The Orb | Announcements for Sunday, January 15, 2017 - Saturday, January 21, 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 15, 2017 - Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Second Sunday after the Epiphany

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, 15 January

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

  High Mass at 11am


Monday, 16 January, Feria

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


Tuesday, 17 January

  Comm. of Anthony, Abbot of Egypt, 356

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


Wednesday, 18 January, Confession of St. Peter

  Low Mass at 8:00am

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


Thursday, 19 January

  Comm. of Wulfstan, Bishop of Worcester, 1095

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


Friday, 20 January

  Comm. of Fabian, Bishop and Martyr at Rome, 250

  Abstinence observed

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


Saturday, 21 January

  Comm. of Agnes, Martyr at Rome, 304

  Latin Chant Mass at 5pm

Celebrating Anniversaries This Week

15 Jan…Stephen Rucker (confirmation)

16 Jan…Eric Simpson (birthday)

18 Jan…Lizette Larson-Miller + (diaconate)

18 Jan…Walter Ramsey (confirmation)

20 Jan…Naomi Stephenson (birthday)

21 Jan…Wade Dowdell (birthday) 

Volunteer Opportunities

Annual Meeting: Please mark your calendars. The Annual Meeting will be held next 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


Enhancing St Benedict's Guild. We are very grateful to all in our parish who contribute Sunday after Sunday to our hospitality after mass. Riding the crest of this enthusiasm, we are planning to return to our former "team ministry" schedule for Sunday hospitality, beginning in February 2017. To that end, we have posted a signup sheet and are asking for teams of two (minimum) to sign up for one of the Sundays. Hospitality teams will be responsible for refreshments, setting up and cleaning up on their chosen Sunday, on a monthly basis. As you can see, this will help us balance both the array of contributions and our shared responsibility in this important ministry and making all welcome. So, please find your partner(s) and sign up! If there are any questions, please see either Bonnie Barberini or Pamela Vaughn.  

Last Sunday's Offering
Plate Offering: $87.00; Pledge Offering: $240.00
Last Sunday's Attendance

Hospitality for Reception after High Mass:

Generously participating parishioners.


Today's readings will be

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

General Announcements

The Love of Christ Compels Us By Father Paul Allick

The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins on the Feast of the Confession of St. Peter on January 18 and concludes on the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul on January 25. The week is promoted jointly by the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the World Council of Churches. The theme this year is “Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us.” It is based on 2 Corinthians 5:14-20. St. Paul reminds us that God reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ. Now God has given to us the same message and mission of reconciliation. This is why divisions among Christians are so ironic. Disunity belies the very heart of the Gospel. Yet, I do not think that Christian unity needs to be about absorbing each other into some new mega ecumenical institution. It could mean steadfastly maintaining our traditions while supporting one another and working together for reconciliation in our world and local communities. It could mean learning to love those with whom we fundamentally disagree. That may be the greater challenge. How can we live together without trying to correct or control each other? These skills could be helpful is many places of our lives. Is my viewpoint the ultimate in truth and justice? Living without appreciating nuance and genuine differences leaves us without any hope for reconciliation. Here is a link to resources for the week of prayer:


Sunday Confession: Heard by Fr. Paul Allick this Sunday, January 15 at 10:30 a.m. and Fr. Alex Martin next Sunday, January 22 at 10:30 a.m.


THIRD SUNDAY SERIES CORRECTION: January’s Third Sunday Series performance is today, Sunday, January 15, 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.


The Office will be closed on Monday, January 16, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.


Wednesday, January 18, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins, concluding next Wednesday. In your prayers this week, pray along with our Lord that we all may be one (see John 17:11 and BCP pages 816, 818, and 255).


Statements for 2016 Contributions will be mailed this week. Thank you for your generosity in 2016.


Usher Refresher/Training 2017 The second usher training by Sam Cantin is today Sunday, January 15, at 12:45pm after High Mass. You don’t have to sign up, just show up. This won’t take more than 15-20 minutes.


Fr. Allick will be away Saturday, January 28 - Wednesday, February 1. He will be attending a conference in Oklahoma City called, "All My Relations, A Winter Camp Meeting" sponsored by the Native American Ministries of the Episcopal Church. Our seminarian Isaiah Brokenleg will also be attending.


Next Sunday's readings will be

Isaiah 9:1-4; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23.

Reflection Corner

With the fervor and the faith of Martin Luther King, Jr, let us pray for increasing social justice:


“Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart and especially the hearts of the people of this land, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”


     -- BCP page 823