The Orb | Announcements for Sunday, January 8, 2017 - Saturday, January 14, 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 8, 2017 - Saturday, January 14, 2017

The First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of Our Lord

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, 8 January

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

  High Mass at 11am


Monday, 9 January, Of the Octave

  Comm. of Julia Chester Emery, Missionary, 1922 

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


Tuesday, 10 January, Of the Octave

  Comm. of William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1645

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


Wednesday, 11 January, Of the Octave

  Low Mass at 8:00am

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


Thursday, 12 January, Of the Octave

  Comm. of Aelred, Abbot of Rievaulx, 1167

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


Friday, 13 January, Octave Day of the Epiphany

  Abstinence observed

  Comm. Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers, +367

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


Saturday, 14 January, Feria

  Latin Chant Mass at 5pm

Celebrating Anniversaries This Week

  8 Jan…Faith Christine Burt (baptism)

11 Jan…Heidi Edson (birthday)

13 Jan…Thomas Veitch (confirmation)

Volunteer Opportunities

New Cleanup Day of the Church: This 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, $62.00; Pledge Offering, $1,111.00
Last Sunday's Attendance

Today's readings will be

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

General Announcements

Good Christians By Father Paul Allick

After the baptism of his baby sister a little boy is riding home with his family. He is in tears; very upset. His father keeps asking him, “Bobby what is wrong.” Bobby won’t answer. After several tries he finally tells his father what is wrong. He says, “That priest said baptized children need to grow up in good Christian homes but I want to stay with you guys.” I’m not sure what it means to be a “good” Christian. I think for most of us it means a Christian who behaves properly or gives a lot to charity or is faithful in attendance but does any of that make one “good”? I do know what it means to follow Christ. It is hard. In our baptism we do not simply enjoy the benefits of his death and resurrection. We live within his dying and rising. Former Archbishop Michael Ramsey wrote, “Within His death and resurrection the church is actually present. We must search for the fact of the Church not beyond Calvary and Easter but within them.” When we have the courage to let go and die a little to ourselves we will rise again. God will lift us up and lead us forward. Will any of this make us “good”? I don’t know. I do know it will enrich our lives and lead us into the freedom, peace and joy that God intended for us. Sometimes we have got to get out of the way and let God do God’s work in our personal lives and in our faith community. Sometimes our holding on to the way we see things blinds us to the mission in front of us. (Reference: The Gospel and the Catholic Church by Michael Ramsey (p.17), Hendrickson Publishing 2009/1935)


Sunday Confession: Heard by Fr. John Porter this Sunday, January 8 at 10:30 a.m. and Fr. Paul Allick next Sunday, January 15 at 10:30 a.m.


Usher Refresher/Training 2017 Have you wanted to be more involved with Mass but didn’t know what was available or doesn’t require much more time than the length of Mass? Sam Cantin will be offering usher training on Saturday, January 14, at 11am at Advent and then again on Sunday, January 15, at 12:45pm after High Mass. You don’t have to sign up for the training, just show up. This won’t take more than 15-20 minutes for either session. You don’t have to attend both or you can if you like.


January’s Third Sunday Series performance will be on Sunday, January 22, 4pm. In Other Words: with Jennifer Ashworth, Lauren Carley, Kevin Baum, and James Monios. There is a suggested donation of $20.00. A Festive Reception follows in Lathrop Hall.


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 this Friday, January 13 in either electronic (preferred) or typed form to the church office at


Next Sunday's readings will be

Isaiah 49:1-7; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42.

Reflection Corner

Let us reflect on the four qualities which characterize a friend: loyalty, right intention, discretion, and patience as Aelred, Abbot of Rievaulx teaches:


“Pour into our hearts, O God, the Holy Spirit’s gift of love, that we, clasping each the other’s hand, may share the joy of friendship, human and divine, and with your servant Aelred draw many to your community of love; through Jesus Christ the Righteous, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.”


  -- Lesser Feasts and Fasts, 2006, page 127