The Week of March 15th through March 21st.


The Celtic Contemplative Service

Returns....Sundays at 9:00am!

Scroll below to the TSP News and Notes

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This Week at Trinity†St.Peter’s
March 14, 2018
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Regular Worship Schedule

Celtic Contemplative Service (Returning!)
9:00 a.m. Sundays
Choral Eucharist
11:00 a.m. Sundays

Taizé  7:30 p.m.  Wednesdays


Help us open the red doors.


Left: "St. Peter Denies Christ," by Rembrandt van Rijin (17th Century). But, in spite this egregious failing, Peter was the winner of the March 8th "Saintly Sixteen"  Lent Madness match-up. (scroll down for more info). 

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Those Serving....

Sunday, 3/18/18, at 11:00am:

Presider: The Rev. Patricia Cunningham

Organist/Choir Director: Robert Gurney

MC: Roger LaClear

Lesson: George Teekell

Epistle: Lynn Abendroth

Prayers: Marina Andersen

Healing: Mike Chambers

Ushers: Bill Brumfield, Terry Speiker

Guide: George Teekell

TSP Calendar of Special Events -  the Season of Lent

The forty days of Lent represent the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, the Judaean desert, enduring temptation and preparing spiritually to begin his ministry; traditionally during this time, Christians have honored Jesus Christ's sacrifice and spiritual sojourn through self-examination, self-denial, reflection, repentance, and fasting.

Above: "Driven by the Spirit into the Wilderness,"
by British artist Stanley Spencer, 1942

Wed, Mar 14          7:30pm - Evening Taizé Service

Sun, Mar 18         Fifth Sunday in Lent
                            9:00am - Celtic Contemplative Service (Returning!) *
                            11:00am - Choral Eucharist 
                            12:30pm  St. Patrick's themed "Bring & Share' Luncheon *

Wed, Mar 21          7:30pm - Evening Taizé Service

Sat, Mar 24           1pm - 6:30pm -
TSP  Sponsors Community Meal *
                             @ Old First Presbyterian Church - Brownies Needed!

Sun, Mar 25         Palm Sunday/ Sunday of the Passion

                            NO 9am Service today
                            11:00am - Choral Eucharist w/ Liturgy of the Palms
                            Meet on Bush street entrance for Procession of Palms
                            12:30pm  Cards of Hope/Cursillo 'Palanca' Session *

Wed, Mar 28          7:30pm - Taizé Prayer Service

Fri, Mar 30            7:00pm Joint Good Friday Service at St. Luke’s Episcopal

Sat, Mar 31st       Holy Saturday / Last Day of Lent

Sun, Apr 1           Easter Sunday
NO 9am Service today
                            11:00am - Choral Easter Service

* Scroll down below for more info

** Contact Pastor Trish at  to R.S.V.P.
Light One Candle for a Weary World:       

Evening Taizé at Trinity†St. Peter’s Wednesdays at 7:30 pm     

We live in a world where sensory overload has become the norm.
Stress and worries follow us even into the solitary refuges of our minds.
Suffering and brutality, the signs of a spiritual ‘climate change’, show no signs
of abating and we begin to feel that there is nothing we can do.

The beauty of Taizé is in the gathering itself.           

We come together and raise our individual prayers and intentions.
Gathered together we lift to God’s presence, in the quiet of our hearts,
all that is in need of healing in the world, in our community, in ourselves.
Gentle music and candlelight prepare the way for our prayers and meditation.

Experience Taizé.        

Change the world one prayer at a time.


"Lent Madness" Continues!
Above: the Dancing Saints of St. Gregory of Nyssa 

Lent Madness is Here...Who Will Win the Golden Halo?

What is Lent Madness?

In Lent Madness, thirty two saints from the Episcopal Church Calendar are placed in a tournament style, single elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for twenty-four hours, during which time people vote online for their favorite saints. Sixteen saints make it to the "Saintly Sixteen"; eight advance to the "Elate Eight"; four make it to the "Faithful Four"; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the "Golden Halo." 

And, today's controversial match-up pits Queen Esther of the Old Testament, who saved her people from genocide, against the Archangel Michael, the supernatural being designated as the Protector of Israel and determined adversary of the fallen angel, Lucifer: 
To participate in Lent Madness 2018, and to vote online for your favorite saint,
go here:
To read a bit of info about Queen Esther and the Archangel Michael,
scroll down to the very bottom of this newsletter. 

In Time for St. Patrick's Day...
the Celtic Contemplative Service Returns! 

The 9am Sunday service begins with Scottish and Irish tunes melodies played on a couple of different wind instruments, followed by 5 minutes of silent mediation. It continues with the Sacrament of Word and Table, and concludes in about 45 minutes. All are welcome to stay for coffee and conversation. We hope you will join us soon!! 
This service replaces the 9am Taize Mass. 
Sunday, March 18th

St. Patrick's Day Coffee Hour

Bring & Share

St. Patrick's Day Continued
Sunday, March 18th with a
Bring & Share Coffee Hour

Please bring your favorite dish to share 
following the 11:00 o'clock service. 

