Notes for the Season of Epiphany

About the Season

Star Quilt by Barbara Rowan, for the Church of the Advocate

An Epiphany with a capital E is a divine manifestation — an event through which God reveals God’s self to the world. The Season of Epiphany begins with the arrival of the sages from afar to visit and pay homage to the infant Jesus in Bethlehem — the event through which God makes known that Jesus is the Light for the world, not just for a chosen few.
The Season continues with stories of how God was, and is, made known, again and again, in Jesus the man, Jesus the Christ. Throughout the Season, we celebrate the Light that Jesus has brought into the world. We strive to be more mindful of the world around us. and to realize our call to carry the Light of Christ and to make it known — in our homes, in our places of work and leisure, in our towns and counties, and beyond.

At the Advocate this season, we will be reflecting on the divisions in our nation and what it means to love our neighbor and to work for transformative justice. We will be learning more about our neighbors of the Rogers Road Community, and we will be returning to our work against racism.

Some dates to note:

Friday, January 15: Help distribute food to the Rogers Road neighborhood from the Rogers Road Community Center. If you can be there Friday morning between 8 am and noon, contact our curate, Alice Graham Grant

The Journey to Racial Equity:
Join others across the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina on “The Journey to Racial Equity: A Three-Part Series” consisting of two webinars and a 21-day challenge. The schedule for the first round:
Part 1: Jan. 11, “An Evening with Debby Irving,” 7p.m. (webinar)
Part 2: Jan. 17 – Feb. 6, 21-Day Habit Building Challenge
Part 3: Feb. 9, “An Evening with the Rev. Dr. William Barber, II,” 7p.m. (webinar)

Register for the webinars (you will need to register for each; the link for the Part Two 21-day challenge will be sent to those who register):
Part 1: “An Evening with Debby Irving,” Jan. 11 at 7p.m.
Part 3: “An Evening with the Rev. Dr. William Barber, II,” Feb. 9 at 7p.m.
For more information see here.

Thursday, January 21 — InterFaith Council Commons (virtual) Grand Opening!

Christmas 2020 at the Advocate

Join us on live Zoom on Christmas Eve at 5 PM.

Here’s the link to the Advocate Christmas Eve on Zoom.

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You are invited to have a candle close at hand for the sinigng of Silent Night.
Note that there will also be Compline at 8:30 PM Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and all of the 12 Days of Christmas. 15 minutes of simple fellowship and traditional prayers and readings. Here’s the link for the Compline Zoom each night. Note that this is a new link and we will no longer have the link on the website.
Our regular Sunday schedule will continue on the Sundays of Christmas, December 27 and January 3.

Advent at the Advocate

Sunday, November 29 the season of Advent begins!

Here’s the link for the Google folder with all the resources we are offering for use in your home this season. These include:

     1) The summary pdf, including suggestions about Advent candles and wreaths.
     2) Three options downloaded from SALT Project.
        – Advent Weekly Placemats (for those who like to color)       
– Advent with Maya Angelou        
– Advent 2020: Naming Jesus

We will continue to hold our principal worship together on Zoom at 10 AM, links to be sent for kids Christian ed, worship and screeside chat each Saturday.

The Screenside Chat in Advent will focus on Embodied Prayer — in the liturgy and in life.

We will also hold a simple outdoor Eucharist by the Advocate Pond each Sunday at 4 PM.
Per Diocesan guidelines, you will need to:   
 – Let us know ahead of time if you plan to attend by writing to (this can be at the last minute).   
 – Bring your own chair if possible (if not possible, let me know and we will provide)     
Bring a copy of the service guide, available here, on your gadget or printed. (if not possible, let me know and we will provide).   
Wear a mask throughout the liturgy, removing it only to receive the sacrament. We will only receive in one kind, the bread.     
– Keep a distance of six or more feet from those not of your own household.

Holiday Giving: A note about our holiday giving will be added here soon. Please check back!

Electiontide Prayers

October 27- – November 4, Please join in The Episcopal Church’s  A Season of Prayer for An Election. 

Sunday, November 1
at 10 AM, we will gather online to celebrate the Feast of All Saints. Please plan to join in this principal feast of our liturgical calendar and of our hearts.
at 4 PM: The Episcopal Church invites us to join Holding on to Hope – A National Service for Healing and Wholeness, with the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, online from the National Cathedral.
at 8:30 PM. Online Compline.

Election Eve, Monday, November 2
at 6 PM, The Advocate will gather online to pray for our community and our nation and our election. 
at 8:30 PM. Online Compline.

Tuesday, November 3 Election Day
at 8:30 PM. Online Compline.

Wednesday, November 4 the day after the election, but likely before the results are in, The Advocate will gather to pray some more.
at noon. Pondside Eucharist
at 8:30 PM. Online Compline.

Thursday, November 5
at noon Faith Leaders of Chapel hill Call for Peace, Unity, and Hope. McCorkle Place.
at 8:30 PM.
Online Compline.

