This Week’s Announcements

August 30, 2015
The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

(Proper 17)
Lord of all power and might, who art the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of thy Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; 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 Meg Nelson at 856-217-0847.

Coffee Hours Parish Choir Community Groups
Blessing of the Backpacks Prayer & Care Team Fall Gathering Pilgrimage to Turkey Next Spring
Service Opportunity: Ushering at Services Coming in October: BostonServe Tuesday Night Supper Volunteers
Flower Memorials Parking Vouchers “Back to School” Mission Opportunity
  This Week at the Advent  


9:00 Coffee Hour. Bette Boughton and Jonnet Holladay host the Coffee Hour this morning. The hosts next week are Maggie Dunbar and Cassie & Jack Gurnon. 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. Stephen Teichgraeber, Gabriel Ellsworth and Louisa Malkin host the Coffee Hour this morning. We are in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour. Please contact the Coffee Team to volunteer. To sign up or if you have any questions, please contact or or .

Attention singers! The fall season is rapidly approaching, with the first rehearsal of the Advent’s famed Parish Choir taking place two weeks from now - Wednesday evening, September 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in the Choir Room. This ensemble provides music for the 9:00 Sung Mass on a regular basis and for several evening services throughout the year. The choir meets mostly on Sunday mornings an hour before the mass, but has one full choir rehearsal per month on a Wednesday evening. If you wish to join them to sing masterworks of the Renaissance and Anglican traditions, please contact Mark Dwyer or Ross Wood after Mass, or call Mark Dwyer at 523-2377 extension 141 or for more information.


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:

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 for info.

The Beacon Hill Group meets at the home of Sammy and Renée Wood. For info, contact or . 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!


Prayer & Care Team Fall Gathering - Saturday September 12 at 10:30 AM! Whether you’re already a member of this team, or would like to learn more, please join us on Saturday, September 12 at 10:30 for conversation with Larry Civale, Deacon Daphne and special guest Christy Waybright from Friendship Works. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to or .

Blessing of the Backpacks - September 13 at 9:00 AM - the Church School at the Advent kicks off September 13! We start by Commissioning the Church School Teachers as a parish family at the 9 o’clock mass, which is also the service for the sixth annual Blessing of the Backpacks. Students of all ages - from pre-school to grad school - come forward with their backpacks during the 9 o’clock mass to be blessed by a priest. Don’t worry if you’re not old enough for a backpack yet - just bring a lunchbox, a pencil box, something you’ll carry to school with you every day. Parents are encouraged to bring their children so they may experience the support of the parish as they begin a new school year. After mass, Register for Church School in the Library. Why not join us and invite a family that doesn’t yet have a church home? Come out for refreshments, to meet the Church School staff, get a blessing for your backpack, and celebrate as a parish the beginning of another great school year!

A second Church of the Advent Pilgrimage will take place next spring. This time we will be going to Turkey - known as the Second Holy Land - to cities and churches visited by St Paul and also described in the Acts of the Apostles. It will be a very different trip from the first pilgrimage, but will be equally astonishing, inspiring, and unforgettable.

We will leave on Sunday, April 10, 2016, flying on Turkish Airlines from Boston to Istanbul and on to Kayseri in Cappadocia and return on Saturday, April 23, 2016, flying from Istanbul to Boston.

Brochures for the Pilgrimage, giving a detailed itinerary, can be found at the rear of the church. The cost will be approximately $3,300, but is not quite set because of fluctuations in airline and fuel expenses. However, since almost everything is included, this, like the first pilgrimage, will certainly be a bargain. If you wish to be part of the pilgrimage, please speak to Fr Warren.


Service Opportunity - Ushers Needed: Will you volunteer to serve as an usher at the 9:00 or 11:15 Masses? Duties include: greeting arrivals, handing out bulletins, fielding questions and assisting at the Eucharist - the burden is light! For the 9:00, families are especially invited to volunteer to bring up the gifts (the congregation’s offering of tithes, bread and wine) during the offertory, as well as to serve together as ushers. For more information, or to get on the rota, email our Verger, .

BostonServe coming up in October: BostonServe is designed to bring people, businesses, churches, and campuses together to love, give, and reach our city. The Advent is recruiting volunteers to serve at a site right here in our neighborhood on Saturday October 24, 2015. To learn more, go to or watch a short video at To sign up to volunteer with the Advent, please email .

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 .

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)
Pencil sharpeners
Colorful Sharpie Markers (fine tip)
Glue sticks
Dry-erase markers (not black)
Dry-erase marker erasers
Printing paper
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 .


The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish. There are openings for flower memorials or thanksgivings on Sundays, September 20 and 27, and for Michaelmas, which will be observed on Wednesday, September 30. If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 or her.

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? .

  • This Week at the Advent
    August 31-September 6, 2015

  • Monday, August 31
    Aidan of Lindisfarne

  • Tuesday, September 1
    David Pendleton Oakerhater

  • 5:30 p.m.
    Community Supper
  • Wednesday, September 2
    The Martyrs of New Guinea

  • 6:00 p.m.
    Healing Mass
  • 7:00 p.m.
    Bell Ringing
  • Thursday, September 3

  • Friday, September 4
    Paul Jones

  • 11:00 a.m.
    Holy Hour
  • Saturday, September 5

  • 8:00 p.m.
    AA Meeting
  • Sunday, September 6
    The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

  • 7:30 a.m.
    Morning Prayer
  • 8:00 a.m.
    Low Mass
  • 9:00 a.m.
    Sung Mass
  • 11:15 a.m.
    Solemn Mass