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, if you will, fill out a visitor’s/newcomer’s card so that we 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 – Infant 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 Sarah Connor at 617-480-3017 or by email.



 9:00 Coffee Hour. Nathan Cleveland and Ray Porter host the Coffee Hour this morning. The hosts next week will be Rob Braman & Rachel Johnson and Nancy Macmillan. New coffee hour hosts are always needed; please contact Barbara Boles by phone, 617-501-7572, or email if you’re interested or have questions about what is entailed.

11:15 Coffee Hour. Today, Kara Rodgers hosts the coffee hour. We do not have hosts yet for next week.   We are in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour. Please contact the Coffee Team to volunteer. To view the schedule of available dates and select a date to co-host, please to to If you have any questions, please contact Marcos or Daniel German-Domingues ( or or Frederick Ou (


Entr’acte resumes this morning after the 9:00 am Mass. Vance Hosford will begin a two-part discussion of Anglo-Catholicism and Church Architecture. That’s in the Library at about 10:20 am. Please try not to be late.


Church School: The Advent’s Church School program is a busy and exciting environment for Christian formation for the youngest members of our parish family. Nobody is too young—we even have a class for infants and their parents!—and class offerings run all the way through high school age. Classes happen every week after the 9:00 Mass. After your child goes forward to receive communion or a blessing, all children aged 3 and up head up to class on the 3rd floor of the parish house. Children meet at the doorway to the hall leading upstairs, and they go up to their classrooms as a group. Infants and toddlers (up to age 3) go with their parents to “Beulah Land” in the All Purpose Room just off the Parish Office. Children ages 3 – 6 go up to the 3rd floor and ages 6 – 9 go to the 4th floor for Godly Play, where they’re led in song, story and play as they learn to speak the vocabulary of our church’s rich heritage. Junior High students meet in Moseley Hall to help set up coffee hour, then head up to the Frisby room for class, and High School students meet with Fr Wood. For more information or to sign your child up, contact our Church School Coordinator Sarah Connor at or 617-480-3017.


Our preacher this morning is the Rev’d Phillip Channing Ellsworth, Jr. Fr Ellsworth is Associate Rector of St Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac, Maryland, and the former Associate Rector of St Bartholomew’s Church in New York. He is also, by the way, the father of the Advent’s own Gabriel Ellsworth. Fr Ellsworth is presently on sabbatical and will spend part of that time assisting at the Advent on Sundays and weekdays involved in all the priestly and pastoral ministries of the Parish. We are delighted to welcome him into our Parish family.


The Adventurers Culinary Adventure begins today at the Museum of Fine Arts with a lecture about world’s cuisines by Curator Laura Ziman. We’ll be leaving about 1:30 pm today by cab from the Church so all can travel safely. See Ginnie at Coffee Hour to meet up. Laura is really energetic and entertaining. It will be lots of fun.


Gift Opportunities: Very good news. To date, we have received funds to pay for the renovation of the Frisby Room upstairs in the Parish House, and a donor has stepped forward and offered to underwrite the renovation of the remarkable West Doors of the Church. A third project remains:

A new High Mass Set and Frontal for Advent.   This is something we need badly.  A minor emergency, one might say.  Recently, our Sacristan showed me that the Advent frontal is deteriorating from the inside, and that the top panel is connected to the frontal itself by torn and rotting cloth.  It is quite beyond repairing.

The High Mass vestments, which in fact do not match the present frontal, have been repaired so many times that we are not going to be able to do this much longer.  Clearly, we need a new set of vestments to go with a new frontal.

And .  .  .  we are, after all, the Church OF the Advent.  We ought to have a High Mass Set and frontal which befits our title and our tradition.

So far we have had several very generous donations to this project, and there has been the promise made of other gifts. At present the cost is uncertain. We will have a better idea when there have been enough donations to know that we have ample money to begin the project and have a specific design created for the set and frontal. —Father Warren  



Theology on Tap returns this Tuesday, January 12, 2016 with a visit from an old friend, Leah Libresco, whose topic will be:  “Accidental Stylites?:  The Benedict Option and the American Church”.  Lots of people are talking about “the Benedict Option” these days—from the man who coined the phrase (Rod Dreher), to the guys at Mockingbird, to an Anglican who launched a BenOp community in London—but other folks aren’t as familiar with the idea or haven’t considered its consequences.  Leah Libresco has thought about the BenOp, and she thinks it’s easy for Christians today to wind up as “accidental stylites”—living their faith in isolation, going to Church with others, but otherwise finding their spiritual life restricted to private, solitary moments.  She joined us last year to promote her first book, Arriving at Amen:  Seven Catholic Prayers that Even I Can Offer, and we’re delighted she’s agreed to come back!  Come out to the Rattlesnake Bar and bring a friend (or 4) to welcome her back to Boston on January 12 at 7:00 pm.


Bible Study Begins—Wednesdays at 10 am—Parish Library—Interested in studying the Bible with others from our parish? Join Fr Wood in the Library on Wednesday mornings at 10 am as we begin a weekly informal Bible study on January 13. “Episcopalians as people of faith share a central conviction about the Bible: that God the Holy Spirit lives and breathes in these pages, and in those who seek with humility and compassion to understand such challenging, ancient texts.” (Roger Ferlo, Opening the Bible, NCTS vol. 2 (Boston: Cowley, 1997): 8.)



Annual Parish Meeting
January 24, 2016, 10:00 AM

The Nominating Committee has proposed the following persons to stand for election to the Vestry at the Annual Meeting on January 24, 2016:

Lynda Blair                                          Jason Lewis

Dustin Henderson                              Virginia Pierce

Christopher Laconi                            Nathaniel Slater

David Lapin

There are four three-year terms and one year of the late Bruce Webb’s term to be filled.

Also nominated for one-year terms are:

For Clerk:                               For Treasurer:

Frederick Ou                                    Adam Rutledge

Delegate to the Diocesan Convention (and the Boston Harbor Deanery)          (two to be elected):

Betsy Ridge Madsen                        Julianne Turé

Alternate Delegates (one to be elected):

Robb Scholten

Photographs of the nominees accompanied by statements of their intention to serve will be posted in the lobby of Moseley Hall.

Nominations from the Floor of the Annual Meeting: The Vestry has adopted a process for nominations from the floor after the Nominating Committee has announced the candidates which it proposes. Any four members of the Parish can nominate a candidate by filling out and signing a nomination form that gives the name of the nominee and the office to which that person is nominated. This process does not preclude nominations at the Meeting itself; but it does permit the name of the nominee to appear in print on the ballot. The Nominating Committee may also adopt such nominees from the floor as part of its proposed slate as well. If you have any questions about this process, please speak with the Clerk (Christopher Laconi) or his predecessor (C. Thomas Brown), or call the Parish office. A statement describing qualifications for Officers and Members of the Vestry may be found at the rear of the church.

An Important Message From the Clerk:  The Vestry has set the next Annual Meeting of the Parish for Sunday, January 24, 2016.  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 2015 so that you can vote in the January, 2016 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 24, 2016, at 10:00 am.

Faithfully yours,

Christopher Laconi, Clerk



Volunteers Needed—Missions Opportunity in Dorchester—Fr Edwin Johnson (friend of the parish and a guest preacher for us last year) contacted Peter Madsen for help with a project at St Mary’s church in Dorchester. They need to rework the former fellowship hall, located below the main church, to make it suitable for a new tenant, and the first step is to insulate the windows. Peter has ordered 29 interior storm windows to be delivered in February, and the Advent donated a portion of the purchase price. The vendor’s website suggests that anyone who is handy can install them, so now we’re looking for some volunteers. If you’re interested in joining a team one Saturday this winter, please contact Fr Wood.


Welcome to the world, Alma May Ringenberg!—Baby Alma May Ringenberg was born to Rachael and Joe on the night of December 29 coming into the world at 8 pounds, 5 ounces of sweetness! The whole family is doing well, and now we want to show them some Advent loving care! If you can provide a meal to the Ringenbergs, just click to sign up for a specific day, and contact 617.823.7721 or to schedule a delivery. If you find it difficult to deliver a meal yourself, please consider leaving food for them at the church.


Thank you for a generous 2015!  Advent parishioners were more active than ever in giving to support the various campaigns our Mission & Outreach Team ran in 2015—winter clothes for One Warm Coat, items for animals at Angell Memorial, school supplies for the Epiphany School, professional clothing through Solutions at Work, baby clothes and diapers for Vincent Newborn Necessities.  All our campaigns are closed for now, and the office isn’t taking any more donations, but the M&O Team want to thank you for making 2015 our most active giving season in recent memory!



Pledge Envelopes for 2016: If you made a pledge for 2016 and requested pledge envelopes, they can be found at the back of the Church on tables in alphabetical order. If you requested envelopes and cannot find them, call the Parish Office at 617-523-2377 ext 122.



The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish.  There is an opening for a flower memorial or thanksgiving for the High Altar on Sunday, January 24.  If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (email

Discount Vouchers for the Boston Common Garage are available for $9.00 each from Nola Sheffer. You can find her 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 Nola.

Discount Vouchers for the Boston Common Garage are available for $9.00 each from Nola Sheffer. You can find her 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:



January 11-17, 2016

Monday, January 11

1:00 pm      Organ Practice
4:00 pm     Beacon Hill Seminar Kickoff Reception

Tuesday, January 12
Aelred of Rievaulx
5:30 pm      Community Supper
7:00 pm      Theology on Tap
Wednesday, January 13
Hilary of Poitiers
6:00 pm      Healing Mass
6:30 pm      Parish Choir Rehearsal
7:00 pm      Bell Ringing
Thursday, January 14
10:00 am      Play Group
7:00 pm       Advent Choir Rehearsal
Friday, January 15
10:00 am      Play Group
Saturday, January 16
10:00 am      Advent Choir Rehearsal
8:00 pm       AA Meeting
Sunday, January 17
The Confession of St Peter
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
4:30 pm      Organ Recital
5:00 pm      Solemn Evensong & Benediction
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