A Special and Important Announcement From the Wardens
Dear Parishioners and Friends of the Church of the Advent:
We are pleased to announce that the Rev’d Truman Welch will serve as Interim Rector during our period of transition and search following Father Warren’s retirement. Father Welch will take up his position effective Monday, January 28, 2019. His first Sunday will us will be February 3, 2019, when we will celebrate Candlemas. We will hear Father Welch preach that day and welcome him at celebratory coffee hours after both the 9 am and 11:15 am Masses.
Father Welch retired four years ago as Rector of Good Shepherd, Waban. By happy coincidence, Father Welch’s predecessor there was none other than our own Rector, Father Warren. So in addition to his experience as the leader of a parish, Father Welch is deeply familiar with our Anglo-Catholic traditions of worship and teaching. He also has a wonderful personal calmness and pastoral presence about him, which are excellent traits for a time of transition.
We are grateful to our Bishop for his careful attention to the Advent in proposing Father Welch to us, and for his counsel and guidance in discerning the right path for us during the upcoming period of transition. We are also thankful to the Vestry and the Clergy for their thoughtful and prayerful participation in this process. Please keep Father Welch and Bishop Gates in your prayers, just as you have Father Warren.
Faithfully your brothers in Christ,
Thomas Brown & Paul J. Roberts, Wardens.
The Advent wreath is given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Norman MacGregor Post, priest, and Jane Irene Post.
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.
Church School News: Today, there is no Church School; instead, there will be Advent Wreath making in the Library immediately after the 9 am Mass.
Saturday, December 15—Christmas Pageant Rehearsal–at 9 am. We will gather in Moseley Hall to sort out costumes and we will rehearse in the Sanctuary. (Please let Meg Nelson know ASAP if you are able to help with getting the costumes sorted and ready to go for Saturday morning—you may contact Meg at email@example.com.)
If you are interested in having your child participate in the Pageant, please email Meg Nelson for more information.
Sunday, December 16—Christmas Pageant—during the 9 am Mass.
Evening services (December 2, December 24 and December 31)—as a reminder, we always have childcare available for these evening services. The caregivers are in the nursery space adjacent to the Parish office and arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to the serviceChildcare 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
9:00 Coffee Hour. Melissa & Eric Baldwin and Carolyn & Tom McDermott host the Coffee Hour this morning! Next week the hosts will be Maggie Dunbar and Nola Sheffer. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email, email@example.com or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.
11:15 Coffee Hour. Jason Grant, Philip Marshall & Kara Rodgers host the Coffee Hour this morning. We are always 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Roxy Hanson (email@example.com) or Kyle Pilares (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Betsy James (email@example.com).
The Last Gospel for Advent. Here at the Advent, at the end of the Midnight Mass at Christmas and on Christmas Day, we hear the Last Gospel (John 1:1-16) read after the Dismissal of the Mass. Its proclamation of the reality of the Incarnation seems particularly appropriate at Christmas when we celebrate God’s entering the world and human life to save us and bring us back to him. We borrowed this practice, though restricting it to one day of the year, from the mediaeval Church when the Last Gospel was read at the end of every Mass.
The text itself is powerful and familiar, which is doubtless why it got attached to the Mass. In the past, it was read over the sick to promote healing. We learn from Chaucer that in his day it was read by itinerant friars upon entering a house to invoke God’s blessing upon the household. (Chaucer’s particular, unscrupulous friar was quite eloquent and also quite happy to charge for his incantation!)
Fr Jay Weldon, Rector of my former parish, Good Shepherd, Waban, called my attention to the custom of a Last Gospel for Advent. The Last Gospel is read, but it is not completed. Like Advent, itself, it looks forward to its joyful completion at Christmas. There is the usual salutation, but the response, “Thanks be to God” is not said until the Gospel finds its fulfillment at Christmas.
Today is the First Sunday of Advent, our Feast of Title & Dedication, the 174th Birthday of the Church of the Advent. At both the 9 am and 11:15 am Masses Stewardship pledge cards for the year 2019 will be presented and blessed. This will take place just before the Great Thanksgiving (Consecratory Prayer) of the Liturgy.
We are very fortunate and we will be blessed by having the Rev’d Fleming Rutledge with us as our preacher that morning. She is a celebrated preacher, lecturer, and the author of numerous books.
