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 This Week at the Advent

 December 2-8 , 2018


In This Issue
Advent Sunday
Mission & Outreach
Stewardship Update
Advent Sunday
The Rev. Dr. Fleming Rutledge
This Sunday, December 2 is Advent Sunday, our Feast of Title & Dedication. We will celebrate this auspicious day, our 174th birthday, with a joyful Procession to mark our founding and a Solemn Mass for the First Sunday of Advent. We are very fortunate and we will be blessed by having the Rev'd Dr Fleming Rutledge with us as our preacher that morning. She is a celebrated preacher, lecturer, and the author of numerous books.

Between the 9 and 11:15 a.m. services, there will be wreath-making in the Library with the Church School.

At both the 9 am and 11:15 am Masses Stewardship pledge cards for the year 2019 will be presented and blessed. This will take place just before the Great Thanksgiving (Consecratory Prayer) of the Liturgy.

In the afternoon, Professor Damin Spritzer, of the American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma, will offer a half-hour program of Advent organ music at 4:30 pm. At 5:00 pm, the Advent Choir will sing the beloved service of Advent Lessons & Carols, including music by Byrd, Dove, Ferguson, Jackson, Lehman, Lukaszewski, McDowall, Moyer & Vaughan Williams. The evening concludes with a gala reception in Moseley Hall.

Copies of Dr Rutledge's most recent book,  Advent: The Once and Future Coming of Jesus Christ, a collection of sermons appropriate to and also about the Season, are available in the Book Store. In a brief review of the book, Fr Warren wrote: "For Fleming Rutledge, the proper celebration of Advent is crucial for the exposition of the faith of the church and the practice of the individual Christian. She argues passionately for a return to the original twofold focus of the season-a looking back to the Incarnation and a looking forward to the second coming of Christ and the consummation of all things... The sermons in this volume demand more than one reading. They are born out of an intimate knowledge of Scripture, prodigious learning, and Rutledge's own experience as a Christian believer, parish priest, and teacher. They are written with clarity and conviction and, occasionally, as almost heartbreaking honesty."

Copies of her magnum opus,  The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ, are also available. This is essential reading for anyone who wishes to delve deeply into the Mystery of our Salvation by the death and rising of Jesus. It is lengthy but very accessible, written not for scholars but for people in the pews.

Mission & Outreach
The Coat Drive Continues  Please help us reach our goal of 100 coats, or make a dollar donation. All tax deductible, of course. Deacon Noyes has details.

As we have done the past few years, guests at the Tuesday Evening Community Dinner will be given Gift Cards to Dunkin' Donuts as their Christmas gift from the Advent. This will allow them to go to a warm place and get hot coffee and something to eat during the cold months of winter. If you wish to make a donation - and we hope you do - send it in marked "Donuts."

Every year stuffed animals and infants' clothing are presented at the crèche during the 4:30 pm Mass on Christmas Eve. This year these donations will be given to the Fragment Society, who, since their inception in 1812, have been distributing clothes to Boston's poor and needy. They are especially in need of infant clothing and small stuffed animals to include in the more than 400 layettes that volunteer ladies involved in the organization assemble each year.

Stewardship Update
As of this past Thursday we have received 131 pledges, pledging a total of $365,295.  53 have increased their pledges by 20%, and there are 17 new pledges.  We have still to hear from 93 parishioners who pledged a total of $203,774 last year.

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

You can pledge on line by going to the parish website and clicking the "Pledge Online" button.
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Parish Office
Church of the Advent
Sunday's Collect
Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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