The Orb | Announcements for Sunday, February 19, 2017 - Saturday, February 25, 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 19, 2017 - Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Seventh 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, 19 February

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

  High Mass at 11am


Monday, 20 February, Feria

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


Tuesday, 21 February, Feria

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


Wednesday, 22 February, Feria

  Low Mass at 8:00am

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


Thursday, 23 February

  Comm. of Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr, 156

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


Friday, 24 February, St Matthias the Apostle

  Abstinence observed

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


Saturday, 25 February, Feria

  Latin Chant Mass at 5pm

Celebrating Anniversaries This Week

25 Feb…Tom Veitch (birthday)

25 Feb…Lewis Brown (birthday)

Volunteer Opportunities

Please bring all blessed palms and palm crosses to Church next Sunday (Quinquagesima), February 26, to be made into ashes for Ash Wednesday.


We will be having our Annual Vestry/Leadership Retreat this 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: $68.00; Pledge Offering: $899.00
Last Sunday's Attendance

Hospitality for Reception after High Mass:

Hosted by Ronald Eaton, Jude Morton & Lёr Nelson


Today's readings will be

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

General Announcements

Love By Father Paul Allick

In this Sunday’s Gospel from Matthew Chapter 5 Jesus tells us to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us. He is echoing Moses’ preaching in Leviticus Chapter 19 as the people are exhorted to love their neighbors as themselves. Our Collect (Prayer of the Day) for Sunday recognizes that the Lord has taught us that without love whatever we do is worth nothing. Love is the true bond of peace and all virtue and without it we are dead. I wonder how we in our current sociopolitical context can even hear such messages from Scripture. It seems that any common ground we shared as a people has been obliterated. The grounds of our common life have turned into a grim wasteland where we hurl invectives, exaggerations, and abhorrence at one another. How quaint then for us to speak of love and being holy toward one another. Is it even possible anymore? I am no expert at loving and praying for those who are unfair or provocative toward me. I wrestle with this a good deal. However, I do have a few spiritual disciplines I employ. I wonder how Jesus sees them. I search for pieces of me in their behavior being reflected back at me driving me crazy because I don’t like it in myself. It is only through God’s grace that I will learn. But I do know that without that ability I will never truly come alive. I certainly won’t be living on the road Jesus travelled. I will be on that same old lonely road of death and despair Jesus came to rescue me from.


Sunday Confession: Heard by Fr. Alex Martin this Sunday, February 19 at 10:30am and Br. Jude Hill next Sunday, February 26 at 10:30am.


This being the second Sunday before Lent (called Sexagesima in all earlier Prayer Books), it is timely to begin considering how you might nurture your relationship with God in that blessed season of reflection and special devotion. For the purpose of Lent, consult the exhortation in the BCP (page 264).


Join us today for February’s Third Sunday Series, 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.


The Office will be closed on Monday, February 20, in observance of President’s Day.


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.


The guild of Saint Faith urges you to make use of the Library’s resources for your Lenten readings as we prepare to enter Lent. We have assembled a list of suggested readings which can be found in the March Sceptre, the tract rack, Lathrop Hall, and the Pittman Room. We also strongly encourage browsing the shelves to find something that interests you.


Next Sunday's readings will be

Exodus 24:12-18; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 17:1-9.

Reflection Corner

Let us, like Polycarp, hold firm to the adherence to the faith, and his pastoral concern for fellow Christians in trouble:


“O God, the maker of heaven and earth, you gave your venerable servant, the holy and gentle Polycarp, boldness to confess Jesus Christ as King and Savior, and steadfastness to die for his faith: Give us grace, following his example, to share the cup of Christ and rise to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.”


    -- Lesser Feasts and Fasts, 2006 page 175