The Orb | Announcements for Sunday, December 18, 2016 - Saturday, December 24, 2016

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, December 18, 2016 - Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

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, 18 December

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

  High Mass at 11am


Monday, 19 December, Advent Feria

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


Tuesday, 20 December, Advent Feria

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


Wednesday, 21 December, St. Thomas the Apostle

  Low Mass at 8:00am

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


Thursday, 22 December, Advent Feria

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


Friday, 23 December, Advent Feria

   Abstinence observed

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


Saturday, 24 December, Vigil of the Nativity

  Choral Prelude at 10:35 pm; Midnight Mass at 11pm                                           

Celebrating Anniversaries This Week

18 Dec…Shelley Fernandez (confirmation)

19 Dec…Lou Troga (birthday and baptism)

20 Dec…Vincent Jang (baptism)

21 Dec…Tom Veitch (baptism)

24 Dec…Patrick Russell (confirmation)

Volunteer Opportunities

Your contributions are requested for festive receptions after Christmas Masses. Please contribute what you can for everyone's enjoyment at festive receptions after Midnight Mass (11 pm Dec. 24) and Christmas Day Mass (11 am Dec. 25).


The Sisters of Fraternite Notre Dame need our help. These Sisters run the Mary of Nazareth House at 54 Turk Street in the Tenderloin. They feed the homeless and working poor. They also befriend and bring the love and hope of Jesus to those who have little to hold onto. For the second time in a year their landlord is planning to significantly raise their rent. In part this is to get them to move in order to make the street more "inviting" for a tourist hotel going up across the street. They have found a place to buy on Mission Street right next to the Episcopal Community Services operated Navigation Center. The landlords in that neighborhood are trying to stop the necessary re-zoning. A petition is available in Lathrop Hall if you wish to support the Sisters' move. Please see Fr. Allick for further information.


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

Last Sunday's Offering
Plate Offering, $59.00; Pledge Offering, $550.00
Last Sunday's Attendance

Hospitality for Coffee Hour after High Mass:

Generously participating parishioners. 


Today's readings will be

Isaiah 7:10-16; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25.

General Announcements

A Centering Prayer By Father Paul Allick

It is getting mighty difficult to find the center in our politics and religion. It is a statistical fact that centrist politicians from both parties have virtually disappeared from Congress. In the Episcopal Church our right wing has left their assigned stations and abandoned ship. Our Episcopal Church is becoming so one sided politically and theologically that it feels that we might soon tip over completely. I find my home in the center. This is what attracted me to Anglicanism and our Via Media (Middle Way) between Protestant and Catholic. I feel most comfortable living in a tradition that employed a conservative reformation resulting in a liberal form of Catholicism. I’ve also found peace at the center of Benedictine Spirituality. It is a life balanced among work, prayer and study. As we approach the Feast of the Holy Nativity we will once again experience the ultimate sign of becoming centered: God becomes fully human and yet remains fully divine. This is the initial sign of that great Unity, the Holy Trinity. The Trinity is a perfectly balanced relationship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The relational nature is made so wholly in love that no distinctions in persons exist. Perhaps in our polarized nation and church rediscovering a holistic centrism is the prophetic call. Or perhaps columnist Jim Hightower was more on point when he popularized this notion, “There’s nothing in the middle of the road except yellow lines and dead armadillos.” It sure feels that way lately.


Sunday Confession: Heard by Fr. Paul Allick this Sunday, December 18 at 10:30 a.m. and Fr. Rod Thompson next Sunday, December 25 at 10:30 a.m.


December’s Third Sunday Series performance occurs, today, Sunday, December 18, 4pm. Christie Springer (Soprano), Brian Swager (Harp) and Daniel Pociernicki, narrator. There is a suggested donation of $20.00.


The Office will be closed Friday, December 23 through Monday December 26, in observance of Christmas. 


Orb Notices for the week of Christmas Day: Please get all notices for the week beginning December 25 to Josh by Tuesday, 20 December at


However oddly placed, the Feast of St Thomas, Apostle, occurring in the run-up to Christmas Day, strikes us dramatically with the salvific crucifixion and resurrection of Love Incarnate, inspiring us to fall beside Thomas and exclaim, "My Lord and my God." Consider, therefore, attending the Low Mass for St Thomas' Day at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21 At Evening Prayer preceding, at 6:00 p.m., we shall offer the Great O Antiphon.


There will not be a Latin Mass celebrated on either Saturday December 24th or the 31st. Please join us for Midnight Mass of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 24 and have a safe and fun New Year’s Eve on Saturday, December 31.


All pledges need to be submitted to the office before 10:00am on Friday, December 30, in order to be counted for 2016, as Church Windows, the parish accounting software, will then be closed out. Pledges received after 10:00 am will be posted for fiscal year 2017. Please contact Josh Kelley, in the office at 415.431.0454, if you have questions.


23 Parishioners attended The Community Outreach and Engagement Workshop on Sunday, December 4. We shall have a follow-up meeting sometime in January. Please find notes from that workshop can be found in Lathrop Hall.


Stewardship News - We have received 35 pledges so far for a total of $82,964.00, 87% of our goal of $95,000! That makes an average pledge of $2,370.40. Please prayerfully consider your pledge for 2017.


Next Sunday's readings will be

Isaiah 52:7-10; Hebrews 1:1-12; John 1:1-14.

Reflection Corner

In our pilgrimage towards Christmas, let us pray:


“Grant, O Lord, that we, following the example of Blessed Thomas the Apostle, may fall before thee, in fullness of heart proclaiming, “Our Lord and our God.” Amen.