Almighty God, who hast poured upon us the new light of thine incarnate Word: Grant that the same light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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.
9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosting today are Barbara Boles with Will Joyner & Linda Jones. If you would like to sign up to host coffee hour, please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you’re interested or have questions.
11:15 Coffee Hour: Hosting this morning are Philip Le Quesne, Bud Scheffy, and Deb Hanley & Frank McGuire. We are always in need of more volunteers; to view the schedule and select a date to co-host, visit www.theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/. If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (email@example.com), Roxy Hanson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Betsy James (email@example.com).
For those who have requested them, pledge envelopes are available for pick-up in the back of the church.
Tuesday, December 31 — New Year’s Eve at 5:00 pm: The Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols by Candlelight. Sung by the Choir of the Church of the Advent, including works of Bednall, Chilcott, Darke, Filsell, Handel, Leighton, McDowall, Ord, Palestrina and Victoria. (childcare available)
The Feast of the Epiphany, Solemn Mass. Monday, January 6, 6:30 pm.
Parish Office Nominations: At the Annual Meeting on January 26, there will be elections for four Vestry seats, Clerk, Treasurer, and two Diocesan Convention Delegates. This year’s nominating committee includes the Wardens (Tom Brown and Paul Roberts), Maria Denslow, and Dustin Henderson. Please submit any proposed names to one of them before Epiphany.
Please submit all annual reports to the parish office by Friday, January 10. Electronic submissions are preferred and using MS Word is greatly appreciated.
What Is Saint Michael’s Conference?: On Sunday, January 19, we will have the opportunity to find out. At 10:15 Father James will lead a presentation about the Conference with the help of parishioners who have attended the Conference, served as counselors, or are senior staff members. Every young person who is between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one ought to attend this presentation, but more importantly, the parents ought to attend too. This week-long conference for teaching, learning, worship, and recreation has been offered each year since 1960 and has been a force in the spiritual lives of thousands of high school and college-aged students. Come and find out why.
As of Friday we have received 170 pledges, pledging a total of $468,927. 60 have increased their pledges by an average of over 15.5%, and there are 22 from those who did not pledge in 2019. We have yet to hear from 61 parishioners who pledged a total of approximately $125,000 last year. You can pledge online by going to the parish website, www.theadventboston.org, and clicking the “Pledge Online” button, or pick up a pledge packet in the church.
Please note also that 2019 contributions to the Advent must be received by December 31 in order to be eligible for 2019 tax consideration.
ODDS & ENDS
Discount parking 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.
THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
December 30, 2019-January 5, 2020
Monday, December 30
Tuesday, December 31
5:00 pm: Christmas Lessons & Carols
6:00 pm: Community Supper
Wednesday, January 1
The Holy Name (Parish Office Closed)
11:00 am: Mass
Thursday, January 2
Friday, January 3
11:30 am: Rosary
Saturday, January 4
Sunday, January 5
The Second Sunday after Christmas
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass