July 5, 2015
The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 9)
O God, who hast taught us to keep all thy commandments
by loving thee and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of thy
Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to thee with our whole
heart, and united to one another with pure affection;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, 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 Richard Cornish Martin, priest, Interim Rector of the Church of the Advent from 1996 to 1999.
Dear Members and Friends of the Church of the Advent,
It is my sadness to announce the death last week of Fr Richard Cornish Martin after a long illness. Fr Martin was a Christian gentleman and a man of prayer. He was also a man of strength, who wisely guided the Church of the Advent from 1996 to 1999, as Interim Rector, during several difficult years of strife. It is quite true to say that without Fr Martin the Church of the Advent might well not exist.
Fr Martin served as the Episcopal Chaplain at two universities. He was the rector of several churches in Washington, DC, and served eight terms on the Standing Committee of that Diocese. He was involved in a number of devotional and theological societies. He served on the Board of Nashotah House Theological Seminary and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Seminary several years ago. This spring Nashotah House made him the first recipient of the Arthur Michael Ramsey Award for exemplifying Archbishop Ramsey’s ideals for a priest, a pastor, and a theologian. His was a full life devoted to God and the Church.
A Requiem Mass will be celebrated for the repose of the soul of Richard, God’s faithful servant and priest, at one of his former parishes, St Paul’s K Street, Washington, DC this coming Saturday, July 11. In the meantime let me encourage you to give thanks for his life and ministry and to commend him to Almighty God.
May his soul and souls of all the Faithful Departed,
by the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
9:00 Coffee Hour. Barbara Boles and Melissa & Eric Baldwin host the Coffee Hour this morning. The hosts next week are Rob Braman & Rachel Johnson and Melissa Fox. 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. Ginnie Pierce, Kelly Sullivan and Ciarán Anthony DellaFerra host the Coffee Hour this morning. We have no hosts for next week. Please consider volunteering; otherwise there will be no Coffee Hour on July 12. To view the schedule of available dates, please go to http://theadventboston.org/parilife/11coffee.htm. If you have any questions, please contact Marcos or Daniel German-Domingues or Frederick Ou.
Community Groups at the Advent: Interested in being part of a small group? These are the groups currently, or soon to be, meeting on a regular basis:
• 50s, 60s, seniors, retirees: Our next meeting will be Friday, July 24. We will meet at North Station and take the 10:20 am train to Rockport. Don’t forget your senior discount on the tickets. We’ll wander around the galleries, stop for lunch and return on the 3:55 pm train. Let me know if you’re interested in joining us. Ginnie Pierce
• The Arts & Letters Group meets for reading and discussion most Wednesdays starting around 6:45, after the conclusion of the Healing Mass. Our reading selections are determined by consensus and range from contemporary commentaries on scripture and theology to the classic historic writings of the church. Arts & Letters is open to all parishioners. Please contact
• The Beacon Hill Group meets at the home of Sammy and Renée Wood. For info, contact
All parishioners from the Beacon Hill area are welcome.
• A Cambridge/Somerville group gathers on the first and third Wednesdays of every month at the home of Maye Chan and Kris Ferrario (81R Mt. Vernon Street, Apt. 2, Somerville). The group is open to everyone, and for more info contact Maye (917-385-3470), Kris (651-357-7476) or Andrew Reese (617-460-2979).
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!
Next Sunday, July 12, we will be pleased to welcome the 22-voice Choir of Sidney Sussex College, from the University of Cambridge in England. Under the direction of conductor-scholar David Skinner, the Choir is a major focus of College life, and during term time the Choir has a regular commitment in the Chapel to Choral Evensong on Fridays and Sundays and Latin Choral Vespers on Wednesdays.
MISSION & OUTREACH
Volunteer at the Tuesday Community Supper: summer is a good time to try this, as we tend to have more guests and fewer volunteers. Contact Barbara Boles by phone if interested, 617-501-7572, or .
Can You Read? A few weeks ago, the Rev’d Liz Steinhauser visited the Advent and preached about the Summer B-SAFE Program our parish has been involved with for several years. This summer, we’re looking for DEAR Volunteers - volunteers to “Drop Everything And Read” with the kids at a B-SAFE site. We need people to commit to coming to the site for 30 minutes of DEAR time after lunches one week this summer. If you can read, you can serve our city in the name of God and of the Advent! Contact to sign up!
Back to School - Mission Opportunity: This August, our parish is collecting school supplies to be given as care packages to students at the Epiphany School in Dorchester. Supplies needed include:
Pencils (Regular and Pencils with fun designs are often used for rewards)
Colorful Sharpie Markers (fine tip)
Dry-erase markers (not black) Dry-erase marker erasers
Notebooks, Binders and Folders
College-ruled looseleaf paper
Pens (blue or black)
The supplies will be blessed at the annual Blessing of the Backpacks at the 9:00 Mass on September 13, then delivered to Epiphany School students to start the academic year off right! Please join this project to serve kids in our city in the name of God and of the Advent. More details? See Deacon Daphne or contact
ODDS & ENDS
The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish. There is an opening for a flower memorial or thanksgiving on Sunday, July 19. If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 or .
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? .