Merciful God, who sent thy messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; 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 Advent Wreath is given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Norman MacGregor Post, priest, and Jane Irene Post.
9:00 Coffee Hour: Will Joyner & Linda Jones and Rob Braman & Rachel Johnson host the Coffee Hour this morning. Next week the hosts will be Carolyn Shadid & Jason Lewis and Paul & Mary Roberts. 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. The schedule is posted on the website at http://theadventboston.org/parilife/9coffee.htm.
11:15 Coffee Hour: Today the coffee hour hosts are Gabriel Ellsworth, David Fisher, George McCormick and Philip Le Quesne. Next week the coffee hour hosts will be Maria Denslow, Annlinnea Terranova and Michael Gnozzio. 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
Church School Classes: During the 9 AM Mass, after your child goes forward to receive Communion they will proceed upstairs to the 3rd floor, to participate in Godly Play. Beulah Land is offered on the 4th floor after the 9 AM Mass for our youngest parishioners, (up to age 3). With a parent or caregiver, children are led in song, story and play as they begin to learn and speak the vocabulary of our Church’s rich heritage.
Children’s Church: Directly following the Gospel reading during the 9 AM Mass, children may process out of the sanctuary to participate in Children’s Church. The young parishioners will be ushered back into the service to join their families in the celebration of the Eucharist.
Entr’acte, our adult education program, continues this morning! Entr’acte continues this year with a series we’re calling After the Bible. Christians did not stop writing with the last book of the New Testament. In fact, they wrote and they wrote and they wrote! Some of these early writings are not only interesting to read, but show us the way Christian thought, polity, morality and worship developed in the early Church. Seeds planted in the New Testament came to fruition in works which follow. In After the Bible we will read some of these works and study this fascinating and influential development in the life of the Church. Today, Father Warren will discuss the Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians.
Note: This week’s Theology on Tap session is on Monday, not the usual Tuesday! The current Theology on Tap Series: “Things that Gladden the Heart: Wine, Music, and Friends”—Join us at 7 pm on the following evenings for our series “Things that Gladden the Heart: Wine, Music, and Friends” at the Rattlesnake Bar and Grill at 384 Boylston Street with the presentations beginning at 7:30 pm..
In this series we explore the beauty of the natural world and human relationships, taking our inspiration from the author of Ecclesiasticus, “Wine and music gladden the heart, but the love of friends is better than either” (40:20).
Monday, December 9, 2013: “The Nose Knows: Selecting Wines & Enjoying the Fruit of the Earth”. Alex Murray, Assistant Director of Beverage Strategy, Legal Sea Foods, LLC
Monday, December 16, 2013: “Music as Conversation: Prayers to God & Instrumental Appeals to the Heart”. Thomas Bowers, Harpsichordist and Early Keyboard Technician
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.
All -Ages Retreat at SSJE House in Cambridge. Our parish is hosting a retreat for people of all ages at the SSJE (Society of St John the Evangelist) House in Cambridge on March 7 - 9, 2014. Exact details will follow, but in the past participants have been asked to arrive on Friday afternoon to get settled prior to Evening Prayer at 6 PM, which is followed by supper and the first gathering. The retreat concludes on Sunday with the midday meal and a sendoff around 2 PM. What better way to begin the Lenten season than with a directed spiritual -life retreat in the heart of greater Boston?
Our group rate for this retreat is $135 per person per night ($65 for students per night), but that amount may be reduced in cases of financial hardship, and suggested fees cover only a portion of the expenses for retreats like this, so additional donations are always welcome! There are only 13 spots available, and we need to pay one-half of our total as a non-refundable deposit by December 12. If you are interested in attending this directed retreat, please let Fr Wood know as soon as possible, as the spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
MISSION & OUTREACH
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.
Can you help? Advent’s Tuesday Evening Community Supper serves between ninety and one hundred twenty people a seated meal every week of the year. It is an important aspect of the Advent’s involvement in the life of our city. If you would like to help serve our Tuesday evening guests, please speak to Barbara Boles or to one of the clergy.
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? .
Volunteer opportunity: Praying the Daily Office. The Advent is open every weekday for Morning Prayer at 9:00 am and Evening Prayer at 5:30 PM. We are looking for volunteers (especially for Evening Prayer) to unlock the doors (and lock up after) and preside at the very simple and straightforward service. Please let
know if you are able to volunteer to take a regular service. Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with the Offices - we can set up a quick walk-through to train you. Please consider taking ownership of this vital part of the prayer life of our parish!
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!
Saturday December 21, 10:00 AM to 3:00 pm
• Sunday December 22 - We will move materials out of storage into the church after the 11:15 Coffee Hour. If you can make one or two trips before you leave, it will be very helpful.
• Monday, December 23 - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
• Tuesday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) - 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
The returns for the 2014 Canvass are coming in. Thanks to everyone who pledged so promptly!
As of this past Tuesday we have received 139 pledges, pledging a total of $366,853! 65 have increased their pledges by 20%, and there are 7 new pledges. Thanks be to God! We have still to hear from 79 parishioners who pledged a total of $176,587 last year.
The Stewardship Committee thanks all who have made a pledge so far. If you have not yet pledged, please do so soon.
On November 21, the Vestry began to draw up a budget for 2014. It would be extremely helpful if we had a clear idea of what the total pledge income for the coming year is going to be. We ask you to make every effort to send in your pledge before the Vestry meeting on Thursday, December 19, when the final version of the 2013 budget will be adopted.
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.
The Schedule of Services for Christmas
Sunday, December 22 - The Fourth Sunday of Advent
8:00 am - Low Mass
9:00 am - Christmas Pageant & Sung Mass
11:15 am - Solemn Mass Tuesday, December 24 - The Vigil of Christmas
4:30 pm - Family Mass & Procession to the Crèche
10:15 pm - Musical Prelude
11:00 pm - Procession & Solemn Mass Wednesday, December 25 - Christmas Day
11:00 am - Sung Mass
The Parish Clergy are available for Confession as a preparation for the Feast. You may call and make an appointment. The Parish Office will be closed on Thursday, December 26. Tuesday, December 31
5:00 pm - Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols by Candlelight Wednesday, January 1 - The Holy Name
11:00 am - Mass
This Week at the Advent
December 9-15, 2013
Monday, December 9
Brimmer Street Garage Meeting
Theology on Tap
Tuesday, December 10
Wednesday, December 11
Advent Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, December 12
Friday, December 13
Ralph Adams Cram Celebration
Saturday, December 14 John of the Cross
Advent Choir Rehearsal
Sunday, December 15 The Third Sunday of Advent (“Gaudete” Sunday)