The Vicarage Presents… Women of the Cloud

Vicar of the Advocate, Lisa Fischbeck, along with producer Grace Camblos, has started a new short video program called The Vicarage. Filmed on location at the Advocate, these videos share stories and prayers of the Church.

In our first season, we focus on the Women of the Cloud, those women who are commemorated by The Episcopal Church and featured in the newly published book, “A Great Cloud of Witnesses.” It’s in part to fill the loss of the midweek Eucharist in this season of COVID, and also to share the stories about our ancestors in the faith that are usually heard only by those who can make it to the midweek Eucharist.

This week in Episode Five we remember Florence Nightingale, a woman inspired by her faith to care for the sick, injured, and dying, and who transformed nursing into the modern field of medicine that we know today:

Episode Four tells the story of Catherine Winkworth, a 19th century poet and advocate for women’s education who translated some of today’s best-loved hymns from German into English:

In Episode Three we lift up Mary and Martha, friends of Jesus who showed us how we can love God and each other — and we celebrate the ordination of the first Episcopal women to the priesthood, ordained on the feast day of Mary and Martha, July 29, in 1974. Episode Two tells the story of Sojourner Truth, a street preacher who preached against slavery, for the women’s vote, and, ahead of her time, against capital punishment. And Episode One tells the story of Macrina, fourth century monastic and writer and…. older sister to two very smart brothers.

Subscribe to the Advocate’s YouTube Channel to get new episodes every Wednesday!

Jesus the Lord is Risen

The Advocate Virtual Choir is expanding! Working towards a choir of the whole. Here is our “song of praise” for Eastertide. All are invited to sing along!

Surrexit Dominos Vere!
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Surrexit Christus Hodie!
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Jesus the Lord is risen!
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Jesus the Lord is risen today!
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Screenside Chats Sundays at 11:15

Questions emerge out of this surreal time of life and faith and church. We can’t answer them all. But we can talk about a lot of them!

Starting Sunday, April 26, the Vicar will host a “Screenside Chat” following the 10 AM liturgy. 11:15 – noon.

Virtual Coffee Hour will continue at the same time for those who want to connect with one another and get to know each other better.

The first week we will talk about the Eucharist and why we aren’t celebrating it in this “stay at home” season. This may take more than one conversation!

Future conversations will include what we miss most and why, when will we feel safe enough to return to the chapel together, what is a blessing and can we get one over the internet, is there anything that only the clergy can do and why, how is God calling us to respond …. Also, we will explore some of the ethical and theological concerns emerging from the coronavirus.

Join us as you are led.

All Who Hunger Gather Gladly

Prepared by an Advocate Virtual Choir for Maundy Thursday, 2020.

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“All who hunger, gather gladly; holy manna is our bread. Come from wilderness and wandering. Here, in truth, we will be fed. You that yearn for days of fullness, all around us is our food. Taste and see the grace eternal. Taste and see that God is good.

All who hunger, never strangers; seeker, be a welcome guest. Come from restlessness and roaming. Here, in joy, we keep the feast. We that once were lost and scattered in communion’s love have stood. Taste and see the grace eternal. Taste and see that God is good.

All who hunger, sing together; Jesus Christ is living bread. Come from loneliness and longing. Here, in peace, we have been led. Blest are those who from this table live their lives in gratitude. Taste and see the grace eternal. Taste and see that God is good.”
Sylvia Dunstan (1955-1993)

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
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10:00 a.m.                A liturgy for The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
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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
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7 PM  “Virtual House Dinner”
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April 7                         Tuesday in Holy Week            
5:30 PM
  Evening Prayer
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April 8                         Wednesday in Holy Week      
5:30 PM
  Evening Prayer
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6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Contemplative Prayer
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April 9                       Maundy Thursday
6:30 PM  A Liturgy for Maundy Thursday
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            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
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            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.
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Teachable Moments in Epiphany

Here’s what planned for the Teachable Moment this season.

It is customary at the Advocate to seek opportunities in the Season of Epiphany to learn more about the community and world around us.

To that end, here is the calendar for the Teachable Moment in the weeks ahead:

Sunday, January 12 Justine Post tells about her ministry on death row.

Sunday, January 19 Marcia Owen tells about her work in restorative justice

Sunday, January 26 David Stanford from Re-Entry and William Ingram and Calvin Trollinger from the Orange County Correctional Institution, will help us to know more about Re-Entry.

Sunday, February 2 Campus closed due to breakdown of sewer pump.

Sunday, February 9 Annual meeting.
Hudson Vaughan will be rescheduled to another time when he can help us to know about the Marion Cheek Jackson Center and the racial history of our neighborhood and region.

Sunday, February 16 Rob Stephens will tell us about his work with the Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington to be held June 20, 2020.

Sunday, February 23 Adam Plant, actor with a Masters in Divinity from Wake Forest, will share his experience as a trans man in the church and in the world.

All are welcome! Child care and kids Christian ed provided at the same time.

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.