This Week at the Advent, March 24-30, 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.

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

A Coffee Hour following each service is held in Moseley Hall, reached through the side door at the back of the church. A lift is available for anyone who needs it.

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


9:00 Coffee Hour: Bette Boughton and Jonnet Holladay host today. Next week’s hosts are Rob Braman & Rachel Johnson, and Mike & Megan Zadig. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email, bbolesster@gmail.com or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour. Philip & Kara Rodgers Marshall, and Xander Mojarrab host today. 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 http://theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/.  If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com). 


This morning we welcome the Venerable Christiaan A. Beukman, who, in his role as archdeacon, is in the process of visiting deacons in their parishes. He will vest and process in the 9 am and 11:15 am services. Beukman is a native of the Netherlands who moved to the Boston area in 1981 after meeting his wife, Lucy, in Jerusalem. Since 2004, he has been the pastoral ministries manager of Linden Ponds Retirement Community in Hingham. He was ordained a deacon in 2009 and has served parishes in Quincy, Walpole and Franklin.


Entr’acte (following the 9 am Mass, in the library): Fr. Hanson and parishioner John Ferrillo continue their four-week study of Fleming Rutledge’s magisterial work The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ. Our discussions will focus on not just why our Lord had to die but why he had to die in the way he did. Mrs. Rutledge’s work is a careful and sensitive study of this question that lies at the heart of our faith. With scholarly rigor and pastoral concern she explicates the various controversial issues surrounding the crucifixion, arguing powerfully that the crucifixion of Christ is the central act in the drama of salvation undertaken by the undivided Holy Trinity that atones for sin, sets right the injustice of the world, and secures the final eschatological victory of God over all. This topic is particularly appropriate for Lent, as we prepare ourselves for Good Friday, the meaning of which is bound to become much clearer and more deeply felt as a result of a study of Dr. Rutledge’s book.


Another ceremonial note from Fr. Welch:

After weeks of experimentation, I’ve decided that it would work best if I continue to do a profound bow when I’m the celebrant at mass and everyone else genuflects. Last Sunday some people were bowing, some genuflecting, and some doing something awkwardly in between.

Many years ago, when Fr Richard Cornish Martin was Interim, Fr Martin, an elderly gentleman like myself and also incapable of a real genuflection, would bow and others would genuflect. So this arrangement has the weight of tradition behind it, which, as we all know, is important in a parish like the Advent.


STEWARDSHIP UPDATE

Dear Fellow Advent Parishioners:

On behalf of the Stewardship committee we would like to wish you all a blessed Lenten Season and prayerful preparation for the upcoming sacred and joyful Easter celebration.

We thought it appropriate to give an update to all parishioners at this time with a brief summary of the 2019 Stewardship campaign.

  • First, thank you to everyone who has already sent in their pledges for 2019. Every pledge, no matter the amount, is important, especially in this challenging transition year during the search for our new Rector.
  • We have exceeded the goal of “Plus Ten Percent” set by our Senior Warden Tom Brown and the Vestry. So far we have achieved nearly $570,000 in pledged amount, which is an increase of 12.0% over last year. This is a wonderful and blessed response from Advent parishioners in support of all planned activities necessary to make this transition year a success, laying the foundation for the future well-being of our beloved Church of the Advent. Thank you.
  • Here are a few details: we have received 206 pledges so far; our 31 new pledges prove again our continuing growth as a community in Christ and their pledged amount more than offset the decreased and loss pledge amounts versus last year. The increased pledges were instrumental in “pushing us over the top” in our campaign. Plus, the solid foundation put in place by those parishioners who maintained their level of support this year was another success factor.
  • Once again, on behalf of the Wardens, the Vestry and Stewardship committee, a heartfelt thanks to everyone for your thoughtful consideration and care for the Advent as a place of worship and fellowship in Christ.

For those parishioners who have not yet had the opportunity to make their pledges for 2019, we would like to encourage your consideration to pledge whatever amount possible to support the challenges we collectively face together as the worshipping community of The Advent. It is never too late to step forward and contribute whatever is appropriate for your consideration. Please just send in your pledge by mail or email to the parish office; drop it in the Sunday collection; or submit it via the web site: www.theadventboston.org (click “pledge online”). Or reach out to any Stewardship committee member, Warden, or Vestry member, who will be more than pleased to assist in any way.

All the best to everyone, and we look forward to celebrating with all Advent parishioners the joys of the coming Easter celebration.

Yours in the service of Christ our Savior and Redeemer,
Francesco Piscitelli and Thatcher Gearhart


THIS WEEK


LENTEN THEOLOGY STUDY. The Book of Homilies: A Preached Orthodoxy. 
Wednesdays, March 13 – April 10 at 7:00 pm in the Library

Ever wonder what the early uniquely Anglican texts of theology are? The Book of Homilies provided an orthodox lens through which laity and clergy alike could understand the doctrines and beliefs of the denomination. Pastoral Assistant Eric Fialho will lead this exciting five-week theology course. Several 16th-century homilies will be examined and scrutinized in an attempt to better understand and define early Anglican identity and belief, and its impact on the Church today. All are most welcome to attend! For more information please contact Eric soon at efialho@eds.edu.


