May 19, 2013
The Feast of Pentecost, or Whitsunday
O God, who on this day didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people by sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Savior, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, world without end. 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.
Infant & Toddler Nurseries. The Infant Nursery is located on the first floor in the room beyond the Parish Office. This space is for infants during the 9 AM Mass.
9:00 AM Toddler Nursery. Located in Moseley Hall, this space is for toddlers during the 9 AM Mass.
Childcare: Childcare for both infants and toddlers is available on the 3rd floor during the 11:15 AM service. Childcare for children who do not require one-on-one supervision and who are potty-trained is available on the third floor of the Parish Hall during the 9 AM and 11:15 AM Mass. Follow the signs or check in with Emily Litman.
The flowers at the High Altar and crossing are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Ruth and Andrew Oliver.
9:00 Coffee Hour: David & Karen Ieong and Melissa Fox host the Coffee Hour this morning. Next week the hosts will be Nola Sheffer and Jack & Cassie Gurnon. The schedule is posted on the website at http://theadventboston.org/parilife/9coffee.htm. 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: The coffee hour hosts today are Adam Beddie & Michael Oliveri and Ariel Kennedy and Nathanael Slater. Next week the hosts have yet to come forward. To view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, go to http://coffee.theadvent.org/11coffee, or speak with Nan Ritenour during Coffee Hour.
Attention 11:15 Coffee Hour Hosts! In order to create a more proactive role for all of the 11:15 Coffee Hour Hosts with respect to scheduling, I am seeking your assistance in order to streamline the coffee hour signup process to make it more efficient.
We do not ask that you volunteer for hosting a coffee hour more frequently than every three (3) months. In that regard, I am asking that when you plan your vacations/weekends away, to check the coffee hour sign-up sheet at coffee.theadvent.org to see when you would be scheduled to co-host next, considering the three-month intervals, and let us know when you would be available to co-host. It is very easy to click on the tab “SIGN UP” to give me your available dates. This will eliminate the numerous back and forth e-mails regarding your availability that you now receive.
It appears that our glorious weather is going to stick around for a while and everyone will be making their plans to enjoy it, so we definitely need your proactive involvement now more than ever. Thank you for your cooperation, and thank you for being part of the 11:15 Coffee Hour Hosting Team. -- Nan Ritenour - 11:15 Coffee Hour Coordinator
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.
I publish the Banns of Marriage between NATHANAEL ASHOK SLATER and ARIEL YVONNE KENNEDY, both of Worcester, Massachusetts. If any of you know just cause why they may not be joined together in Holy Matrimony, you are bidden to declare it. This is the second time of asking. - Father Wood
This morning is a very important day in the lives of several of our younger members of the Parish:
Carolina Stafford Jones
will be receiving Holy Communion for the first time. This is a beginning in the spiritual lives of these fine young people. We congratulate them and we pray that God will continue to bless them with grown and maturity in their life in Christ. - Father Warren
Theology on Tap continues this week! Join us at 7 PM on the following evenings in May at the Rattlesnake Bar at 384 Boylston Street for our series, “Grandstanding Jesus: Sports & American Christianity.” In this series we explore a variety of themes in the wide (and unexpected) world of sports and Christianity in the United States.
We continue the series tomorrow, Monday, May 20, with “Touchdown Jesus: The Cultural Collision between Christianity and Football” by Advent parishioner, Mr Michael Saur. Mr. Saur will provide a survey of the interaction between two sacred American institutions: football and the Church. He will focus on the evangelization of players and leagues, the public Christianity of notable players, the use of football to market Christianity, and, conversely, the use of Christianity to market football. He will also discuss the meaning of football in a society where it is has increasingly taken on the trappings of a religion as the line between Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon has become increasingly blurred. Mr Saur is a parishioner at the Church of the Advent and a graduate of Bowdoin College and the Tulane University School of Law. As the Advent’s resident Milwaukee expat, he is a devoted fan of the Green Bay Packers and University of Wisconsin Badgers.
The series concludes on Tuesday, May 28 with “From Fandom to Faith: A Sports Pilgrimage” by Dr Christopher Evans, Professor of the History of Christianity, Boston University School of Theology.
Community Groups are small gatherings, usually held weekly, where Advent parishioners study God’s word in the Bible, pray, and encourage one another in our Christian lives. In these small communities, we build deep relationships where we give and receive, serve and are served, love and learn how to be loved in return. Groups typically comprise between six and ten people, and they give us opportunities to grow in our faith and learn how the gospel applies to all of life. Our hope is that everyone who calls the Advent home will be involved in a community group, so contact Fr Wood at the Parish Office or
to get involved. Also, please let Fr Wood know if you can’t attend any of the following groups and would like to host/facilitate another group.
Beacon Hill Group
every other Monday
Sammy & Renée Wood
Salem/North Shore Group
Sam & Gretchen Keyes
Arts & Letters
at the Advent
COMING UP! COMING UP! COMING UP!
Procession Tide Continueth! On the Feast of Corpus Christi, Thursday, May 30, the Rev’d Beth Maynard, transitional priest at St John’s Church, Beverly Farms, will preach at the Solemn High Mass.
Diocesan Family Camp is June 27-30 at the Barbara C. Harris Camp & Conference Center in Greenfield, New Hampshire. This year’s theme is Peace, Love & Jesus. Join with other Advent families and families from across the diocese to learn to communicate and work together better in our families, as well as to work as a family to promote peace and justice in the world. As always, families will learn “holy habits” to take back home, learn something about caring for God’s creation, and have plenty of time for fun! The camp fills up very quickly, so register soon at www.diomass.org/event/family-camp-2013. If you need scholarship money, or if you have any questions, please contact or .
MISSION & OUTREACH
Care & Connect | A Mission Opportunity for 20s & 30s: Looking for ways to share the love and grace of God with our neighbors in Boston? Our friends in the 20s & 30s ministry at Park Street Church have invited us to join them in a project called “Care and Connect.” The group meets at Park Street Church at 8:30 AM on the 3rd Saturday of every month and goes out to serve at organizations like food pantries in Cambridgeport, Boston and Harvard Square, the Perkins School for the Blind, and a local prison book ministry. Everyone’s invited to stay for a free lunch at the church after serving together, as well. If you’re interested, just show up on the 3rd Saturday of the month (and take a friend along—service together is always more fun!). Or contact for more information.
Drivers Needed - Opportunity to help fellow parishioners! We have received many requests from elderly parishioners for assistance with getting to and from Sunday Mass. If you have a car, and are willing to occasionally pick-up or bring home a parishioner, email
or call him at 617-686-8176. Many of these parishioners are relatively close to the Church.
ODDS & ENDS
Discount Vouchers for the Boston Common Garage are available for $5.50 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? .