On Sundays our uniﬁed congregation offers a 9:00AM Eucharist and an 11:00AM Choral Eucharist, both held primarily in our St. Mary's Chapel. We have two healing altars during communion for anyone who desires special prayers, anointing with oil and/or laying on of hands. Between the two Sunday services, at 9:50 AM, we invite all to our Education Forum for insightful and inspirational discussion. All are welcome.
1620 Gough STREET (AT Bush) SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109 — TEL. (415) 775-1117
THIS WEEK AT TRINITY†ST. PETER'S
December 5th through December 12th, 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.
Dec 16 11:00am - Choral Eucharist Service
Dec 18 5:30pm - Blue Christmas Prayer Space(Saint Mary’s Chapel)
Dec 19 7:30pm - Taizé Prayer Service
Dec 23 11:00am - Choral Eucharist Service
Dec 24 10:30pm - Prelude, Choral Concert, and Carol Sing
Christmas Eve followed by Christmas Eve Choral Eucharist
THERE WILL BE NO SERVICE ON CHRISTMAS DAY.
Note on Today’s Readings
Welcome to our parish. Today is the first of the two Advent Sundays on which John the Baptist is the central figure. This dynamic prophet marked the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. He announced the time of Messiah’s arrival and called the people of Israel to repentance in preparation for that coming. The Gospels see him as the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy of one who will prepare the way for God to come to the peoples of the earth.
The first reading is from the book of the prophet Malachi. To a people who have become careless about their practice of their faith, the prophet brings the word of God that God’s messenger is coming. That messenger will come to reestablish God’s people and to purify them.
The second reading is from Paul’s letter to the Philippians. In greeting this congregation, Paul speaks of his affection for them and of his imprisonment. He urges them to continue in faith as they await the day of Christ’s return.
The Old Testament and John the Baptist looked toward the coming of the Messiah in history to establish God’s Kingdom. The New Testament looks toward the return of Christ at the end of history to bring that Kingdom to fulfillment. We, the Church, gather in Eucharist in the “in-between times” to celebrate the foretaste of that Kingdom and to be equipped by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the Kingdom to the world.
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.
Blue Christmas Prayer Space- December 18th, 2018. 5:30pm-7:30pm.
Does Christmas make you sad? Many people experience intensified feelings of loss and sadness during the holidays. This year, we are offering Christian spiritual practices to help.
On Dec. 18 from 5:30-7:30, prayer stations and soft music will fill St. Mary’s Chapel. Our friends from City Church will be setting up the space and welcoming people in to experience the peace of the Advent season in community. Questions? Contact Pastor Trish, email@example.com
SF LYRIC CHORUS presents “Magnificat”
Join us for passionate and contemplative music that expresses the joy of the season. December 8, 2018 at 7pm and Sunday December 9 at 5pm at Trinity+St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.
TICKETS: $20 General; $18 Seniors (at door)
Free to Students (Under 18 or with ID)
Please, no children under five.
For further information, phone (415) 721-4077 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Chanticleer Concert - Monday, December 10 at 7pm.
Something magical always seems to happen at A Chanticleer Christmas. Gregorian chant sets an expectant mood. The room is hushed, the lights are low until the music rings out, “Arise, Shine, Your Light Has Come.” Candles are extinguished and a festive mood ensues. Shepherds compare notes, angels sing on high, a special baby is celebrated, his mother is praised and the whole Earth seems to come to life again. This year’s concerts will combine soaring motets of Palestrina, Corteccia, Sweelinck and Lassus with favorite carols. Jaakko Mäntyjärvi’s holiday story of Stefan the Stable Boy, written for us and first heard two years ago, will return “by popular demand.” There will be an exceptional Christmas event on December 10th in our new home at Trinity St. Peter's Episcopal Churchwhere we will have an intimate candlelight evening. Chanticleer’s Music Director, Fred Scott, and Robert Gurney, Trinity St. Peter’s Director of Music, will play the famous Skinner organ, and Christmas will be rung in with song and wassail.
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.
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
WE ALL KNOW SOMEONE we could invite to Evensong - by Sandy Kameron
Evangelism is not limited to merely talking about our faith. It is also about sharing a valued gift with our friends.
Sunday, October 7th, the second of our new monthly Evensong services followed by an organ recital was offered in the main sanctuary. The Trinity†St. Peterʼs choir was joined by members of the San Francisco Lyric Chorus, both under the direction of Music Director Robert Gurney. Singers from both choirs rehearse for four weeks in preparation for each Evensong. Robert Gurney is hard at work daily practicing the pieces for each organ recital, the most recent of which happened to fall on the 26th anniversary of beginning his long and devoted ministry as the Organist/Choirmaster of our congregation.
October 7th the dome of the main sanctuary, glowing gold from the sunset, reverberated with waves of sound from the choirʼs passionate Magnificat and its monastic-like chanting of the Lordʼs Prayer and the Apostleʼs Creed. Following this thirty-five minute jewel of a service was Robertʼs organ recital with specially selected pieces that showed all that our glorious Skinner organ has to offer, from the poignant whispers of the celeste to the powerful swells that enveloped and transported us.
Please support Trinity†St. Peterʼs by attending and by bringing someone to the next Evensong on Sunday, November 4th at 5 PM, and/or to the organ recital which follows, after a brief break, at 5:35 PM.
You may find that this ʻhome cookingʼ is the comfort food your spirit has needed all along before the next week begins.
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.
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.