Copies of her most recent book, Advent: The Once and Future Coming of Jesus Christ, a collection of sermons appropriate to and also about the Season, are available in the Book Store. In a brief review of the book, Fr Warren wrote: “For Fleming Rutledge, the proper celebration of Advent is crucial for the exposition of the faith of the church and the practice of the individual Christian. She argues passionately for a return to the original twofold focus of the season—a looking back to the Incarnation and a looking forward to the second coming of Christ and the consummation of all things. . . . The sermons in this volume demand more than one reading. They are born out of an intimate knowledge of Scripture, prodigious learning, and Rutledge’s own experience as a Christian believer, parish priest, and teacher. They are written with clarity and conviction and, occasionally, an almost heartbreaking honesty.”
Copies of her magnum opus, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ are also available. This is essential reading for anyone who wishes to delve deeply into the Mystery of our Salvation by the death and rising of Jesus. It is lengthy but very accessible, written not for scholars but for people in the pews.
This afternoon, Professor Damin Spritzer, of the American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma, will offer a half-hour program of Advent organ music at 4:30 pm. At 5:00 pm, the Advent Choir will sing the beloved service of Advent Lessons & Carols, including music by Byrd, Dove, Ferguson, Jackson, Lehman, Łukaszewski, McDowall, Moyer & Vaughan Williams. The evening concludes with a gala reception in Moseley Hall.
It’s that time again! As we have done the past few years, guests at the Tuesday Evening Community Dinner 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 “Donuts.”
The Wednesday morning Bible Study will meet in the library this Wednesday at 10:00 am. We are currently studying the epistles First and Second Timothy, Titus and Philemon. Please come, bring your Bible, and someone you know.
New Bible Study Course—1, 2 & 3 John: Word, Truth, & Love in an Evil World—Continuing this Wednesday, December 5, an in-depth five week course will be offered starting at 7:00 pm in the Library. Pastoral Assistant, Eric Fialho, will again lead a thought-provoking Bible Study. All attendees will receive scripture journals. Each session will last roughly 90 minutes and cover various histories, key themes, and enduring theologies as expressed in the shortest Epistles of the New Testament. For more information please contact Eric at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every year stuffed animals and infants’ clothing are presented at the crèche during the 4:30 pm Mass on Christmas Eve. This year these donations will be given to the Fragment Society, who, since their inception in 1812, have been distributing clothes to Boston’s poor and needy. They are especially in need of infant clothing and small stuffed animals to include in the more than 400 layettes that volunteer ladies involved in the organization assemble each year.
MISSION & OUTREACH CORNER
The Coat Drive Continues—Please help us reach our goal of 100 coats, or make a dollar donation. All tax deductible, of course. Deacon Noyes has details.
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: email@example.com.
At the Advent Book Store! Advent Calendars, Christmas Cards, Christmas music; 2019 Ordo Kalendars and Pocket Diaries; all available at our Book Store.
Vestry Nominations. Please note that several members of the Vestry, a Treasurer and a Clerk will be elected at the Annual Meeting to be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019. It is not too early to think about members of the Parish whom you think would serve effectively on the Vestry. A Nominating Committee, consisting of John Higgins, John Boyd, Maria Denslow, Kara Rodgers, and the Wardens, Tom Brown and Paul Roberts, is ready to receive the names of those whom you wish to nominate. Please speak to them beforehand to make sure that they are willing to run.
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 16, 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.
- Saturday December 22, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
- Sunday December 23, 1:30 to 5:00 pm. After the 11:15 Mass we will have a light lunch and then put up all the greens and candles.
As of this past Thursday we have received 131 pledges, pledging a total of $365,295. 53 have increased their pledges by 20%, and there are 17 new pledges. We have still to hear from 93 parishioners who pledged a total of $203,774 last year.
The Stewardship Committee thanks all who have made a pledge so far. If you have not yet pledged, please do so soon.
THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
December 3-9, 2018
Monday, December 3
10:00 am: Advent School Rehearsal
Tuesday, December 4
John of Damascus
5:30 pm: Community Supper
Wednesday, December 5
Clement of Alexandria
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing
7:00 pm: Bible Study
Thursday, December 6
Nicholas of Myra
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal
Friday, December 7
Ambrose of Milan
11:30 am: Rosary
Saturday, December 8
Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
10:00 am: Flower Guild
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
Sunday, December 9
The Second Sunday of Advent
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School / Entr’acte
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
8:00 pm: Compline