The flowers at the High Altar are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Nancy Hockfield LaPosta.

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.

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

9:00 Coffee Bette Boughton and Jonnet Holladay host the Coffee Hour this morning! New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by email, or telephone (617-501-7572) if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour. John Ross Campbell, David Fisher, and Karen Harrington host the Coffee Hour this morning.We will have a festive coffee hour hosted by members of the Parish today. 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  If you have any questions, please contact Frederick Ou (, Roxy Hanson ( or Kyle Pilares ( or Betsy James ( 

Compline at the Advent—this evening at 8 pm—join us for the ancient liturgy of Compline, preceded by Lucernarium, an evening service of lamp-lighting. Members of the Advent Choir will sing chant and contemplative music.  We pray Compline on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm in the nave. 

The Annual Parish Meeting is Sunday, January 27, 2019.  Contributions to the 2018 Annual Report were due in the Parish Office by January 4.  If you owe a report (as head of a committee or group) please send it in ASAP.


Dear Parishioners and Friends of the Church of the Advent,

We would like to thank the many people whose efforts made Fr Warren’s last Sunday with us such a memorable day. It was a moving day of thanks and tribute for our pastor of two decades. Let us keep him in our prayers as he moves to Marblehead and begins this new stage in his life. While the sadness of his departure is immediate and acute, our lasting memory should be of the joy with which he led us, and the vitality of the Parish family he leaves behind.

As the Advent has now entered this transition period, we wanted to provide a brief update on a few items.

First, our interim, the Rev’d Truman Welch, will take up his duties on Monday, January 28, and will preach on his first Sunday, February 3, when we will observe Candlemas.  We are excited to welcome Fr. Welch among us. Don’t be surprised to see him around the Hill and at the Advent on occasion toward the end of the month as he gets settled in back in Boston. We are also pleased that the Rev’d Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff will serve as Interim Assisting Priest through Candlemas.  Fr. Macdonald-Radcliff is well-known to the Parish, having often assisted here during times of vacation and pilgrimage by other priests. We are thankful that he has a few weeks to spend with us as we await the arrival of Fr. Welch.

Second, we look forward to seeing everyone at the Annual Meeting, which will commence at 10:15am on Sunday, January 27 between the two Masses. The list of nominees for Vestry and other Parish offices will be available in this Sunday’s bulletin. The Vestry will next meet this coming Thursday, January 17. The agenda includes consideration and approval of the budget for 2019, which will then be presented to the Parish in the Annual Report and at the Annual Meeting.

Third, our transition committees continue their work. The Search Committee is in the process of reviewing the substantial number of responses to the Parish Questionnaire, and planning the content of the Parish Profile. The Administration Committee is planning a series of reports and recommendations to the Vestry. There will be more detailed reports from both of these Committees in the Annual Report and at the Annual Meeting.

Fourth, we would like to introduce and welcome our new Parish Administrator, Jim Singletary. Jim previously served as administrator of churches in Salem and in Seattle. We are very lucky to have found an experienced pair of hands to take over from Jim Wood. Congratulations to Jim Wood on his retirement and thanks to him for more than two decades of service to our Parish! And welcome Jim Singletary! You will all have the chance to meet “new Jim” in person around the office, or at the Annual Meeting.

May God continue to bless the Church of the Advent.

Very truly yours,

Thomas Brown & Paul J. Roberts, Wardens.


The nominating committee proposes the following persons for election to the indicated offices at the Annual Meeting to be held Sunday, January 27, 2019.

For Member of Vestry (4 to be elected):  Lynda Blair, Dustin Henderson, David Lapin, Fran Piscitelli, Philip Sawyer.

For Treasurer: Adam Rutledge.

For Clerk: Frederick Ou.

For Delegate to the Diocesan Convention (2 to be elected): Betsy Ridge Madsen, Julianne Ture.

For Alternate Delegate: Robb Scholten.

Informational statements from the candidates will be posted in advance of the Annual Meeting.

-By the Nominating Committee, consisting of C. Thomas Brown, Paul Roberts, John Boyd, Kara Rodgers, and John Higgins.

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE CLERK:  The Vestry has set the next Annual Meeting of the Parish for Sunday, January 27, 2019.  At that meeting there will be elections for Vestry and for Diocesan Convention.  To qualify to vote in a Parish election, you must be a baptized Christian, at least 16 years of age, who makes a regular, recorded contribution to support the Parish for the preceding year.  You must also subscribe to the authority of the Parish By-Laws and the Canons of the Diocese.

