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.

The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Louise Olney Baker.


9:00 Coffee Hour: The hosts this morning are Carolyn & Tom McDermott and Melissa Fox. 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 Maria Denslow; Kara Rodgers Marshall & Philip Marshall; and Philip Sawyer. We are always in need of more volunteers; 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), Roxy Hanson (roxenewu@yahoo.com) or Betsy James (ejames4@nc.rr.com).

Today we welcome The Rt. Rev. Dr. Carol J. Gallagher, who, in addition to meeting with the Search Committee, will attend the 9 and 11:15 Masses and coffee hours.

Dr. Gallagher is the regional canon for the Central Region (the 56 congregations, as well as other church-related institutions, in the Boston Harbor, Alewife, Charles River and Neponset River deaneries) of the Diocese of Massachusetts. Before coming to Massachusetts, she served as assistant bishop in the Dioceses of Montana, North Dakota, Newark, and Southern Virginia. She has also served as the bishop missioner to the Bishops’ Native Collaborative, a consortium that addresses the educational and cultural needs of Native clergy and lay leaders. Before her consecration as bishop, she served parishes in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. She is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation. She received the Louisville Institute Award in 2009 and was an Episcopal Divinity School Proctor Fellow. She has served on numerous church and civic committees and boards, including the Episcopal Church Council on Indian Ministries, the Committee on the Status of Women, and the United Way of America National Board.

Advent Tour: This morning our Verger, Raymond Porter, will give a tour of the church building following the 11:15 Mass. Ours is a fascinating, complicated, and historic building; Mr. Porter will provide a 10–15 minute overview of its many facets. Meet him in the Baptistry immediately following the Postlude.


Film Watch Party Wednesday, September 18, 6:30 pm at the Cathedral of St. Paul (138 Tremont St, Boston). Come view “The Last Dream,” a short documentary about families living under the threat of deportation, and learn more about how to defend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and work for permanent residency for TPS holders. Light snacks will be served. Co-sponsored by Episcopal City Mission. For more information, visit the Diocesan website: https://www.diomass.org/event/last-dream-film-screening.


Advent 175: As of September 15, we are just 76 days away from the parish’s 175th birthday. Excitement is building for the celebration of this momentous occasion. Preparation for the festivities will be officially launched next Sunday, September 22, at both coffee hours, with treats, displays of treasures, bespoke merchandise, and more. Not able to make it to either coffee hour? Deacon Daphne can answer questions and provide additional information.


Entr’acte Series: Christ and Culture Today. September 29–October 20.

This fall Frs. Welch and Hanson, along with Advent parishioner and PhD candidate in philosophy Nicholas Westberg, will discuss and debate Richard Niebuhr’s classic work, Christ and Culture, as well as the issues that the text still raises for us today. Christ and Culture is a clear, careful, and even-handed study of the ways Christians have related to the culture around them, ranging from total rejection to uncritical acceptance and various perspectives in between. Frs. Welch and Hanson and Mr. Westberg will present Neibuhr’s taxonomy and update his findings for our current situation in the Anglo-Catholic tradition.

Our history as American Episcopalians has been shaped by the most extreme ends of the Christ and culture spectrum, all the way from Episcopalian pacifists who were imprisoned for not taking up arms, to the more familiar (and numerous!) “Country Club Episcopalians” who, fairly or unfairly, have been judged for making a comfortable accommodation to their surrounding culture. It is important to understand these polarities as the culture war still rages around us and to imagine the distinctive contribution we can make as Anglo-Catholics, who interpret the question of Christ and culture as a subset of faith’s relationship to reason, and can therefore chart a middle course. For there is certainly truth and goodness found in human culture, but there is also distinct truth and goodness revealed to us in Jesus and the Scriptures that witness to him. And there is also the powerful and attractive alternative view articulated by Anglican theologian Frederick Denison Maurice of how Christ does not just reject or accept culture but transforms it in his own image.

These Entr’acte presentations are intended to be a conversation between the three leaders but with ample opportunities for others to join in. It should be fun and illuminating, so please join us.

In honor of St. Francis: October 4 is the day the Church has set to honor and give thanks for the life and witness of Saint Francis of Assisi, founder of the Order of Saint Francis, known as a lover of God’s Creation and one of our most well-known and popular saints. So in keeping with the celebration of his life and witness, we will host our annual Blessing of Animals on the Sunday following Saint Francis Day, October 6 at 3:00 pm in the Church’s chancel.

