This Week at the Advent

  November 19-25, 2017


In This Issue
Guest Preacher this Sunday
Evensong & Benediction
Thanksgiving Schedule
A Message from the Rector
Stewardship 2018 Update
Guest Preacher this Sunday
Our guest preacher this morning, the Rev'd Daniel McClain, is the Associate Rector at St David's Episcopal Church in Baltimore, Maryland, and is also an affiliate professor of theology at Loyola University Maryland. At St David's Dan coordinates Christian Formation ministries. As a theologian, Dan specializes in the thought of St Bonaventure, and also dabbles in aesthetics and political theology. He has been married to Kate for 16 years and has four sons between the ages of 10 and 3.
Evensong & Benediction this Sunday
Next Sunday, November 19, the Advent will have a Solemn Evensong and Benediction at 5:00 pm.  It will be preceded by an organ recital by John Wessler at 4:30 pm. 

At a light supper to follow, long-time friend of the Advent the  Rev'd Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff will speak about his experiences and perceptions regarding Muslim/Christian Relations in the Middle East, as well as his perceptions of the same in the West, entitled  "For Better or Worse:  Just what do we want in the Middle East?"  It was supposedly said of John Foster Dulles as Secretary of State, that there was no situation which a few words from him could not make worse.  This is not only a caution to those so rash as to speak upon the subject, but also reminds of the long history of missteps and travail in the region.  There is now also a sense of fatigue affecting many who feel that Western efforts to intervene in the Middle East have all too often ended badly.  But probably everyone can at least agree that things are not as they should be.  While the remedies advanced are myriad and fragmented in consequence of a deep diversity of goals among the key actors, it is interesting to ask what a good outcome in the Middle East would be.  What is the place of Christians within that future and of the current religious diversity in the region?  What can we learn by reflecting upon where it all went wrong in the past?

The talk will reflect on or two key turning points and the impact of personal experience in the region upon these large questions.  It is hoped that these reflections will provoke a lively debate given the difficulty of arriving at definitive answers.

Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff is Director General of the World Dialogue Council, which promotes better relations between the many worlds of Islam and the West.  He was formerly Dean of All Saints' Cathedral in Cairo where he has also advised the Anglican Bishop of Egypt, North Africa and the Horn of Africa, the Most Rev'd Dr Mounir Anis, currently Primate of the Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. 
Thanksgiving Schedule

This Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. There will be a celebration of the Mass with hymns at 10:00 am

The Parish Office will be closed this Thursday, November 25, and Friday, November 26. On Friday, Morning Prayer is at 9:00 am; Low Mass is at 12:15 pm; Evening Prayer is cancelled. 

A Message from the Rector
Fr. Jay James and family
Dear Members and Friends of the Church of the Advent,

I would like to announce here on our web site something I announced at the Masses on All Saints' Sunday. And that is, that I have called  the Rev'd Jay Carleton James to come to the Advent and serve as Associate Rector. And . . . Deo gratias!! Father James has accepted my call. He is presently Rector of St. Timothy's Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has served there for twenty-three years. Both he and his wife Betsy have roots in New England, and many of you know them from summer Sundays when they worshipped at the Advent or from the St. Michael's Conference with which Fr. James has been involved for any years. I noticed quite a few distinct smiles throughout the congregation when I made the announcement last Sunday. He is an old friend of mine - I was at his wedding ! - and I look forward to the honor of serving side by side with him.

Father Warren

Stewardship 2018 Update
Returns for the 2018 Canvass continue to come in.  Thanks to everyone who pledged so promptly! 

As of this past Thursday we have received 68 pledges, pledging a total of $196,314.  21 have increased their pledges by 19%, and there are two new pledges.  We have still to hear from 148 parishioners who pledged a total of $321,494 last year.

The Stewardship Committee thanks all who have made a pledge so far . If you have not yet pledged, please do so soon. 

If you did not receive a 2018 stewardship packet in the mail, 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 email highlights just a few of the items in this week's announcements. For much more, go to

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Sunday's Collect
Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that, by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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