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THIS WEEK AT TRINITY†ST. PETER'S
November 15th through November 21st, 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.
Nov 18 9:00am - Celtic Contemplative Eucharist
Proper 28 11:00am - Choral Eucharist Service
following the service- TSPBook Discussion
Nov 21 7:30pm - Taizé Prayer Service
Nov 25 9:00am - Celtic Contemplative Eucharist
Proper 29 11:00am - Choral Eucharist Service - Feast of Christ the King
following the service- TSPBook Discussion
Nov 28 7:30pm - Taizé Prayer Service
Dec 02 9:00am - Celtic Contemplative Eucharist
Advent 1 11:00am - Choral Eucharist Service
Note on Today’s Readings
As we draw to the close of the church year, the liturgy directs us toward the close of history. This “eschatological” emphasis (from the Greek eschaton, meaning “last things”) is a central—though not always a popular—part of the Christian proclamation. Today’s Gospel is a portion of Jesus’ discourse on the final consummation in Mark’s Gospel.
The reading from the First Book of Samuel brings us back where we began in our reading through the David history. Here we have the miraculous birth of Samuel who would become the great prophet who anointed David as king. In place of a psalm we use the song Samuel’s mother, Hannah, sang in thanksgiving for the boy’s birth. It is very similar to the Song of Mary in thanksgiving for the conception of Jesus.
The reading from Hebrews announces that the death and resurrection of Jesus has redeemed all of God’s people. Therefore, as our way of being prepared for the End, the author urges us to remain faithful to the work God has done in our baptism by continuing to share in the life, worship, and ministry of the people of God.
The liturgy is not only a remembering, so that the acts of God in the past become a present reality; it is also a looking forward to the consummation so that we have a foretaste of its grace now. Thus, the Eucharist is always a participation in the dying and rising of Jesus, and a participation in the kingdom that is to come.
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- December 2nd
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. A wonderful opportunity to hear our priceless organ and to wind down the weekend on a peaceful note.
AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS - Organ Recital - November 17, 2018
The San Francisco Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present organist Rich Spotts in recital here in Trinity Church on Saturday, November 17, at 5:00pm.
This Month; Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hahn
Are there similarities between Buddhism and Christianity? Can I be both?
If you are curious about these questions and more, join us today at 1pm in the Vicar's office to discuss Thich Nhat Hahn's book, Living Buddha, Living Christ. Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hospitality - November 18th, Thanksgiving!
The Hospitality team warmly invites you to participate in a “Bring and Share” potluck for hospitality on November 18th in celebration of Thanksgiving. Please bring a dish to share and let’s celebrate our abundance.
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.