Collect for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 11)

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, who knowest our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion, we beseech thee, upon our infirmities, and those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask, mercifully give us for the worthiness of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

This Week at the Advent, July 21-27, 2019

Welcome to the Church of the Advent! If you are new to the area, visiting, or seeking a church home, we are glad you’re here and hope to have a chance to greet you in person. Please join us downstairs following the service for a coffee hour.

Child care is offered during the 9 am and 11:15 am services; an usher can guide you to the nursery.

Welcome cards are located in each pew; please fill one out so we can keep in touch.

The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Phyllis Peacock Hinchman.

9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosting this morning are Betsy Ridge Madsen and Carolyn Shadid & Jason Lewis. If you would like to sign up to host coffee hour, please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email,, if you’re interested or have questions.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Today’s hosts are Jason Grant, Roxy Hanson, and Karen Harrington. We are always in need of more volunteers; to view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please go to If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (, Roxy Hanson ( or Betsy James (


At the Coffee Hour following next Sunday’s 11:15 Mass, we will have the opportunity to bid farewell to Brian Sirman and, in absentia, Thiago Rego, who has already left for a new position. Brian will begin three years of law school at The College of William and Mary in Virginia. We will miss him and Thiago but are praying that they will return often. They have been a special part of our parish family and we will miss their dedication and devotion to The Advent.

Pray for Saint Michael’s Conference: Harriet Lewis-Bowen, Penelope Pulsone, and Emily Zadig from our parish will be attending Saint Michael’s Conference beginning next Sunday, July 28. The mission of this week-long educational conference for high school and college students from across the United States is to strengthen and deepen the lives of young people through the grace given by Jesus Christ and His Church. They form a community where worship, fellowship, teaching, and prayer build up their spiritual resources to win the fight against anything the world has to offer. Please pray for the Conference, for our young people attending the Conference, and for Betsy James, Rob Braman, Mark Dwyer, and Father James who serve on the Conference Staff. To learn more about the Conference go to

Over the weekend of August 23-25, the Advent will host expert bell ringers from throughout the United States and Canada for a weekend-long demonstration of change ringing. More details coming soon!


An occasional offering of little known facts, amusing anecdotes, and miscellaneous wisdom, in honor of the 175th anniversary of this parish.

A plaque on the first column nearest the pulpit honors Jonathan Myrick Daniels (1939–1965), martyr of the Civil Rights movement. At the time of his murder in Selma, Alabama, Jonathan was a seminarian at the Episcopal Theological School, preparing for ordination as a priest. In advance of his feast day—August 14—we offer this look at Jonathan (back row, second from left) as a young camper, together with a poem (see below) written after Jonathan’s death in 1965 by his counselor at Camp Takodah, Jack Whitcomb.Jonathan Daniels and other campers at Camp Takodah, undated

Jonathan Daniels

Knobby knees, grimy nails, ears that show
Sneakers knotted instead of a bow
A kid with a notion in perpetual motion
That is the Jonathan I know 

Through day’s travail to evensong
Hard right bettered easy wrong
Untried youth learned the truth
That differences make us strong 

To climb a mountain and watch the dawn
Leading the pack would likely be Jon
He led the way that shameful day
Human rights were trampled on 

Though he lived and died
For a cause that bigotry denied
His chippy face
Has a special place
The darkness cannot hide.

 – Jack Whitcomb

July 22-28, 2019

Monday, July 22
St Mary Magdalene

Tuesday, July 23
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, July 24
Thomas a Kempis
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, July 25
St James
6:15 pm: Vestry

Friday, July 26
Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, July 27
10:00 am: Flower Guild

Sunday, July 28
The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass