Collect for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 15)

Almighty God, who hast given thy only Son to be unto us both a sacrifice for sin and also an example of godly life: Give us grace that we may always most thankfully receive that his inestimable benefit, and also daily endeavor ourselves to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life; through the same Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

This Week at the Advent, August 18-24, 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.


9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosting this morning are Carolyn & Tom McDermott with Nola Sheffer. If you would like to sign up to host coffee hour, please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email, bbolesster@gmail.com, if you’re interested or have questions.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Hosts this morning are Ellie Dixon and Meg Mill. 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 Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).


THIS WEEK


The “mini-ring”

The Church of the Advent welcomes the North American Guild of Change Ringers for their annual meeting. Expert bell ringers from throughout the United States and Canada will be here and at other sites around Massachusetts this Wednesday through Sunday.

For those who aren’t familiar, the ancient English art of change ringing requires mental agility, concentration and teamwork; ringers guide the massive bells through rapidly changing progressions of sonic permutations. The progressions can be short (a few minutes for practice exercises or to announce an event) or long (a few hours for a peal). Because the bells take over a second to swing through a full 360-degree arc, the ringers do not play songs, but rather ring methods. The methods, or rules for generating the permutations, vary in complexity, constantly providing challenges, even for expert ringers.

In addition to the tower bells at the Advent, there will be a mini-ring in Moseley Hall where you are invited to come along, watch, ask questions and even have a go. Open house times for this ring are on Thursday from 10 to 11, and Sunday between the two services.

Note also that in conjunction with this event, the Advent’s change ringing tradition is the subject of this month’s Advent 175 display just outside the church office. Be sure to check it out.


COMING UP


Mark Your Calendars: here are some keys dates for the fall:

Sun, Sep 15: Church School registration

Sun, Sep 22: Church School resumes; Advent Choirs return

Sat, Sep 28: Vestry Retreat and Meeting

Sun, Sep 29: Michaelmas; Entr’acte resumes

Sun, Oct 6: Blessing of Animals/Petting Zoo

Sun, Oct 20: Evensong & Benediction resumes

Sun, Nov 3: Sunday of All Saints

Fri-Sat, Nov 8-9: Guild of All Souls meeting

Thu, Nov 28: Thanksgiving

Sun, Dec 1: Advent Sunday; Bishop’s Visit; 175th Anniversary; Advent Lessons & Carols

Thu-Fri, Dec 5-6: Anglo-Catholic Conference (at The Advent)

More information to come; stay tuned!


ODDS & ENDS


A Note about Community Dinners: In summer, many regular volunteers at the Tuesday supper are away, so if you were ever thinking of trying it out, now is a great time! Contact Barbara Boles (bbolesster@gmail.com) for details.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
August 19-25, 2019

Monday, August 19

Tuesday, August 20
Bernard of Clairvaux
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, August 21
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers set-up

Thursday, August 22
9:30 am: Changeringers Guild
10:00 am: Mini-ring Open House

Friday, August 23
9:30 am: Changeringers Guild
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, August 24
Saint Bartholomew the Apostle

Sunday, August 25
The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass (Mini-ring Open House follows)
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

This Week at the Advent, August 11-17, 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 in the Lady Chapel are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Chuck Sunergren.


9:00 Coffee Hour: Abigail & Alister Lewis-Bowen and Mary & Paul Roberts host today. If you would like to sign up to host coffee hour, please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email, bbolesster@gmail.com, if you’re interested or have questions.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Sponsoring today are Stephanie Brown & Julius Krein, Charles Dale, and Xander Mojarrab. 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 Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).


A message from the Interim Rector:

It comes as no surprise to read that this July has been the hottest month in Boston since weather records began to be kept in 1872. Because of the extreme heat I’ve made some slight adjustments in the liturgy for the 11:15 Solemn Mass which will continue through August. The purpose is to shorten the service without subtracting any of the essential elements. We will return to our accustomed forms in early September or sooner if the weather moderates.