Earlier that Sunday the children will be able to enjoy a petting zoo in the garden off Moseley Hall beginning after the 9:00 am Mass. Just as Saint Francis gave thanks for all God’s creatures and truly appreciated how creation returns thanksgiving to God, so we will have the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy many of God’s creatures. Saint Francis’s “Canticle of the Sun” reflects his joy and faith: Most High, omnipotent, good Lord, To Thee be ceaseless praise outpoured, And blessing without measure. Let creatures all give thanks to Thee and serve in great humility.

Evensong & Benediction will resume its regular “third Sunday” schedule next month. Please join us on October 20 at 4:30 pm for an organ recital, followed by Evensong and Benediction at 5:00. A light supper and talk follows the service.


Common Cathedral: Thank you to the members and youth members of our congregation who joined us last Sunday in worshipping in communion with the members of Common Cathedral. Thank you also to those who worked to provide and serve over 120 bag lunches. (A few of you witnessed the buzz of activity during the 9:00 coffee hour.) There was nothing left! Common Cathedral is an open community church that meets weekly on the Boston Common. The ministers serve a range of congregants who are homeless or semi-homeless in order to provide them an opportunity to explore and connect with their faith and with one another. Other programs they provide throughout the week include Bible study, art therapy, and open coffee hour sessions. Churches and congregations from near and far take turns hosting their Sunday “coffee hour” lunches, and supporting the ministers during their service. The Advent hosts 3-4 times a year. All members are invited to join in this important outreach mission. The next Advent opportunity is coming up in early December and will be announced in the bulletin a few weeks before. Hosting takes place following the 9:00 am service and runs until 2:30 pm.

David Russo’s exhibit on John H. Sturgis has been enhanced by the new donation of a metal sign, originally located in the Bowdoin Street Church, reading “Contributions for building the Church of the Advent” — which dates it to the mid-1870s. The sign was rescued from the Bowdoin Street boiler room and safeguarded by Bowdoin Street archivist Carole-Jean Smith. This is a wonderful treasure from our earliest days; be sure to take a look.


Little-known facts, amusing anecdotes, and miscellaneous wisdom, in honor of the 175th anniversary of this parish.

John Hubbard Sturgis (1834-1888) is remembered as the architect of our church building. But his memory lives on in more than the structure and its shape. Sturgis himself gave a window in the east end of the Lady Chapel in memory of his young daughter, Julia Overing Sturgis (1859-1861). He also designed the lower portion of the reredos at the High Altar (1883). In 1891, his son-in-law, Francis W. Hunnewell (1838-1917), donated funds for the West Porch and Gallery in Sturgis’s memory. His widow, Frances Anne (Codman) Sturgis (1847-1910), honored him with three lancets in the South Transept (1888). These windows portray the twelve Apostles, each shown with his symbol; they carry the words of the Creed on scrolls. She also made a gift of the Nativity/Epiphany window in the West End of the North Aisle in memory of their daughter, Gertrude Gouverneur (Sturgis) Hunnewell (1862-1890), wife of Francis Hunnewell. They lived at 203 Beacon Street (278 Clarendon), a brownstone designed for Hunnewell by Sturgis’s partner Charles Brigham and completed in 1870. Gertrude was just 28 years old when she died of “premature labor,” her system compromised by Bright’s disease.

The “Misses Sturgis,” that is, the daughters of John and Frances – Frances Anne Codman Sturgis, Mabel Russell Sturgis, Alice Maud Russell Sturgis, and Evelyn Russell Sturgis — made two musically oriented gifts in 1912: The organ console, in memory of their brother, Charles Russell Sturgis (1871-1909), who died of a blood infection, and the choir stalls, in memory of their parents. From Betty Hughes Morris’s 1995 history: “The choir stalls were designed by Charles Coveney, a splendid artist and architect and a member of the Advent Corporation…. The design of the choir stalls illustrates ‘Creation Blessing the Ever Blessed Trinity,’ and features verses from the canticle Benedicite, omnia opera Domini, ‘Oh, all ye works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord’” (see pages 47-48 in the Book of Common Prayer for the text of the canticle). When the opportunity arises, take a look at the endearing selection of flora and fauna that grace the choir stalls.

September 16-21, 2019

Monday, September 16
Ninian of Galloway
5:15 pm: Girl Scouts

Tuesday, September 17
Hildegard of Bingen
6:00 pm: Community Supper
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Wednesday, September 18
Edward Bouverie Pusey
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringers

Thursday, September 19
Theodore of Tarsus
5:15 pm: Property Committee

Friday, September 20
John Coleridge Patteson & Companions
11:30 am: Rosary

Saturday, September 21
St Matthew
10:00 am: Flower Guild

Sunday, September 22
The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
7:30 am: Morning Prayer
8:00 am: Low Mass
9:00 am: Sung Mass
10:15 am: Church School
11:15 am: Solemn Mass

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