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

The flowers on the choir screen and in the Lady Chapel are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Vance Hosford. 

The flowers in the All Saints Chapel are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for the life of Leora Smith.

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


9:00 Coffee Hour. Rob Braman & Rachel Johnson and Jack & Cassie Gurnon host the Coffee Hour this morning.  The hosts next week are Mary & Paul Roberts and John Boyd.    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. Janell & Michael Saur host the Coffee Hour this morning.  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 Frederick Ou ( or Kyle Pilares (

Mission Sunday:  Today is a Sunday devoted to Mission here at the Church of the Advent.  Eric Fialho, our former seminarian, is returning this year as Pastoral Assistant and focusing part of his ministry on mission and outreach. Eric will lead the first Entr’acte of the season on October 1:  “Anglo-Catholicism and Mission:  Its History and our Roots”. 

Mission has always been a part of the life of the Advent.  In fact, mission was a part of its founding:  “To secure to a portion of the city of Boston the ministrations of the Holy Catholic Church: and more especially to secure the same to the poor and needy in a manner free from ungracious circumstances.”  Accordingly, it was a “free” church (no pew rents) and everyone without distinction—high and low, rich and poor, of any nationality and race—was encouraged to attend and become a part of the Parish family.  Among mission projects in the past, have been a role in the founding of the Floating Hospital for Children in 1884, now part of the Tufts Medical Center, and the work of the Sisters of St Margaret among the poor and disenfranchised of the former West End.

Today, the Advent houses and supports the Tuesday Evening Community Dinner for the homeless and needy, which has been a part of our life for over thirty-eight years.  Last year, though the Diocese and by direct contribution the Advent devoted over $85,000 of its budget to mission.

There are envelopes in the pews and included in the bulletin marked “Mission Offering.”  Parishioners are encouraged to give towards projects which are coming up.  One of these will be a trip to provide assistance in Houston, just as we took post-Katrina to Mississippi several years ago.  Please be generous. 

Blessing of Animals—this afternoon!  There will be a blessing of the animals at 3 pm this afternoon in the chancel.  Questions?  See Deacon Daphne or Fr Wood. 

Musical Notes:  Our Associate Organist Katelyn Emerson has won Third Prize in the Eighth International Organ Competition Musashino-Tokyo, Japan.  Established in 1988, the purpose of the International Organ Competition Musashino-Tokyo is to discover talented organists, not only in Japan but also from abroad, to contribute to their development, and to promote international exchange.  In addition to a monetary award, Katelyn Emerson performed in the Prizewinners’ Concert, held on Monday, September 18 at the Mushashino Civic Cultural Hall.  Congratulations, Katelyn! 

Neighborhood Groups Start in October!  Old and new small groups are starting in October in neighborhoods across Greater Boston.  

  • Green Line Group—Home of Jeff and Roxy Hanson—311 Tappan Street in Brookline—Date TBA
  • Beacon Hill Group—Home of Sammy and Renee Wood—43 South Russell Street in Boston—Wednesday, October 4
  • Metro-West Group—Home of Liz Hunter—492 Lincoln Road in Walpole—Sunday, October 8
  • North Shore Group—Location and time in Salem—TBA
  • The Advent Book Group and a new Luther Reading Group also start in October.

Which of these fits your schedule and lifestyle?  If none does, why not consider hosting or facilitating a group in your own neighborhood?  For more information, speak to one of the hosts listed above or contact Fr Sammy  ( 


The Church of the Advent’s Theology on Tap returns this Tuesday, October 3, with the Rev’d Mrs Fleming Rutledge—now at our new location!  Fleming Rutledge inaugurates the 2017 season of Theology on Tap with a highly appropriate topic:  The Once and Future Season:  Advent:  Why is the Advent season so uniquely important, yet so misunderstood?  Mrs Rutledge will talk about the cultural conflict between the “holiday season” and the unique themes of Advent.  It is our delight to welcome Mrs Rutledge to speak on this subject, which is timely and fitting for our parish, named as it is for this imminent and significant season in the church calendar.

One of the first women to be ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church, Mrs Rutledge has a book on Advent coming out next year.  She is the author of many other important books, including The Crucifixion:  Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ; Not Ashamed of the Gospel:  Sermons from Paul’s Letter to the Romans; And God Spoke to Abraham:  Preaching from the Old Testament; and The Battle for Middle-Earth:  Tolkien’s Divine Design in The Lord of the Rings.

Join us at 7 pm on October 3 at our new location:  Carrie Nation Cocktail Club
The Beacon Room—11 Beacon Street, near the State House

Evening Prayer will be said at the Church at 5:30 pm.  All are welcome to say the daily office together and then process from the parish church to Carrie Nation.  

Bible Study takes place on Wednesdays at 10:00 am in the Library.  We are currently reading the Epistle to the Romans.

Wednesday Evening Book Group: In anticipation of the conference and meeting being held in November focusing on Anglo-Catholicism, the Advent Book Group invites you to join us this fall in reading The Sacramental Church: The Story of Anglo-Catholicism, by John F. Nash, founder of The Esoteric Quarterly. We began discussions of this book on Wednesday, September 13. For more information, please see Alfred Duhamel or email Robb Scholten (

Due to the Vestry Retreat, Morning Prayer and the Low Mass this coming Saturday are cancelled. 


Reformation at 500—Luther Reading Group Begins in October—Five hundred years ago this Halloween, an intense, scholarly Augustinian friar named Martin Luther posted a series of theses about the sale of indulgences on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.  Within a few years, the world in which he had come of age was utterly transformed. Ever wanted to know what was going on in his mind, one of the great minds of the universal Church?  For several years before this momentous event, Dr Luther diligently walked into his classroom at six o’clock in the morning to lecture on Paul’s Letter to the Romans, and we can now read along with him as he grappled with the foundations of the Catholic faith.  To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a group gathers every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 7 pm in Fr. Wood’s office (second floor of the Parish House) to learn about Luther’s world and to study the Bible as he and his students did by reading and discussing his Lectures on Romans, one of the treasures of Christian thought.  For information, contact Ben Crowe ( or Fr Wood (

Mark your calendars now for a special event at the Church of the Advent in advance of the American Academy of Religion Meeting in Boston: “Anglo-Catholicism: Uncovering Roots”, November 15-16, 2017.

What is Anglo-Catholicism? This brief conference, on the eve of the annual meeting of the AAR, will delve into our broad tradition in a bid to remember and retrieve the best of the past for a faithful future. Inspired by the Anglo-Catholic congresses of the 20th century, young scholars will deliver papers on the holy, catholic, apostolic pattern of Scripture, sacraments, prayer, and the Church herself, formed by God in Christ. For more information, contact Fr Hanson (

Pilgrimage to Greece next April.  A group from the Advent has been to the Holy Land together.  A group has also been to Turkey.  We will now round out the New Testament sites by going together next spring to Greece where St Paul preached extensively and where some of the earliest and most influential Christian communities came into being.

The pilgrimage will depart Boston on Monday, April 16, 2018, and return on Saturday, April 29, 2018.  Among the places we will visit will be:  Thessaloniki, Philippi, Meteora, Delphi, Olympia, Corinth, Mycenae, Naphlion, Athens, Patmos (by overnight ferry), and others. A more detailed brochure and itinerary prepared by the travel agency, Worldwide Pilgrimage Ministries, is available at the rear of the Church.

The cost will be $3,129, if we have 20 -24 pilgrims; $2,979, if we have 25 – 29 pilgrims, and, except for a few meals on one’s own, is all inclusive.  If you are interested, speak to Father Warren.


The flowers throughout the church today are the work of the parish Flower Guild, a group of devoted volunteers who create the floral arrangements for Sundays, feast days, weddings, and funerals throughout the year.  None of them is a professional florist—they all learned here on-the-job, taught by Tom Sopko, who is a brilliant teacher as well as designer of flower arrangements.  They are always happy to welcome and teach new members. 

The members of the Guild are Barbara Boles, Maria Denslow, Cassie Gurnon, Susan Hockfield, Betsy Ridge Madsen, Lydia McClure, Ginnie Pierce, Thiago Rêgo, Carolyn Walden, and Director Tom Sopko.  If you would like to find out more about flower arranging at the Advent and how much fun it is, speak to one of the members, or email Tom at

The flowers that adorn the Church are funded entirely by donations from members and friends of the Parish.  There are openings for a flower memorial or thanksgiving for the High Altar on Sundays, October 29 and November 19.  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 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:

October 2-8, 2017

Monday, October 2
5:15 pm: Girl Scouts

Tuesday, October 3
6:00 pm: Community Supper
7:00 pm: Theology on Tap

Wednesday, October 4
Francis of Assisi
10:00 am: Bible Study
2:00 pm: Youth Homelessness Task Force
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bellringing

Thursday, October 5
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, October 6
William Tyndale
11:00 am: Holy Hour

Saturday, October 7
9:00 am: Vestry Retreat (Morning Prayer and Low Mass are cancelled)

Sunday, October 8
The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
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

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