Advent Pondside Eucharist 2020


People’s Prelude
A period of silence is kept.
Opening Acclamation

Presider                       Blessed are you, Holy and Living One.  
People                         You come to your people and set them free.

Presider                       Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One
People                         Have mercy upon us.
Presider                       Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One
People                         Have mercy upon us.
Presider                       Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One
People                         Have mercy upon us.

Collect of the Day
Presider           The Lord be with you.
People             And also with you.
Presider           Let us pray.

The presider prays the Collect of the day, and in response, the people say: Amen.

The Lessons

First Reading 
At the end of each reading, the lector says, “Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people,” to which the people respond,“Thanks be to God.” 

The Song of Mary    Magnificat      Luke 1:46-55      In unison
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, 
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; * 
    for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed: * 
    the Almighty has done great things for me, 
    and holy is his Name. 
He has mercy on those who fear him * 
    in every generation. 
He has shown the strength of his arm, * 
    he has scattered the proud in their conceit. 
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, *
    and has lifted up the lowly. 
He has filled the hungry with good things, * 
    and the rich he has sent away empty. 
He has come to the help of his servant Israel, * 
    for he has remembered his promise of mercy, 
The promise he made to our fathers, * 
    to Abraham and his children for ever.

Second Reading

Sequence Hymn         O Come, O Come Emmanuel   (one verse sung softly)

O Come O Come Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in Lowly exile here
Until the Son of god appear.
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel
Shall come to thee O Israel.

The Gospel

Before the reading of the Gospel
Presider  The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to…
People     Glory to you, Lord Christ.

After the reading of the Gospel 
Presider        The Gospel of the Lord.
   People          Praise to you, Lord Christ.

A Homily

The Prayers of the People                                                 
A Leader reads the following introduction:
Leader             Let us now offer our prayers and thanksgivings to God. After each bidding, I invite you to share your prayers with the whole congregation, so that we may join our prayers to yours. Before we pray together, let us, in silence, ask the Spirit to bring to our consciousness those things for which we should pray.
In the silence following each bidding, the people are invited to share their prayers, either silently or aloud. At the end of each intercession, 
the leader says:
We pray to the Lord…
and the people reply
Lord, here our prayer.

The biddings follow this order:

I bid your prayers for God’s people throughout the world and for the universal church and its leaders;  
I bid your prayers for peace and justice;   
I bid your prayers for our nation and our state, and for all persons in positions of authority; 
I bid your prayers for the needs and concerns of our counties and our cities;  I bid your prayers for this congregation, for those who suffer and for those in any kind of trouble; 
I bid your prayers for those who have died;
I bid your prayers of thanksgivings to God.

The Presider adds a concluding collect:
Hasten, O God, the coming of your kingdom; and grant that we your servants, who now live by faith, may with joy behold your Son at his coming in glorious majesty; even Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

Confession [from Enriching Our Worship]

Presider           Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.         
After a short silence for reflection, all pray together:
God of all mercy, we confess that we have sinned against you, opposing your will in our lives. We have denied your goodness in each other, in ourselves, and in the world you have created. We repent of the evil that enslaves us, the evil we have done, and the evil done on our behalf. Forgive, restore, and strengthen us through our Savior Jesus Christ, that we may abide in your love and serve only your will. Amen.

Absolution      [A New Zealand Prayer Book]
Presider           Through the cross of Christ, God have mercy on you, pardon you, and set you free. Know that you are forgiven, and be at peace. God strengthen you in all goodness and keep you in life eternal.      
All                    Amen.

The Peace

Presider           The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People             And also with you.
Presider           Let us share a sign of Christ’s peace with one another.

The Offertory 
Presider           Ascribe to the Lord the honor due his name, bring the offerings of your lives and come into God’s courts.

The Great Thanksgiving          [Rite II, Prayer B from the Book of Common Prayer]           
Presider           The Lord be with you.
People             And also with you.
Presider           Lift up your hearts.
People             We lift them to the Lord.
Presider           Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People             It is right to give [our] thanks and praise.
Presider           It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
Because you sent your beloved Son to redeem us from sin and death, and to make us heirs in him of everlasting life; that when he shall come again in power and great triumph to judge the workd, we may without shame or fear rejoice to behold his appearing.
Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name.

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Presider       We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.
On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”
After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for [all] for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”
Therefore, according to his command, O Father,

Presider and People
We remember his death,
We proclaim his resurrection,
We await his coming in glory;

 Presider continuesAn
d we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine.We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. 
In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, with [_______ and] all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.
By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and forever. 
All                    Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer      

Presider          As our Savior Christ has taught us, we now pray: 
All                    Our Father in heaven, 
hallowed be your Name, 

your kingdom come, 
your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us
Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.

The Breaking of the Bread
The Priest breaks the consecrated Bread. A period of silence is kept, then:
Presider           Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.
People             Therefore, let us keep the feast.  Alleluia!
Presider           Behold what you are.
People             May we become what we receive
[Adapted from St. Augustine’s Homily #58: On the Eucharist]

The Communion
Jesus welcomes all; therefore all are welcome to receive God’s grace through the Holy Sacrament. In this Covid time, we receive the bread only. A gluten-free bread is available for those who need it.

The Bread is given to the communicants with these words
The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ keep you in everlasting life. [Amen.]
or The Body of Christ, the bread of heaven. [Amen.]

Prayer after Communion
Presider           Let us pray.
All                    Loving God, we give you thanks for restoring us in your image and nourishing us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood. Now send us forth a people forgiven, healed, renewed; that we may proclaim your love to the world and continue in the risen life of Christ our Savior. Amen.

The Going Forth
The Blessing  
Presider May the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you and scatter the shadows from before your path; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.

Presider or Deacon     
Go in Peace, to love and serve the Lord.
People             Thanks be to God!

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.

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 16 we look back over Season One and explore what it means to be descendants in faith of these inspiring women. And we look forward to Season Two: The Saints Among Us!

In Episode 15 we remember Frances Perkins, the first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet, whose faith inspired her to work for more just labor laws and to advocate for workers’ rights throughout her life:

Previous episodes:

  • Vida Dutton Scudder, an American educator, author, and social gospel movement activist
  • Brigid, one of Ireland’s patron saints, an early Irish Christian nun, abbess, and founder of several monasteries of nuns, including that of Kildare in Ireland
  • Margery Kempe, an English Christian mystic, known for writing through dictation “The Book of Margery Kempe,” a work considered by some to be the first autobiography in the English language
  • Thecla, a saint of the early Christian church, follower of Paul the Apostle, and a martyr and missionary (watch out for the ravenous seals!)
  • Hildegard of Bingen, a German Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, visionary, and polymath. One of the best-known composers of sacred monophony, many also consider her the founder of scientific natural history in Germany
  • Amelia Jenks Bloomer, an American women’s rights advocate. As the first woman to own, operate and edit a newspaper for women, she helped reform women’s clothing, popularizing the style known as… bloomers!
  • Constance and Her Companions, Episcopal nuns who braved the 1878 yellow fever outbreak in Memphis, TN, to care for the city’s sick and dying
  • Prudence Crandall, a schoolteacher and activist who ran the first school for black girls in the United States
  • Artemisia Bowden, an African-American educator and civil rights activist who played a pivotal role in founding St. Philip’s College in San Antonio
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mary, Martha, and the Ordination of Women: friends of Jesus who showed us how we can love God and each other — and the first Episcopal women ordained to the priesthood
  • Sojourner Truth, who preached against slavery, for the women’s vote, and, ahead of her time, against capital punishment
  • 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.

You that yearn for days of fullness, click here.
Scroll below for the full text.

“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.

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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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