Church of the Advent

October 25, 2020 at 10am only
Hamilton County continues to be at level 3 (red), therefore the service will be the same as last week, on Zoom and Facebook but at 10am only.

Meeting ID: 508 076 9883
Passcode: 182004
Dial in: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

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on Sunday's New Testament Reading

I know that I'm not unique in this, but one of my favorite prayers is the one attributed to St. Francis, who is the patron saint of animals and the environment, but I think he could arguably called the patron saint of giving. You know the prayer: "Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred let us sow love...Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand...For it is in giving we receive...and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life."

I resonate with this prayer not only because its core message is the message of the Gospel but also because it holds such a profound and kind-of counter-intuitive wisdom on how to discover an essential truth about who I am as a person--deep on the inside, underneath the pain and disappointment that this world can cause. Mahatma Ghandi said, "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." And what I find in myself and about myself in moments of generosity and service is just how fundamentally dependent I am on God and on others: a liberating truth, but also a scary one.

In this week's NT reading, St. Paul recounts on how he was "mistreated in Philippi" yet still had the courage and genuine desire to give freely and generously to the people of Thessalonika, a city down the road a few miles southwest. All of us have a justified reason to stop giving, a reason to "protect ourselves" from the frustration and disappointment that people can cause; a reason to go into self-preservation mode. But when we cut ourselves off from the exchange of giving and receiving, we miss out on the potential abundant life that can be possible.

This is a season of stewardship--a time we traditionally consider our contributions to God (and to the church) in the upcoming year. But what I'm asking you to really consider is just how the act of giving, despite its inherent risks, is a source of life; not only for our church, but also for you and for others.

In this document, I have presented a question based on my homily over last Sunday's Gospel reading: "what can you give to God in 2021?" Hopefully, you will notice that there are many ways you can give, and only one of them is financially. After reading the document, I want you to imagine what can be in 2021 if we were to give comprehensively. Maybe, we will discover a potential reality about ourselves, our church, and each other that we would have never imagined before.

Buy Your Wreath Today!

Even though the chill may not yet be in the air, it’s that time of year again –Time to think about decorating doors for the holiday season while raising money for Open Door Ministries. It’s so easy and every wreath sold raises money to help Open Door. 

Offered by Vermont Center Wreaths
  • Click the wreath you want, then enter 'wreath' when prompted
  • Change the quantity and click 'purchase', a pop-up box will appear.
  • Check the box for 'advent' (9th one down), then at the bottom, enter 'Open Door' in the text box as the person being supported, and leave a message if you'd like.
  • Don't forget to select a delivery time.
** Wreaths are delivered directly to the address on the order.

Call by Phone: 1-800-542-1443.
Give them our group name “Advent”. Tell them what you want and give them a delivery time-frame. 

Want a catalog: call or email Jocelyn Cunningham at 513-325-4039 or

Invite your friends and family to help support Open Door Ministries. 

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Sunday, November 1

On All Saints' Day, all those of our church family who have died since last All Saints' Sunday (November 3, 2019) will be remembered in the Necrology, when we read their names aloud.

If you would like to add a loved one (family, friend) who has died in the past year to the Necrology, please email their Full Name and Date of Death, to Maaike Chertock at by Wednesday, October 28.
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The Episcopal Church's Long-Term Commitment to Racial Healing, Reconciliation and Justice
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has lifted up the “Jesus Movement” as a path forward for the Episcopal Church. We are called to “become instruments of the healing and reconciling love of Jesus, whose loving, liberating, and life-giving way we follow.” As we live into this call, the Episcopal Church, including the Diocese of Southern Ohio, has adopted the “Becoming Beloved Community” initiative. We are committing ourselves to journey toward becoming beloved community as followers of Jesus over the course of the next year and beyond.

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