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.

Dear Members and Friends of the Church of the Advent,

The Rev Douglas Anderson
Fr. Anderson

With great joy and pleasure, we announce that the Vestry, acting on the recommendation of the Search Committee, has called the Rev’d Douglas Anderson to be the next Rector of the Church of the Advent. Our Bishop has blessed this call, and Father Anderson has accepted. He will join us on Candlemas, February 2, 2020, along with his wife, Traci. The Andersons have three daughters: Celeste, who attends Loyola University, and twins Maddie and Emma, who are completing high school in Canada.

Father Anderson is a native of Ontario. He did his undergraduate degree at Trinity College, University of Toronto, and sang in the Chapel Choir there and in the Gallery Choir of St. Mary Magdalene, Toronto. He then studied at Nashotah House, graduating and receiving priestly ordination in 1994. Father Anderson has spent his entire ministry in Anglo-Catholic Parishes, including an internship at St. Clement’s Philadelphia, a curacy at St. Matthias’ Dallas, and his first rectorate at Christ Church, Woodbury, New Jersey beginning in 1997. In 2004, Father Anderson moved to Texarkana, Texas, to take up his current post as Rector of St. James’ Church. In addition to leading a growing congregation in a rich liturgical and educational life at St. James’, Father Anderson has also been deeply involved in the parish’s day school (where Traci serves as Assistant Head of School) and its large homeless shelter and outreach ministry.

We are thankful to the Search Committee, led by Lynda Blair, for their enormous commitment of time and energy to the search process. At the Annual Meeting we will invite members of the Search Committee to speak to the congregation about their work.

The arrival of Father Anderson as Rector means that our interim period is coming to a close. It is hard to imagine that the Advent would have passed through this time of transition so successfully without the graceful and calm leadership of Father Truman Welch. In his year with us, Father Welch has not only earned the respect and affection of the whole congregation, but also secured his place as a lifelong member of the Advent family. His last Sunday with us will be Sunday, January 12, 2020. We will celebrate and thank Father Welch at both coffee hours that day, and wish him well as he resumes his retirement in Maine.

Please pray for our Rector-Elect and his family as they prepare to move to Boston, and for the people and parish of St. James’ Texarkana, as they begin their own time of transition.

May God continue to bless the Church of the Advent.

Faithfully your brothers in Christ,
Thomas Brown, Senior Warden
Paul J. Roberts, Junior Warden

The flowers on the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Geoffrey B. Sayer.

The flowers in the crossing are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Nancy Santeusanio Nickolds.

The Advent wreath is given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Norman MacGregor Post, priest, and Jane Irene Post.


9:00 Coffee Hour: Hosting today are Cassie & Jack Gurnon and Judy Bell & Fran Piscitelli. 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: Hosting this morning are Alfred Duhamel, Michael Gnozzio, and Frederick Ou. We are always in need of more volunteers; to view the schedule and select a date to co-host, visit www.theadventboston.org/1115-coffee-hour-signup/. If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (frederick.ou@gmail.com), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).

Advent Tour: This Sunday our Verger, Raymond Porter, will give a 10–15 minute tour of the church building following the 11:15 Mass. Meet him in the Baptistry immediately following the Postlude and learn about our fascinating, complicated, historic building.


Dunkin Donuts Gift Cards for Community Dinners. As we have done the past few years, guests at the Tuesday Evening Community Dinner this week will be given Gift Cards to Dunkin’ Donuts as their Christmas gift from the Advent. This will allow them to go to a warm place and get hot coffee and something to eat during the cold months of winter. If you wish to make a donation—and we hope you do—send it in marked “Dunkin.”

Theology on Tap this week! Tuesday, December 17 at 7 pm; Silvertone Bar and Grill, 69 Bromfield Street (Chez Freddie Room). Fr. Arnold Klukas will speak on The Advent of Renewed Catholicity in Anglicanism: The Oxford Movement in its Theology and Liturgy.

20s & 30s Group Caroling. Please come for caroling this Wednesday, December 18, sponsored by the Advent 20s & 30s and followed by a party afterwards at the home of Maria Denslow. Please arrive at 6:45 pm on Wednesday (right after Evening Prayer and Healing Mass) at the office door of the church (Brimmer Street side), and from there, armed with music books, we will proceed to go about caroling in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. After we have sung them all and a little more and got a healthy portion of winter chill, we will process to 33 Hancock Street #4, to warm up and have a drink and a snack graciously hosted by Maria Denslow at her place. We hope to see you and sing with you Wednesday!

A Mass of the Resurrection for the repose of the soul of Ellen Brockman will be celebrated this Friday, December 20, at 12:30 pm.

Orders for Christmas Memorial and Thanksgiving Flowers are due in the parish office this Friday, December 20. An order form can be found on the back page of Sunday’s service leaflets.


