1620 Gough STREET (AT Bush) SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109 — TEL. (415) 775-1117
THIS WEEK AT TRINITY†ST. PETER'S
July 11th through July 18th, 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.
YELP! A new tool for evangelism....
These days no one makes a move without Yelping it first! This means that we can increase the number of visitors to TSP by writing favorable reviews on this rating application. Yelp can be accessed from a computer or smartphone, but you will need to create an account. Then login and rate us 5 stars with a comment about what you enjoy most about TSP! Can't wait to see your review!!
Pastoral Care at TSP
If you find yourself in need of a home or hospital visit, or would appreciate a listening ear in a confidential setting, Pastor Trish is available to you. Our safe church guidelines direct that you can access your clergy person for pastoral counseling for up to three sessions. After that, we can help you find a secular counselor, if more is required. Please know that we value your well being and want to be here for you as you navigate life's challenging situations. All conversations will be kept strictly confidential.
A Change for the Celtic Service
As of Sunday, July 8, the 9am Celtic Service will take place in St. Mary's Chapel. Now that we have free use of this exquisite space, the smaller chapel area is the perfect setting for this quiet, intimate service. For those unfamiliar with the service, we begin with several lovely Celtic pieces played on baroque flute by David Miles. This is followed by ten minutes of silence before a Service of Word and Table that is shorter than the later service. Come and join us for this casual, reflective service!
Evensong: Monthly beginning in September
A monthly service of evensong, followed by a concert and reception begins on September 2nd. The program will continue on the first Sunday of each month in the Fall, ending in December. Evensong is a choral version of Evening Prayer, with choir and chanting. Many people find it to be a beautiful way to wind down after the weekend and get ready for the week ahead. More details about the concerts and receptions to follow. Suggestions welcome. Spread the word!
About Today’s Readings
Welcome to Trinity+St. Peter’s. Our Gospel reading today is the account of the death of John the Baptist. This well-known story was remembered by the followers of Jesus and John. After this, Jesus’ ministry moves ahead with even more urgency, causing rumors that Jesus was John raised from the dead.
Amos, like John, confronted the king of his time because of his disregard for God’s law. Like John, Amos’ message was rejected by the rulers. He confronts the priest at the King’s temple. Amos’ uncompromising criticism of disloyalty toward God earns him the royal chaplain’s wrath, who contemptuously calls him a prophet, a seer (a vocation not highly esteemed in those days). He denies that he is a prophet. He is a simple man given a message from God, which he must deliver.
Today we begin reading through the Letter to the Ephesians. This beginning portion summarizes the writer’s theology of Christ and of our relationship with Christ in the Holy Spirit.
We gather as a people united in God. We, like John and Jesus, are sent into the world with the message of judgment and salvation. We too are called into the ministry of Christ with people in every age and time. Our gathering here is our time to remember who and whose we are and, in that remembering, to be filled once again with the life of Christ. Thus, we go forth proclaiming in our words and our lives the Good News of salvation.
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.
HUNGRY AFTER THE SERVICE?
Most of us seem to be! Can you bring something to share for coffee hour? We have enjoyed the generosity of Eula, Marina and Terry for the past two years, but this model is not sustainable. We are a small group and we all need to contribute if our tradition of a generous "brunch," after the service is to continue. Can't bake? No problem, next time you are buying food for yourself, pick up some cheese, or fruit or goodies for your friends at church too. Don't worry--if you like it, someone here will too! In the coming months, you will be asked by a coffee hour team captain to bring something for coffee hour. Thank you in advance for your contribution to our community life.
~ Pastor Trish
IMPORTANT: Parish Directory Updates
We are now in the process of updating our Parish Directory. Please see Pastor Trish after the service who has the current book and either verify that your current information as listed is correct, or use the available space provided to make any changes or updates. -- Br. K
Are you a lifelong learner?
Brain researchers tell us that our brains are more plastic than previously thought. Therefore it is important to keep them active all our lives. You can meet this goal as well as the goal of learning more about your religious tradition by participating in Adult Christian Education this fall.
The first step is to attend one of two meetings in Pastor Trish’s office, after coffee hour on June 17th or alternatively, on July 1st. Come prepared with a commitment to participate in at least one opportunity to learn in the fall.
Here is a list of potential offerings. Please feel free to add a suggestion of your own:
Episcopal Tradition 101: What is our history and theology? A 6-week class.
Bible 101: How was the Bible written? What does it contain? What does it not contain? How do Anglicans read the Bible?
A 6-week class.
Mary Magdalene: A Saint for the 21st Century
A 6-week book study and discussion.
Buddhist perspectives on being a Christian
A 6-week book study and discussion.
The Letters and Life of Paul:
A 12 week class and group discussion.
Questions? Contact Pastor Trish, firstname.lastname@example.org
Coffee Hour Ministry
Our move to the new space for coffee hour is an opportunity for newcomers to the ministry of hospitality at church to come forward. Do you like to bake? Or maybe you just have a Costco card and can bring in a wheel of Brie and some crackers? Please bring all food “ready to serve” as preparation and clean up facilities are limited. Please make yourself known to Eula Loftin who is graciously coordinating our coffee hour ministry.
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, Mary Frances Andrus, Coralee Pearse, Steven de Garcia, and for the repose of the soul of Michael Price.
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: Roger La Clear
Lesson: Bruce Huston
Epistle: Sherry Hawley
Prayers: Steven De Gracia
Healing: Michael Wolfe
Ushers: Scott DeBonville, David Cunningham
Guide: Greg Potts
Jul 15 9:00am - Celtic Contemplative Eucharist
Proper 10 11:00am - Choral Easter Service
Jul 18 7:30pm - Taizé Prayer Service
Jul 22 9:00am - Celtic Contemplative Eucharist
Proper 11 11:00am - Choral Easter Service
Jul 25 7:30pm - Taizé Prayer Service
Imago Dei Gallery is open!
After the worship service, you are invited to head downstairs to browse the art on the walls of the recently renovated hallway space. A feast for the eyes awaits!!
On December 9th, Imago Dei hosted it’s first art opening, featuring local San Francisco artist, Anthony Anchundo. Join us from 6pm to 9pm for a champagne reception and a chance to meet the artist! Anthony began painting seriously in 1986 and immediately explored the possibilities of abstraction. He attended Chabot College where he met painting instructor Neill Studley, a student of Richard Diebenkorn. Neill and the school of California Abstract Expressionism became a larger influence on Anthony's work. He studied privately with Neill four years after Chabot, pushing the boundaries of form and composition.
Imago Dei is a venue for artists to show their work, a space for pop-up culinary events, wine tastings, and social gatherings. Please join us in spreading the word and come for an amazing opening reception to inaugurate this new ministry at TSP!
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.
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.
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.