hand this Advent. See Deacon Daphne with questions.
Discount Vouchers for the Boston Common Garage are available for $9.00 each from Nola Sheffer.
You can find her between the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses at the Coffee Hour or Entr’acte. The vouchers can be used after 4:00 PM weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Questions? .
Stewardship Update: The first returns for the 2015 Canvass are coming in. Thanks to everyone who pledged so promptly!
As of this past Thursday we have received 43 pledges, pledging a total of $115,390. 19 have increased their pledges by 17%, and there are 2 new pledges. Thanks be to God! We have still to hear from 159 parishioners who pledged a total of $352,575 last year.
The Stewardship Committee thanks all who have made a pledge so far. If you have not yet pledged, please do so soon.
GRACIOUS GOD, giver of all we have and hold as stewards; grant the people of this church a deep and abiding awareness that all things come from you - our health, our incomes, our jobs, our talents and our generous impulse. Send your Holy Spirit to help us as we swim against the rising tides of materialism, envy, individualism and greed in our culture. When we are tempted to think of money as a private matter, remind us that you have asked for part of what we are given, to be returned to you as a symbol of our awareness that you give all we have. And further, help us to help each other in this grace of giving, for you are the lover of our souls and call us to nothing less than transformation in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
If you did not receive a packet of stewardship information, please let the Parish Office know (617-523-2377 x122), or, pick up the information and card at the rear of the Church.