Notes of the Advocate

September 18, 2022

Worship at The Advocate

Sunday Worship Schedule, September 18, 2022.

8:30 am OUTSIDE by the Pond, traditional service using the Book of Common Prayer and the Hymnal 1982 Please bring a folding chair if you have one.

10:30 am INSIDE the chapel and on zoom, typical Advocate style with blended liturgy and music using the Advocate music binders

We will continue with our summer salad potlucks following the 10:30 am service outside by the well house as the weather allows. 

LINKS for worship

These links are always available at (click in the red banner on the website)

10:30 Hybrid Worship

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 438 568 2876

Passcode: Whitby

Ordinary Time Liturgy Guide:

September 18 Music & Psalm Guide:

Masking and other items

Please continue to wear a well-fitting mask (N95, KN95, double masked surgical masks) when inside the chapel and the Advocate house. Inside the chapel, the masks should only be removed (if you are comfortable doing so) if you are reading a lesson or prayers of the people, and briefly removed to receive communion. 

If you have COVID symptoms or have been exposed, please stay home that day and plan to return upon testing negative. 

While it is important that we gather as the Body of Christ in worship, prayer, and praise, it is also important to do so wisely and as safely as possible. 

And always, as a reminder, if you would like Eucharist brought to your home, please be in touch and it will be brought to you within the week.

Social Events

Barbecue at Liz's: Finally. The weather is good so the party is ON - 5:00 pm Saturday the 17th at Liz's Barber Shop in Burlington. If you need a refresher on directions or what to bring, email

Paperhand Puppets. Sunday the 18th is the last day they'll be performing in Chapel Hill at the Forest Theater. A real treat for the whole family. (Ticket prices on the website.) Some of us will be gathering there at 6-ish - look for us down near the front on the left (near the band).  Bring a chair or blanket - and picnic.

Advo-Dinners: Every Thursday, 7:00-8:30 pm, at the Advocate House

The Church of the Advocate has a long history of eating together––just like the early Church! This Fall, we will be returning to the Advocate tradition of meeting in the house for a weeknight meal to share stories around the table. Folks are invited to bring a dish––or just themselves!––to share in fellowship as we practice holy listening. Each week, a member of the group will offer a prompt that everyone will be invited, though it is not mandatory, to respond to. We will close each meeting by saying Compline together before we leave.

For the sake of the members of our community, we ask that all refrain from

bringing wine or other alcoholic beverages.

The Pauli Murray Center in Durham is offering walking tours of the neighborhood of Murray's childhood home on upcoming Saturdays this fall. Register here.

Reach out to Day Smith Pritchartt with questions.

Advocacy and Ministry

Fall Formation

Please contact the leader of each group you would like to join!

For events inside the Advocate house, masks will be worn except when eating.

SundaysCritical Conversations, 9:30 am-10:25 am in the Advocate House

Led each week by Advocate members. Contact Marion for more information!

A conversation about life and faith and the lens in which we see God’s world around us.

Beginning September 11, 2022


Mondays: Creativity and Prayer, 7:00 pm-8:15 pm for Six Sessions via Zoom

Sept. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 31, Nov. 14, and Nov. 28

Led by Sallie Moore ( Please email Sallie to sign up.

  In this group we will use Julia Cameron’s most recent book, “Seeking Wisdom, A Spiritual Path to Creative Connection”, to explore the relationship between spirituality and creativity, with an emphasis on how prayer in its various forms - petition, gratitude, and praise - enhances the creative process. 


Tuesdays: The B-I-B-L-E!, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm via THIS Zoom Link

Led by Sarah Swann and Marion Sprott-Goldson

 Reading deeply and conversationally through scripture. No need to prep ahead of time. We will take a small portion each week to digest and to ask questions along the way. All you have to do is to show up!

Beginning September 13

Wednesdays: Readers’ Roundtable, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm, monthly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, at The Advocate House

Led by Hilda Bukowski

First book will be Song in a Weary Throat by Pauli Murray

*** See below for notes on this first gathering ***

This group gathers once per month for a lively and engaging book discussion. Books are determined by those in the group.

Beginning September 21

Thursdays: Savoring God's Creation, 6:00 pm, every other week at the Advocate House

Led by Dan LaVenture

Advocates are people who eat together; it's just what we do! In this gathering, we will explore how our faith is lived out in our kitchens and dining rooms as we savor the gift of Creation through food. Our guide will be The Supper of the Lamb, a book by the witty and whimsical Fr. Robert F. Capon––an Episcopal priest!––that will certainly stir your heart.

Beginning September 15

Food Distribution at Rogers Road Community Center

Food distribution will resume on Saturday, September 17th. Come anytime between 8:30 am and 1:00 pm! All are welcome!

Acolyte Training on Sunday, September 18th

after the 10:30 am service!

Are you interested in serving as an acolyte? We will have an organizational meeting and training on Sunday September 18th following the 10:30 am service. If you are planning on being there, please email!

The Life and Contributions of Pauli Murray

Kick Off this Fall’s Readers’ Roundtable

On September 21, the readers of the Roundtable will gather at 7:00 pm in the Advocate parish house to discuss Pauli Murray’s memoir, Song in a Weary Throat.

(Masks to be worn.)

Where to begin to describe Pauli Murray? This visionary social justice activist, legal scholar, poet and Episcopal priest was gender non-conforming before there was even language for that. Song in a Weary Throat is Murray's autobiography, and it's a hefty read at 500+ pages. Don't feel like you have to finish it to come to the discussion! Just come with a favorite story about Murray and how you may have encountered the life of this local legend.

In addition to Murray’s book, an agenda of organizational topics will be discussed at the September meeting. If you have ideas to improve the Readers’ Roundtable, bring them to the meeting. Or, you can email them to Hilda Bukowski (

Please come! All are welcome, even if you haven’t read the book.

The fall literary lineup includes:

  • October, The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (and their Muses)

       by Terri-Lynne DeFino

  • November, The Sentence

              by Louise Erdrich

Durham's Annual Pride Parade

September 24th

On September 24th, Durham will host its annual Pride Parade and churches in the Durham Convocation are marching together again! We welcome congregants of all ages, genders, and orientations to join us and celebrate the dignity of every human being, witnessing to the local community that all our churches are safe, affirming, and ready to welcome all people into full inclusion.

Join us at 9:00am at St Joseph’s Episcopal Church (1902 West Main Street, Durham, N.C., 27705) for a Eucharistic Service and to assemble for marching, with the parade beginning at 10:30am.

A Path for Hope: Suicide Prevention & Awareness Walk

6:30pm – 8:00pm Thursday, September 29, 2022

Leigh Farm Park

For suicide prevention month (September), Healthy Carolinians and the Orange County Health Department are partnering with Durham County Department of Public Health to bring you A Path for Hope.  During this event, we plan to share the campaign, hear from an experienced Mental Health expert who has personal experience with suicide and mental health, and end with a walk in remembrance of those we lost and celebrating those who survived.

Orange County Justice United

Upcoming Events:

  • U.S. Senate Candidate Assembly
  • 3:00 to 4:30 pm Sunday, October 16
  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Durham, NC
  • Justice United Party!
  • 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Saturday, November 12
  • Fairview Park in Hillsborough, NC

Learn more at:


Healing Prayer

Training will be held on Sunday September 25 at 1:00 pm. Come one and all!

Have you seen the announcement about healing prayer and wondered what that was all about? Perhaps you have been curious of ways in which we can pray and to be in prayer with one another?

If you are interested, please email

Compline each evening at 8:30pm via zoom.

What is compline? Compline is the last set prayer service for the day. It is typically prayed before bed or when settling down for the evening. You can check out the liturgy here.

Contemplative prayer meets each Wednesday at 6pm with a group in person in the chapel (wearing masks and distanced) and on zoom. (Contact Marion to get the zoom link)


Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Proper 20

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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