I’m sure everyone has been uncomfortable but on each of the last two Sundays either Deacon Noyes or I have had to leave the church because of heat related illness. Doubtless most of this is due to my advanced age but it does distress me when I can’t make it through the mass.

There are obvious solutions to this problem. Either air condition the church (spare change, anyone?) or get a younger, smarter, tougher, much improved rector. The good news is that there is a committee working on that! In the meantime, I ask your indulgence and understanding.   — Fr. Welch


THIS WEEK


On the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Thursday, August 15, at 7:00 pm, a Procession and Solemn Mass will be celebrated at All Saints’, Ashmont. The Choir of Men and Boys will sing the Mass and the Rev’d Nathan Humphrey of St. John the Evangelist, Newport, will preach. An outdoor (weather permitting) reception follows the mass at the rectory.


COMING UP


The Church of the Advent will host expert bell ringers from throughout the United States and Canada Wednesday, August 21 to Sunday, August 25 for the North American Guild of Change Ringers’ Annual Meeting.

The “mini-ring”

The ancient English art of change ringing requires mental agility, concentration and teamwork where the ringers guide the massive bells through rapidly changing progressions of sonic permutations. The progressions can be short (a few minutes for practice exercises or to announce an event) or long (a few hours for a peal, the bell ringing equivalent of running a marathon, which consists of over 5000 unique permutations). Because the bells take over a second to swing through a full 360-degree arc, the ringers do not play songs, but rather ring methods. The methods, or rules for generating the permutations, vary in complexity, constantly providing challenges, even for expert ringers.

In addition to the tower bells at the Advent, there will be a mini-ring in Moseley Hall where you are invited to come along, watch, ask questions and even have a go. Open house times for this ring are on Thursday from 10 to 11, and Sunday between the two services.

Note also that in conjunction with this event, the Advent’s change ringing tradition is the subject of this month’s
Advent 175 display just outside the church office. Be sure to check it out.


Mark Your Calendars: here are some keys dates for the fall:

Sun, Sep 15: Church School registration

Sun, Sep 22: Church School and Advent Choirs return from summer recess

Sat, Sep 28: Vestry Retreat and Meeting

Sun, Sep 29: Michaelmas

Sun, Oct 6: Blessing of Animals/Petting Zoo

Sun, Oct 20: Entr’acte and Evensong & Benediction resume

Sun, Nov 3: Sunday of All Saints

Fri-Sat, Nov 8-9: Guild of All Souls meeting

Thu, Nov 28: Thanksgiving

Sun, Dec 1: Advent Sunday; Bishop’s Visit; 175th Anniversary

Thu-Fri, Dec 5-6: Anglo-Catholic Conference (at The Advent)

More information will, of course, be forthcoming. Stay tuned.


ODDS & ENDS


A Note about Community Dinners: In summer, many regular volunteers at the Tuesday supper are away, so if you were ever thinking of trying it out, now is a great time! Contact Barbara Boles (bbolesster@gmail.com) for details.


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.

The bells in the Church of the Advent tower made news at their installation and blessing in October 1900, and again just over six months later, when this piece appeared in The Boston Globe, May 14, 1901:

Complain of the Bells — Neighbors of the Church of the Advent Say They Are Annoyed by Their Ringing

A formal petition against the ringing of the bells in the tower of the church of the Advent, corner of Brimmer and Mt. Vernon sts., is being circulated in the neighborhood. The bells are eight in number. The remonstrants claim that they are hung too low, and the the sound strikes the sides of the houses, with a disagreeable effect on sensitive nerves…

Who knows what behind-the-scenes negotiations took place that resulted in this announcement in the Globe of February 12, 1902:

Bells of the Advent — They Will be Heard Again As a Full Peal; Had Ceased to Ring, With One Exception, Because of Protest

photo of "Joyous Easter Bells" article from Boston Globe, 1902
Boston Globe article from Easter 1902.

That the music of bells does not affect all persons alike has been demonstrated by the brief career of the chimes that were hung in the belfry of the church of the Advent a little more than a year ago. For a short time these bells rang out their sounds with a vigor that was startling to ears untrained to the clamor of church chimes. Then, suddenly, the bells ceased to ring, all save one, whose clear tones continued to call the congregation to divine worship on Sunday mornings.

