O God, the strength of all who put their trust in thee: Mercifully accept our prayers; and because through the weakness of our mortal nature, we can do no good thing without thee, give us the help of thy grace, that in keeping thy commandments we may please thee both in will and deed; 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 fill out a visitor’s/newcomer’s card so that we will have a record of your visit here and 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.
9:00 Coffee Hour. Tony Pulsone & Darcy Montaldi and Nola Sheffer host the Coffee Hour this morning. Next week the hosts will be Tom & Carolyn McDermott and Robb Scholten. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.
11:15 Coffee Hour. Hour. Janell & Michael Sauer, Meg Mill and David Fisher host this morning’s Coffee Hour. Next week the Coffee Hour will be hosted by the Choir. We are in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour. To view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/. If you have any questions, please contact Marcos or Daniel German-Domingues (email@example.com or DGDomingues@outlook.com), Frederick Ou (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Kyle Pilares (email@example.com).
Entr’acte: Today and for the next two Sundays, Fr Warren will continue his discussion of the teaching and practice of Islam. Thereafter, during Lent Jim Wood, our Parish Administrator and scholar of the Bible to boot, will lead a presentation of the Passion Narratives in the four Gospels.
Compline at the Advent—This evening at 8 pm—join us for the ancient liturgy of Compline, preceded by Lucernarium, an evening service of lamp-lighting. We pray Compline on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm in the nave. There is particular need for parishioners familiar with liturgical practice at the Advent to participate, so if you are interested in helping celebrate this service of prayer before bedtime in the custom of early Christian monasticism, please contact Fr Hanson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Fr Wood (email@example.com).
Today is the Sunday known as Septuagesima, which, with its companion Sundays, Sexagesima and Quinquagesima, make up the season formerly known as pre-Lent. In the current Prayer Book these Sundays were dropped and became just additional Sundays after the Epiphany. The logic for this was simple: since Lent is itself a season of preparation, to observe an additional time of preparation before Lent was unnecessary. Why prepare to prepare?
This may look good on paper, but it’s not quite true psychologically or spiritually, because, in fact, we often need to prepare to prepare. In this instance that is especially the case. You and I need to begin now thinking about what we will do during Lent. How will we use the season to our souls’ benefit? How will we exercise ourselves so that we grow spiritually during Lent? Let Septuagesima—and Sexagesima and Quinquagesima—be a warning that that holy and intentional season is coming up, and it’s time to give it some thought. Prepare to prepare!
A note on names. Septuagesima: in context the word means seventy days before Easter. There is a problem here, however, for it’s not seventy days before Easter. It’s sixty-four. And yet, exactitude in this would have us saying sexagesima quarta and quinquagsima septimus, rather than septuagesima and sexagesima. And so in her wisdom and in order to avoid the long and cumbersome tags, the Church decided to number by tens rather than sevens. Who cares if it’s accurate? It’s easier to say.
Palms for Ashes: There is a basket in the All Saints’ Chapel to receive last year’s palms from Palm Sunday. They will be burned to make the ashes for the liturgies of Ash Wednesday, which falls on March 1 this year.
Can You Help? Morning and Evening Prayer is scheduled to be prayed every day at 9:00 am and 5:30 pm Monday through Friday. Because pastoral responsibilities, it is becoming more and more difficult for the Clergy alone to maintain these Monday through Friday services, and so we badly need volunteers to conduct services if the present schedule is to continue. Think about this, and if you are able to take on one of these evening services, please speak to Fr Warren or Fr Wood.
Bible Study Continues—Wednesdays at 10 am—Parish Library—Interested in studying the Bible with others from our parish? Join us in the Library on Wednesday mornings at 10 am. This week we continue our study of the Book of Revelation with Chapter 3.
Confirmation Classes Set to Begin: The Advent offers confirmation classes every year for those who wish to be confirmed or received into the Anglican Communion. The next Confirmation service will be Saturday, April 29, and we are planning classes for Lent. Adults and teens who are interested should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER
How many Episcopalians does it take to pack 10,200 Meals? On January 28, the Church of the Advent hosted a Boston Harbor Deanery event in which a total of 10,200 meals were made and packaged within two hours! Over fifty volunteers from about eight churches within the deanery were here to help this highly enjoyable, spirit filled, and surprisingly easy task. All of the meals go to help those throughout the world facing hunger. Eric Fialho, the seminarian here at the Advent, organized this event and was pleased with the turnout and the work from all who helped in this ministry. It was truly an inspirational time for all who took part. Pictures from the event can be seen on Advent’s Facebook page.
Volunteer Opportunity—Serve at Common Cathedral next Sunday, February, 19 from Noon to 2:30 pm. Amanda Grant-Rose preached at the Advent in November, then shared with our Mission & Outreach Team ways our parish could partner to serve Boston’s un-housed community. A team from the Advent will serve lunch at their Boston Common worship service on Sunday, February 19, from noon until 2:30 pm. We need a team of eight volunteers—would you please be one of them? For information or to volunteer, contact Ali White at email@example.com or 802-323-6652, or Father Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ODDS & ENDS
Children’s Hands-On Arts Festival—Friday and Saturday, February 17 & 18 at Park Street Church. Our friends across Boston Common at Park Street Church have invited Advent children and families to their fifth Children’s Hands-On Arts Festival on February 17 and 18. Workshops on everything from drama to dance, classical music to culinary creation will encourage children ages 3 – 11 to explore new areas of interest as they grow. Each workshop is a 20-minute presentation by leaders with training in their areas of expertise, then 35 minutes of hands-on experience for kids! Families can attend an opening concert Friday night by Randall Goodgame regardless of whether they attend the Arts Festival workshops on Saturday. The event is free and open to all (a free-will offering will be taken). For more information or to register for the Arts Festival: http://www.parkstreet.org/artsfestival.
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 for the High Altar on Sunday, February 26. If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (email@example.com).
Discount Vouchers for the Boston Common Garage are available for $9.00 each from Deacon Daphne or Nola Sheffer. You can find them 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? email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pledges for 2017 continue to arrive. It is never too late to make a pledge. Remember, you can pledge on line by going to the parish website www.theadventboston.org and clicking the “Pledge Online” button.
As of this past Thursday we have received 201 pledges, pledging a total of $484,767. 66 have increased their pledges by 18%, and there are 18 new pledges. We have still to hear from 37 parishioners who pledged a total of $58,580 last year.
The Stewardship Committee thanks all who have made a pledge so far. If you have not yet pledged, please do so soon.
If you requested pledge envelopes on your pledge card, they can be found at the back of the Church in (it is devoutly to be hoped) alphabetical order. If you asked for envelopes and they are not there, please call the Parish Office (617-523-2377 ext 122, email: email@example.com.
THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
February 13-19, 2017
Monday, February 13
5:15 pm: Girl Scouts
Tuesday, February 14
Cyril & Methodius
5:30 pm: Community Supper
Wednesday, February 15
9:00 am: Advent School Community Share
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing
Thursday, February 16
10:00 am: Play Group
5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:15 pm: Vestry
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal
Friday, February 17
10:00 am: Play Group
7:00 pm: Birthday Party
Saturday, February 18
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
Sunday, February 19
The Seventh Sunday after Epiphany (Sexagesima)
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Entr’acte / Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
4:30 pm: Organ Recital
5:00 pm: Solemn Evensong & Benediction; Lecture