Collect for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

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’s Announcements, July 23-29, 2017

The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for the ministries and witness of the Church of the Advent.


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.


Childcare is provided for infants and toddlers during both the 9 am and 11:15 am Masses. 

9:00 am—Infant nursery is located on the first floor in the room beyond the Parish Office.  The Toddler nursery is located downstairs in Moseley Hall.

11:15 am—Infants and Toddlers are cared for on the first floor in the room beyond the office.

If you have questions or special needs we want to hear them.  Contact Meg Nelson 856-217-0847 or megwnelson@gmail.com.


TODAY!


9:00 Coffee Hour. Melissa Fox and Mary & Paul Roberts host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week the hosts are Bette Boughton and John Boyd.  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. Kara Rodgers, Roxy Hanson and Meg Nelson host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week the hosts will be Thiago Rêgo and Bruce Sirman. 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 Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com) or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).


Musical Notes:  Next Sunday, July 30, the St Cyprian’s Singers, the Choir of St Cyprian’s Clarence Gate, London will be visiting us and offering the Missa Brevis of Zoltán Kodály.  Primarily consisting of alumni choral scholars from British university chapel choirs, the St Cyprian’s Singers were founded by Philip de Grouchy and Julian Collings in 2012 as the choir of St Cyprian’s Church, Clarence Gate in London.  Now one of the leading mixed voiced church choirs in the city, the main focus of the choir’s work is to provide music at the regular choral mass on Sundays and at special services throughout the year.

Repertoire lists can be found at https://www.theadventboston.org/1115-music-schedule/.


THIS WEEK!


Bible Study takes place on Wednesdays at 10:00 am in the Library.  We are currently reading the Epistle to the Romans.


COMING UP!


Pilgrimage to Greece next April.  A group from the Advent has been to the Holy Land together.  A group has also been to Turkey.  We will now round out the New Testament sites by going together next spring to Greece where St Paul preached extensively and where some of the earliest and most influential Christian communities came into being.

The pilgrimage will depart Boston on Monday, April 16, 2018, and return on Saturday, April 29, 2018.  Among the places we will visit will be:  Thessaloniki, Philippi, Meteora, Delphi, Olympia, Corinth, Mycenae, Naphlion, Athens, Patmos (by overnight ferry), and others. A more detailed brochure and itinerary prepared by the travel agency, Worldwide Pilgrimage Ministries, is available at the rear of the Church.

The cost will be $3,129, if we have 20 -24 pilgrims; $2,979, if we have 25 – 29 pilgrims, and, except for a few meals on one’s own, is all inclusive.  If you are interested, speak to Father Warren.


MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER


Advent Community Supper:  we have a book table, which our guests really enjoy, but some of the past suppliers have dried up.  If you have paperback books or magazines you’d like to contribute, that would be a big help!  Most of our guests are men, and prefer things like Time, and suspense/mysteries, but all contributions gladly received.  And, if you’ve thought about trying out volunteering, summer is a good time, as we lose our MIT students and regulars to vacation time. Contact Barbara Boles, bbolesster@gmail.com.


Volunteers needed for Advent service at B-SAFE in Dorchester:  Would you like to help provide a safe, fun, and healthy experience for kids in Boston this summer?

Our parish has signed up to provide lunch for the kids and staff at the B-SAFE (Bishops’ Summer Academic and Fun Enrichment) Program at the Epiphany School in Dorchester from July 31-August 3.  We need some volunteers for 1) food prep, 2) meal service, or 3) reading with kids (ages 7-12).  You can help on any single day, or for all 4 days.  Food prep will be at the Advent (9-11 am), and the other two activities will be at the Epiphany School (11:30 am-1:30 pm, accessible by Red Line T).  I was a Site Director at this program last year, and can attest to how great a service this can be for kids and adults alike!  To volunteer to work on this project or help coordinate it, contact Steve Armandt (SteveArmandt@gmail.com, 617-943-8355).


ODDS & ENDS


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.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
July 24-30, 2017

Monday, July 24
Thomas à Kempis

Tuesday, July 25
St James the Apostle
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, July 26
The Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, July 27
William Reed Huntington

Friday, July 28

Saturday, July 29
Mary & Martha of Bethany

Sunday, July 30
The Eighth 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 Dr Jeffrey A. Hanson at the Church of the Advent, Sunday, July 9, 2017, the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

As many of you know I went to graduate school in New York City many years ago now, and I did my PhD in philosophy there. During graduate school I came to realize that when I told people that I was getting a PhD in philosophy most of them managed to at least pretend to be sort of vaguely impressed. It sounded smart; it sounded intellectual; and eventually I managed to impress myself with the sound of it—“I’m getting my PhD in philosophy.”

