A special event just for Seniors

At  Trinity † St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

1620 Gough Street (at Bush) 

An afternoon of

History * Music * Refreshment

August 15, 2017      2-4pm


·      The history of the oldest Protestant church in California: Trinity Episcopal

·      The treasures of the main sanctuary

·      Organ recital on what is considered the finest organ in San Francisco

·      Afternoon tea


Free will donation will benefit the fund for seismic strengthening and stained glass repair



From pilgrim’s path to parish leadership...

By Pastor Trish

It is my privilege to have been invited by the vestry to continue to lead Trinity St. Peter’s as your permanent clergy leader - probably in the role of Vicar. Those of you who were in church last Sunday will understand my deep sense of humility, gratitude and joy for the wonderful outpouring of love and appreciation that David and I received in both the musical tribute and in the written proclamation, in the form of a beautifully illuminated scroll. The entire event from the choir performance, to the Junior and Senior Wardens’ invitation, to the celebratory cake afterwards was a complete surprise. However, after months of discernment, in particular as a pilgrim on the path of medieval sites in France, I know that God is calling me to continue my ministry with you.

The Holy Spirit has been hard at work through us all at Trinity St. Peters. There is an inspirational core of dedicated souls who make serving you an absolute delight for me. You know who you are! The dream that I carry in my heart is that more of you will become activated and involved in our ambitious work to shine the transcendent light of love and reconciliation in these discouraging times. Join me in visioning and living into a glorious future! I am one person, and it will take many to make TSP the powerhouse parish that God is calling us to be.

God has worked through many of us over the past three years, and I am convinced that the breath of the Holy Spirit sent me on a pilgrimage to the sacred portals of medieval Christianity in France. The fact that Vezelay was the first stop is no coincidence. Initially unaware that the abbey was an ancient site of pilgrimages to venerate the relics of Mary Magdalene, it made perfect sense to me once I learned this. Mary Magdalene is the (unofficial) patron saint of our new, combined congregation. I lit a candle in her chapel, at Vezelay Abbey, and asked her to pray for us, as we embark on a mission to provide a portal to the sacred here in San Francisco.

On that note, the vestry and I are hopeful of reopening the red doors again soon. In the meantime, your wardens, Patrick Andersen and Terry Speiker, with design help from Terry Wertheim, have been busy creating a fresh and functional base for my family and me in the old St. Peter’s rectory. Without the East Bay commute, I envision an expansion of my ministry, to include an increase in worship and educational offerings. From our pilgrimage worship at Taize and with the Community of Jerusalem, I am inspired to add to our liturgies in ways that transport us to an encounter with the holy in old/new ways. I look forward to opening a conversation with you about what God is calling us to offer to all in our community who are in need of solace and strength.

The new rectory will also bring a revival of House Church, the young adults group. We plan to meet every Sunday evening for a simple liturgy, time of sharing and supper, from 5-7pm. All are welcome between the ages of 21-35. Stayed tuned also for an invitation from the wardens, for everyone, of all ages, to visit the rectory, prior to our moving in. We will bless the house and celebrate the amazing work overseen by the Speiker-Brumfields, and the Andersens to rehabilitate and repurpose the house. You can also expect an invitation around Christmastime to share some holiday cheer with the Cunningham family in our new home.

I am so very grateful to everyone who has expressed their love, appreciation and excitement about our mutual ministry at Trinity St. Peter’s. I speak for David and the girls also, in thanking you for your loving kindness. You are a very special group of people and it is our honor to continue to live and ministry among you. 

Rebirthing God... what can we learn from Celtic Christianity??

Christ as the Light of the world is reflected in all Creation. JP Newell writes, " We are invited to pay attention, to see the Light that is at the heart of this moment and every moment, to know that we are full of Light, and can shine."  Poet Mary Oliver says we are to love the Light, and keep giving ourselves to it: 

When it's over, I want to say: all my life

I was a bride married to amazement. 

I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms. 

I don't want to end up simply having visited this world. 

(Rebirthing God: Christianity's Struggle for New Beginnings) 

I invite you to observe a Holy Lent....

I read these words from the prayer book on Ash Wednesday at the Next Door Shelter on Polk Street and I repeat them here to invite you to enter a time of self-reflection in the forty days leading up to Easter. In this age of interminable access through electronic communication, are you able to unplug for a few minutes each day to reconnect with God and with yourself? The Christian walk is all about training the heart to follow Jesus' example and teaching. But we don't have to go it alone. Check in with God on a daily basis and surrender your life to God's will. This is all that is required for transformation to occur. 

Perhaps you have a morning ritual that you practice before you start your day. Some of my favorite Lenten companions for a quiet morning reflection are Martin Smith's "A Season for the Spirit: Readings for the Days of Lent," "Lent and Easter Wisdom from Henri J. M. Nouwen," and "Wondrous Encounters, Scriptures for Lent," by Richard Rohr. A new favorite resource of mine is the "Pray As You Go" app for smartphones. Each day there is sacred music, a Scripture reading, and a guided reflection on the passage. 

Here at Trinity†St. Peter's we are reading a book for Lent that challenges us to move our attention away from the shifting sands of traditional mainline Christianity to embrace a new vision. "The Rebirthing of God: Christianity's Struggles for New Beginnings," by John Philip Newell is rooted in ancient Celtic Christianity yet it addresses realities that are immediate to us. In particular, care and advocacy for the environment and our relationship with the multiplicity of faith traditions in our globalized society are addressed. The Celtic love of the natural world and prioritizing of praxis above dogma lead us to new insights that can help us to find God in confusing times. 

---Faithfully, Pastor Trish+ 




Some people are born with good sense and the instinct to do what is right. Then there are others who basically need to be hit up the side of the head with a two-by-four. Our man who brought Jesus to the Gentiles, St. Paul, was of the latter variety. Never happier then when he could clap irons on a poor, benighted Christian and drag him or her back to Jerusalem to be tortured into recanted their faith, Paul had to be ejected from his horse and temporarily blinded so that God could get his attention. "How do you like me now, Paul??" God said. Well, not really. More like "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" 

Then as quick as he lost it, Saul regains his sight and is converted from an enemy of Christ to Christ's chief supporter. Without Paul, Christianity would still be just another Jewish sect. His dramatic conversion recalls the line from the hymn, Amazing Grace: "I once was blind but now I see." John Newton, the Anglican priest who wrote these words, had his own amazing story of conversion. Once the captain of a slave ship, God spoke to him during a terrible storm at sea. Leaving the slave trade behind him, Newton was ordained a priest in a humble, country parish and devoted the remainder of his days to serving Christ. The movie "Amazing Grace," is about William Wilberforce, who spent 40 years introducing legislation to end slavery in the British Parliament before it passed. John Newton is also a character in that movie. 

The opportunity to "turn over a new leaf" and return to God is open to all. Like the father of the Prodigal Son, God waits for each one of us with open arms: Even running out to meet us. Is God trying to meet you today??