The Orb | Announcements for Sunday, March 26, 2017 - Saturday, April 1, 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, March 26, 2017 - Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Fourth Sunday in Lent: Laetare Sunday

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, 26 March

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

  & High Mass, 11am.


Monday, 27 March, Lenten Feria

  [Comm. of Charles Henry Brent, Bishop, 1927]

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


Tuesday, 28 March, Lenten Feria

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


Wednesday, 29 March, Lenten Feria

  [Comm. of John Keble, Priest, 1866]

  Low Mass at 8:00am

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


Thursday, 30 March, Lenten Feria

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


Friday, 31 March, Lenten Feria

  [Comm. of John Donne, Priest, 1631]

  Low Mass at 12pm

  Evening Prayer at 6pm & Stations and B. at 6:30pm


Saturday, 1 April, Lenten Feria

  [Comm. of Frederick Denison Maurice, Priest, 1872]

  Latin Chant Mass at 5pm

Celebrating Anniversaries This Week

26 Mar…Norman McKnight (confirmation)

27 Mar…Paul Ellison (birthday)

28 Mar…Lee Ryan (baptism)

30 Mar…Suellen Thompson (baptism)

31 Mar…Bob Kelliher (confirmation)

1 Apr…Barrie Bates + (baptism)

1 Apr…Ron Eaton (baptism)

1 Apr…Anna McHargue (baptism)

1 Apr…Bonnie Barberini & Lewis Brown (marriage)

Volunteer Opportunities

This Saturday, April 1, all hands are needed at 11am to assist the Altar Guild in veiling the Crosses and Statues for Passiontide.


Music for Tenebrae – Donations of $400 are sought to cover the cost of the music that evening, Wednesday, April 12 at 6:30pm. This service is perhaps the purest of worship experiences, for the faithful community gathers simply to abide with Jesus in our hearts since the Tabernacle is empty at this point. Hearing Psalm after Psalm after Psalm in the gathering darkness as the candles are extinguished and we are left with only the Light of Christ to guide us. All donations can be made in memory of a loved one or in thanksgiving, by check or via Paypal through the parish website at


If you wish to offer Easter flowers in memory of someone or in thanksgiving and wish that intention recorded in the Easter Bulletin, please pick up an “Offering for Flowers” envelope found at the back of the church, appropriately fill it out, and place it in the offer at Mass or return it to the Office by Holy Tuesday, April 11. Offerings received after that date will be acknowledged in later bulletin notices. Thank you for your generosity.

Last Sunday's Offering
Plate Offering: $84.00; Pledge Offering: $1,615.00
Last Sunday's Attendance

Hospitality for Reception after High Mass:

Generously participating parishioners.


Today's readings will be

1 Samuel 16:1-13; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41


General Announcements

Obsess By Father Paul Allick

I can’t get the children of Syria off my mind. It started last year when I saw that famous photo of five-year-old Omran Daqneesh of Aleppo sitting stunned, bloodied and dirt-covered in an ambulance. UNICEF and Save the Children report that after six years of war Syrian children are showing symptoms of “toxic stress.” They do not feel safe at school and are developing speech disorders and incontinence. Two-thirds of the children have lost a loved one, had their houses bombed or shelled, or suffered war-related injuries. At least 3 million youngsters under age 6 know nothing but war. I am obsessed with these children. I read the daily articles in the SF Chronicle about Syria. I pray for specific cities. I often offer Mass for them. There are plenty of things I can obsess about. I am an obsessive person. I have chosen to obsess about something that matters. Out of all the tragedies among humanity right now these children haunt me. I am going to keep obsessing about them especially when other fussy or frivolous alternatives arise. At the Ash Wednesday Liturgy we confessed to our blindness to human need and suffering. I am contemplating how my obsessing over trivial things contributes to my blindness. I’m not sure what my obsessing will do for these children. I hope my prayers have some impact. I hope my speaking and writing about it reminds others to pray and act on their behalf. UNICEF, Save the Children, and Doctors without Borders are organizations where one can send donations to help our little brothers and sisters in Syria.



Laetare Sunday, from the first words of the Introit read at Mass on the fourth or middle Sunday in Lent. Laetare Sunday meaning “Rejoice, O Jerusalem,” is a day allowed in Lent for decorating the altar with roses and the wearing of rose colored vestments. It is a day when Easter is finally in sight, a day to rejoice mingled with sadness.


Sunday Confession: Heard by Fr. Paul Allick this Sunday, March 26 at 10:30am and next Sunday, April 2 at 10:30am.


The Preliminary work on our Capital Campaign at Advent continues. On April 23 after both Masses in Lathrop Hall we will conduct a short survey with members. Your participation is critical and it is a good way to get us all to Mass on Low Sunday! Questions can be directed either to our Chair, Pamela Vaughn or to Father Paul.


The Lenten Quiet Day on Saturday, April 1 from 9am - 3 pm has been canceled.

Next Sunday's readings will be

Ezekiel 37:1-14; Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45

Reflection Corner

In this time of contrition, let us reflect on John Donne’s poem, A Hymn to God the Father:


Wilt thou forgive that sin where I begun,

         Which was my sin, though it were done before?

Wilt thou forgive that sin, through which I run,

         And do run still, though still I do deplore?

                When thou hast done, thou hast not done,

                        For I have more.


Wilt thou forgive that sin which I have won

         Others to sin, and made my sin their door?

Wilt thou forgive that sin which I did shun

         A year or two, but wallow'd in, a score?

                When thou hast done, thou hast not done,

                        For I have more.


I have a sin of fear, that when I have spun

         My last thread, I shall perish on the shore;

But swear by thyself, that at my death thy Son

         Shall shine as he shines now, and heretofore;

                And, having done that, thou hast done;

                        I fear no more.


      - A Hymn to God the Father, By John Donne