Today!        Today!        Today!

Healing services will be held after all Masses in the Lady Chapel.

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

The flowers in the Lady Chapel are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Dorothis Friedell and Gerald Humel.

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—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 617-480-3017 or


9:00 Coffee Hour.  Melissa Fox and Betsy & Peter Madsen host the Coffee Hour this morning.  The hosts next week are Carolyn & Tom McDermott and Nola Sheffer.  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. David Fisher, Maria Olmos & Julius Krein and Stephen Teichgraeber host the coffee hour this morning.  Next week the hosts are Marcos & Daniel German-Domingues.  We are in need of more volunteers to do the coffee hour.  Please phone or send email to the Coffee Team to volunteer.  To sign up or if you have any questions, please contact Marcos or Daniel German-Domingues ( or, or Frederick Ou (

Entr’acte.  This morning we begin our Entr’acte series on Anglo-Catholicism.  Fr. Warren will set the stage by taking a hop, skip, and a jump through the English Reformation.  This was a very complicated and ambiguous period which created a kind of “hybrid” Church and made possible and, perhaps, necessary the Anglo-Catholic movement of two centuries later.  We’ll take a look at the how and the why.  We will begin following the 9 am Sung Mass ( around 10:25 am ) in the Library.  Please try to be on time.

Stewardship:  Spiritual Gifts:  November is “Stewardship Season” at the Advent, and you should have received a mailing in the past few days about the important place stewardship holds in our life together.  But remember—stewardship is most certainly about the pocketbook, but it’s not just about the pocketbook!  God gives Christians “spiritual gifts” to steward, as well.  Do you know what your spiritual gifts are?  During this stewardship season, please take a few moments to complete an online gifts assessment to help explore your gifts.  The test at is just an example, and there are many such inventories available online.  Once you’ve completed the assessment, schedule a coffee with Fr Warren, Fr Wood, or Deacon Daphne to talk about the result together.  Let God show you how you are uniquely gifted to be part of the Advent’s ministry to our parish family, our neighborhood, our city, and the world!

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. (1 Cor. 12.4-7)

If you did not receive the 2016 stewardship packet in the mail this past week, there are Stewardship brochures and pledge cards on the tables at the rear of the Church.  And you can pledge on line by going to the parish website and clicking the “Pledge Online” button

This Week!        This Week!        This Week!

Theology on Tap—7 pm this Tuesday, November 10—Rattlesnake Bar on Boylston—Fr Phillip Ellsworth on “God vs God:  Is the Old Testament God Really Cranky & Mean and the New Testament God Warm & Fuzzy?”

We’re excited to welcome Fr Phillip Channing Ellsworth, Jr to our next Theology on Tap this Tuesday, 10 November!  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—as well as actual father to the Advent’s own Gabriel Ellsworth.  The parish will host Fr Ellsworth for part of his sabbatical in 2016, and he graciously agreed to join us at Theology on Tap to take up an age old question:  “Is the God of the OT the God of the NT?”  When Jesus on the cross takes upon himself the curse of the covenant so that blessing might come to us, is he being a kinder, gentler version of the God whom those poor souls in the Old Testament were made to suffer?  Join us at 7 pm on November 10 for “God vs God” to find out the answer—and bring a friend! 

Wednesday, November 11 is Veterans Day.  The Parish Office will be closed.  The regular schedule will be in effect—Morning Prayer at 9:00 am; Evening Prayer at 5:30; Healing Mass at 6:00 pm.

Community Groups at the Advent—Interested in being part of a small group?  These are the groups currently, or soon to be, meeting on a regular basis.

  • The Arts & Letters Group meets for reading and discussion most Wednesdays starting around 6:45, after the conclusion of the Healing Mass. Our reading selections are determined by consensus and range from contemporary commentaries on scripture and theology to the classic historic writings of the church.  On October 14 we began exploration of a new book, God and the New Atheism:  A Critical Response to Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens, by John Haught.  These discussions will be moderated by Michael Gnozzio.  Arts & Letters is open to all parishioners and guests.  Please contact Robb Scholten  ( for info.
  • The Beacon Hill Group meets at the home of Sammy and Renée Wood. For info, contact Sammy ( or Ali White (  All parishioners from the Beacon Hill area are welcome.  The group meets every second and fourth Wednesday at the Woods’ house.    

The Advent urges every one of her members to be part of a small group where we form deep friendships, do in-depth study, worship and pray, encourage each other, and serve together.  Whether you’ve been in small groups for decades or you’ve never been to one at all, you’re invited!

Coming Up!        Coming Up!        Coming Up!

Choral Evensong & Organ Recital—Next Sunday, November 15.  In the afternoon the Evensong at 5:00 pm will feature the works of Howell and Holst and Harris, preceded by an all-Scandinavian organ recital by Carson Cooman at 4:30 pm.  Please join us for a full day of worship through fine music.

SSJE Retreat at Emery House on March 4 – 6, 2016:  The Advent is sponsoring a retreat during Lent at Emery House (, the SSJE (Society of St John the Evangelist) house in West Newbury, Massachusetts.  One of the brothers will direct the retreat, which runs Friday, March 4, through Sunday, March 6.  The suggested rate is $135/night for two nights, and a non-refundable deposit of $135 is due by Sunday, December 6, to reserve a spot.  For more information, contact Fr Wood (

Odds & Ends

Concert this afternoon at 3:30 pm in Moseley HallTramontana will present Songs of the Oracle, featuring the Propheti Sibyllarum of Orlando di Lasso and motets by William Byrd.  Songs of the Oracle is a creatively woven exploration of secular, mystical, and sacred beliefs about the coming of Christ through the works of two of the most gifted Renaissance composers.  Tramontana is a five-person ensemble, including several members of the Advent choir, dedicated to performing and finding the joy in early music.  All are invited to this hour of sacred mysteries, secular prophecies, and glorious singing.  There is a suggested $15 donation at the door.

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 24, 2015.  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, Jack Gurnon, Thatcher Gearhart, Father Warren, and the Wardens, Tom Brown and Kara Rodgers, 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.

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:

Advent Playgroups are Back!  The sunny downstairs space of Moseley Hall is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 am to Noon for local families.  We haul out toys and lay out rugs for babies, toddlers and their parents to enjoy, and it’s a great space to meet other families and keep warm through the winter months!  The groups begin again on Thursday November 12.  If you are interested in joining in on the fun, there is a contact form on our website, or simply show up to play!  Also, if you’re able to help set up and attend the Playgroups, please contact


This Week at the Advent

November 9 – November 15

Monday, November 9

     10:00 am      Organ Practice

1:00 pm      Organ Practice

5:15 pm      Girl Scouts

Tuesday, November 10
Leo the Great

       5:30 pm      Community Supper

7:00 pm      Theology on Tap

Wednesday, November 11
Martin of Tours    Veterans’ Day  (Parish Office Closed)

       6:00 pm      Healing Mass

7:00 pm      Bell Ringing

Thursday, November 12
Charles Simeon

     10:00 am      Play Group

7:00 pm      Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, November 13

     10:00 am      Play Group

6:00 pm      Library Concert

Saturday, November 14
Bestowal of the American Episcopate

     10:00 am      Advent Choir Rehearsal

7:00 pm      AA Meeting

Sunday, November 15
The Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

      7:30 am      Morning Prayer

8:00 am      Low Mass

10:15 am      Church School

10:15 am      Entr’acte

11:15 am      Solemn Mass

4:30 pm      Organ Recital

5:00 pm      Evensong & Solemn Benediction

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