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

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. Melissa Fox and Nola Sheffer host the Coffee Hour this morning!  Next week the hosts will be Maggie Dunbar and Angie Corbet. 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.  Kyle Pilares, Christopher Laconi and Frederick Ou host the Coffee Hour today. We are always 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 (, Roxy Hanson ( or Kyle Pilares ( or Betsy James (   

This morning, Entr’acte, our adult education series, resumes after its summer recess.  Father Warren will begin a two-part look at what he calls Classical Christianity.  First, the Teaching and then, the next Sunday, October 14, the Practice of Classical Christianity. 

Following that, our resident Biblical scholar, Rick Stone, will lead a three part study of the 2nd chapter of the Book of Genesis, a crucial and fascinating text.  This will take place on Sundays, October 21 and 28, and November 4.

To conclude Entr’acte for the year, Fr. Warren will lead a three-part examination of various sects within what is called Christianity:  what they believe, what they practice, how they differ from Classical Christianity.  Sundays, November 18 and 25, December 9.

Mission & Outreach Meeting Today—There will be a meeting for Mission and Outreach after the 11:15 am Mass in the Library.  All are welcome to attend!  We will be discussing upcoming events and ministries. 

Merrimack Valley Assistance:  In the aftermath of the natural gas disaster in the Merrimack Valley on Thursday, September 13, all three Episcopal churches and one Episcopal school in the affected communities—Christ Church in Andover, St Paul’s Church in North Andover and Grace Church and Esperanza Academy in Lawrence—reported no property damage and no known personal injuries but at least two church families in Lawrence and one in Andover with homes damaged by fires.  Many in all three communities continue to deal with the effects of the emergency evacuations and power outages that followed Thursday’s explosions and fires. 

How to help:  Make checks out to the Church of the Advent, return them with the collection this morning Sunday, October 7, which we have designated Mission Sunday, or leave them at the Parish Office.  We will then make out one check to the Diocesan Fund and send it in. Also, your contribution will be recorded and will appear on your financial statement at the end of the year. 

Blessing of Animals—Today at 3 pm!!  There will be a blessing of the animals at 3 pm today in the chancel.   


We both extend our greatest thanks and appreciation to those who helped make our Michaelmas celebration such a wonderful evening.  This opportunity to welcome our Bishop and to celebrate our Rector’s 20 years of ministry among us showed the great vitality of our Parish.  In the wake of those events, we would like to provide an update on various activities that are or will be underway in conjunction with the transition to the next chapter in the life of the Church of the Advent.

Late last month, the Vestry had a very productive retreat and meeting led by the Canon to the Ordinary, the Rev’d Canon Bill Parnell.  These retreats are always a valuable opportunity for the Vestry to reflect on, and prepare itself for, the work of the year ahead.  That is particularly so as we enter a period of transition early next year.  We are thankful to the Rector and to Canon Parnell for putting on such a fine event. 

Both of the transition committees, described in prior communication, have also been at work.  The Administration Committee, led by David Lapin, has been conducting interviews with Jim Wood and all of the other members of the Parish staff as part of updating our job descriptions and to work on a formal employee handbook.  The Search Committee, led by Lynda Blair, has been working on a questionnaire for the Parish.  This will be a very important and valuable opening step in its work.  Information about how to complete the questionnaire will be circulated by email and by regular post in the very near future.  Please do keep any eye out for this in your mailboxes, both electronic and physical

The questionnaire is an opportunity for everyone in the Parish to share thoughts, hopes, and concerns with the Vestry and Search Committee.  For that reason, we encourage and hope for a very strong response to the questionnaire.  Please be sure that the office has an up-to-date and accurate email and regular mail address for you, so that we can be sure to reach as many parishioners as possible.  For those that do not use email, you will have the opportunity to request a paper copy of the questionnaire.  Details on how to do so will be forthcoming.

Last, but certainly not least, the Finance Committee (led by Thatcher Gearhart) and the Stewardship Committee (led by Fran Piscitelli) are beginning to organize for the upcoming canvass and the Vestry’s annual budgeting process.  We are thankful to the many talented Adventers who serve in these various roles.  We are grateful for all your questions and input of caring and concern expressed about this very important time in the life of our parish.  Please try to direct your communication to members of these committees, the Vestry, or to us.

