Transition & Discernment at Episcopal Church of the Advent

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JOIN US IN PRAYER

A call process is an act of faithful group discernment of God’s will.

Please pray for Advent. The Prayer Team offers the following:

Prayer for Advent

Most heavenly and gracious God, we thank you for all the blessings you have given us. Help us to discern the needs and gifts of our Advent community. Give our leaders wisdom and guide our contemplation and prayer during this time of transition.
We ask this in the name of your Beloved Son, Jesus Christ.
Amen

 

Virtual Suggestion Box

Do you have a question or a suggestion for the Discernment Committee about the process of calling a new Rector to Advent?

We want to hear from you! Leave a question or comment in our Virtual Suggestion Box and someone from our Committee will get back to you (if you wish).

Virtual Suggestion Box

Call to Process Update
May 5, 2022

The Discernment Committee conducted first interviews with two rector candidates this week.

Please pray for wisdom for the DC as they discern if they should continue discernment with the candidates.

Also, please forward the details below to any rectors you know that might be interested in the rector position at Advent.

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Milestones in the Call Process
May 2022 Update

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NEW BEGINNINGS

DAILY PRAYER FOR ADVENT CLERGY TRANSITION

"Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."

MATTHEW 18:19-20 

Sunday

Commitment

Dear Lord, Be with us on this new day. Thank you for hearing our prayers. We ask for wisdom and guidance as we vibrantly work to call our new pastor to Advent's congregation. Help us daily to commit our trust in You. Amen

Monday

Patience

Lord, as we walk to call a new rector to our congregation, may we have patience in discerning the gifts we seek and see those gifts clearly in the candidates you send to us. May the Holy Spirit be with us on this journey. Amen

Tuesday

Loving

Almighty God, we thank you for our church community. Fill us with your grace and love that we might seek to hear, understand, and support each other during the discernment process. Fill us with your grace, so we can be gracious to each other. Amen

Wednesday

Daring in Faith

Gracious God, we thank you for your goodness and care. Come into our hearts so that we may be bold, brave, and daring in our faith as we prepare for the future of our church. All this we ask in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen

Thursday

Self-Reflection

Loving God, bless every member of the Advent community with your grace so that we may follow Jesus' example of extending loving kindness to each other. Help us to see ourselves as we individually discern the qualities of a candidate being sent by you. May we be led by Christ into acceptance of your will. In Christ's name we pray. Amen

Friday

Joyous

Gracious God, remind us not to worry during the call process, but instead, to trust that you will lead the best candidate to our Advent community. Lord, we will honor you by being joyful always and giving thanks for all you do. Amen

Saturday

Our Future

Most heavenly and gracious God, give us a vision of the new situations in which we live out our faith in Jesus. As we work to call a new pastor to our congregation, may we welcome the one you are sending us to lead us in the new days ahead. May we go forth with faith knowing your hand is leading us and your love is supporting us. Amen.

Any Day

Almighty God, Giver of every good gift. Look graciously on your church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP)

Any Day

Most heavenly and gracious God, we thank you for all the blessings you have given to us. Help us to discern the needs and gifts of your Advent community. Give the leaders wisdom and guide our contemplation and prayer during this time of transition. We ask this in the name of your beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Check out archived communication on the Clergy Transition

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Resources 

Strategic Growth Plan
October 2021

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DIOPA Search Protocol
October 2021

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A History of the Church of the Advent
November 2021

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Meet Your Discernment Committee
January 2022

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Executive Summary of CAT Survey Results
February 2022

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Parish Profile
March 2022

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Milestones in the Call Process
May 2022

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Timeline of Our History

The Episcopal Church of the Advent was born

May 1, 1882

Cornerstone laid

1885

First service held

1886

New entrance & steeple built, plus parish house erected 

1910

New land acquired on North Broad and Fairthorne

1952

Cornerstone of new building laid

1956

Services began in new building

1957

May Fair Event
raised funds for kneeling cushions

1978

Episcopal Church of the Advent Celebrates Centennial

1982

Patio & garden
dedicated to the right of Advent entrance

1986

Major renovations

1990

Additional renovations

2005

Memorial Garden Creation

2010