November 23, 2014
The Feast of Christ the King (Proper 29)
Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in thy well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by the calamity of sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracous rule; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, 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.
The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Frances Lee McCormick and Barbara McCormick. The flowers at the crossing are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Staff Sergeant Matthew Albert Pucino, US Army Special Forces.
9:00 Coffee Hour: Paul & Mary Roberts and Cassie & Jack Gurnon host the coffee hour this morning. Next week the hosts will be Tom & Carolyn McDermott and Barbara Boles. 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: Daniel & Marcos German-Domingues and Karen Chaney host the coffee hour this morning. Next week’s coffee hour hosts are Sam Manka, Ginnie Pierce, and Jeanine Browne. 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 //There is no Entr’acte this Sunday or next. Entr’acte will resume on December 7 and 14, when Fr Wood will present a two-part series on the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Today - Opportunity for Mission at Cambridge Rehab and Nursing Center. This afternoon Advent parishioners will participate in a service of Evening Prayer for residents of the Cambridge Rehabilitation & Nursing Center near Central Square in Cambridge. All are welcome! We’ll depart from the Advent’s Brimmer Street entrance at 2:30 PM. If you prefer, you can take your own transportation to 8 Dana Street, Cambridge, which is a 10-minute walk from the Central Square T Station. The service begins at 3 PM. If you have any questions please contact Fr Wood or Drew Reese.
This Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. There will be a celebration of the Mass with hymns at 10:00 AM.
The Parish Office will be closed this Thursday, November 27, and Friday, November 28. On Friday, the holiday schedule will be observed - Morning Prayer at 8:30 AM; Low Mass at 9:00 AM; Evening Prayer is cancelled.
Advent Lessons & Carols: Please join us next Sunday, 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.
Theology on Tap Returns // Monday, December 1, at 7:00 PM // Rattlesnake Bar on Boylston Street Under our new once-a-month format, the next Theology on Tap is Monday night, December 1, at 7:00 PM. For the second year, we are cohosting this session with our friends from St Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church in Quincy, and the theme for the month of Advent and Christmas is: Modernity, Capitalism & the Role of Religion in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. St C’s seminarian Omar Reyes will lead our journey back in time to see what Ebenezer Scrooge might be able to teach us about Christian charity, to explore the social background of Dickens’ popular story, and to ask how modernity, capitalism, disability, and religion shaped the story and how it speaks to our world today. For more info: Go to www.bostontheologyontap.com or talk to Zach Brooks.
MISSION & OUTREACH
Fall Coat Drive // Donations Continue through Thanksgiving: As our coat drive draws to a close, we are grateful for the overwhelming response! There is still time to bring in clean, wearable warm coats and deposit them in the donation bin. Tax receipts are available from Deacon Daphne. If you would prefer to make a financial gift, here are some guidelines provided by our partner, onewarmcoat.org: $1 = 2 coats; $10 = 20 coats; $100 = 200 coats. Checks may be made payable to Church of the Advent, with One Warm Coat noted in the memo line, and placed in the collection plate or in the box in the bookstore. Thank you!
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.
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.
Annual Meeting: Because of Bishop Gates’ visit, the Annual Parish Meeting has been moved a week earlier to Sunday, January 18, 2015. Contributions to the 2014 Annual Report must be in the Parish Office no later than 12:00 Noon on Monday, January 4, 2015. All heads of committees or groups are expected to write a report. Electronic submission is preferred.
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.
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 75 pledges, pledging a total of $210,013. 32 have increased their pledges by 18%, and there are 3 new pledges. Thanks be to God! We have still to hear from 129 parishioners who pledged a total of $273,388 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.
This Week at the Advent
November 24-30, 2014
Monday, November 24 Hugh of Lincoln
Parker Charter School Tour Group
Tuesday, November 25 James Otis Sargent Huntington
Wednesday, November 26
Thursday, November 27 Thanksgiving Day (Parish Office Closed)
Friday, November 28 Kamehameha & Emma of Hawaii (Parish Office Closed)
Saturday, November 29
Advent Choir Rehearsal
Sunday, November 30 The First Sunday of Advent - Feast of Title & Dedication