Friday, November 6
at 8:30 PM. Online Compline.

Saturday, November 7
at 10 AM, possibly still before the election results are in, we will gather at the Advocate site for a safe distanced Site Stewardship Day. We have three picnic tables to put together, some briars to clear from the dam for pondside worship expansion possibilities ahead, and some wood chips to be spread. Stay tuned for more information!
at 8:30 PM. Online Compline.

Holy Week and Easter 2020

Sunday, April 5, is the beginning of Holy Week, the sacred week when we walk the Way of Jesus, from his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, to his last evening with his friends, to his arrest and crucifixion, death and burial. So much, so rich, so much to share.
While we will not be physically together this year, we will be together, via Zoom, a technology for our time.
Below is the calendar for the events of Holy Week at the Advocate 2020, Together, though Apart. 

The Zoom link for all events can requested at

For some events, there are recommendations of items to have on hand as they begin. 

We look forward to sharing this Holy Week with you.

April 5                        The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
9:00 a.m.   Online Kids’ Christian Ed
To join the Zoom, contact

10:00 a.m.                A liturgy for The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
To join the Zoom, contact
As you are able, please have at hand:
A branch or flowers to wave for the “procession of the palms”

April 6                         Monday in Holy Week            
5:30 PM
  Evening Prayer
To join the Zoom, contact

7 PM  “Virtual House Dinner”
To join the Zoom, contact

April 7                         Tuesday in Holy Week            
5:30 PM
  Evening Prayer
To join the Zoom, contact

April 8                         Wednesday in Holy Week      
5:30 PM
  Evening Prayer
To join the Zoom, contact

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Contemplative Prayer
To join the Zoom, contact

April 9                       Maundy Thursday
6:30 PM  A Liturgy for Maundy Thursday
To join the Zoom, contact
            As you are able, please have at hand :
  A candle that can be lit
A glass (chalice) of wine or other beverage
A plate (paten) with some bread
A symbolic additional food, such as olives or almonds or feta
             A cross (simple and homemade is just fine!)
A cloth that can go over the cross

April 10                     Good Friday
12 noon    A Liturgy for Good Friday
To join the Zoom, contact
            As you are able, please have at hand :
The veiled cross from Thursday evening
A candle and lighter

April 11                    Holy Saturday
A Liturgy for Holy Saturday can be found here.

April 11 8 PM  The Great Vigil of Easter
This is the principal Easter liturgy of the Advocate.

To join the Zoom, contact
As you are able, please have at hand :  
A candle
The veiled cross
A bowl for water
A glass/pitcher of water

10 AM April 12      Easter Day!                  Let’s Dance!
A brief simple celebration will be offered by Zoom.
To join the Zoom, contact

The Schedule for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

This Sunday morning — The Fifth Sunday in Lent. Join us online!

Kid’s Christian Ed starts at 9 a.m. on ZOOM —

Morning Prayer, Rite II, with Sadie Koppelberger preaching, begins at 10 a.m. —

Coffee hour will begin at 11:05, immediately following Morning Prayer — (It’s the same room as Morning Prayer, but in case we have any latecomers, there is the ZOOM room link.)

See you Sunday!

An Update on COVID-19 for the people of the Advocate from Dr Peter Morris

On March 8, Advocate and former public health official Dr Peter Morris offered an open conversation for the people of the Advocate about COVID-19. As quickly as circumstances are changing within the state of North Carolina and in the Triangle particularly, Nathan Kirkpatrick invited Peter for a follow-up ZOOM conversation. You can watch a recording of their conversation from March 23 here.

Join us online on Sunday, March 22

As we continue to adjust to a new way of ‘being together’ as the Advocate during this season, tomorrow we add two new offerings to our morning lineup. 

First, at 9 a.m., Elizabeth Brewington will be hosting an online 45-minute version of Kids’ Christian Ed. Every kid who loves coming on Sunday mornings to the Advocate will want to be online! 

Then, immediately following our 10 a.m. service of Morning Prayer, we will take a 5-minute break, and then, at about 11:05, we will start an online coffee hour. Through the miracles of technology, all those wishing to stay for coffee hour will be subdivided into breakout groups for coffee and conversation (you’ll have to bring your own coffee!). If you don’t want to stay or can’t stay for coffee hour, no worries — you’ll just leave the meeting during the 5-minute break. 

You can access all of these activities through the links below. 

I look forward to seeing you in church online tomorrow!

Sunday, March 22 — Lent IV — Laetare Sunday

Online Kids’ Christian Ed
9:00 a.m. (the room will open at 8:50 a.m.) 
Join the Zoom room here —

Morning Prayer, Rite II 
10:00 a.m. (the room will open at 9:50 a.m.) 
Join the Zoom room here —
You can read the liturgy here —
You can find the readings here —

Online ‘Coffee Hour’
11:05 a.m.
Join the Zoom room here —
(It’s the same Zoom room as Morning Prayer, but just in case we have any latecomers!)