Well on one of my visits back home to Texas during these years of being impressed with myself I got invited to a friend’s family reunion. Most of her relatives were not Texans but from Louisiana. And while I grew up middle class and both of my parents have graduate degrees, this friend’s family was a little lower than middle class, and I don’t think there was even a college degree anywhere in sight.

While eating barbecue and drinking beer with the extended family, I fell to talking to one of my friend’s distant relatives, somebody’s cousin or uncle or something. He was a lineman; his job was to maintain the telephone wires in rural Louisiana. When he asked what I did, I told him: “I’m getting my PhD in philosophy.” “Is that right?” he said. “Well, I tell you what, I have always enjoyed my readings of the Republic of Plato.”

I was certainly stunned. It turned out that this gentleman had not ever formally studied philosophy. He had not even read anything much else by Plato except the Republic. But he had read that many times over and knew it very well. In fact he knew it much better than I did.

Jesus tells us that God has revealed the truth about God’s self in Jesus himself, and that this truth has been shown not to the wise and the intelligent but to the simple, even to infants.

I don’t think this means that there is anything wrong with being wise or intelligent. We have many verses in Scripture that teach us to be wise and discerning and thoughtful, but we also know from Matthew as well that we are also to be like little children, maybe even like infants when it comes to the truth of what God has made known to us in Jesus. An infant is dependent on a parent and unashamed to be dependent on that parent as we are to be un-self-consciously dependent on our heavenly Father.

That the truth of who Jesus is, that he is the heir of all things that have been given to him by his Father in heaven, that no one knows the Father but the son and those to whom the Son has revealed the Father, that this truth has been given first to those who are childlike in their trusting dependence rather than to the wise and intelligent is the way God the Father wants to be revealed. Jesus says, “such was thy gracious will.” This is the way God wants to be known, by those who are ready to know and depend upon him.

Wisdom and intelligence can be an obstacle to the knowledge of God because the wise and intelligent are not dependent but independent and proud of their achievement; the wise and intelligent are often not humble but self-assured; the wise and intelligent are often not ready to admit their need of God the Father or of the saving grace of God’s son.

The lineman I met at the family reunion was probably not one of the “wise and understanding.” Whereas I had convinced myself that I was one of the wise and intelligent, that I knew what I was talking about when it came to philosophy, and yet here was a guy who knew more than I did about the foundational text of Western philosophy. Meeting the simple lineman who knew the Republic better than I did made me nervous.

Because here is the thing about graduate school as I experienced it: On the one hand, it teaches you to be impressed with yourself because you are learning and acquiring rare and valuable skills. On the other hand, it also teaches you to be wildly insecure and self-conscious before your peers, all of whom you are sure are smarter than you and can tell that you are just a fraud and a poser.

I suspect this is the way it is with many of our pursuits. We strive after accomplishments and achievements that pay the bills and give us prestige in the eyes of others and help us achieve many worthwhile goals. But at the same time many of our pursuits make us insecure and anxious; we pursue our goals restlessly and with uncertainty about our own worth and success no matter how much money we make or how lavishly we are praised by our peers.

This vexation of spirit is not our Lord’s will for our lives, and we know this because of the invitation he issues to us at the end of today’s Gospel passage. This invitation is to all of us; it is to the wise and successful and to the humble and simple.

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden.” This is the only time in the New Testament that Jesus uses these exact words. “Come to me.” Oftentimes he says, “Come after me,” that is, follow after me, follow my way, take up your cross and come after me. But this time he says come to me. It is as if he is not now ahead of us and inviting to follow along but waiting for us, face to face.

And if we come to him, he says, “I will give you rest.” I have said that there is nothing wrong with being wise and intelligent, and I think that is so. There is nothing wrong with getting a PhD or running your own business or working strenuously at whatever job you are called to take up. But I have also said that all these things can be sources of anxiety and frustration and self-doubt.

When Jesus invites us to come to him he is not inviting us to another frustrating struggle, to another popularity contest or to another rat race. He is inviting us to rest.