Thank You!
TSP Coffee Hour Team

Please note that all food should be “ready to serve”
as preparation and clean up facilities are limited.
TSP -  Sponsored Community Meal at Old First!
On Saturday, March 24th, the congregation of Trinity+ St. Peters sponsors a community meal, a meal dedicated to our disadvantaged neighbors ...those without permanent housing and /or having few resources.  And, the community meal requires....

Brownies! Volunteers!

We need bakers (or procurers!) of brownies for the meal. This is a great way to participate even if you can’t attend!

We also need cooks (
from 1pm - 4pm) and waiters & servers (from 4:45pm - 6:30pm) the day of the meal. 

The community meal itself will be served at Old First Presbyterian Church at 
1751 Sacramento Street (corner of Sacramento & Van Ness) in San Francisco, and you are heartily encouraged to volunteer! It's a great way to build our TSP community and have some fun while giving back, and a great way to get on those Lenten volunteer hours!

Contact to sign-up!
 TSP Messages of Hope Marathon, Palm Sunday, March 25th

Cards of Hope

We'll be gathering once again Sunday (March 25th) from 12:30pm - 1:30pm,  to write messages of support and affection in birthday cards and greeting cards to children in local foster group homes or institutional facilities through Braid Mission's * "Cards of Hope" program.   

* Braid Mission, a non-profit sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of California, seeks to improve the lives of foster children. 

Cursillo 'Palanca' Session

Please join us as we write messages of faith, love, and hope to participants of upcoming Cursillo * weekend retreats.

The Cursillo 'Palanca' session will be held concurrently with the above Cards of Hope session.  A supply of blank greetings cards will be available for your use. 

* Cursillo is a movement to develop Christian leadership and deepen Christian faith. 
The 2nd TSP Lenten Volunteer Challenge Continues

What is the TSP Lenten Volunteer Challenge?  Throughout Lent, from February 15th to March 31st, TSP parishioners are encouraged to volunteer a minimum of 8 hours, and the TSP Congregation as a whole is encouraged to volunteer a minimum of 320 hours.

Progress Toward TSP Congregational Goal (320 Hrs) as of 3/14/18: ~ 100 Hrs

And, we need your help to achieve our goal:  individuals can report their volunteer hours by emailing the TSP Online Newsletter (, or by filling out and submitting Lenten Volunteer Challenge slips following the 11am Sunday Worship Service.

If you have additional questions, please contact Amanda Aweh ( ) or Cynthia Cravens ( )

News from the Treasurer:

At the Vestry meeting on January 21, 2018 I reported pledge income of $126,486.18 for 2017. The budgeted pledge income was $134,000.00. Our total income was $306,250.77. Our budgeted income was $266,500.00. Our total expenses were $314,034.18. Our deficit for the year was $7,783.41. Our budgeted deficit was $16,619.58.
I also reported on our capital projects in 2017. The Annual Report will contain an itemization of what was spent for each of these projects. For 2018, we will complete our renovation of the St. Peter's Parish Hall. This will provide us with additional rental income that will allow us to balance our budget and to invest any surplus income. I will be available at the Annual Meeting on February 11, 2018 to answer any questions regarding Trinity+St. Peter's finances. I am also preparing 2017 tax letters.

Thank you for supporting Trinity+St. Peter's.

~Mike Chambers
  TSP Treasurer

Donating to Trinity+St. Peter's Episcopal Church

One way to provide financial support to TSP is donating to the TSFOC (the Trinity San Francisco Opportunity Center Inc.), a secular 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to maintaining our church property and promoting our mission outreach. The tax identification number for the TSFOC is 94-3356269. 
If there is an employer's matching gift program at your work, please consider donating to the SFTOC through that program. 

You can also support 
TSP through your online purchases: via the Amazon "Smile", Amazon is able donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the Trinity San Francisco Opportunity Center Inc.  

Additional ways to contribute to the financial health of our church are via the Collection Plate during regular worship services, and transferring money via your bank. If you're donating cash to the Collection Plate, please put your donation in an envelope with your name on it; if you're donating via your bank, please use our Gough address (1620 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA, 94109).
From Episcopal News Service/ the Diocese of California / Holy Hikes...
“You have come here this week in the midst
of what is the nightmare of our world”...

Episcopal and Anglican delegates from around the world recently attended the 62nd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.  And, on March 12 at the Episcopal Church Center in New York, many of those delegates heard the words of Presiding Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry:  

“You have come to the seat of the nations of the earth to encourage our leaders and to show them how to end the nightmare and realize the dream for all of us.”
Go here to read more:
"The Project on Slavery, Race,
and Reconciliation" at Sewannee,
an Episcopal Affiliated University

Sewannee, University of the South, was founded in rural Tennessee in 1857 by Episcopal Bishops who defended slavery and the belief in its morality.
However, today, Sewannee sponsors "The Project on Slavery, Race, and Reconciliation," which effectively began in the late summer of 2016. 

Go here to learn more:

Holy Hikes St. Patrick’s Day Cleanup @
East Creek Slough w/ SF Baykeeper

On Saturday, March 17th, at 9:45am, