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This Sunday at 11: Pentecost 6;
Wednesdays at 6: Evening Prayer

Quote of the Day

“Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.”


Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

UPCOMING: Pentecost 6, Canon Elise, New Banners

July 21: Pentecost 6, Mary and Martha


This Sunday is Pentecost 6, Proper 11, Year C.

This Sunday’s Gospel reading is the story of Mary and Martha, and Martha’s annoyance with Mary for listening to Jesus instead of helping her with her “many tasks.” The story appears only in Luke’s Gospel (Luke 10:38–42). Jesus was visiting the home of Lazarus, Martha and Mary of Bethany, the latter typically conflated in Catholic medieval tradition with Mary Magdalene, though the New Testament probably means a different person. Mary chose listening to the teachings of Jesus over helping her sister prepare food. Jesus responded that she was right because only one thing is needed, the “one thing” apparently meaning listening to the teachings of Jesus. This goes in line with words by Jesus that “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” (Matthew 4:4).

— Wikipedia

IMAGE: Jesus at the home of Martha and Mary by Tintoretto (16th century).

July 21: Eucharist by Elise Johnstone


This Sunday Elise Johnstone, the Canon to the Ordinary (assistant to the bishop) in our Diocese of Lexington, will celebrate the Eucharist and give the homily in Fr. Paul’s absence.

The lector this Sunday is Heather and the altar guild is B.T. See the vestment colors, the altar colors, the Bible readings and the liturgical calendar by clicking HERE and selecting the date. Note that the color of a date’s number is the vestment and altar color for the day.

Upcoming: New Lawn Banners


Advent was fortunate to receive a mini-grant for 25 new banners for the front yard. Everyone is invited to find great, clever and inspiring quotes or sayings (often called aphorisms) to adorn the banners. Please send all suggestions to Paul or Dan at or

In the News: THE IMMIGRANTS, The INdigenous, The TRAPPED

Episcopal Officials Defend Refugee Resettlement after Report that Trump Officials Suggest Halt to Program


Trump administration officials reportedly have discussed the option of reducing refugee resettlement to zero in the next federal fiscal year, a move that critics warn could devastate the long-term resettlement capabilities of Episcopal Migration Ministries and the eight other agencies with federal contracts to do that work. Read the full story by clicking HERE.

PHOTO: Syrian refugee Ahmad al Aboud and his family members, on their way to be resettled in the U.S. as part of a refugee admissions program, walk to board their plane in Amman, Jordan, in 2016. Reuters.

Canadian Archbishop Apologizes for Spiritual Harm Inflicted on Indigenous Peoples


On July 11, In a speech that stirred emotional reactions and caused members of the General Synod to rise to their feet, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, apologized on behalf of the national church for spiritual harm done to Indigenous peoples. Read the full story HERE.

PHOTO: Canon Norm Wesley hears Primate Fred Hiltz’s [right] apology to Indigenous peoples on behalf of the Anglican Church of Canada. Milos Tosic/Anglican Journal.

Episcopal-Supported Group Empowers Guatemalan Teenagers to Take Charge of Their Reproductive Health


18-year-old Ubelia watched as each of her four sisters became a teenage mom. As the fifth and youngest daughter in the family, she didn’t want to follow in the same path. Enter the Guatemala Youth Initiative, a nongovernmental organization founded by Episcopalian Greg Lowden with support from others in The Episcopal Church, especially the Diocese of Virginia, wherein Lowden grew up attending Leeds Episcopal Church in Markham, 60 miles west of Washington, D.C. With 92 out of every 1,000 girls ages 15-19 giving birth, Guatemala has one of the highest adolescent birth rates in Latin America, which as a region ranks second in the world.

Worldwide, 20,000 girls under age 18 give birth daily in developing countries — 7.3 million births annually, according the United Nations Population Fund. Read the full story HERE.


PHOTO: The Guatemala Youth Initiative’s Byron Paredes, sexual and reproductive health educator, and Alison Urbina, program assistant, lead a workshop of sexual and reproductive health for middle school students. Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service

In the News: WOMEN, CHILDREN & frankincense

Women Are Joining the House of Bishops at an Unprecedented Rate


Thus far in 2019, six women have been elected as diocesan or suffragan bishops. Episcopalians in two dioceses have elected men to be their diocesan bishops. Four of those eight bishops-elect, all women, identify as people of color. At least one more woman will be elected bishop this year, on July 26, when the Diocese of Montana chooses from a slate of three women. Read the full story HERE.