Paradoxically, at the same time, this rest is to be found in another kind of yoke or burden. “Take my yoke upon you,” Jesus says, “and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

This invitation from our Lord is an invitation to learn from him; Jesus wants us to be his student.

And being Jesus’s student is indeed like picking up another burden; the Christian life is not an easy one in the sense of being devoid of effort. It is difficult because it involves childlike humility and dependence, and these things are hard, but the Christian life is not frustrating in its difficulty. The Christian life is not to be yet another source of anxiety, another contest, another unrewarding struggle fraught with anxiety and despair.

This is what I think my simple friend the Louisiana lineman understood about reading Plato: He knew that in the end I knew more about philosophy than he did—I knew more about Aristotle and Kant and Hegel and Kierkegaard and even more about Plato. But I don’t think he cared. For him his study was challenging but not an occasion for him to go into a panic when he met someone more knowledgeable or accomplished than he. For him it was not about impressing a professor or outdoing a classmate or getting a better academic job. His burden of study was one he carried easily, and he found philosophy not stressful but restful.

This is the attitude that I think Jesus invites us to have when he calls us to learn from him. In fact, the Greek word translated here as “from” can also be translated as “about,” to “learn about him,” and I suspect the double meaning is purposeful. For Jesus calls us both to learn from him and to learn about him. He is both our professor and our curriculum; he is the one we are to learn from and learn about.

By contrast, many of us I imagine are heavily burdened by our cares and concerns. Many of us are weary, tired out by the expenditure of our energies. In and amidst these projects and tasks that we take on, let’s not allow them to become sources of anxiety and exhaustion and to take away all our joy and peace. Let us respond warmly and gratefully to our Lord’s invitation to take on his teaching. And when we do so, let’s be sure we don’t make of the Christian life yet another care and concern that exhausts our energies.

There is no need for vain and frustrated struggle when it comes to studying the way of Christ. There is nothing we can do to make ourselves more lovable or more accomplished in a way that will impress God. The opposite of this pointless striving is not to do nothing at all but to do what we are called to do while depending confidently upon the revelation of God the Father in the person of Jesus Christ and to accept the rest—the precious rest—that our Savior promises us today.

Amen.

Collect for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

O Lord, we beseech thee mercifully to receive the prayers of thy people who call upon thee, and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfill the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

This Week’s Announcements, July 16-22, 2017

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.


Childcare is provided for infants and toddlers during both the 9 am and 11:15 am Masses. 

9:00 am—Infant nursery is located on the first floor in the room beyond the Parish Office.  The Toddler nursery is located downstairs in Moseley Hall.

11:15 am—Infants and Toddlers are cared for on the first floor in the room beyond the office.

If you have questions or special needs we want to hear them.  Contact Meg Nelson 856-217-0847 or megwnelson@gmail.com.


TODAY!


9:00 Coffee Hour. Melissa Fox and Rachael and Joe Ringenberg host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week the hosts are Ray Porter 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.  Larry Civale hosts the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next Sunday the hosts will be Kara Rodgers, Roxy Hanson and Meg Nelson.   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 Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com) or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).


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.


Musical Notes:  During the month of July a soloist will sing for the first four Sundays; on Sunday, July 30, the St Cyprian’s Singers, the Choir of St Cyprian’s Clarence Gate, London will be visiting us and offering the Kodaly Missa Brevis.  Primarily consisting of alumni choral scholars from British university chapel choirs, the St Cyprian’s Singers were founded by Philip de Grouchy and Julian Collings in 2012 as the choir of St Cyprian’s Church, Clarence Gate in London.  Now one of the leading mixed voiced church choirs in the city, the main focus of the choir’s work is to provide music at the regular choral mass on Sundays and at special services throughout the year.

Repertoire lists can be found at https://www.theadventboston.org/1115-music-schedule/.


THIS WEEK!


Bible Study takes place on Wednesdays at 10:00 am in the Library.  We are currently reading the Epistle to the Romans.


COMING UP!


Pilgrimage to Greece next April.  A group from the Advent has been to the Holy Land together.  A group has also been to Turkey.  We will now round out the New Testament sites by going together next spring to Greece where St Paul preached extensively and where some of the earliest and most influential Christian communities came into being.

The pilgrimage will depart Boston on Monday, April 16, 2018, and return on Saturday, April 29, 2018.  Among the places we will visit will be:  Thessaloniki, Philippi, Meteora, Delphi, Olympia, Corinth, Mycenae, Naphlion, Athens, Patmos (by overnight ferry), and others. A more detailed brochure and itinerary prepared by the travel agency, Worldwide Pilgrimage Ministries, is available at the rear of the Church.