Faithfully yours,

Thomas Brown & Paul Roberts,


Tomorrow is Columbus DayThe Parish Office will be closed.  Morning Prayer will be at 9:00 am and the Low Mass at its regular time of 12:15 pm.  Evening Prayer is cancelled. 

The Wednesday morning Bible Study will meet in the library this Wednesday at 10:00 am.  We are beginning the study of First and Second Thessalonians.  Please come, bring your Bible, and someone you know.  These two letters Saint Paul wrote to the Church in Thessalonica are two of the earliest letters written by him and give specific descriptions of his work and helpful teachings on love, prayer, work, the departed, and how to prepare for Jesus’ Second Coming.  These are great instructions even for the present time.  

Theology on Tap returns on Thursday, October 11 (note the unusual day) at the MAST Restaurant and Drinkery, the Lower Bar, 45 Province Street, Boston. 

Our guest speaker is Dr Sister Vassa Larin, a Russian Orthodox liturgist, author of a monograph on Byzantine liturgy, scholarly articles, as well as inspirational commentaries on the Scripture and Liturgy, “Reflections with Morning Coffee.”  Since 2013 Sr Vassa has hosted a popular video channel and a catechetical online podcast, “Coffee with Sr Vassa.”

In her talk at Theology on Tap, Sr Vassa will explore the types of community offered by the reality called Church, and by the virtual reality of the worldwide web and its social media.  She will also address issues of loneliness and solitude, and how they are affected by the realities of Church and Internet.  Theology on Tap is preceded  by Evening Prayer at Church at 30 Brimmer Street at 5:30 pm. 


Compline at the Advent—Next Sunday, October 14, at 8 pm—Next Sunday, October 14, at 8:00 pm, join us for the ancient liturgy of Compline, preceded by Lucernarium, an evening service of lamp-lighting.  We pray Compline on the second Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm in the nave. 

From the Bell Loft:  On the afternoon of Sunday, October 14, the Advent ringers will attempt to ring 1,718 changes of Grandsire Triples, to commemorate the first full peal of Grandsire rung in 1718.  The composition is an arrangement of that first peal by Austin Paul, a local ringer. 

Ghost Stories for an Autumn’s Night—Friday, October 26, at 7:30 pm.  Ghost Stories returns again to the Advent this year.  Two tales of terror by medievalist and master writer M. R. James will be told by candlelight in the library.  Several haunting medieval songs will be sung by soprano Elise Groves.  Ports and cheeses will be on hand for nibbling and sipping for this night of a most pleasing terror.  Tickets are $15.00 through Eventbrite or $20.00 at the door.  All proceeds go to help Mission and Outreach ministries at the Parish.

All Souls Day will be observed on Friday, November 2, with a Solemn Requiem Mass at 6:30 pm.  Envelopes to receive the names of persons to be remembered at these Masses may be found with the offering envelopes given to those who pledge to the Parish or at the rear of the Church.


Mission Sunday & Canned Food Drive—All are encouraged to bring canned food items to Church.  Betsy James will be setting up a purchase table during coffee hours at which parishioners can purchase food stuffs to donate.  All the items will be donated to the Boston Rescue Mission by the end of the month.


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:

Advent Beer Brewing:  For the last year some of our parishioners have taken up brewing our own beers for coffee hour and special events.  With the start of the program year we are aiming to reinvigorate the Brewing group.  Anyone interested in learning how to brew beer and lending a hand in the process should contact Fr Hanson in person or at Brewing normally happens in the parish kitchen on Saturdays and takes three or four hours.  It’s a relaxing and creative way to fellowship with one another, and it yields superb results!

October 8-14, 2018

Monday, October 8
Columbus Day (Parish Office Closed)

Tuesday, October 9
Robert Grosseteste
8:30 am: Fire Alarm Testing
5:30 pm: Community Supper

Wednesday, October 10
Vida Dutton Scudder
8:30 am: Advent School Meeting
10:00 am: Bible Study
6:00 pm: Healing Mass
7:00 pm: Bell Ringing

Thursday, October 11
Philip, Deacon & Martyr
7:00 pm: Advent Choir Rehearsal

Friday, October 12

Saturday, October 13
10:00 am: Search Committee
10:00 am: Flower Guild

Sunday, October 14
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
8:00 pm: Compline

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