The Orb | Announcements for Sunday, February 12, 2017 - Saturday, February 18, 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, February 12, 2017 - Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Sixth 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, 12 February

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

  High Mass at 11am


Monday, 13 February

  Comm. of Absalom Jones Priest, 1818

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


Tuesday, 14 February

  Comm. of Cyril, Monk & Methodius, Bishop, 9th Century

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


Wednesday, 15 February

  Comm. of Thomas Bray, Priest and Missionary, 1730

  Low Mass at 8:00am

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


Thursday, 16 February, Feria

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


Friday, 17 February

  Abstinence observed

  Janani Luwum, Archbishop of Uganda & Martyr, +1977

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


Saturday, 18 February, Feria

  Latin Chant Mass at 5pm

Celebrating Anniversaries This Week

13 Feb…Aaron Conner (baptism)

15 Feb…Catherine Costas (confirmation)


Volunteer Opportunities

Our second meeting about our Engagement with the local community will be on Sunday, February 12. Our time in December went well but we have follow up work to sort through. Please join us in Lathrop Hall at 12:45pm. Isaiah Brokenleg will facilitate for us again.


Hospitality Teams Update. We have teams for the first three Sundays of the month. Now if two or three generous individuals could step up to form a team for the fourth Sunday of every month, we’d be set. Why teams? Because if one member of the team is away or ill, the other(s) can still host the receptions after mass. Please consider joining us. Coffee and tea are provided by the parish; a few savories and sweets are all that is needed; the spread does not have to be elaborate! Thank you so very much for your consideration.


We will be having our Annual Vestry/Leadership Retreat on Saturday, February 25. All are welcome to attend. Please RSVP Sr. Warden Tom Veitch by Saturday February 11. The Vestry will meet in a business and orientation session from 8:30 - 10:00am All are welcome to join us at 10:00am for a facilitated discussion led by the Reverend Stacey Grossman. The day will wrap up at 3pm. We will be meeting at Bethany United Methodist Church, 1270 Sanchez Street, SF 94114. 

Last Sunday's Offering
Plate Offering: $62.50; Pledge Offering: $826.00
Last Sunday's Attendance

Hospitality for Reception after High Mass:

Hosted by James Hamilton, John Porter & Tom Veitch


Today's readings will be

Deuteronomy 30:15-20; 1 Corinthians 3:1-9; Matthew 5:21-37.

General Announcements

Discernment for All By Father Paul Allick

I have now passed the one year mark as rector of Church of the Advent. I am so grateful to be leading an Urban Anglo-Catholic parish. This past year has truly been a homecoming for me. This past December also marked my 20th anniversary as a priest. I can see how each step along this journey has lead me to this place at this time: both the enlivening and the onerous situations. This is a gift we ordained people really need to share more. Unlike most laity we get to talk about and reflect on “our ministry.” Indeed we refer to it as “ours” as if we possessed God’s call. Ninety-five percent of the institutional Churches efforts at spiritual discernment are directed at either discerning people for ordination or calling clergy to congregations. Lay ministry is encouraged but it is a struggle to make real space for our laity (the vast majority of the body!) to discern their individual calls. It occurred to me when I last served on a Diocesan Committee that as we introduced ourselves we never asked the lay people what they did for a profession/vocation. We only wanted to know what parish they belonged to and what office they held there. On the other hand clergy introductions were all about our professional/vocational lives. This is not good. We are all called by God. We are all ministers. We really need to keep addressing this as Christian people. “Who are the ministers of the Church? Lay persons, bishops, priests and deacons. Through whom does the Church carry out its mission? Through the ministry of all its members.” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 855)


Sunday Confession: Heard by Fr. Paul Allick this Sunday, February 12 at 10:30am and Fr. Alex Martin next Sunday, February 19 at 10:30am.


Tuesday, February 14, is known as Valentine’s Day and associated with lovers due to the mere coincidence of the commemoration of the martyr St. Valentine – whether from the 3rd or the 1st century, whether a priest or a bishop, is uncertain – and the supposed coupling of birds in mid-February; hence, all the billing and cooing. “Valentine” has been used as an address for one’s beloved at least since the late 15th century, as evinced in the Paston Letters.


Join us for February’s Third Sunday Series on Sunday, February 19, 4pm when the renowned guitarist João Kouyoumdjian returns for his annual concert. The program includes Spanish works by Tarrega and Albeniz, Brazilian songs, Armenian traditional dances, and works by J.S. Bach. There is a suggested cash donation of $20.00. A hosted reception will follow in Lathrop Hall.


On Tuesday, February 28 we will celebrate Mardi Gras with Evening Prayer and Mass beginning at 6pm. Following will be our annual Pancake Supper. This year we will also welcome our newcomers to Advent. Anyone who has joined us in the past three years. (We are doing some catch up.) If you've come to Advent in the past three years please make sure to let Father Paul know.


Next Sunday's readings will be

Leviticus 19:1-2,9-18; 1 Corinthians 3:10-11,16-23; Matthew 5:38-48.

Reflection Corner

In following Absalom Jones’s example of persistent faith in God and in the Church as God’s instrument:


“Set us free, heavenly Father, from every bond of prejudice and fear; that, honoring the steadfast courage of your servant Absalom Jones, we may show forth in our lives the reconciling love and true freedom of the children of God, which you have given us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


   -- Lesser Feasts and Fasts page 143