Every year stuffed animals and infants’ clothing are presented at the crèche during the 4:30 pm Mass on Christmas Eve. Donations go to the Fragment Society, who, since their inception in 1812, have been distributing clothes to Boston’s poor and needy.

Parish Office Nominations: At the Annual Meeting, there will be elections for four Vestry seats, Clerk, Treasurer, and two Diocesan Convention Delegates. This year’s nominating committee includes the Wardens (Tom Brown and Paul Roberts), Maria Denslow, and Dustin Henderson. Please submit any proposed names to one of them before Epiphany.  

The parish Flower Guild needs your help! Decorating the church for Christmas is a lot of work, and the Flower Guild can’t do it alone. We need volunteers on the following days; floral design skills are not required ‑ if you can carry a bucket, climb a stepladder, or fill a trash bag, we can use you! And if you can spare an hour or two, but not come for the entire block, that’s perfectly OK.

  • Sunday December 22, around 1:00 pm. After the 11:15 coffee hour we need help carrying all the Christmas material out of storage and up into the church.  Making one or two trips before you leave is a big help.
  • Monday December 23, 10:00 am to noon and/or 1:00 to 3:30 pm
  • Tuesday, Christmas Eve, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Christmas Service Schedule

What Is Saint Michael’s Conference?: On Sunday, January 19, we will have the opportunity to find out. At 10:15 Father James will lead a presentation about the Conference with the help of parishioners who have attended the Conference, served as counselors, or are senior staff members. Every young person who is between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one ought to attend this presentation, but more importantly, the parents ought to attend too. This week-long conference for teaching, learning, worship, and recreation has been offered each year since 1960 and has been a force in the spiritual lives of thousands of high school and college-aged students. Come and find out why.


Thanks to those who submitted pledges this week. As of this past Thursday we have received 131 pledges, pledging a total of $401,522. 53 have increased their pledges by an average of over 14%, and there are 3 new pledges. We have still to hear from 82 parishioners who pledged a total of $171,720 last year. You can pledge online by going to the parish website www.theadventboston.org and clicking the “Pledge Online” button, or pick up a pledge packet in the church.

PLEASE NOTE: pledges received in the December 8 collection have not yet been processed and will be reflected in next Sunday’s Stewardship Report. Also next Sunday, 2020 pledge envelopes, for those who have requested them, will be available for pickup.


Book Store News. In celebration of Advent 175, all Advent Choir CDs are on sale for $10.00 each throughout the month of December. Advent Calendars, Christmas cards and music, 2020 “Churchman’s Ordo Kalendars” and Christian Pocket Diaries are now available at our Parish Book Store, which is open after each Mass on Sundays in Moseley Hall.

A Reminder about Email Scams: As the holiday season comes around once again, so too, alas, do gift-card scams. While this has been happening on and off over the past year, the holidays are peak scam season because it’s a time when many people are in the giving mood. Right on cue, several parishioners have recently received a vaguely-worded email, purporting to be from Fr. Welch, asking them to contact him about a “favor” that turns out to be one of these gift-card scams. Please be aware that these are spoofed email addresses. None of the Advent clergy would personally email any parishioner to ask them to participate in such a campaign, legitimate or not. The only gift-card campaign the church engages in is our annual request for Dunkin Donuts cards for our Tuesday Night Supper guests (see “This Week!” section).

Advent Compline at SSJE: On Thursdays during Advent (December 5, 12, and 19), the monks of the Society of St John the Evangelist will offer a contemplative Compline service that is open to all. The service begins at 8:00 pm and is preceded and followed by 30 minutes of quiet meditation by candlelight. The monastery is located at 980 Memorial Drive in Cambridge, a short walk from the Harvard Square T stop.

Discount parking vouchers for the Boston Common Garage are available for $9.00 each from Deacon Daphne or Nola Sheffer. You can find them between the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses at the Coffee Hour or Entr’acte. The vouchers can be used after 4:00 pm weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Questions? email: nsheffer@newview.org.

December 16-22, 2019

Monday, December 16
9:45 am: Advent School concert rehearsal

Tuesday, December 17
6:00 pm: Community Supper
7:00 pm: Theology on Tap @ Silvertone Bar & Grill, 69 Bromfield Street

Wednesday, December 18
10:00 am: Bible Study
1:00 pm: Advent School concert rehearsal
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
6:45 pm: 20s & 30s Caroling
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, December 19
5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:15 pm: Vestry
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, December 20
10:00 am: Advent School concert
11:30 am: Rosary
12:30 pm: Mass of the Resurrection for Ellen Brockman (no 12:15 Mass)

Saturday, December 21
St Thomas the Apostle

Sunday, December 22
The Fourth Sunday of Advent
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

Christmas Service Schedule

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