This Sunday at 8:30: Eucharist with Special Intention for Peace

From Baton Rouge to St. Paul to Dallas to Nice, stories of violence dominate our news and haunt our hearts. Join the community of the Advocate this Sunday, July 24, at 8:30 a.m. for a Eucharist with special intention of praying for peace in our lives, our neighborhoods, our cities, and our world.

Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the
strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

This July: The Advocate Invites a Conversation

On Wednesday evenings in July, you are invited to join an Advocate conversation about the theological questions that matter to the members of our community. We will gather at 7 p.m. by the Advocate pond. Come with your convictions and your questions (and a beverage of your choice). The conversation will last until 8:15 or until we have said what needs to be said.

The conversation will be facilitated by Nathan Kirkpatrick, the Advocate’s priest associate.  Hope to see you there!

Homestead and the People of the Advocate

dsc_0017_2Homestead and the POTA
March 2, 2008
The Rev. Lisa G. Fischbeck, Vicar

The vestry has been making some big decisions in recent months, and has been working hard to keep everyone informed. But unless you come to church every Sunday (ahem….), or read the email regularly :) , or have a memory for details galore, it’s easy to have missed something significant along the way.

It seems prudent, for the sake of the community, to take some time in this Lenten Season, to make sure everyone is up-to-date and understands where we are with the land process — how we came to be in a contract to buy a particular site — and where we are in the fund-raising and the visioning process too. And what all this all might mean for us as a Church.

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Why we are here

A Reflection on and for the Church of the Advocate
September 9, 2007
The Rev. Lisa G. Fischbeck, Vicar

Today I begin the first of two reflections on the Church of the Advocate — “Why are we here?” It seems appropriate for us, on the verge of the fourth anniversary of our launch, but more importantly, it is appropriate in this season of our life as a church when we realize that many of those in our launching congregation have moved on, and many new people have come. We need to discern anew who we are. It’s also appropriate for us to seek an understanding of who we are in this season when the prospect of acquiring land and building a building or two is becoming more viable. Before we make such a potentially large investment of resources of every kind, resources that could just as easily be used elsewhere, it’s also good for us to be reminded of how we got here, what was intended for us, and to discern in the thick of it all why we are here now, and to what we might be called into the future. Continue reading Why we are here

The Great Emergence

By Brian Sartor

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Emerging Church movement. It’s a network and conversation taking place among those who are discerning and practicing new ways of being missional, new ways of being Christian, that do not fit the established institutional structures of church. Such “new ways of being church” are themselves quite various, often meeting in public places or homes rather than in church buildings, and they easily elude our usual definitions of church.

Albeit foggy exactly what “emerging” Christianity is, what is clear is that the landscape of Christendom is changing significantly in our times. Phyllis Tickle, in her new book, The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why (Baker, 2008), puts it this way: “[A]bout every five hundred years the Church feels compelled to hold a giant rummage sale. And …we are living in and through one of those five-hundred-year sales” (p. 16). Continue reading The Great Emergence