The cost will be $3,129, if we have 20 -24 pilgrims; $2,979, if we have 25 – 29 pilgrims, and, except for a few meals on one’s own, is all inclusive.  If you are interested, speak to Father Warren.


MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER


Advent Community Supper:  we have a book table, which our guests really enjoy, but some of the past suppliers have dried up.  If you have paperback books or magazines you’d like to contribute, that would be a big help!  Most of our guests are men, and prefer things like Time, and suspense/mysteries, but all contributions gladly received.  And, if you’ve thought about trying out volunteering, summer is a good time, as we lose our MIT students and regulars to vacation time. Contact Barbara Boles, bbolesster@gmail.com.


Volunteers needed for Advent service at B-SAFE in Dorchester:  Would you like to help provide a safe, fun, and healthy experience for kids in Boston this summer?

Our parish has signed up to provide lunch for the kids and staff at the B-SAFE (Bishops’ Summer Academic and Fun Enrichment) Program at the Epiphany School in Dorchester from July 31-August 3.  We need some volunteers for 1) food prep, 2) meal service, or 3) reading with kids (ages 7-12).  You can help on any single day, or for all 4 days.  Food prep will be at the Advent (9-11 am), and the other two activities will be at the Epiphany School (11:30 am-1:30 pm, accessible by Red Line T).  I was a Site Director at this program last year, and can attest to how great a service this can be for kids and adults alike!  To volunteer to work on this project or help coordinate it, contact Steve Armandt (SteveArmandt@gmail.com, 617-943-8355).


ODDS & ENDS


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.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
July 17-23, 2017

Monday, July 17
William White of Pennsylvania

Tuesday, July 18
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, July 19
Macrina
10:00 am: Bible Study
5:30 pm: Bellringing
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
6:00 pm: BHCA Reception

Thursday, July 20
5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:15 pm: Vestry

Friday, July 21

Saturday, July 22
St Mary Magdalene

Sunday, July 23
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

Collect for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

O God, who hast taught us to keep all thy commandments by loving thee and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of thy Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to thee with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

This Week’s Announcements, July 9-15, 2017

The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Alexina Wilkins Talmadge, William Malcolm Mill, and Robert Mill.

The flowers at the Crossing are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Richard Douglas Rogers.


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.


Childcare is provided for infants and toddlers during both the 9 am and 11:15 am Masses. 

9:00 am—Infant nursery is located on the first floor in the room beyond the Parish Office.  The Toddler nursery is located downstairs in Moseley Hall.

11:15 am—Infants and Toddlers are cared for on the first floor in the room beyond the office.

If you have questions or special needs we want to hear them.  Contact Meg Nelson 856-217-0847 or megwnelson@gmail.com.


TODAY!


9:00 Coffee Hour. Betsy Ridge Madsen and Angie Corbett host the Coffee Hour this morning. Next week the hosts are Melissa Fox and Rachael and Joe Ringenberg.  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.  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 Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com) or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).


Compline at the Advent – TONIGHT at 8pm – Join us for the ancient liturgy of Compline, preceded by Lucernarium, an evening service of lamp-lighting. We pray Compline on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00pm in the nave.

There will be special music at the Compline service this evening and a reception will follow.

There is particular need for parishioners familiar with liturgical practice at the Advent to participate, so if you are interested in helping celebrate this service of prayer before bedtime in the custom of early Christian monasticism, please contact Fr. Hanson (frhanson@theadventboston.org) or Fr. Wood (frwood@theadventboston.org).


Musical Notes:  During the month of July a soloist will sing for the first four Sundays; on Sunday, July 30, the St Cyprian’s Singers, the Choir of St Cyprian’s Clarence Gate, London will be visiting us and offering the Kodaly Missa Brevis.  Primarily consisting of alumni choral scholars from British university chapel choirs, the St Cyprian’s Singers were founded by Philip de Grouchy and Julian Collings in 2012 as the choir of St Cyprian’s Church, Clarence Gate in London.  Now one of the leading mixed voiced church choirs in the city, the main focus of the choir’s work is to provide music at the regular choral mass on Sundays and at special services throughout the year.

Repertoire lists can be found at https://www.theadventboston.org/1115-music-schedule/.


