1620 Gough STREET (AT Bush) SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109 — TEL. (415) 775-1117
THIS WEEK AT TRINITY†ST. PETER'S
September 12th through September 19th, 2018
Trinity†St. Peter’s is a vibrant, welcoming, and diverse Christ-centered spiritual community drawn together by the power of the Holy Spirit and by our passion to serve. You are invited to join us as we seek an ever deeper connection to God, to creation, and to one another.
A Note on Today’s Readings
Today’s liturgy is similar in theme to the feast of the Holy Cross (September 14), which always falls near this Sunday of the Church year. The Gospel reading is Peter’s acknowledgement of Jesus as the Messiah, which was followed by Jesus’ first prediction of his crucifixion and resurrection. Jesus calls his followers to pattern their own lives on his, sharing in the self-giving love which leads to the Cross.
The Old Testament reading from Isaiah is the third of the poems called the “Servant Songs.” In them the prophet foresees the servant of God suffering persecution and death for his faithfulness to God, a death which would be redemptive for all people. The first Christians, following Jesus’ teaching, understood Isaiah’s oracle to have been fulfilled in the dying and rising of Jesus.
The second lesson is again drawn from the Epistle of James, an intensely practical discourse on Christian living. In today’s reading, James exhorts us to learn self control, especially in our speaking. The tongue, when disciplined, is used to glorify God, but when undisciplined, can cause hurt and damage.
The People of God enact in song, story, and sacrament their unity with Jesus dying and rising in their midst. In baptism and Eucharist we join him in his death and resurrection. We speak and sing our praise to him in our worship and in our lives of ministry, acceptance, and love for all people.
From The Rite Light: Reflections on the Sunday Readings and Seasons of the Church Year. Copyright © 2007 by Michael W. Merriman. Church Publishing Incorporated, New York.
Next Evensong and Organ Recital- October 7th
Experience for yourself the beauty of this service that is usually heard only in the great cathedrals of the Anglican tradition. Evensong is a service of prayers and readings only, no Communion, lasting about 35 minutes. Several beautiful anthems and chants are included. 5pm
An organ recital, featuring our own Robert Gurney, will follow the service. In October, we will be celebrating Robert’s 26th Anniversary at Trinity! You will be out by approximately 6:30 pm. A wonderful opportunity to hear our priceless organ and to wind down the weekend on a peaceful note.
What is a "vestry?"
Are the bread and wine really changed into Christ's body and blood?
How do we understand "sin?"
What does Henry VIII have to do with us?
If these are some of the things you are curious about, please join us today for the first of a four-part series-- Episcopal 101. In an informal setting, we will learn about the theology, history and polity of the Episcopal church, as well as some of its more unique vocabulary words!
Sunday Sept. 2, 9, 16 and 30-- 1 pm. Pastor Trish's Office
membership: A state of belonging, as in a group (Alright, but what is the definition of ‘belonging’?) belonging: to be rightly placed in a specified position; acceptance as a natural member or part of a relationship (I couldn’t turn back now; I had to look up ‘relationship’) relationship: the way in which two or more people or things are connected (And ‘connected’ is …?) connected: persons or things that are linked together.
Food, Friendship, and Fun
Over the years, many of us have become more than just Sunday churchgoers who greet each other at the Peace and go our separate ways the rest of the week. Circle Suppers are casual potluck dinners where groups gather to get to know each other as people with lives outside the church and become friends. We often find others with mutual interests, hobbies, and causes. Of course, matters of church, religion and faith may be discussed… or not. All members and their plus+1’s are welcome. Circle Suppers have proven to be a great way to welcome new members and even bring in newcomers… and just have fun!
How do Circle Suppers work? Members who are able to entertain in their homes volunteer to host. You are not required to host (many do not have enough space, etc.) Hosts are responsible for setting a date and issuing invitations. They provide the central main dish and the plates, glasses, utensils, etc., needed (plastic and paper are fine). Other participants bring appetizers, salads, side dishes and desserts as well as drinks (alcoholic or not). Hopefully, participants help hosts clean up.