On Thursdays during Lent, at 6 pm, the devotions of The Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will be offered in the church. The Stations of the Cross is a series of meditations on the Passion, the Crucifixion and the Death of Jesus leading to His burial in the tomb. Many Christians through the ages have found The Stations an aid in focussing their Lenten prayers. Some take on this form of devotion as a part of their Lenten disciplines. At Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, we meditate on Our Lord’s Risen Presence with us in the Blessed Sacrament, which flows from his atoning and sacrificial death. He had to die in order that we might live with and in Him. That is a truth we think and pray about during the holy season. Stations and Benediction are helpful means to that end. Consider making it a part of your week.


Remember to sign up for the Lenten Quiet Day, April 6. The Rev’d Canon William Parnell, Canon to the Ordinary, will offer seasonal reflections interspersed with time for prayer and contemplation in silence. A light lunch will be served. Please see Deacon Noyes by March 27 to reserve your space; a donation of $10 is suggested. Or register through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lenten-quiet-day-tickets-58574234111


COMING UP


Can you help the parish Flower Guild?

Preparing the floral decorations for Easter would be utterly impossible without reinforcements from outside the flower guild. Please join us if you can on any or all of the following days:

  • Maundy Thursday, April 18, 10 am–noon and/or 1–3:30 pm.
  • Holy Saturday, April 20, 10 am to 4 pm — please try to arrive by 11 am, but you do not have to stay all afternoon; even an hour or two is helpful.
  • Saturday April 27, 10:30 am (Post-Easter cleanup)

You do not need to have any flower arranging skills; if you can carry a bucket, climb a stepladder, use a broom, or fill a trash bag, we can use you! And if you like flowers but have never made an arrangement, this is a great chance to learn some basic techniques. Help is especially needed on Saturday, April 20.


COME JOIN THE JAMBOREE! We are calling all middle school and high school young people in the parish to join us when we go to The Presiding Bishop’s Jamboree with Youth on Saturday, April 27th from 1:30 to 3 pm at our Cathedral, on Tremont Street. The Most Reverend Michael Curry, the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, wants to hear what our young people’s hopes and dreams are for the Church and he wants to share with them his invitation and challenge to them. A full description of Bishop Curry’s visit can be found online at diomass.org/pb-visit.

We will meet here at The Advent at 1:00 and walk across the Common to the Cathedral and return here at 3:30 to be picked up for our rides home. We need to have the names of persons to register so as quickly as you can, please contact Carolyn Shadid-Lewis at 617-460-9886 or carolynshadid@gmail.com and let her know if you will be coming with us. You may also contact Father James for information.


Adult Confirmation Class scheduled. It is expected that all adult members of this Church, after appropriate instruction, will have made a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism and will have been confirmed or received by the laying on of hands by a Bishop of this Church or by a Bishop of a Church in full communion with this Church. In keeping with the National Canons of The Episcopal Church, we are offering Confirmation Classes beginning after Easter. Classes have been scheduled for any adults (16 years and older) who are desirous of Confirmation or Reception into The Episcopal Church. The classes are scheduled for Wednesday evenings May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5 and 12, following the Healing Mass at 6:00 pm.


SAINT MICHAEL’S CONFERENCE: A Conference in the Anglican Tradition for Young Adults of All Christian Communions.

By the end of the week, I was sad to be leaving all the new friends I had made at the Conference. I couldn’t believe that the week had gone by so fast. I had learned so many new things at the Conference that I knew would be valuable life lessons, but most of all I had learned to never judge something without knowing what it is like. This is what Harriet Lewis-Bowen told us about her time spent last summer at Saint Michael’s Conference. This educational conference for high school and college students is a week-long conference held in West Hartford, Connecticut from July 28 to August 3 this summer. We encourage every high school and college-aged student between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one to register and attend. Registration forms are available in the church or on the Conference’s website at www.saintmichaelsconference.com. Please see Father James, Betsy James, Rob Braman, Mark Dwyer, Gabriel Ellsworth, Sam James, or Harriet Lewis-Bowen if you are interested in attending.


ODDS & ENDS


BOOKS: There are two bookcases of books in the southeast corner of the Library that were part of the Parish library, now long out of service. They are mostly books on theology and history of the Oxford Movement that are somewhat dated. Many of them are in fair to poor condition. You are welcome to inspect these books and take home ones that interest you. We do not need them back. We have retained books that were deemed to be of historic importance, but if you spot something you think we should keep, please bring it to the office.


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: nsheffer@newview.org.


From the Advent Archives —

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

“Our place of worship was thronged, the music was delightful, the congregation manifesting that engagedness in the worship which is contagious, and distinguishes us from any congregation in the city” — William Croswell, rector, 1844–1851, describing service of November 23, 1845.
From A History of the Church of the Advent by Betty Hughes Morris (1995).


Holy Week Service Schedule

Childcare will be available at all Holy Week services. Caregivers arrive by 6:15 pm and will be in nursery space adjacent to the parish office. Contact Meg Nelson at megwnelson@gmail.com with questions or concerns.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
March 25-31, 2019

Monday, March 25
The Annunciation of Our Lord

Tuesday, March 26
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, March 27
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Lenten Theology Study
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, March 28
6:00 pm: Stations of the Cross & Benediction
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, March 29
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, March 30
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, March 31
The Fourth Sunday in Lent
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Childcare / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass