The flowers at the High Altar are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Cindy Nelson.

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 Coffee Hour.  Maggie Dunbar and others 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.  Hour.  John Ross Campbell and Alfred Duhamel host this morning’s Coffee Hour.  Next week the hosts will be Kyle Pilares and Christopher Laconi. We are 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 Marcos or Daniel German-Domingues ( or, Frederick Ou (, or Kyle Pilares (

Chalk that was blessed last Sunday can be found at the back of the Church along with a page describing how to use the chalk at your homes.

Advent 101—A Class for Newcomers—New to the Advent?  This morning, Fr Wood concludes a class designed to orient you to life at the Advent, introduce you to other newcomers and parishioners, and teach some basics about our history, worship and ministries.  That’s in the multi-purpose room next to the parish offices between the Masses.

Entr’acte:  Entr’acte will resume this morning  at 10:30 am in the Library with Fr Hanson continuing his very popular presentation on the theology which led up to the formulation of the Nicene Creed.  He will conclude this series the Sunday following.  There will be no Entr’acte on Sunday, January 29, because of the Annual Parish Meeting that day.  The following Sunday, February 5, and on subsequent Sundays, February 12, 19, and 26, Fr Warren will lead a discussion of the teaching and practice of Islam.  Thereafter, during Lent Jim Wood, our Parish Administrator and scholar of the Bible to boot, will lead a presentation of the Passion Narratives in the four Gospels.

Advent Tour:  This morning our Verger, Raymond Porter, will give a tour of the church building.  Ours is a fascinating, complicated, and historic building.  Mr Porter will provide a ten to fifteen minute overview of its many facets.  Meet him in the Baptistry.  The tour will begin immediately after the Postlude.

This afternoon—Organ Recital, Solemn Evensong & Benediction, and E&B Talk:  Our monthly service of Evensong & Benediction at the Advent resumes this afternoon, January 15.  The evening begins with a 4:30 organ recital by our own Katelyn Emerson, who will play the complete Symphonie Gothique of Charles-Marie Widor, based on Gregorian chant themes from Christmastide.  Solemn Evensong & Benediction follows at 5:00, featuring the Tallis Latin Evening Service, Oculi omnium by Byrd, and Howells’ setting of Behold, O God, our defender

Immediately following E&B, join us downstairs in Moseley Hall for a light supper and to hear a talk by our friend and neighbor in the Back Bay, Pastor Ingo Dutzmann of First Lutheran Church in Boston.  On October 31, 1517, a monk named Martin Luther posted his Ninety-five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, German, lighting the match that sparked the Protestant Reformation.  The Advent will observe the 500th anniversary of that momentous event all 2017 in forums like Entr’acte and a Luther reading group, and Pastor Dutzmann has agreed to kick off the year by speaking at our first E&B Talk.  His topic is “Martin Luther, Western Civilization’s Indispensable Man; how his courage of conscience helped define our guarantees of personal liberty!”  Evensong and the supper is a perfect way to cap off the Lord’s Day, particularly when we share them with our Lutheran friends in Boston, so please come join us!


The Parish Office will be closed tomorrow for the Martin Luther King Birthday observance.  Morning Prayer will be cancelled.  A Mass will be celebrated at 12:15 pm.  Evening Prayer will be said at 5:30 pm.

Bible Study Continues—Wednesdays at 10 am—Parish Library—Interested in studying the Bible with others from our parish?  Join us in the Library on Wednesday mornings at 10 am.  This week we study the Epistle of Jude; next Wednesday we begin Revelation!


An Important Message From the Clerk:  The Vestry has set the next Annual Meeting of the Parish for Sunday, January 29, 2017.  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 2016 so that you can vote in the January, 2017 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 29, 2017, at 10:00 am.

Faithfully yours,
Frederick Ou, Clerk

The Nominating Committee has proposed the following persons to stand for election to the Vestry at the Annual Meeting on January 29, 2017:

Eric Baldwin
C. Thomas Brown
Christopher Laconi
Philip Le Quesne
Kyle Pilares
Tony Pulsone
Rachael Ringenberg

There are four three-year terms and one year of Nathan Cleveland’s term to be filled.

Also nominated for one-year terms are:

For Clerk:
Frederick Ou

For Treasurer:
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 (Frederick Ou) 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.

The Annual Parish Meeting is Sunday, January 29, 2017.  Contributions to the 2016 Annual Report must be in the Parish Office no later than 12:00 Noon on Friday, January 6, 2017.  All heads of committees or groups are expected to submit a report.  Electronic submission is preferred.


The Boston Harbor Deanery will be holding a Stop Hunger Now event hosted by the Church of the Advent on Saturday, January 28, from 10:00 am-12:00 pm.

What is Stop Hunger Now?  Stop Hunger Now is driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Their mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable people and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.  To that end packages of dry food, enough for one meal, are assembled by volunteers and are then sent to places where there is a shortage of food and people are hungry.

Between 2 and 3 volunteers will be needed from our church to participate in the event which will be run by a team from Stop Hunger Now.  Those who have done this before say that it is quite a lot of fun.  There will be music and perhaps even dancing !  Please volunteer to help package meals and be able to arrive 15 minutes prior to the event.  To signup please contact Advent’s seminarian Eric Fialho at

Volunteer Opportunity—Serve at Common Cathedral Sunday, February, 19 from Noon to 2:30 pm.  Amanda Grant-Rose preached at the Advent in November, then shared with our Mission & Outreach Team ways our parish could partner to serve Boston’s un-housed community.  A team from the Advent will serve lunch at their Boston Common worship service on Sunday, February 19, from noon until 2:30 pm.  We need a team of eight volunteers—would you please be one of them?  For information or to volunteer, contact Ali White at or 802-323-6652, or Father Wood at


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 29.  If you are interested, please call Blenda Jeffry at 978-443-3519 (

Discount Vouchers for the Boston Common Garage are available for $9.00 each from Deacon Daphne. 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:


If you requested pledge envelopes on your pledge card, they can be found at the back of the Church in (it is devoutly to be hoped) alphabetical order. If you asked for envelopes and they are not there, please call the Parish Office (617-523-2377 ext 122, email:

January 16-22, 2017

Monday, January 16
Martin Luther King Birthday (Parish Office Closed)

Tuesday, January 17
Antony of Egypt
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, January 18
The Confession of St Peter
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, January 19
Wulfstan of Worcester
10:00 am: Play Group
5:15 pm: Property Committee
6:15 pm: Vestry

Friday, January 20
Fabian of Rome
10:00 am: Play Group

Saturday, January 21
Agnes of Rome
10:oo am: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, January 22
The Third Sunday after the Epiphany

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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