The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Frances Lee McCormick and Barbara McCormick.
The flowers at the Crossing are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Staff Sergeant Matthew Albert Pucino, U.S. Army Special Forces.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
9:00 Coffee Hour. Barbara Boles and the kitchen host the Coffee Hour this morning! Next week the hosts will be Melissa & Eric Baldwin and Carolyn & Tom McDermott. 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. Stephen Kies and Jonathan Maldonado host the Coffee Hour this morning. Next week the hosts will be Jason Grant, Philip Marshall & Kara Rodgers. 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).
Entr’acte: continuing this Sunday Fr Warren will conclude Entr’acte for the year with a three-part examination of the various sects within what is called Christianity: what they believe, what they practice, how they differ from Classical Christianity. That’s after the 9:00 Mass in the Library. The sessions conclude on December 9.
Today, the last Sunday of the Church’s liturgical year, is the Feast of Christ the King. This is a fairly recent feast day in the Church, having been established by Pope Pius XI in 1925 as a counter to the totalitarian regimes which were coming into being in Europe at the time. In time, it was adopted by the Anglican and Lutheran Churches and is now widely celebrated throughout the world.
It is a special and unique feast which celebrates and sums up the various meanings of the liturgical year. Christ past—as from Advent to Advent we mark His life, His teachings, His Passion and Resurrection. Christ present—as we enjoy His gracious presence in our lives by the preaching of the Word, the celebration of Sacraments, and the fellowship of his Body, the Church. Christ to come—as we await the establishing in the world of His Kingdom of harmony, peace, and love.
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, November 28, 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.
Next Sunday, December 2, is Advent Sunday, our Feast of Title & Dedication. We will celebrate this auspicious day with a joyful Procession to mark our founding and a Solemn Mass for the First Sunday of Advent. We are very fortunate and we will be blessed by having the Rev’d Dr Fleming Rutledge with us as our preacher that morning. She is a celebrated preacher, lecturer, and the author of numerous books.
In the 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, Lukaszewski, McDowall, Moyer & Vaughan Williams. The evening concludes with a gala reception in Moseley Hall.
Copies of Dr Rutledge’s 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, as 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.
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.
Enjoy great music and help our Tuesday night Supper! This afternoon the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra presents the music of Weber, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich in a concert at Symphony Hall beginning at 3:00 pm.
As guests enter or exit Symphony Hall during this BPYO performance, Music for Food will be collecting donations to support the Tuesday Night Supper Program at Boston’s Church of the Advent. Every dollar donated becomes three meals for those in need. We hope you will join us in supporting Music for Food and transforming the nourishment of music into food! Tickets are available at their website, www.bostonphil.org.
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.
This afternoon, at 4:00 pm, The Bach Project at Ashmont Hill Chamber Music returns for its second season. The concert will be held at our sister parish, All Saints, Ashmont (209 Ashmont Street, Dorchester). The Bach Project is a baroque ensemble of instrumentalists and singers, including several members of the Advent Choir, as well as the boys of All Saints’ Choir. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time by visiting the Ashmont Hill Chamber Music website: www.ahchambermusic.org. Tickets are $25 for adults, $18 for students, $3 for EBT card holders, and free for children under 13.
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 99 pledges, pledging a total of $284,296. 36 have increased their pledges by 21%, and there are 14 new pledges. We have still to hear from 121 parishioners who pledged a total of $272,609 last year.
The Stewardship Committee thanks all who have made a pledge so far. If you have not yet pledged, please do so soon.
The Committee encourages all parishioners to get their pledges submitted on or before our Feast of Title & Dedication, which is next Sunday.
THIS WEEK AT THE ADVENT
November 26-December 2, 2018
Monday, November 26
6:00 pm: Boston Cecilia Rehearsal
Tuesday, November 27
5:30 pm: Community Supper
Wednesday, November 28
Kamehameha & Emma of Hawaii
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing
7:00 pm: Bible Study
Thursday, November 29
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal
Friday, November 30
Saint Andrew the Apostle
10:00 am: Beacon Hill Garden Club Meeting
11:30 am: Rosary
8:00 pm: Boston Cecilia Concert
Saturday, December 1
10:00 am: Flower Guild
4:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal
Sunday, December 2
The First Sunday of Advent—Feast of Title & Dedication
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Procession & Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School
11:15 am: Procession & Solemn Mass
4:30 pm: Organ Recital
5:00 pm: Service of Advent Lessons & Carols