If you are interested, please contact Steve Roger at firstname.lastname@example.org (415) 431-4326
Requests for New Nametags
To request a nametag, please use the sign-up sheet hanging on the nametag rack or go to: https://trinity-stpeters.squarespace.com/connect/ There is room on the name tag for up to two extra lines of information, such as "Deacon", "Molly's Husband", or "Loves to Paint". Your safety and comfort are important to us. If you have concerns about our community life please contact Pastor Trish.
Trinity†St. Peter's Prayer List:
For Jane Luers; Helen Teekell; Dawson Webb and family; Brenda; The Rev. Katherine L. Ward; Lynn Shebonsky; The Rev. Marina Nichols and family; Bruce O’Neill; Lewis Campbell; Andrew K.; Pavel Nosovitskiy; Kirsten Thomas; Lodi Webb; Arthur Taber; Cindy Spencer; Joce and Brett Eastman; Michael Patterson; Terry Speiker; Corey Curtis, Marymargaret Kinner, Bruce Huston, Carolyn Taylor, Ray and Cameron Taylor, Stacy Title, Coralee Persse, Steven De Gracia, Tito, Claudia, Eleanor, Mercy, Elizabeth, Joyce Huston and family, Ruth Ma, Molly Snyder, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, The Rev. Elizabeth Newnam, Rita, Kim Long, and the repose of the soul of Michael Price, the repose of the soul of Todd Neal, and the repose of the soul of Charlene (Joyce Huston’s sister).
We also pray for the parish of the Falkland Islands and its Bishop, The Right Reverend Nigel William Stock, for Marc our Bishop, for Patricia, Priest, and for all who minister in Christ, and for all the holy people of God.
Those in our Service this Morning:
Presider: The Rev. Patricia Cunningham
Organist/Choir Director: Robert Gurney
MC: Steven DeGracia
Lesson: Patrick Andersen
Epistle: Sandy Kameron
Prayers: Steven De Gracia
Healing: Michael Wolfe
Ushers: Mike Chambers, Cynthia Cravens
Guide: Steve Roger
Hospitality Captains: Murrey Nelson
Sep 12 7:30pm - Taizé Prayer Service
Sep 16 9:00am - Celtic Contemplative Eucharist
Proper 19 11:00am - Choral Eucharist Service
followed by Episcopal 101
Sep 19 7:30pm - Taizé Prayer Service
Sep 23 9:00am - Celtic Contemplative Eucharist
Proper 20 11:00am - Choral Eucharist Service
followed by Episcopal 101
Sep 25 7:30pm - Taizé Prayer Service
Sep 30 9:00am - Celtic Contemplative Eucharist
Proper 21 11:00am - Choral Eucharist Service
Welcoming: a privilege and a dilemma
We at Trinity†St. Peterʼs are blessed with a long history of welcoming all into our community life. This includes those who are marginalized and, among them, those who struggle with severe mental illness. Sometimes being an inclusive, welcoming community can be complicated!
Compassion takes many forms, some of which are less obvious than what we all envision when we think of that word. Compassion also calls us to teach appropriate behavior and to set appropriate, consistent boundaries with persons whose behavior affects, either physically or emotionally, the safety of the community. The compassionate goal of setting those boundaries is to create the opportunity for a person to remain within the community while learning more appropriate behavior. There might be cases, however, in which the only appropriate response may be to ask that person to leave for the day.
You can help to create a safe environment for all by letting Pastor Trish or any vestry member know if you have been approached by a person whose behavior has felt inappropriate or has caused you to feel unsafe when we are together at church. You may be assured that, whenever possible, every effort will be made to create the opportunity for that person to remain among us through compassionate intervention.
More food, fellowship and conversations about how God finds us in our daily lives. Location to be confirmed.
20-30 somethings---come and bring your friends!
We will be discussing the latest book by former lona Abbey dean, John Philip Newell at the Forum between the services from Feb. 22-March 29. Celtic Christianity has much to inspire us as old attitudes towards people of other faiths and our relationship with the earth continue to fail to honor God in others and in Creation itself. Start reading the book and join us as we explore our ancient Celtic wisdom to meet today's challenges.
Be there....or you might be volunteered for something!
Christian fellowship, food and good times. January 25 in West Portal. 5-7pm
RSVP priest-in-charge @trinity-stpeters.org
MLK DAY OF SERVICE:
WE NEED YOU...YES, YOU!!
