1620 Gough STREET (AT Bush) SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109 — TEL. (415) 775-1117
THIS WEEK AT TRINITY†ST. PETER'S
March 19th through March 27th, 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.
Join us today immediately after coffee hour as our Lenten series continues with a conversation about establishing a simple daily practice of prayer. What are approaches that will feel like a joy and not like a burden? How can we start small and grow in grace? If you've ever been told prayer has to look a certain way, come for an expansive conversation about 'what counts' and why that matters. As always, this gathering is a no shame zone.
Bring and Share Luncheon - Sunday March 17
We will be having a Bring and Share luncheon after the 11:00 Service today, with a celebratory theme of St. Patrick’s Day. Please join us immediately following the service.
Mar 24 11:00am - Choral Eucharist Service
Mar 27 7:30pm - Taizé Prayer Service
Mar 31 11:00am - Choral Eucharist Service
April 3 7:30pm - Taizé Prayer Service
April 7 11:00am - Choral Eucharist Service
April 10 7:30pm - Taizé Prayer Service
April 14 11:00am - Palm Sunday Service
April 17 7:30pm - Taizé Prayer Service
April 19 7:30pm - Good Friday Liturgy (stay tuned for announcements)
April 21 11:00am - Liturgy of Easter Sunday
The next Choral Evensong and Organ Recital will be Sunday, June 2nd. Evesnong begins at 5pm with the recital to follow at 5:30pm.
What the Fig Tree Said
Literal minds! Embarrassed humans! His friends
were blurting for Him
in secret: wouldn’t admit they were shocked.
They thought Him
petulant to curse me!—yet how could the Lord
be unfair?—so they looked away,
then and now.
But I, I knew that
helplessly barren though I was,
my day had come. I served
Christ the Poet,
who spoke in images: I was at hand,
a metaphor for their failure to bring forth
what is within them (as figs
were not within me). They who had walked
in His sunlight presence,
they could have ripened,
could have perceived His thirst and hunger,
His innocent appetite;
they could have offered
human fruits—compassion, comprehension—
without being asked,
without being told of need.
My absent fruit
stood for their barren hearts. He cursed
not me, not them, but
(ears that hear not, eyes that see not)
their dullness, that withholds
A Reminder: if you would like to pledge to Trinity+St. Peter’s, please see Mike Chambers for a pledge card.
A Note on Today’s Readings
The Third Sunday in Lent—Year C
Today we come to the next major stage in the ancient story of the history of salvation, the time of the Exodus and Passover. Here Moses meets God in the burning bush and is given his vocation of leading God’s people from slavery into the freedom of the land of promise. Our own Exodus and Passover takes place in baptism. All baptized persons are members of the community of God’s people, and in them that saving work continues. In Lent, the baptized and those preparing for baptism are rediscovering their vocation as members of the community who come to the waters.
The second reading today sees the Exodus/Passover event of Israel as a foreshadowing of the life of the church—the crossing of the sea prefigures baptism, and the manna in the wilderness foretells the Eucharistic feast. Paul warns, however, that just as the Exodus event did not protect those Israelites who later refused to obey God from the consequences of disobedience, so we members of the church cannot rest on the blessings of baptism and Eucharist but must also live in obedience to God’s Word.
The Gospel reading today find Jesus responding to a question of whether natural and man-made tragedies are acts of God toward sinners. Jesus’ response is “no,” but he warns us that even so, we must repent and change. Those who believe that God uses disaster to punish sinners will, when faced with their own death, think they also are dying because of their sin, failing to see the redemption that God is bringing in the dying and rising of Jesus.
The liturgy and the sacraments are not ends in themselves but means by which God’s people are strengthened in living the life of the risen Lord in hope and in mutual love and ministry.
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.
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 or (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; 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; Corey Curtis, Marymargaret Kinner, Carolyn Taylor, Ray and Cameron Taylor, Stacy Title, Coralee Persse, Tito, Claudia, Eleanor, Mercy, Elizabeth, Ruth Ma, Molly Snyder, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Rita, Kim Long, Arthur Taber, Jacquie Taylor, Steven De Gracia and family, Ron Ferber and family, Houston Wray, The Rev. Dr. Bonnie Ring, Sherry Hawley; The Rev. Canon David Forbes and Toby Wiggins, Michele Hayes, Donna, Misa, Terry Speiker, and the repose of the soul of The Rev. Elizabeth Newnam.
We also pray for the parish of the Falkland Islands and its Bishop, The Right Reverend Nigel William Stock, for Marc our Bishop 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.