July 26, 2015
The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 12)
O God, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us thy mercy; that, thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal; 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.
9:00 Coffee Hour. Ray Porter and John Boyd host the Coffee Hour this morning. The hosts next week are Maggie Dunbar and Nancy MacMillan. 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. Meg Mill hosts the Coffee Hour this week. We have no volunteers for next week. 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
The Summer Choir will resume their duties at the High Mass on August 16. As such, the congregation will get a workout singing Hymns and Mass settings this month. We publish John Wesley’s Directions for Singing for your edification, first published in Sacred Melody, 1761.
• Learn these tunes before you learn any others; afterwards learn as many as you please.
• Sing them exactly as they are printed here, without altering or mending them at all; and if you have learned to sing them otherwise, unlearn it as soon as you can.
• Sing all. See that you join with the congregation as frequently as you can. Let not a slight degree of weakness or weariness hinder you. If it is a cross to you, take it up, and you will find it a blessing
• Sing lustily and with a good courage. Beware of singing as if you were half-dead, or half-asleep, but lift up your voice with strength. Be no more afraid of your voice now, nor more ashamed of its being heard, than when you sung the songs of Satan.
• Sing modestly. Do not bawl, so as to be heard above or distinct from the rest of the congregation, that you may not destroy the harmony; but strive to untie your voices together, so as to make one clear melodious sound.
• Sing in time. Whatever time is sung be sure to keep with it. Do not run before it nor stay behind it; but attend close to the leading voices, and move therewith as exactly as you can; and take care not to sing too slow. This drawling way naturally steals on all who are lazy; and it is high time to drive it out from us, and sing all our tunes just as quick as we did at first.
• Above all sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing. Aim at pleasing him more than yourself or any creature. In order to do this attend strictly to the sense of what you sing, and see that your heart is not carried away with the sound, but offered to God continually; so shall your singing be such as the Lord will approve here, and reward you when he cometh in the clouds of heaven.
St Michael’s Conference for Young People will begin its Fifty-Sixth session next Sunday, August 2. A week-long Anglo-Catholic conference for High School and College students, its one-hundred members and thirty-some staff participate in classes, discussions, sports, recreational activities and attend a High Mass and a Solemn Evensong each day. Mark Dwyer has been on the faculty for 24 years.
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
• 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!
Coming this Summer - Theology on Tap Presents: Ockham’s Kegger - “Argument for Atheism? Kierkegaard & Divine Hiddenness” - Tuesdays August 18 & 25 at 7 PM - Rattlesnake Bar on Boylston Street.
Fr Jeff Hanson will be visiting the Advent for the month of August, and he’s agreed to do two special events. Ockham’s Kegger, a series Fr Jeff helped create before moving to Australia, is a recurring event where Theology on Tap takes a more philosophical turn for an evening. Join us on Tuesday August 18 and 25 to hear Fr Jeff on the topic: Kierkegaard and “Divine Hiddenness.”
Theology on Tap is a ministry for young adults in their 20s and 30s in the Boston area, but all are welcome! Join us at 7 for drinks or dinner upstairs at the Rattlesnake (334 Boylston Street), and the presentation begins at 7:30 PM. For more info, contact , visit bostontheologyontap.com, and follow @AdventBoston.
Eat good food.
Drink great beer.
Meet excellent people.
Think deep thoughts.
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
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.
Concert in Observance of the 70th Anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings, Friday, August 7, 2015, 8 PM, at the Church of the Advent; $10 suggested donation. A concert featuring solo music by internationally recognized Grand Master Shakuhachi player, Elizabeth Reian Bennett, and vocal music by Boston’s own Choir Boston, a women’s choir dedicated to the traditional and contemporary vocal music of Japan. Aaron Larget-Caplan will play selections from his extensive repertoire of contemporary Japanese music written for classical guitar. The concert will conclude with a set of meditative acoustic drone music performed on bowed cymbals by the Bowed Metal Music duo.
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
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? .