The Orb | Announcements for Sunday, May 21, 2017 - Saturday, May 27, 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, May 21, 2017 - Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Sixth Sunday of Easter: Rogation 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, 21 May

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

  & High Mass, Procession & Blessing of the    

  Hardcastle Garden 11am


Monday, 22 May, Paschal Feria

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


Tuesday, 23 May, Paschal Feria

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


Wednesday, 24 May, Paschal Feria

  Low Mass at 8:00am

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


Thursday, 25 May, Ascension Day

  Evensong at 6pm & Procession & High Mass   



Friday, 26 May, Paschal Feria

  Comm. of Augustine, First Archbishop of Canterbury, 605

  Abstinence dispensed. Alleluia!

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


Saturday, 27 May, Paschal Feria

  Latin Chant Mass at 5pm

Celebrating Anniversaries This Week

22 May…Elizabeth Easton + (baptism)

24 May…Adrienne Radkoff (baptism)

Volunteer Opportunities

In one weeks’ time, on Monday, May 29 we will have our annual Memorial Day Church of the Advent Community Picnic: Join us in feeding our neighbors in need. Volunteers should arrive at 10am to help set up or serve the meal. Donations are welcome to help offset the cost of feeding nearly 100 guests (make checks payable to Church of the Advent, earmarked “Community Picnic”).


Bible study will not meet on Wednesday, May 24 or May 31. We will resume on June 7, in Lathrop Hall. Please join us after evening mass, about 7:10 p.m. to 8 p.m. for this worthwhile ministry!


Advent's mission involves offering daily Mass. In our Parish Profile we were clear that this was a top priority for us. I am so grateful that we have restored this tradition and I treasure our weeknight Evening Prayer and Mass. This is why I'd like to see more participation. We are averaging 3.7 in attendance. This includes the celebrant and the acolyte when one is present. We need regular, committed attendees to ensure this ministry is attractive to the visitor and that we are a living symbol for Jesus in our neighborhood. If you are able to attend one of these evenings regularly as a spiritual devotion or would be willing to serve as an acolyte please let Fr Paul know. 

Last Sunday's Offering
Plate Offering, $56.00; Pledge Offering, $1,034.00
Last Sunday's Attendance

Hospitality for Reception after High Mass:

Hosted by Ronald Eaton, Jude Morton & Lёr Nelson

Today's readings will be

Acts 17:22-31; 1 Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21.

General Announcements

We Look for the Resurrection of the Dead

By Father Paul Allick

It is easy to believe that Jesus died. We all die. It is easy to understand Jesus’ suffering. We have all suffered. What is hard for us to believe is that Jesus rose from the dead. The resurrection isn’t so common to us. Or is it? I would suggest that the resurrection is all around us. As a priest I walk with people through suffering and renewal, metaphorical deaths and resurrections. I am humbled by people’s ability to rally and live again. I watch people overcome unemployment, health scares, divorce, family troubles, losing their loved ones and the list goes on. They endure these trials and keep their faith. I have often seen hope even when someone literally dies. Nothing is more profound than to walk with someone who is ready to let go and journey onto the next phase of their eternal life. Life and love always overcome death and hurt. It is not hard for us then to stand and confess in the Creed that, “We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.” How many times in this life has God raised you from the worst circumstances and set you upright in the fullness of your being? Isn’t it after the rising from difficult times that makes us more whole in the end? When we look at and listen deeply to our lives we will see the resurrection. We will see that we are dying and rising in a perpetual cycle of eternal joy.


Today being Rogation Sunday, High Mass will conclude with blessing of the Hardcastle Garden.



Sunday Confession: Heard by Fr. John Porter this Sunday, May 21 at 10:30am and Br. Jude Hill, SSF next Sunday, May 28 at 10:30am.


This Sunday is Bay-to-Breakers: For getting to Advent on Sunday, May 21, plan around the Bay-to-Breakers Race, which will block and disrupt traffic in Hayes Valley.


Join us today for May’s Third Sunday Series, Sunday, May 21, 4pm when Agave Baroque will perform The Fantastical Mr. Biber: the experimental harmonies, virtuosity, and modernism of Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber. There is a suggested cash donation of $20.00. A hosted reception will follow in Lathrop Hall.


On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday this week, the Rogation Days, remember to pray for God’s blessing on the environment and our stewardship of the earth (see BCP, pp. 258 and 259).


Thursday, May 25 is Ascension Day, one of the most neglected major feasts in the calendar.  There will be a Procession & High Mass here at 6:30 p.m. with Evening Prayer at 6pm, so bring your friends from other Churches to celebrate this very important day in the liturgical year.


The Visitation Wednesday, May 31, following Mass at 6:30 supper and book discussion sponsored by the Regina Coeli Cell of the Society of our Lady of Walsingham, The book is Mary As the Early Christians Knew Her: The Mother of Jesus in Three Ancient Texts by Frederica Mathewes-Green. For more information on that event, please see the Walsingham page (under Ministries) on our website or contact Michael Stroup at


Next Sunday's readings will be

Acts 1:6-14; 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11; John 17:1-11.

Reflection Corner

With thanksgiving for the gift of the Incarnation that bursts forth in every aspect of our lives, we pray that we may be responsive to such supernal Grace:


“God our Father, whose Son our Lord Jesus Christ in a wonderful Sacrament has left us a memorial of his passion: Grant us so to venerate the sacred mysteries of his Body and Blood, that we may ever perceive within ourselves the fruit of his redemption; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”


      -- BCP page 252