The piece describes how 20 minutes before the Sunday service, “the bells sent forth on the quiet air the notes of the stirring hymn, ‘The Church has One Foundation [sic].’ The tune is a familiar one to Episcopalians. Its brisk measure sounded mellow and clear as the bells pealed its cadence.” Additional hymns followed: “Oft is Danger, Oft is Woe,” and “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus” in the morning; “Lead, Kindly Light” and “Onward, Christian Soldiers” were among the evening’s offerings.

For Easter 1902 (March 30), The Globe reported that the bells will ring out a program that Isaac P. Griffies (or Griffiths), Sexton and Chime Ringer of the Advent, “has prepared with considerable care.”

The bell brouhaha took place during the rectorship of the Rev. William Barroll Frisby (1888-1902); sadly the same bells soon would toll at his funeral on June 10, 1902.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
August 12-18, 2019

Monday, August 12
Florence Nightingale

Tuesday, August 13
Jeremy Taylor
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, August 14
Jonathan Myrick Daniels
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, August 15
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
7:00 pm: Solemn Mass and Procession at All Saints, Ashmont

Friday, August 16
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, August 17

Sunday, August 18
The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

Sermon Preached by the Rev’d Daphne B. Noyes at the Church of the Advent, Sunday, August 4, 2019, the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

I had a sermon written and prepared, about wealth, and responsibility, and charity, and using our riches to build up the kingdom of God.

Then El Paso.

Then eighteen, nineteen, twenty killed; then 26 wounded.

I was ready to speak about our personal riches, our societal riches, and how wealth is to be shared, not hoarded.

Then Dayton, Ohio.

At least nine killed, say the earliest reports. At least 16 wounded.

It was the second American mass shooting in less than 24 hours, and the third in a week. Thirty-second this year.

Waking in the still-dark morning hours, I found I have no words.

Following— which shooting, two years ago? I can’t remember— Bishops United Against Gun Violence issued a statement. They said:

“The heart of our nation has been broken yet again by another mass shooting… The phrase “thoughts and prayers” has been devalued by politicians whose prayers seem never to move them to act against their self-interests or the interests of the National Rifle Association. Yet, as Christians, we believe deeply in the power of prayer to console, to sustain and to heal, but also to make evident the work that God is calling us to do. We pray that all who have been touched by this violent act receive God’s healing and solace….

“In the wake of this massacre, we believe God is calling us to understand that we must not simply identify the social and political impediments to ending these lethal spasms of violence in our country. We must reflect on and acknowledge our own complicity in the unjust systems that facilitate so many deaths, and repent and make reparations.” [1]

# # #

In February 2018 — let’s see, that was the high school in Parkland, Florida — Fr. Allan Warren, then rector of the Advent, distributed to the congregation and friends of the parish a piece by Jay Parini, teacher at Middlebury College and author of “The Way of Jesus: Living a Spiritual and Ethical Life.” Fr. Warren said to me at the time, “I wish I had read this Sunday morning from the pulpit.” Sadly, tragically, today provides an opportunity to do just that.

The title: “America’s Cult of Guns.” Some excerpts:

It is safe to say that nobody in the cult of guns listens to Jesus.

We’re reminded of the evil at the heart of this every [time] some demented individual gathers a cache of semiautomatic firearms — or even … just one powerful assault rifle — and goes on a rampage.

Parkland will before long drop down the long list of recent school shootings. There is every reason to believe it will be second or third behind some new tragedy, just another name on a long list: Columbine, Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech and so forth. Added to these we have the rampages in Las Vegas, Orlando, and countless other places. None of this will stop unless the cult of guns is curbed.

As a Christian, I’m appalled by the hypocrisy I see among others of my faith, particularly those who are our leaders in government and show eagerness to participate in this cult. They worship false idols in the form of weapons, and turn their back on the teachings of Jesus, who did not equivocate when it came to violence. It is safe to say that nobody in the cult of guns listens to Jesus.