We are delighted to announce that Nancy Macmillan is now convalescing at home after a very long stay in hospitals and rehabilitation centers.  She would love to talk on the phone, and cards would be happily received and a great tonic for her.  3 Anderson Street, Boston, MA 02114-3655


THIS WEEK!


The Wednesday Evening Reading Group meets this Wednesday, July 12, at 7 in the Library.  We will discuss Chapter 7: “Walking to Emmaus in a Postmodern World” from N. T. Wright’s The Challenge of Jesus.


Bible Study takes place on Wednesdays at 10:00 am in the Library.  We are currently reading the Epistle to the Romans.


COMING UP!


Pilgrimage to Greece next April.  A group from the Advent has been to the Holy Land together.  A group has also been to Turkey.  We will now round out the New Testament sites by going together next spring to Greece where St Paul preached extensively and where some of the earliest and most influential Christian communities came into being.

The pilgrimage will depart Boston on Monday, April 16, 2018, and return on Saturday, April 29, 2018.  Among the places we will visit will be:  Thessaloniki, Philippi, Meteora, Delphi, Olympia, Corinth, Mycenae, Naphlion, Athens, Patmos (by overnight ferry), and others. A more detailed brochure and itinerary prepared by the travel agency, Worldwide Pilgrimage Ministries, is available at the rear of the Church.

The cost will be $3,129, if we have 20 -24 pilgrims; $2,979, if we have 25 – 29 pilgrims, and, except for a few meals on one’s own, is all inclusive.  If you are interested, speak to Father Warren.


MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER


Advent Community Supper:  we have a book table, which our guests really enjoy, but some of the past suppliers have dried up.  If you have paperback books or magazines you’d like to contribute, that would be a big help!  Most of our guests are men, and prefer things like Time, and suspense/mysteries, but all contributions gladly received.  And, if you’ve thought about trying out volunteering, summer is a good time, as we lose our MIT students and regulars to vacation time. Contact Barbara Boles, bbolesster@gmail.com.


Volunteers needed for Advent service at B-SAFE in Dorchester:  Would you like to help provide a safe, fun, and healthy experience for kids in Boston this summer?

Our parish has signed up to provide lunch for the kids and staff at the B-SAFE (Bishops’ Summer Academic and Fun Enrichment) Program at the Epiphany School in Dorchester from July 31-August 3.  We need some volunteers for 1) food prep, 2) meal service, or 3) reading with kids (ages 7-12).  You can help on any single day, or for all 4 days.  Food prep will be at the Advent (9-11 am), and the other two activities will be at the Epiphany School (11:30 am-1:30 pm, accessible by Red Line T).  I was a Site Director at this program last year, and can attest to how great a service this can be for kids and adults alike!  To volunteer to work on this project or help coordinate it, contact Steve Armandt (SteveArmandt@gmail.com, 617-943-8355).


ODDS & ENDS


The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish.  There are openings for flower memorials or thanksgivings for the High Altar for Sundays, July 16 and July 23.  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.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
July 3-9, 2017

Monday, July 10

Tuesday, July 11
Benedict of Nursia
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, July 12
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing
7:00 pm: Wednesday Evening Reading Group

Thursday, July 13

Friday, July 14

Saturday, July 15

Sunday, July 16
The Sixth 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, July 2, 2017, the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

You may have noticed that so often, when Jesus really wants to get his disciples attention, he places a child in the midst of them — either literally or figuratively.

Think of his gentle rebuke to the disciples, when he is in the midst of blessing children: “…Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.’”

Think of the time he admonishes his disciples as they bickered about who was greatest: He puts a child “in the midst of them, and says, ‘Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child…is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’”

Think of the time a child’s meal becomes a foreshadowing of the Eucharist. “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what are they among so many?’ … Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated…” —about five thousand people.

And today, he concludes his commentary on discipleship with the vivid image of giving a child a drink of cold water.

Perhaps he learned this strategy — using a child to focus attention — from his father, who placed a baby — the infant Jesus — in our midst as way to get our attention.

That’s perhaps the best, and the worst, thing about children, isn’t it? There’s really no ignoring them. You know this all too well if you have listened to your own, or a neighbor’s, wailing baby. Or been near a squirmy little one at the movies or a fussy one on an airplane.

Kids can’t be ignored, sometimes to our dismay.

