We beseech thee, Almighty God, to purify our consciences by thy daily visitation, that when thy Son our Lord cometh he may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the
works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light, now
in the time of this mortal life in which thy Son Jesus Christ
came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when
he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the
quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through
him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost,
one God, now and for 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.
9:00 Coffee Hour: Bette Boughton, Jonette Holladay and Betsy & Peter Madsen host the coffee hour this morning. Next week the Coffee Hour will be hosted by Barbara Boles and the Kitchen. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or
, if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.
11:15 Coffee Hour: Adam & Lea Rutledge and Dustin Henderson host the coffee hour this morning. Next week’s coffee hour hosts are Phillip Le Quesne, George McCormick, and Charles Dale. 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
Mike and Janell Saur have served as organizers of the 11:15 am Coffee Hour ably and well for several years. They now wish to step down and turn this responsibility over to others. To volunteer, speak to the Saurs or to one of the clergy.
Can You Help? Morning Prayer is prayed here at the Church of the Advent seven days a week: Sundays at 7:30 AM, Monday through Friday at 9:00 AM, Saturdays and holidays at 8:30 AM. This is a wonderful and appropriate way to begin the day, for the Clergy especially, but also for the others who attend the service.
Evening Prayer is scheduled to be prayed at 5:30 PM Monday through Friday. Because of evening programs and pastoral responsibilities, it is becoming more and more difficult for the Clergy alone to maintain these Monday through Friday services, and so we badly need volunteers to conduct Evening Prayer if the present schedule is to continue. Think about this, and if you are able to take on one of these evening services, please speak to Fr Warren or Fr Wood.
The Parish Office is closed this Thursday and Friday, December 25 and 26. On Friday, December 26, Low Mass will be celebrated at the usual time, 12:15 PM. Morning & Evening Prayer are cancelled!
Blue Christmas: A Service of Light, Solace, and Song - MGH Chapel, Monday, December 22 at 12:15: Many people experience feelings of sadness around the holidays, while all around seem to be messages of good cheer. Anyone who is feeling blue this Christmas is invited to join Deacon Daphne at a Blue Christmas service of readings and carols appropriate to the mood and the season. The service will be held in the MGH Chapel, first floor, Ellison Building, with music provided by our own Elise Groves together with Robert Humphreville. Resources for getting through the holidays will be on hand, as well as materials for crafting your own blue Christmas ornament. All are welcome.
Community Groups at the Advent - Wednesdays this Winter: Interested in being part of a small group? There are currently two Advent groups meeting regularly:
• The Arts & Letters Group meets for reading and discussion most Wednesdays starting around 6:45, after the conclusion of the Healing Mass. The group has finished Dante’s Divine Comedy, and has turned its attention to Alexander Schmemann’s For the Life of the World, Fr Warren’s recommended reading for Entr’acte this year. Arts & Letters is open to all parishioners. Please contact or
• A new group has gathered and meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month from 7:30-9 at the Friends House (6 Chestnut Street). This group is studying the lectionary readings and the sermon from the Sunday preceding our meetings, and it’s also open to everyone. For info, contact
The Advent urges every one of her members to be part of a small group where we form deep friendships, do in-depth study, worship and pray, encourage each other, and serve together. Whether you’ve been in small groups for decades or you’ve never been to one at all, you’re invited!
Each year stuffed animals and infants’ clothing are presented at the crèche during the 4:30 PM Mass on Christmas Eve. This year these donations will be given to The Fragment Society, who, since their inception in 1812, have been distributing clothes to Boston’s poor and needy. They are especially in need of infant clothing and small stuffed animals to include in the more than 400 layettes that volunteer ladies involved in the organization assemble each year.
The Annual Parish Meeting of the Church of the Advent will take place on Sunday, January 18. At this meeting reports on the state of the Parish are made by the rector and other members of the Parish. Vestry Members, Officers, and Diocesan and Deanery Delegates will be elected.
For the third year, the Meeting will be called to order immediately following a shortened 9 AM Sung Mass, which is to say, at 10:00 AM, and will take place in the Church as usual. This should give us a good hour to conduct the business necessary at the Annual Meeting, but, if need be, the 11:15 AM Solemn Mass will be delayed until 11:30 AM.
Contributions to the 2014 Annual Report are due in the Parish Office by 12:00 NOON Monday, January 5, 2015. The Annual Meeting of the Parish will be on January 18. All heads of committees or groups are asked to write a report. Electronic submission is preferred. A large gold star to Barbara Boles who submitted the first two reports!
MISSION & OUTREACH
Abraham Michael Brooks was born last week, and papa Zach says Leah and baby are doing well. Now we want to show them some Advent loving care!
If you can provide a meal to the Brooks family, just visit the Meal Rota website (https://www.lotsahelpinghands.com/c/625294/) to sign up for a specific day. There you’ll find contact and address information. And if you find it difficult to deliver a meal, please consider leaving food for them at the church. Thanks! For further information contact Fr Wood.
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.
Episcopal Visitation: Our new Diocesan Bishop, the Rt Rev’d Alan Gates, will make his first official visit to the Advent on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at both the 9:00 and 11:15 AM Masses.
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.
A sheet giving qualifications for Vestry service and the duties of a member of the Vestry may be found at the rear of the Church. Please read this carefully before you present yourself or nominate someone else.
At the Advent Book Store - Advent calendars, Christmas cards, Christmas books and music, and 2015 Ordo Calendars and Pocket Diaries are all available at our Book Store!
The Parish Flower Guild needs your help! Decorating the church for Christmas is a lot of work, and the Flower Guild can’t do it alone. We need volunteers on the following days; you don’t have to come for the entire session; any time you can spare is greatly appreciated. Floral design skills are not required - if you can carry a bucket, climb a stepladder, or fill a trash bag, we can use you!
• Sunday, December 21: After the 11:15 Coffee Hour (around 1:00) we need help carrying all the Christmas material out of the storage and up into the Church. Making one or two trips before you leave is a big help, but if you can stay one hour to help put up all the candles and assemble the crèche enclosure that would be even better!
• Monday, December 22: 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
• Tuesday, December 23: 10:00 AM to Noon and/or 1:30 to 3:30 PM.
• Wednesday, December 24 (Christmas Eve), 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. You don’t have to come for the entire day, any time you can spare is greatly appreciated.
Also needed are two persons to put up lights on the holly bushes which flank the front doors of the Church. Speak to Father Warren if you can help.
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? .
PLEDGE ENVELOPES FOR 2015: If you made a pledge for 2015 and requested pledge envelopes, they can be found at the back of the Church on tables in alphabetical order (at least they were in alphabetical order on Friday!). If you requested envelopes and cannot find them, call the Parish Office at 617-523-2377 ext 122).
This Week at the Advent
December 22-28, 2014
Monday, December 22 St Thomas the Apostle
Tuesday, December 23
Wednesday, December 24 The Vigil of Christmas
Family Mass & Procession to the Crèche
Procession & Solemn Mass
Thursday, December 25 Christmas Day (Parish Office Closed)
Friday, December 26 St Stephen (Parish Office Closed)
Saturday, December 27 St John the Apostle & Evangelist
Sunday, December 28 The Feast of the Holy Innocents