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THIS WEEK AT TRINITY†ST. PETER'S
January 16th through January 23rd, 2019
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.
Jan 20 11:00am - Choral Eucharist Service
Jan 23 7:30pm - Taizé Prayer Service
Jan 27 11:00am - Choral Eucharist Service
Jan 30 7:30pm - Taizé Prayer Service
Feb 3 11:00am - Choral Eucharist Service
Feb 6 7:30pm - Taizé Prayer Service
Choral Evensong & Organ Recital
The next Choral Evensong and Organ Recitals will be Sunday, March 3rd and Sunday, June 2nd. Evesnong begins at 5pm with the recital to follow at 5:30pm.
Congregational Annual Meeting
The Annual Congregational meeting for January 27th and election of BC for 2019. Candidates thus far are:
BC: George Teekell; Steven De Gracia; Cynthia Cravens
Delegates to the Deanery: Michael Chambers; Steven De Gracia
Alternate: Lois M Webb; Terry Speiker
A Gentle Reminder: if you have not yet returned your pledge card, please do so ASAP as it is time to prepare our budget for 2019.
Epiphany at Cana
by Malcom Guite
Here’s an epiphany to have and hold,
A truth that you can taste upon the tongue,
No distant shrines and canopies of gold
Or ladders to be clambered rung by rung,
But here and now, amidst your daily living,
Where you can taste and touch and feel and see,
The spring of love, the fount of all forgiving,
Flows when you need it, rich, abundant, free.
Better than waters of some outer weeping,
That leave you still with all your hidden sin,
Here is a vintage richer for the keeping
That works its transformation from within.
‘What price?’ you ask me, as we raise the glass,
‘It cost our Saviour everything he has.’
What happens now……??
Have you been asking yourself that question since you heard the sad news that Pastor Trish would be leaving TSP? Well…here’s what started happening as soon as the Bishop’s Committee learned that Trish and her family would be moving on.
In November, the Bishop’s Committee began consulting with representatives from the Diocese about the process to recruit a new Priest-in-Charge. From the beginning, our goal has been two-fold…..to find a wonderfully charismatic new Priest-in-Charge and to manage the everyday business of TSP until we can welcome a new Priest amongst us.
Through this process, we have found ourselves blessed to receive thoughtful guidance and expertise from Denise Obando, Transition Minister for the Diocese and the Reverend Canon Abbott Bailey, Canon to the Ordinary. In partnership with the Diocese, we have developed a plan to begin recruitment and to handle church business in the interim.
We estimate it will take the Bishop’s Committee and the Diocese 4-7 months to conduct a national search for the most qualified candidates and to hire a new Priest to lead TSP.
Until then, the Diocese will work with us to assign a Priest to conduct our regular worship services and provide pastoral care. We are honored to welcome the Reverend Canon Abbott Bailey as TSP’s first guest celebrant, beginning with the 11:00 service on January 13, 2019. We hope as many of you as possible will be present to welcome Canon Bailey as we begin this next part of our congregation’s journey.
Brother K and David Miles will work with the Bishop’s Committee to manage the everyday affairs of the church. The music program will be most ably carried on by Robert Gurney. If you have questions about church business or next steps in the recruitment work, please contact the Senior or Junior Wardens or any other members of the Bishop’s Committee. We will provide regular updates on recruitment in the church newsletter and bulletin.
We feel very fortunate that TSP has much to offer an incoming Priest-in-Charge, so we are confident we will find a proven leader. Our goal is to recruit a Priest who has shown the skills, passion and spiritual vision that is needed to capitalize on the great work Pastor Trish has helped create in her 4 and ½ years of service at TSP!!
With thanks to all of you, for your faith, commitment to TSP and patience as we move through this process…..
Terry Speiker, Junior Warden
A Note on Today’s Readings
The Second Sunday after the Epiphany—Year C
Welcome to our parish. The feast of the Epiphany directed our attention to the ways in which Christ is manifest in the Gospels, and by extension, how he is manifest in our lives. The theme of showing forth is continued in the Sundays after the Epiphany. Today’s Gospel carries the third of the three classical themes of Epiphany: Jesus’ first miracle, changing water into wine at the marriage feast in Cana of Galilee.
The Old Testament used the marriage relationship and the marriage feast as symbols or archetypes of God’s relationship to the chosen people and of the ultimate consummation of that relationship in the establishment of the Kingdom. Today’s passage from Isaiah is based on that image.
At the marriage feast, Jesus produced around 150 gallons of wine (God is lavish, even profligate, in giving grace) and it is much better wine than the host at the dinner had been serving (God’s grace far surpasses what we can do for ourselves).
God’s gifts of grace to us are also the focus of today’s reading from I Corinthians. This reading is the first in a series from this Epistle exploring the kinds of gifts we received when we were baptized by water and the Holy Spirit, and the results of God’s gifts in our lives.
We are a people transformed by our relationship to God and given the grace and illumination of the Holy Spirit. The marriage images in the first and third readings describe the intimate and total nature of God’s relationship to us which results of the gift of the Holy Spirit given us in baptism.
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.
Updates and News from the January 13, 2019 Bishop’s Committee Meeting
This note contains several pieces of information from last Sunday’s meeting of the Bishop’s Committee. Please ask the Wardens or any Bishop’s Committee members for more information on these topics and any other items of discussion or outcomes and actions that took place at the meeting. We are available, either in person or by e-mail, to answer your questions and hear your thoughts and ideas.
The Reverend Kyle Oliver, who is new to the San Francisco Diocese, will be joining us as our Priest and Presider for the next two Sundays, January 20 and 27. Reverend Oliver was recommended to us by the Diocese and we feel very fortunate to have him as a guest celebrant. In preparation for his time with us, he’s been given a tour of the church and information about TSP ‘s worship for these two Sundays. Please join the members of the Bishop’s Committee in welcoming him amongst us for the 11:00 worship services and the coffee and fellowship time which will follow.
As you have probably heard, City Church of San Francisco expressed interest to Pastor Trish in the possibility of joint worship services and/or sharing worship spaces with TSP. Due to scheduling conflicts, there will not be a joint worship service with City Church on March 3, as Pastor Trish had previously indicated would occur. However, several representatives from the Bishop’s Committee are setting up a meeting with the leadership of City Church to find out more about their interest in TSP. The Bishop’s Committee will keep you posted about the content of any meetings that are held and when there is a new date set for a joint worship service.
For up-to-date information on all other areas of discussion that took place at the 1-13-2019 Bishop’s Committee meeting, to participate in the election of your representatives on the Bishop’s Committee and delegates to the Deanery and Diocesan Convention, for information about the search for TSP’s next Priest-in-Charge and to hear a review of 2018 from the Wardens and the Treasurer, please attend the church’s Annual Meeting on January 27, 2019. The Annual Meeting will be held in St. Peter’s Hall, following the 11:00 worship service and coffee hour.
Thank you for your commitment to our worship time together and your help in maintaining a blessed community at TSP………We look forward to seeing you in church!! Terry Speiker, Junior Warden
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 email@example.com (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, Carolyn Taylor, Ray and Cameron Taylor, Stacy Title, Coralee Persse, Steven De Gracia, Tito, Claudia, Eleanor, Mercy, Elizabeth, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, (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.