The Book of Common Prayer in November

For the month of November, The Advocate will be using the Book of Common Prayer in our worship at both the 9 AM and the 11 AM. An essential (as in “of the essence”) aspect of Episcopal and Anglican worship is our common prayer. And while there are increasing options approved for worship in the Episcopal Church, many of which we use at our 11 AM liturgy through the year, the vast majority of Episcopal churches worship with the Book of Common Prayer.

The Episcopal Church website describes the Book of Common Prayer as: a treasure chest full of devotional and teaching resources for individuals and congregations, but it is also the primary symbol of our unity. As Armentrout and Slocum note in their Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, that “Anglican liturgical piety has been rooted in the Prayer Book tradition since the publication of the first English Prayer Book in 1549.”

We, who are many and diverse, come together in Christ through our worship, our common prayer. The prayer book, most recently revised in 1979, contains our liturgies, our prayers, our theological documents, and much, much more.

We use the Book of Common Prayer in our Sunday worship at the 9 AM each week.

The current Book of Common Prayer was approved in 1979 after more than a decade of discernment and trial rites. It replaced the previous BCP which had been in use since 1928. The 1979 BCP placed a greater emphasis on the Eucharist as the principle act of worship on Sundays, and also introduced options for the Eucharistic rites. These options have nuanced theological distinctions and histories.

There are 6 different Eucharistic Prayers in the Book of Common Prayer. Two are in the more traditional language, reminiscent of the language of the Kings James Bible and found in the the 1928 BCP. These are called Rite One. Four are in a language contemporary in the 1960s and 70s, capturing the beginnings of gender-inclusive language. These are called Rite Two. The Rite Two prayers also reflect a wider spectrum of theological influence. On All Saints Sunday, November 10 and November 24 we will use Rite Two prayers. On Sunday, November 17, we will use a Rite One setting. It will be, in some ways, archaic, penitential, gender-biased, and clergy-centric. In other ways it will be beautiful and nostalgic. Our hope is that it will offer an opportunity to reflect on the language of our liturgy and the language of our faith.

Come and visit The Advocate this month and see how the liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer expresses and forms our faith.

Jobs posted at Farmer Foodshare and the IFC!

Farmer Foodshare is looking for an Executive Director. “Farmer Foodshare approaches hunger from both sides of the problem – small farmers struggling to stay in business, and disadvantaged populations who lack access to fresh and nutritious food. This is what makes them unique! Since 2009, Farmer Foodshare has fostered cross-sector partnerships to build a local food system in which all members of our community can have access to healthy, nutritious food, and those who labor in agriculture can make a viable living.”

See more about the Farmer Foodshare Executive Director job posting here!

Also, the InterFaith Council is seeking a Heavenly Groceries Food Ministry Coordinator. A terrific opportunity for someone who wants to work 15 hours a week for a very good agency. See flyer below.

Advocate Sweet 16 Celebration, Saturday, September 21

Join us Saturday, September 21, as we celebrate our 16th birthday. It’s a celebration in 6 parts!

1) 3 PM – 5 PM Visioning ahead. Come meet with our vicar and senior warden to begin a process of visioning for our future. As with so much of what we do, this will be the work of the people. And it will be what it will be because of who participates. So please come if you can!
2) 4:30 – 7:30 PM Fairy Hair and Face Paint and other kids activities. Sparkle Body Arts will provide fairy hair and face painting from 4:30 – 7:30. Only one person at a time, so we hope some folks will come early and others will be willing to wait and duck out during the talent show. 5:15 – 6:45PM. Once the Visioning gathering is over, around 5, we will also have bubbles and a costume photo booth during the cookout!
3) 5:15 – 6:45 ish. A cookout!. We will joined by the Dogwood Blossom Band as we gather for veggie burgers and beef burgers, with the the usual augmentations. Beverages provided. Please bring a side dish if you can. If you can help with the grilling, please contact “Paul B. Marvin”
4) 7 ish til….  An Advocate Talent Show in the Chapel! 
If you want to participate in the 2nd Annual Advocate Talent Show OR display some art work, please email Erin Dangler by Sept. 17th. Erin will send you a confirmation with all the details and getting participation information from you. Remember, Participation over Perfection! 
5) Campfire and S’mores. Here’s where we have dessert!
6) A pondside campout ! Those who wish can bring their tents and stay the night, then come to church in the morning.
Also…. Sunday at 10:50 we will dedicate our new Peace Pole!

The Way of Love

The Way of Love
is a way of life.

More than a program or curriculum, it is an intentional commitment to a set of practices. It’s a commitment to follow Jesus: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest.

During A Teachable Moment between the 9 AM and 11 AM liturgies this fall, all are welcome to engage in The Way of Love. Each week we will explore one of the themes offered by our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.

See the introduction and Bishop Curry’s invitation here.

Episcopal 101

Are you interested in learning more about the history, theology, liturgy, and structure of the Episcopal Church? If so, join us Sunday afternoons, September 8 – October 13, for “Episcopal 101,” a conversation-based introduction to the church. In each conversation we will be asking, “What difference does this make for us?”

