This Week’s Announcements, February 19-25, 2017

The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Dr. Frederick L. Haupert.


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.


TODAY!


9:00 Coffee Hour. Tom & Carolyn McDermott and Robb Scholten host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week the hosts will be Melissa & Eric Baldwin and Mary & Paul Roberts.  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.  Hour.  The Choir host this morning’s Coffee Hour.  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 (mrbgd@hotmail.com or DGDomingues@outlook.com), Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).


Entr’acte: Today and next Sunday, 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.


Advent Tour:  This morning our Verger, Raymond Porter, will give a tour of the church building.  Ours is a fascinating, complicated, and historic building.  Mr Porter will provide a ten to fifteen minute overview of its many facets.  Meet him in the Baptistry.  The tour will begin immediately after the Postlude.


This afternoon — Organ Recital, Solemn Evensong & Benediction, and E & B Talk:  Our monthly service of Evensong & Benediction at the Advent resumes this afternoon.  The evening begins with a 4:30 organ recital by Barbara Bruns performing works by Mendelssohn and Franck.  Evensong & Solemn Benediction follows at 5:00, featuring the music of Murray, Neary, Brewer and Byrd.

After Evensong, Advent’s seminarian, Eric Fialho, will give an E & B Talk on popular Catholicism in pre-reformation England.  Find out how the early 16th century English got a good crop harvest or escaped death for the day; for in England the line dividing the sacred from the superstitious was thin at best!


At the meeting of the Vestry this past Tuesday, the Rector named C. Thomas Brown as Rector’s Warden, and the Vestry elected Paul Roberts as People’s Warden.


Today is the Sunday known as Sexagesima, which, with its companion Sundays, Septuagesima 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 Sexagesima — and Septuagesima 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.


THIS WEEK!


Monday, February 20, is Presidents’ Day.  The Parish Office is closed; Morning Prayer will be at the regular time of 9:00 am, Low Mass will be at 12:15 pm.  Evening Prayer is cancelled. 


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.   


COMING UP!


Save the Date!  Lundi Gras Talent Show—Monday, February 27, 6 pm.  Mardi Gras is the traditional day of overindulgence and merriment before the fast of Lent.  But, because of the Advent’s Community Supper, we must move the occasion one day back.  So, Mardi (Tuesday) becomes Lundi (Monday).  This year the Advent will celebrate Lundi Gras with a judge-free and non-judgmental Talent Show.  We’d love to have wide participation from all three services: families, young ones, old ones, and individuals.  Share your harmonica, guitar solo, whistling, recitation, tap dance, or favorite impersonations with us.  This is a wonderful chance to enjoy the hidden talents of our Advent parish.

Dinner is potluck:  Break out your favorite deviled eggs recipe, best hot dish, or store-bought loaf of sourdough!  Please bring something to share: food or drink, or both.  Need more information?  Contact Fr Wood (frwood@theadventboston.org) or Rachael Ringenberg (Rachael.Ringenberg@gmail.com).


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 frwood@theadventboston.org for more information.


Spirituality & Aging — Lenten Quiet Day — Saturday, March 11, 10 am to 2 pm:  The Advent is pleased to offer a Lenten Quiet Day on Spirituality and Aging, led by Father Richard Loring and the Rev’d Christine Whitaker.  A light lunch will be served.

Father Loring is a longtime friend of the Advent and a familiar face at 9 am Sunday Mass, when he is not serving as an interim — his most recent stint being at St Andrew’s Church in Hanover, where he was appointed bridge priest in January.

The Rev’d Christine Whitaker, a native of Edinburgh, served as rector of St. Michael’s Church in Hopkinton for 15 years, retiring from that position in 2013.  She previously served as an assistant at Trinity Church, Copley Square . Before ordination, she was an attorney.

To reserve a space, please contact Deacon Daphne B. Noyes, deaconnoyes@theadvent.org, 617-523-2377 x 135.


Women’s Bible Study—Four Sessions Start Saturday, March 18—10 am-11:30 am in the Library:  Women have unique voices in scripture and in today’s church.  This bible study highlights their voices—and ours—by exploring how ancient prayers and stories inform us during this time of contemplation and reflection. Like the traditional Anglo-Catholic liturgy, these sessions will engage participants on many levels.  The facilitator, Advent parishioner Lurie Armandt, will guide participants in using interactive theatrical and artistic storytelling as we prepare to celebrate the Feast of the Resurrection.  Lurie is a graduate student at Emerson College studying Theatre and Community.  Her specific interest is around building community among women in the church.  Meetings will be on Saturdays March 18, March 25, April 1, and April 8, from 10:00 am—11:30 am in the Library.  Women interested in participating or who have any questions should contact Lurie at LuraineArmandt@gmail.com or Deacon Daphne B. Noyes at dbnoyes@gmail.com.


MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER


Advent 20/30s Service Opportunity—Cradles to Crayons—Saturday, March 11,  1:30 – 3:30 pm—The Advent 20/30s group is volunteering at Cradles to Crayons in Brighton on Saturday March 11 from 1:30 – 3:30 pm.  Visit https://www.cradlestocrayons.org/ for more information, and email Janell Saur (janellsims@gmail.com) to volunteer to be part of the team!  Volunteers are welcome to bring donations, as well.  For a list of items to donate, go to www.cradlestocrayons.org/boston/donate-goods/items-we-accept/.


ODDS & ENDS


The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish.  There is an opening 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 (flowers.advent@gmail.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: nsheffer@newview.org.


STEWARDSHIP 2017


Pledge Envelopes:  There are still a few unclaimed boxes of pledge envelopes at the back of the Church.  If you asked for them and they are not there, please call the Parish Office (617-523-2377 ext 122, email: office@theadventboston.org.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
February 20-26, 2017

Monday, February 20
Presidents’ Day (Parish Office Closed)

Tuesday, February 21
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, February 22
10:00 am: Bible Study
11:00 am: Staff Meeting
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, February 23
Polycarp of Smyrna
10:00 am: Play Group
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, February 24
St Matthias the Apostle
10:00 am: Play Group

Saturday, February 25
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, February 26
The Last Sunday after Epiphany (Septuagesima)
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Entr’acte / Burying the Alleluias
11:15 am: Solemn Mass