Even when no child is physically present, memories of our own childhood can shape us, haunt us, hold us in their grip. I suspect each one of us can remember vividly at least one youthful experience that could be considered formative: an undeserved punishment. An unexpected gift. An unanticipated loss. A mysterious encounter we may still struggle to make sense of. (Wouldn’t it be good to soften those difficult memories, or preserve those good ones, by giving them the emotional or spiritual equivalent of a cup of cold water?)

Jesus uses children not only to grab our attention, but also to help convey his message. In addition to the way they command, or demand, attention, children snap us out of our own adult bubble — sometimes, rather uncomfortably — and force us to confront things we might rather wish to ignore — for example, their dependence on us adults, and by the same token, their independence of thought. Their thoughts are not our thoughts, and our ways are not their ways. The two poles of dependence and independence, attachment and separation, shift and evolve and change day by day, year by year, as children develop and grow. Just when you think you’ve got it figured out, it’s back to the drawing board.

Here are a couple of things to consider about children — both those little ones, and, equally important, us as children of God.

To begin with, I suggest that the aphorism “children are the future” is not accurate. Children are in fact the present, and how we as individuals, as families, as a community of faith, as a nation, treat children says much about who we are, and how we are. If you want to get a sense of a particular society’s values, take a look at their children.

Children convey a history waiting to be told. A relationship with children offers us a chance to create our own legacy, in ways both large and small. And not only the legacy of our individual selves, but the enduring influence of the structures and systems we value. This happens in so many ways: through engagement in childhood education; through introducing children to the eternal wonders of museums, libraries, churches, parks, concerts. When we not only foster but engage in imaginative play, turning tables and sofas into castles and forts; including invisible friends in games and trips.

Today, Jesus sets in the midst of his disciples the idea, or perhaps the reality, of a child, or children. We can imagine everyone there as part of a crowd that is thirsty: perhaps hot, perhaps tired, perhaps even cranky. Yet all he asks is that we give a little one a cup of water. Minister to a child’s most elemental needs, in the name of Jesus.

Now I don’t mean to romanticize or idealize children, either the concept of them or their reality. But I do want to emphasize two of their most crucial spiritual qualities: they are vulnerable, and they are precious.

It is perhaps because of this — because of their vulnerability, and their preciousness — that children often appear in scripture as holy messengers. God knows how children can trigger in us a visceral, urgent desire for mercy, justice, and compassion.

Consider the ongoing refugee crisis. The situation gained a new level of attention and outrage when a photograph of a three-year-old boy’s lifeless body, washed up on shore of the Mediterranean Sea, made news. Likewise, news of a faraway famine becomes more real, more urgent, when we see the bloated belly, emaciated limbs, and empty eyes of a starving child.

Here I could cite a string of shocking statistics about the number of refugees under the age of 18; about child marriage; about children without access to healthcare or education; children who live in poverty, who face hunger daily, who are wounded or killed by gun violence…
But to what end? Would any of these appalling numbers or statistics be acceptable? Is there any child not worthy of a cup of the cold water of mercy, justice, and compassion?

If we fail children, we fail ourselves. If we fail children, we fail the God who risked everything to come to us as a little child: homeless, hungry, helpless. The holy child who as an adult said, with his dying breath, “I thirst.”

Collect for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

O Almighty God, who hast built thy Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their doctrine, that we may be made an holy temple acceptable unto thee; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

This Week’s Announcements, July 2-8, 2017

Healing services will be held after all Masses in the Lady Chapel.


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.


Childcare is provided for infants and toddlers during both the 9 am and 11:15 am Masses. 

9:00 am—Infant nursery is located on the first floor in the room beyond the Parish Office.  The Toddler nursery is located downstairs in Moseley Hall.

11:15 am—Infants and Toddlers are cared for on the first floor in the room beyond the office.

If you have questions or special needs we want to hear them.  Contact Meg Nelson 856-217-0847 or megwnelson@gmail.com.


TODAY!


9:00 Coffee Hour. Bette Boughton and Jonnet Holliday host the Coffee Hour this morning. Next week the hosts are Betsy Ridge Madsen and Angie Corbett.  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. Gabriel Ellsworth, Julius Krein and Xander Mojarrab host the Coffee Hour this morning.  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 Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com) or Kyle Pilares (kpilares.uk@gmail.com).


Musical Notes:  Many, many thanks to our nine o’clock Parish Choir for their choral work this year.  Their contribution to our worship is immeasurable.  They have begun their summer break, but please express your thanks to choir members personally when you spy them in the pews or at coffee hour!

