Proclaiming the Word of God in Advent


The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania
The Living Church Foundation
are Sponsoring A Study Day

“To the Bottom of the Night”
Proclaiming the Word of God in Advent
with featured speakers
The Rev’d Fleming Rutledge
Dr. Joseph Mangina


Saturday, December 2, 2017
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill
8000 St. Martin’s Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19118


Limited Space is Available, REGISTER SOON!

Featured speakers:

The Rev’d Fleming Rutledge
Author of The Crucifixion (Winner of the 2016 Book of the Year Award, Christianity Today) and many sermon collections, the Rev’d Fleming Rutledge has long been among the most prominent preachers and teachers in the mainline churches. Her collection of sermons on the Advent season, The Once and Future Season, is forthcoming from Eerdmans.

Dr. Joseph Mangina
Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Toronto, Dr. Mangina is editor of the theological journal Pro Ecclesia and author of a number of volumes, including the Brazos theological commentary on the book of Revelation and Karl Barth: Theologian of Christian Witness (WJK, 2004).

“Follow, poet, follow right
To the bottom of the night.”

                      –W. H. Auden

Advent is often swallowed up into the forced cheer of “the Christmas season,” but it has a theological character all its own, one of eschatological hope and preparation for the second coming of Christ the king, mighty to deliver and save even and especially when we find ourselves trapped in “the bottom of the night.”  As we pray in the collect for the Third Sunday in Advent: “Stir up your power, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever.  Amen.

In this study day, come and walk through the lectionary texts for the four Sundays in Advent with two of our church’s most prominent preachers and teachers, the Rev’d Fleming Rutledge and Dr. Joseph Mangina.  Our study day leaders will expound the biblical texts, reflect on their theological import, explore the rich hymnody and liturgy of the season, and spend time in conversation with us as we prepare for the advent of our Lord.  Whether you are a working preacher looking for new insights into old familiar texts, or a lay disciple of Jesus searching for the voice of the Lord amidst the noise of the holiday season, come and be blessed by spending a day together to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest the biblical texts for Advent. 



Below are our directions, to St. Martin’s.

The church is located in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, five blocks west of Germantown Avenue at the corner of St. Martin’s Lane and West Willow Grove Avenue.

Public Transportation
St. Martin’s is just a few steps from the St. Martin’s stop of SEPTA’s Chestnut Hill West line (formerly the R8 line).  Walk up the hill, toward the overpass, and make a left.  The church is ahead on your right at the first intersection.  For train schedules or other public transportation options, visit or click here for a PDF of the Chestnut Hill West schedule.

From the Schuylkill Expressway
Get off the expressway at the Lincoln Drive exit, and follow Lincoln Drive through Fairmount Park and Mount Airy until it dead ends at Allen’s Lane.  Turn right on Allen’s Lane, following it until it abuts into Germantown Avenue.  Turn left onto Germantown Avenue, until you reach the lighted intersection at Willow Grove Avenue. Turn left onto Willow Grove Avenue, following it five blocks until you reach St. Martin’s Lane.

From the Mid-County Interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 476 (Blue Route)
After the toll plaza, follow signs to Germantown Avenue East.  Follow Germantown Avenue east for six miles until you reach the heart of Chestnut Hill.  At Willow Grove Avenue, turn right and continue to St. Martin’s Lane, just past SEPTA’s St. Martin’s train station.


Parking is available in our gravel lot at Willow Grove & St. Martin’s Lane, along the streets, at SEPTA’s St. Martin station, or in the science building lot at SCH Academy.