Guns are a religion now. And too many of our fellow citizens -including evangelical Christians, of all people — will continue to heedlessly worship at this altar, despite the dead children, the dead teachers, the dead concertgoers and the innocent bystanders who must sacrifice their lives for others’ overriding faith in their weapons.

They will [continue], unless you do something.

They are in something like a cult, and like all cults, difficult to break from, to stop or influence. It’s an American thing, religious – yes — in scope, fundamentalist in its fanaticism and fervor, without precise parallel anywhere else in the world.

This won’t be easy; the cult has a lot of money behind it. The money pours in from the “devout”: small-time contributions to the NRA that amount to hundreds of millions of dollars each year. This money is used, in our skewed version of democracy, to influence politicians, who are only too happy to be bought.

But cults are not subject to reason. They have their fiery preachers, their arcane lore, their faith in Fox News hosts who peddle phony stories, their “churches” — gun shows — and deeply ingrained mythologies. These are all supported strongly by the NRA and the weapons manufacturers.

Hollywood doesn’t help, and never has: The American taste for violence is notorious, and we spread this ghastly predisposition around the world.

What would help? You. Elections. Sensible laws.

But this is going to require mental and spiritual toughness, a genuine resolve to end the killing and persuade those trapped in the cult of guns that it’s in everyone’s best interest for them to step out of that darkness. [2]

I close with these words from the Bishops: “Two years after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary that took the life of [six-year-old] Ben Wheeler, an active young member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown, Connecticut, his father, David, asked parents to look at their children and then ask themselves, ‘Am I doing everything I can to keep them safe? Because the answer to that question, if we all answer honestly, clearly is no.’

“In memory of Ben and all of God’s children lost to senseless gun violence, may God give us grace and fortitude in our witness so that we can, at last, answer yes.”

For the love of God, Yes.


[1] Bishops Against Gun Violence — an ad hoc group of over 80 Episcopal bishops. http://bishopsagainstgunviolence.org/

[2] For an updated version of his piece (Friday, May 31, 2019) see https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/15/opinions/americas-cult-of-guns-parini/index.html

This Week at the Advent, August 4-10, 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 in the Lady Chapel are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Chuck Sunergren.


9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosting this morning are Barbara Boles and Robb Scholten. If you would like to sign up to host coffee hour, please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email, bbolesster@gmail.com, if you’re interested or have questions.

11:15 Coffee Hour: Sponsoring today are Dustin Henderson and Nick Dials, and hosting is Frederick Ou. 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 Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).


A message from the Interim Rector:

It comes as no surprise to read that this July has been the hottest month in Boston since weather records began to be kept in 1872. Because of the extreme heat I’ve made some slight adjustments in the liturgy for the 11:15 Solemn Mass which will continue through August. The purpose is to shorten the service without subtracting any of the essential elements. We will return to our accustomed forms in early September or sooner if the weather moderates.

I’m sure everyone has been uncomfortable but on each of the last two Sundays either Deacon Noyes or I have had to leave the church because of heat related illness. Doubtless most of this is due to my advanced age but it does distress me when I can’t make it through the mass.

There are obvious solutions to this problem. Either air condition the church (spare change, anyone?) or get a younger, smarter, tougher, much improved rector. The good news is that there is a committee working on that! In the meantime, I ask your indulgence and understanding.   — Fr. Welch


COMING UP


On the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Wednesday, August 15, at 7:00 pm, a Procession and Solemn Mass will be celebrated at All Saints’, Ashmont here in Boston. The Choir of Men and Boys will sing the Mass and the Rev’d Nathan Humphrey of St. John the Evangelist, Newport, will preach. An outdoor (weather permitting) reception follows the mass at the rectory.


The Church of the Advent will host expert bell ringers from throughout the United States and Canada Wednesday, August 21 to Sunday, August 25 for the North American Guild of Change Ringers’ Annual Meeting.

The “mini-ring”

The ancient English art of change ringing requires mental agility, concentration and teamwork where the ringers guide the massive bells through rapidly changing progressions of sonic permutations. The progressions can be short (a few minutes for practice exercises or to announce an event) or long (a few hours for a peal, the bell ringing equivalent of running a marathon, which consists of over 5000 unique permutations). Because the bells take over a second to swing through a full 360-degree arc, the ringers do not play songs, but rather ring methods. The methods, or rules for generating the permutations, vary in complexity, constantly providing challenges, even for expert ringers.

In addition to the tower bells at the Advent, there will be a mini-ring in Moseley Hall where you are invited to come along, watch, ask questions and even have a go. Open house times for this ring are on Thursday from 10 to 11, and Sunday between the two services.

Note also that in conjunction with this event, the Advent’s change ringing tradition is the subject of this month’s
Advent 175 display just outside the church office. Be sure to check it out.


Mark Your Calendars: here are some keys dates for the fall:

Sun, Sep 15: Church School registration

Sun, Sep 22: Church School and Advent Choirs return from summer recess

Sat, Sep 28: Vestry Retreat and Meeting

Sun, Sep 29: Michaelmas

Sun, Oct 6: Blessing of Animals/Petting Zoo

Sun, Oct 20: Entr’acte and Evensong & Benediction resume

Sun, Nov 3: Sunday of All Saints

Fri-Sat, Nov 8-9: Guild of All Souls meeting

Thu, Nov 28: Thanksgiving

Sun, Dec 1: Advent Sunday; Bishop’s Visit; 175th Anniversary

Thu-Fri, Dec 5-6: Anglo-Catholic Conference (at The Advent)

More information will, of course, be forthcoming. Stay tuned.


ODDS & ENDS


A Note about Community Dinners: In summer, many regular volunteers at the Tuesday supper are away, so if you were ever thinking of trying it out, now is a great time! Contact Barbara Boles (bbolesster@gmail.com) for details.


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.

An article in the Boston Globe of October 8, 1900, is headlined “Blessing of the Chimes – Special Services at the Church of the Advent, Brimmer Street – Names of the Bells.”

The piece continues, “Special services were held yesterday morning at the Church of the Advent, Brimmer St., in connection with the blessing of a set of chimes of eight bells.

The service took place at 10.15, in order to permit the bells to be pealed, not chimed, in time for the regular service at 10.30.

The service of the blessing was very short, conducted by Fr. W. B. Frisby, consisting of the Lord’s prayer, versicles and responses, the 150th psalm, and a prayer.

This was followed by the pealing by the Old Colony guild of bell ringers, represented by Henry Astor, master, with Miss Margaret Nichols, Dr. Nichols, Wm. Shipp, Joseph Mallian, Frank Staples, Frank Skinner, and S. F. Baldwin.

Following this the vested choir of 40 male voices sang Havergal’s ‘Raised Between Earth and Heaven.’  [See below.]

The bells are inscribed as follows:

No. 1 – “Glory be to God on High; on Earth Peace, Goodwill to men.”
No. 2 – “We Praise Thee.”
No. 3 – “We Bless Thee.”
No. 4 – “We Worship Thee.”
No. 5 – “We Glorify Thee.”
No. 6 – “We Give Thanks to Thee.”
No. 7 – “Day by Day We Magnify Thee.”
No. 8 – “Lift Up Your Hearts”

Following this service, but in connection with the blessing of the bells, was the service of holy eucharist in C. by Tours. The celebrant was Fr. Joseph W. Hill of Trinity church, New York. Fr. Frisby was the preacher.”

The hymn “Raised between the Earth and Heaven”, from the 1892 Hymnal, sung at the service of dedication for the bells on October 7, 1900.

THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
August 5-11, 2019

Monday, August 5

Tuesday, August 6
The Transfiguration of Our Lord
6:00 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, August 7
John Mason Neale
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, August 8
Dominic

Friday, August 9
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, August 10
Laurence
10:00 am: Flower Guild

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

Collect for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 12)

O God, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us thy mercy, that, thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.