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.