Our summer choir season has begun.  A reduced choir will sing for the 11:15 Solemn Mass during the months of August and September, offering motets and mass settings.

During the month of July a soloist will sing for the first four Sundays; on Sunday, July 30, the St Cyprian’s Singers, the Choir of St Cyprian’s Clarence Gate, London will be visiting us and offering the Kodaly Missa Brevis.  Primarily consisting of alumni choral scholars from British university chapel choirs, the St Cyprian’s Singers were founded by Philip de Grouchy and Julian Collings in 2012 as the choir of St Cyprian’s Church, Clarence Gate in London.  Now one of the leading mixed voiced church choirs in the city, the main focus of the choir’s work is to provide music at the regular choral mass on Sundays and at special services throughout the year.

Repertoire lists can be found at https://www.theadventboston.org/1115-music-schedule/.


We are delighted to announce that Nancy MacMillan is now convalescing at home after a very long stay in hospitals and rehabilitation centers.  She would love to talk on the phone, and cards would be happily received and a great tonic for her.  3 Anderson Street, Boston, MA 02114-3655


THIS WEEK!


Independence Day will be celebrated this Tuesday, July 4.  The Parish Office will be closed.  The holiday schedule will be observed—Morning Prayer at 8:30 am; Low Mass at 9:00 am; Evening Prayer is cancelled.


The Wednesday Evening Reading Group will meet on July 5 at 7 in the Library.  We will discuss N. T. Wrights’s The Challenge of Jesus.


Bible Study takes place on Wednesdays at 10:00 am in the Library.  We are currently reading the Epistle to the Romans.


COMING UP!


Pilgrimage to Greece next April.  A group from the Advent has been to the Holy Land together.  A group has also been to Turkey.  We will now round out the New Testament sites by going together next spring to Greece where St Paul preached extensively and where some of the earliest and most influential Christian communities came into being.

The pilgrimage will depart Boston on Monday, April 16, 2018, and return on Saturday, April 29, 2018.  Among the places we will visit will be:  Thessaloniki, Philippi, Meteora, Delphi, Olympia, Corinth, Mycenae, Naphlion, Athens, Patmos (by overnight ferry), and others. A more detailed brochure and itinerary prepared by the travel agency, Worldwide Pilgrimage Ministries, is available at the rear of the Church.

The cost will be $3,129, if we have 20 -24 pilgrims; $2,979, if we have 25 – 29 pilgrims, and, except for a few meals on one’s own, is all inclusive.  If you are interested, speak to Father Warren.


MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER


Advent Community Supper:  we have a book table, which our guests really enjoy, but some of the past suppliers have dried up.  If you have paperback books or magazines you’d like to contribute, that would be a big help!  Most of our guests are men, and prefer things like Time, and suspense/mysteries, but all contributions gladly received.  And, if you’ve thought about trying out volunteering, summer is a good time, as we lose our MIT students and regulars to vacation time. Contact Barbara Boles, bbolesster@gmail.com.


Volunteers needed for Advent service at B-SAFE in Dorchester:  Would you like to help provide a safe, fun, and healthy experience for kids in Boston this summer?

Our parish has signed up to provide lunch for the kids and staff at the B-SAFE (Bishops’ Summer Academic and Fun Enrichment) Program at the Epiphany School in Dorchester from July 31-August 3.  We need some volunteers for 1) food prep, 2) meal service, or 3) reading with kids (ages 7-12).  You can help on any single day, or for all 4 days.  Food prep will be at the Advent (9-11 am), and the other two activities will be at the Epiphany School (11:30 am-1:30 pm, accessible by Red Line T).  I was a Site Director at this program last year, and can attest to how great a service this can be for kids and adults alike!  To volunteer to work on this project or help coordinate it, contact Steve Armandt (SteveArmandt@gmail.com, 617-943-8355).


ODDS & ENDS


The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish.  There are openings for flower memorials or thanksgivings for the High Altar for Sundays, July 16 and July 23.  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.


THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
July 3-9, 2017

Monday, July 3

Tuesday, July 4
Independence Day (Parish Office Closed)
8:30 am: Morning Prayer
9:00 am: Low Mass
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, July 5
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing
7:00 pm: Wednesday Evening Reading Group

Thursday, July 6

Friday, July 7
11:00 am: Holy Hour

Saturday, July 8
Aquila & Priscilla
2:00 pm: Memorial Service

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