PHOTO: The Rev. Kathryn McCrossen Ryan was consecrated bishop suffragan of the western region of the Diocese of Texas on June 1. Diocese of Texas

Children Affected by Opioids Invited to Summer Camp in Diocese of Maryland


The opioid epidemic in the U.S. continues to affect millions of Americans, with tens of thousands every year dying from overdoses, and some of the most vulnerable to the epidemic’s effects are the users’ children and other young family members. The Episcopal Church’s Province III, which includes many of the communities hit hardest by the rise in opioid addiction in recent years, is partnering with the Diocese of Maryland’s Claggett Center and the SpiritWorks Foundation to offer a free weeklong summer camp, Camp Spirit Song, in support of children struggling with a parent’s or loved one’s addiction. Read the full story by clicking HERE.

PHOTO: SpiritWorks Foundation offered its own camp for children affected by addiction several years ago at Airfield Conference Center, near Wakefield, Virginia. SpiritWorks Foundation

Loss of Boswellia Trees Leads to Global Shortage of Frankincense


A global shortage of frankincense could threaten the production of church incense which some traditions use during worship as a visible sign of prayers ascending to God. The aromatic resin, used to produce incense, comes from Boswellia, a genus of trees and shrubs from the Horn of Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and India. According to a report in a sustainability journal, there is a danger frankincense supplies will collapse after researchers found the Boswellia trees are being destroyed by cattle farming, drought and conflict. Read the full tory HERE.

PHOTO: Raimond Spekking / Wikimedia

What does “Episcopal” mean?

The Episcopal Church is “Protestant, yet Catholic.” Episcopal means “of bishops.” The Episcopal Church traces its bishops (its ministers and clergy) and its origins back to the Apostles (the early followers of Jesus) via holy orders, which are a direct line of succession back to the time of Jesus.


For more of our rich history, click HERE or HERE. For a video tour of a typical Sunday service, with subtitled explanations, click HERE. For a simple textual outline of our church history back to the Protestant Reformation, click HERE.

About Us

Our Background

The Episcopal Church is the United States-based member church of the worldwide Anglican Communion. We comprise 109 dioceses and regional areas in 17 nations. In 2015 we had 1.9 million members, being a part of the Anglican Communion of 85 million followers. The Church of the Advent is a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington. To receive the Diocese’s newsletter, click HERE and stay on the left side of the page.

Our Faith

Our church welcomes all who worship Jesus Christ, yet also those who are exploring their faith or who are asking serious questions about faith in general. You will be welcomed at The Church of the Advent regardless of any religious or personal status. For more information on what we believe, visit For a video tour (with annotated explanations) of a sample weekly Sunday service, click HERE.

Our Purpose

Our mission is to: 1) Restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ; 2) Have a liberating and life-giving relationship with God, each other and the Earth; 3) Love God with our whole heart, mind and soul, and love our neighbors as ourselves; and 4) Focus on the three priorities of evangelism, reconciliation and creation.

Our Partners and Affiliates



Day Care


We have leased space to Community Action Council to provide a daycare. Contact Melissa at (859) 233-4600 x 1208, or see their website by clicking HERE.

News and Views


Our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, infused interest in the Episcopal Church at the Royal Wedding. See the story HERE. See Bishop Curry's sermon HERE. See the “Saturday Night Live” spoof of Curry by clicking HERE.

Advent's Building, Bell and Organ


Read more about our Gothic revival building and history by clicking HERE and HERE. Curious about the bell in the tower? Click HERE. Read about our Jaeckel tracker organ HERE. Why red doors? Click HERE.

The Book of Common Prayer


The BCP (our prayer book) can be found by clicking HERE for the PDF version or HERE for the text version (faster to load). The book’s history can be found HERE.

Our Hymnal


Our hymnal is online, too. The 1982 version can be found by clicking HERE. It's a beautifully organized site.

Which Color? Reading? Saint?


Scripture readings and vestment colors (the clergy clothes) for any day of the week, and the Saint of the Day, can be found HERE or HERE. On the altar guild? Check out floral designs HERE.


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