MLK DAY OF SERVICE
at TRINITY†ST. PETER’S:
MONDAY, JANUARY 19th
Be the change you wish to see!
Monday, January 19th has been set aside as a national Day of Service to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and our T†SP congregation are gearing up to continue the work begun three weeks ago: the rehabilitation and lovelification of our lower level.
Inspired by the “welcoming” part of our Mission Statement, we are committed to making our parish hall, hallways and restrooms inviting and comfortable to newcomers and to all who venture downstairs after worship.
Bring your skills,
BRING YOUR CO-WORKERS and FRIENDS,
bring your sense of community.
NO ABILITY YOU HAVE WILL BE WASTED.
1668 Bush St. (at Gough)
10:00 AM until 4:00 PM
Enter the lower level from the Bush St. door.
Stay for a while, stay for the day,
but PLEASE don’t stay away!
SERVICE OF TRUTH, RECONCILIATION AND SOLIDARITY. JAN. 18 . 1PM AT ST. CYPRIAN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH. REVS. TRISH CUNNINGHAM AND TOM JACKSON, CO-PRESIDING
SHOW YOUR SOLIDARITY WITH THOSE FIGHTING AGAINST ON-GOING INSTITUTIONAL RACISM IN THIS COUNTRY. SERVICE INCLUDES PERSONAL TESTIMONY OF RACISM FROM BOTH THE WHITE AND THE BLACK PERSPECTIVES.
THERE WILL ALSO BE A CALL TO ACTION WITH AN ACTION STEP THAT YOU CAN TAKE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF A YOUNG BLACK PERSON.
DAY OF SERVICE: ON JANUARY 19, THERE WILL BE A SECOND DAY OF SERVICE AT THE TRINITY CHURCH. WE NEED TO PAINT A LARGE ROOM, REFIT A BATHROOM, DO SOME DEEP CLEANING AND POLISH WOOD. BRING YOUR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES.
Seeking Christ, Service to others, Socializing with new friends.....
An invitation to young adults 23-34 who want to explore what it means to be a young Christian in San Francisco. Come to casual worship, supper and conversation in the West Portal home of Pastor Trish and David Cunningham. RSVP email@example.com. Nov. 30, 5-7pm
Are you curious and perhaps a little confused about the Christian faith? Want to learn about a progressive, yet traditional, way of being Christian that does not require you to stop thinking? Come to an Introduction to the Christian Faith and the Episcopal Tradition, on Wednesday, October 22 at 6pm. Light supper included. Must RSVP by Oct. 19 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come and join us at 9:45am on October 5. Led by Patrick Andersen.
An second yoga class will begin on September 22 at 5pm. Easy Breezy yoga and meditation. Good for Seniors and others who want a gentle class. Hope to see you there!
You are invited to a conversation on "Leaf by Niggle," a short story by JRR Tolkien, author of the Lord of the Rings. "Leaf by Niggle" is about an unsuccessful artist who obsesses over his work: instead of efficiently completing his canvas of a vast tree, he “niggles,” spending long hours detailing leaves, giving each and every one its own individual character. "Leaf by Niggle" is commonly thought to allude to the creative process and spiritual beliefs of JRR Tolkien, a devout Roman Catholic.
To access the "Leaf by Niggle" story online, click on the following link: http://heroicjourneys.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/niggle.pdf
Also, please bring a leaf, real life, drawn, painted, sculpted, or photographed, with you to the discussion.
When: Sunday, September 21st, 9:45 a.m.
Where: Trinity + St. Peter's (in the theater)
Cost: there is no cost for this event
Contact: for further information, please contact Cynthia Cravens, email@example.com, (415)386-0262
The Seven Habits of Highly Faithful Christians Sept. 7
First Sunday Program: Pastor Trish shares seven ways to incorporate your faith into your daily life so that you too can "Walk the Talk."
Come join us, and bring a friend!
- Pastor Trish
Read C. S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters and come ready to discuss at the Forum on August 31. This is the first selection in our new monthly feature: The Book of the Month Club! September's book: The Man Who Was Thursday, by G. K. Chesterton.