Under the By-Laws of the Parish, the Clerk is responsible for maintaining the Electoral Roll.  The Electoral Roll for the upcoming Annual Meeting is now posted outside the Parish Office.  It consists of those who have pledged or made a similarly recorded qualifying contribution to the General Fund of the Parish during the past year.  Your name must be on the Roll in order to vote.  Any changes to the Roll must be made before the Parish Meeting commences.  Please inspect the list and let the Clerk know if you think there is an error.

The Advent needs and values the participation of new parishioners, both in Parish life and Parish governance.  If you are new, please be sure to make a pledge for 2019 so that you can vote in the Annual Meeting.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. 

In accordance with Article IV, Section 2, of the By-Laws of the Parish of the Advent, the Clerk has posted the Warrant for the Annual Meeting in the lobby of the Parish Hall, The Vestry has called the Annual Meeting for Sunday, January 27, 2016, at 10:00 am.

                                                                      Faithfully yours,  

                                                                      Frederick Ou, Clerk


The Wednesday morning Bible Study meets in the library this Wednesday at 10:00 am.  We are embarking on a study of Hebrews.  Please come, bring your Bible, and someone you know.  


Common Cathedral Upcoming Volunteer Oppportunities.  Four times a year the Advent partners with Common Cathedral, an outdoor worship service on the Common that provides lunch, communion, and fellowship with homeless people and their friends. Members of the Parish will be on the Common January 20th helping with this vital ministry. Volunteers are welcome for the next time Advent partners on March 10th. Please visit for more information. To be a volunteer please contact Pastoral Assistant, Eric Fialho, at   

North Shore House Group Saturday, February 2nd.  A North Shore House Group is starting up in Salem, MA beginning on Saturday, February 2nd at 10AM. The group will meet monthly on Saturday mornings. This is a great opportunity for North Shore members of the Advent to have fellowship time together. At each session a theological idea will be discussed. The first session will meet at Brothers Taverna at 283 Derby St. in Salem. At the first session we will have brunch and come up with a running-list of Theological points to ponder in the coming months. For any information please contact Robb Scholten at

Are you someone who will RISE AGAINST HUNGER?   If you are, then we can use you at the event we’re hosting on Saturday, February 16th from 10:00 am to noon in Moseley Hall. Again this year The Advent is hosting a Rise Against Hunger event for the members of our Diocese who are in the Boston Harbor Deanery. We are looking for five or six volunteers from our parish to join volunteers from other parishes around the Deanery to prepare 10,000 meals. That’s right. We will prepare dry food packages, one complete meal in each package with the necessary vitamins and nutrients, that will be sent somewhere around the world where people are hungry. The goal of Rise Against Hunger is to see an end to hunger in our lifetime. A very lofty goal, and we can do our part by stepping up and helping on February 16th.  If you have helped with events like this you will know that this is really a lot of fun. There’s music, some dancing, bells ringing to announce how many meals have been created, and just a good sense of satisfaction knowing that we are reaching out to others in need. We ask those who volunteer to arrive at 9:45 on that day. We are also looking for donations to offset the $3,500.00 it takes to put on the event and meet the cost of the food and materials. Within hours of announcing the event, we received a $500 donation from Emmanuel Church and a pledge of having some volunteers attending from that parish. What will the people of The Advent do? If you’re interested in helping or making a donation, please contact Father James. (go to the website and then click “get involved” and then click “host a meal packaging event”).  


Common Art Show Rescheduled. Due to technical hold ups Advent will now plan on hosting the Common Art Show at a later date in Spring. 

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:

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 on Sundays, February 10, and February 17.  If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (

January 14-20, 2019

Monday, January 14

Tuesday, January 15
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, January 16
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
6:00 pm: Administration Committee
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, January 17
Antony of Egypt

5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:15 pm: Vestry
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, January 18
The Confession of St Peter

11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, January 19
Wulfstan of Worcester
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am: Flower Guild

Sunday, January 20
The Second Sunday after the Epiphany
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
11:15 am: Solemn Mass
4:30 pm: Organ Recital
5:00 pm: Solemn Evensong & Benediction

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