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

The Flowers in the All Saints Chapel and at the Crossing are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for, and appreciation of, the dedication and service of Ross Wood and Jonathan Ortloff.

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 HourJoe & Rachael Ringenberg and Barbara Boles host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week the hosts will be Maggie Dunbar and Melissa Fox. 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.  Jean & Marie Rateau host the Coffee Hour this morning.  Next week the host will be Jeanine Browne.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 or Kyle Pilares (

We welcome back to the pulpit this morning the XIV Rector of the Church of the Advent, and the recently retired Rector of St Thomas Church, New York City, the Rev’d Andrew C. Mead.  We are delighted to have Nancy with us as well this morning.

Advent 101—A class for newcomers—continues today in the Frisby Room between the Masses // New to the Advent?  Advent 101 meets in the Frisby Room between the 9:00 and 11:15 Masses (around 10:15.  The class is 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.  For more information or to sign up for the class, contact Alister Lewis-Bowen ( or Abigail Lewis-Bowen (

Entr’acte Returns!  Beginning today, Fr Hanson will lead a four-week Entr’acte series on “The History and Practice of Morning & Evening Prayer.”  All of us desire a strong prayer life, but many of us do not know how to use the handiest prayer resource available to contemporary Episcopalians, the orders for Morning and Evening Prayer in our Prayer Book.  What is the history behind these remarkable structures for daily prayer, and, more important, how can we learn how to use them together or alone to strengthen our prayer life?  This series will combine historical study with practical advice on how to recite Morning and Evening Prayer, formally at the Church of the Advent, or with family or friends or alone.  Bring your Prayer Book if you have a copy, and if not, why not use this series as an opportunity to acquire one and learn how to use it?

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

9:00 am Mass—Call for Acolytes // We are seeking to expand our team of dedicated servers with some new participants of all ages. If you’re a child that can sit through the Mass without a parent, you can be a Boat Carrier and assist the Thurifer in their duties. Acolytes work in pairs, carrying candles and contributing important tasks preparing and serving at the Altar. After mastering this role, servers can move on to learn the Crucifer role, as well. Servers of high school age or older may like to learn roles requiring greater independence and liturgical awareness, such as Thurifer, serve the chalice as Choir Minister; and eventually direct the entire serving team as MC (Master of Ceremonies). Finally, those comfortable with reading aloud can also move on to learn the Subdeacon role, assisting the Celebrant and Deacon at the High Altar. At the 9:00 Mass, adults have always served in all of these roles alongside younger members of the parish. Serving in these important roles is an extraordinary experience helping to maintain the standards of beauty and sanctity of liturgy that makes Advent such a special place to worship. If you have ever thought about participating more actively in the celebration of the Mass, please speak to Peter Madsen or Paul Roberts (email to learn more. We are planning to have a rehearsal in mid-fall to introduce new members.


This Saturday, October 8, a Solemn Requiem for the Repose of the Soul of Vance Hosford will be celebrated at 2:00 pm.  The Advent Choir will sing the Requiem of Maurice Duruflé.  A reception will follow in Moseley Hall.  Child care will be provided during the service and reception.  The 9:00 am Mass that Saturday is cancelled.

The first Theology on Tap of the season will take place on Tuesday, October 4, at 7 pm at the Rattlesnake Bar, 342 Boylston Street.  Theology on Tap is a terrific outreach opportunity, especially for students and young adults, so invite your friends and join us for an educational and enjoyable evening together.

Our first speaker in this series is the Very Rev’d Dr Andrew McGowan, Dean and President of Berkeley Divinity School and McFaddin Professor of Anglican Studies and Pastoral Theology at Yale University.  He is an Anglican priest and historian specializing in the practices of the ancient church in its first few centuries.  He has written Ancient Christian Worship and Ascetic Eucharists:  Food and Drink in Early Christian Ritual Meals.  Before coming to Yale he was Warden of Trinity College at the University of Melbourne, where he was Father Hanson’s teacher.

Dean McGowan’s topic is “What the Ancient Church Can Tell Us About the Future of the Faith.”  It is often lamented that the cultural importance of Christianity is on the decline in the West if not at an end entirely.  Christians are increasingly viewed as a suspect minority who may be a threat to the societies of which they are a part.  Interestingly though Christians have been in this position before, in the earliest centuries of the church.  Dean McGowan will offer insights on how the history of the church help us think today about what it means to worship as Christians and how to understand the current culture, which seems less and less Christian but also remains “spiritual.”


Copies of a Calendar of Events for the month of October may be found on the tables at the Brimmer Street and Mount Vernon Street entrances.