Each week’s topic will be posted beforehand (see basic plan below). Any and all are welcome to join in any or all sessions.

Note: for these preparing for confirmation or reception in the Episcopal Church at the Bishop’s Visitation on Sunday, October 20, participation is expected.

Classes will generally be held1:15 – 2:30 PM at the Advocate.

If you are interested in being a part of the conversation, be in touch with the Vicar (

Episcopal 101, general plan:    
1) Jesus, Scripture and the early Church   
2) The Church in England and The Anglican Communion 
3) Anglican spirituality and The Book of Common Prayer  
4) Anglican Moral Theology
5) The Episcopal Church USA and how the Advocate fits in.

Eating Together Faithfully

This fall, Hannah Boning and Jimmy McKinnell will be facilitating a group through Eating Together Faithfully, a framework for conversation from Life Around the Table. There will be eight conversations around eight meals discussing what it means to eat with God’s intentions for all creation in mind. How does the way we eat together reflect who we think God is? What does it mean for food to be healthy and just? Participants should expect good food, good discussions, and some outside reading and preparation each week.

We hope to begin the first week of October. Contact Hannah ( or Jimmy ( if you are interested or have questions!

Blue Grass Mass Sunday at 5 PM




Sing and stomp along as the Advocate Acoustics lead us in a Blue Grass Mass this Sunday.
Blue Grass music is indigenous to the southeastern united states. It’s popularity in our region is reflected in numbers festivals held each year, from MerleFest to the Union Grove Old Time Fiddlers Convention.  So twice a year or so The Advocate brings this musical style to our worship.

Songs to include:
This Train is Bound for Glory
Uncloudy Day
Farther Along
Wings of a Dove
I’ll Fly Away

Sunday, June 16, at 5 PM.
Come on your own, or bring a friend!

The Season of The Advocate: Ascension – The Day of Pentecost

Wednesday, May 29 Ascension Eve
5:15 PM Contemplative Prayer
6 PM Holy Eucharist with Hymns for the Ascension of our Lord
7 PM House Dinner.

Sunday, June 2
9 AM Holy Eucharist with hymns and the Easter Troparian
10 AM Ascension lantern launch and Pee Wee Homes tour
11 AM Holy Eucharist with Hymns, Songs and the Easter Troparian
12:30 PM Lunch

Sunday, June 9 The Day of Pentecost
9 AM Holy Eucharist with hymns and the Easter Troparian
10 AM Beating of the Bounds
11 AM Eucharist with Hymns, Songs, the Easter Troparian
12:30 PM Festival Lunch

Here at The Church of the Advocate, instead of having a single feast day, we embrace a 10-day feast season — It starts with the Feast of the Ascension,
when Jesus ascends to God and, as recorded in First John,
there he serves there as our Advocate.
This year we will celebrate that ascension with an Ascension Eve Eucharist this Wednesday at 6 PM.
It is this Advocate Jesus, that we remember in our Advocate cross.

But there’s more. We then have a Sunday after the Ascension, which, this year, is next Sunday, June 2. And we will celebrate with a “beating of the bounds”. See more about that here.

Then comes the Day of Pentecost when we remember how the Holy Spirit descended and moved and breathed among those gathered in Jerusalem.
And moves and breathes among us still. This we will celebrate with a time of fellowship and a heavenward launching of lanterns and a festival potluck.

In all of this we remember the power and the presence of God among us as church, as people, created and beloved.

June 8 Piedmont Patch Free Talk: Notes from a Small Prairie with Annabel Renwick

June 8 Piedmont Patch Free Talk: Notes from a Small Prairie with Annabel Renwick

The next free talk in the series offered by Piedmont Patch at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2019 features Dr. Annabel Renwick, Curator of the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants at Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Dr. Renwick’s talk will describe the design and growth of a demonstration Piedmont prairie initiated at that garden in 2014 in a presentation to be held at the Piedmont Patch demonstration site, Episcopal Church of the Advocate, 8410 Merin Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516.

“It’s quite extraordinary to consider that three hundred years ago the terrain surrounding Durham, North Carolina would have been dominated by grassland supporting a myriad of wild flowers, grasses, and associated wildlife,” Dr. Renwick notes. She adds, “Much of this landscape has disappeared due to urbanization, farming, and forestry, and even though the population of North Carolina continues to rise, there are ways we can help create habitats for wildlife in urbanized areas.”

Dr. Renwick will describe the creation of a one-acre rendition of native grassland created with almost 100 species of wild flowers and grasses totaling 20,000 plants at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, noting the changes that have occurred over the four years since its construction. 

Dr. Renwick’s work directly relates to the mission of Piedmont Patch, which is to demonstrate how to collaboratively restore native landscapes, one patch of Piedmont at a time. Our demonstration Piedmont Patch is located on the campus of the Episcopal Church of the Advocate at the intersection of Merin Road and Homestead Road in Chapel Hill. Visitors to the site are always welcome.

Learn more about Piedmont Patch at our web site: