The Orb | Announcements for Sunday, January 1, 2017 - Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Orb

Weekley Announcements of

Church of the Advent of Christ the King

An inclusive parish of the Episcopal Church in the Anglo-Catholic tradition

261 Fell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 431-0454

Sunday, January 1, 2017 - Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Welcome to all our visitors & newcomers.
Please sign our guest book and join us after Mass for refreshments in Lathrop Hall and Hardcastle Garden. If you are new, please make yourself known to the clergy and the greeters.


Sunday, 1 January

  Low Mass at 8:30am (Episcopal Sanctuary) & 9am

  High Mass at 11am


Monday, 2 January, 9th Day of Christmas

  Evening Prayer at 6pm & Low Mass at 6:30pm


Tuesday, 3 January, 10th Day of Christmas

  Evening Prayer at 6pm & Low Mass at 6:30pm


Wednesday, 4 January, 11th Day of Christmas

  Low Mass at 8:00am

  Evening Prayer at 6pm & Low Mass at 6:30pm


Thursday, 5 January, 12th Day of Christmas

  Evening Prayer at 6pm & Low Mass at 6:30pm


Friday, 6 January, The Epiphany

  Evening Prayer at 6:00pm &

  Procession & High Mass at 6:30pm

  Abstinence observed


Saturday, 7 January, Of the Octave

  Latin Chant Mass at 5pm

Celebrating Anniversaries This Week

  1 Jan….Robert Bryant (birthday)

  1 Jan….Cate Gregory (birthday)

  1 Jan….Louis Weil + (priesthood)

  4 Jan…Bob Kossler + (birthday)

  6 Jan…Jonathan Mortimer (confirmation)

Volunteer Opportunities

New Cleanup Day of the Church: On Saturday, January 14, at 10 a.m., parishioners are asked to come to the parish hall for an hour or so to help clean up our common spaces: Lathrop Hall, Pitman Room, Bowersox Room, and the rectory basement storage area. Many hands make light work. This simple project is part of our Advent Season practice and the result will be to have a tidiness when we welcome our visitors and parishioners. Please make an effort to come. RSVP to Tom Veitch, Junior Warden at Many thanks.


Annual Meeting: Please mark your calendars. The Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 22nd at 12:30pm. Reports from the rector, various Vestry officers, and special committee heads should be submitted to the Clerk of the Vestry (Jack Jensen) by January 18th. At the annual meeting we will be electing three new Vestry members; two for a three year term and one for a single year term. We will also be electing two delegates to the Deanery as well as two alternates. We will also be choosing three members of the five member Advent Heritage Endowment Committee. The other two are appointed by the vestry from among their members. The three seats chosen at the Annual Meeting will be for one, two, and three years. After this year we should only need to choose one replacement member per year. If you are interested in standing for any of those positions, please speak to the Senior Warden at Coffee Hour or contact him at

Last Sunday's Offering
Plate Offering, $234.25; Pledge Offering, $1,508.00
Last Sunday's Attendance

Hospitality for Reception after High Mass:

Generously participating parishioners.

Today's readings will be

Numbers 6:22-27; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:15-21.

General Announcements

What’s the Word? By Father Paul Allick

In popular vocabulary, the “Word of God” means the Bible. Certainly the Holy Scriptures are our best tool for learning about God but the Word of God cannot be contained only in the words of the Bible, which is not a single volume but a library of Holy Scripture written and edited by humans. The Word, capital “W”, such as we find in the first chapter of John, in Greek is logos. Logos is a word uttered by a living voice which embodies a concept or idea. Later in Greek usage it came to designate the divine reason or plan which coordinates a changing universe. It is the Word that explains everything. It is all of the wisdom and logic of God. John is explaining that The Essential Word of God is in the person of Jesus. Thus, the Holy Scriptures are inspired words of human beings attempting to explain the Word. We ought not to confuse the two. The Word is beyond our words. The world is full of words. We experience a never-ending flow of information, opinions and entertainment. It is tough to listen to it all. It is difficult to be heard. Silence is at a premium. This Christmastide let’s remember that Silent Night. The night we stand in awe of God’s Holy Incarnation. We are speechless. Along with our Blessed Mother we ponder this reality in our hearts. There are no words, only the Word.


Today, Sunday, January 1, marks the 73rd anniversary of the Consecration of our current church, in 1944. At Mass today this will be reflected in the Litany of Thanksgiving for a Church.


Sunday Confession: Heard by Br. Jude Hill this Sunday, January 1 at 10:30 a.m. and Fr. John Porter next Sunday, January 8 at 10:30 a.m.


The January issue of The Sceptre is here. If you would like a paper copy, they are available in the literature rack opposite the Walsingham Shrine, and in Lathrop Hall.


The Office will be closed on Monday, January 2, in observance of New Year’s Day.


Friday, January 6, 2017, the Proclamation of the Date of Easter will be announced at Procession & High Mass for the Epiphany at the 6:30 p.m. High Mass with Evening Prayer proceeding at 6:00 p.m.


There will be a festive reception following High Mass for the Epiphany on Friday, January 6. Contributions of food and drink are requested. Questions may be directed to Pamela Vaughn at


Next Sunday, the Font will be blessed and Baptismal Promises will be renewed at High Mass.


Stewardship News - We have received 40 pledges so far for a total of $87,364.00, 92% of our goal of $95,000! That makes an average pledge of $2,184.10. Please prayerfully consider your pledge for 2017.


Reports for the Annual Meeting need to be submitted by Friday, January 13 in either electronic (preferred) or typed form to the church office at


Next Sunday's readings will be

Isaiah 42:1-9; Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 3:13-17.

Reflection Corner

Let us be centered in our worship “in the beauty of holiness”:


“O Almighty God, who pourest out on all who desire it the spirit of grace and of supplication: Deliver us, when we draw near to thee, from coldness of heart and wanderings of mind, that with steadfast thoughts and kindled affections we may worship thee in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”


    -- BCP page 833