The second Theology on Tap of the season will take place on October 11 at 7 pm at the Rattlesnake Bar, 342 Boylston Street.  Theology on Tap is a terrific outreach opportunity, especially for students and young adults, so invite your friends and join us for an educational and enjoyable evening together.

The second speaker in the series is David Zahl, director of Mockingbird Ministries and editor-in-chief of the Mockingbird blog (  After graduating from Georgetown University in 2001, he worked for several years as a youth minister in New England boarding schools.  In 2007 he founded Mockingbird in New York City, which moved its operations to Virginia in 2010.  David and his wife Cate now reside in Charlottesville with their three sons, where David also serves on the staff of Christ Episcopal Church, supervising their ministry to students and young adults.  He is a licensed lay preacher in the diocese of Virginia, and his first book, A Mess of Help, appeared in 2014.  Most recently he co-authored Law & Gospel:  A Theology for Sinners (and Saints)Mr Zahl’s topic is Hungry for Religion:  Foodies, Fitness, and the End of Superstition.

Where to? Housing Options for Seniors—Saturday, October 15, 10 am to 1 pm in Moseley Hall—Sponsored by the parish’s Prayer & Care Team, this event is designed for anyone interested in exploring housing options in later life: assisted living, retirement communities, nursing homes, age-in-place, independent living, congregate care, and more. Become familiar with what each one can offer, and learn how to decide which might be right for you or someone you care for.

Our speaker is Michael Novack, LICSW, Senior Care Manager with LifeCare Advocates. Lunch is provided. Registration is free: or 617-523-2377 x 135; October 8 deadline. 

Healthcare workers commissioning—Sunday, October 16 at 9 am and 11:15 am—Adventers involved in any aspect of health care are invited—even encouraged—to receive God’s blessing on their work at the 9 am and 11:15 am Masses on Sunday, October 16.  Nurses, physicians, therapists, technologists, researchers:  no matter what your role, come forward with your colleagues for commissioning and blessing.

Confirmation Classes Begin This Fall: The Advent offers confirmation classes every year for those who wish to be confirmed or received into the Anglican Communion. The next Confirmation services will be next spring, but we are planning classes for Wednesday nights beginning in November. Adults and teens who are interested should email for more information. All are welcome to attend, even as a refresher course on Christian basics!

Small Groups at the Advent.  The Advent urges every one of her members to be part of a small group to form deep friendships, do in-depth study, worship and pray, encourage each other, and serve together.  Existing groups  meet near the church, but we’d like to expand to other areas of the city.

  • Are you part of an existing group?
  • Would you like to join a group?
  • Would you be interested in hosting a group?

Whether you’ve been in small groups for decades or you’re exploring small groups for the first time, come be part of this aspect of community life at the Advent.  For more information, contact Fr. Sammy (617.697.8528,

God didn’t make us to be alone; he made us for community.
Get closer to God by drawing closer to each other. 


Coat Drive starts Today!  through Sunday, November 27—One Warm Coat—Take a look in your closet for that rarely worn or outgrown coat.  Donate clean, wearable coats to our coat drive through One Warm Coat, to benefit Friends of the Children, Boston.  Tax receipts are available.  Questions?  See Deacon Daphne.


Funeral Planning:  Forms for the planning of your funeral may found at the entrances to the Church.  It is enormously helpful to loved ones and to the clergy, if you fill one of these out indicating your wishes in as much detail as you wish.  It will then be filed in the Parish Office until needed.  This will relieve family, friends, and the clergy of having to make decisions for you about the Service after your death.  This is often very difficult and sometimes painful at a time of loss and grief.

If you wish to talk to one of the clergy about this, they will be glad to do so.  Please consider very seriously filing out an Advent Funeral Form.   If you wish a form sent to you electronically, please get in touch with the Parish Office. — Father Warren

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:

A reminder that the deadline for these announcements is Noon on Wednesdays. 

October 3-9, 2016

Monday, October 3
Thérèse de Lisieux

Tuesday, October 4
Francis of Assisi
5:30 pm: Community Supper
7:00 pm: Theology on Tap

Wednesday, October 5
8:00 am: Fire Alarm Testing
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass

Thursday, October 6
William Tyndale

Friday, October 7
The Holy Rosary

11:00 am: Holy Hour
5:30 pm: Family Group
7:00 pm: Organ Tuning

Saturday, October 8
10:00 am: Advent Choir Rehearsal
2:00 pm: Requiem Mass for Vance Hosford

Sunday, October 9
The Twenty-first 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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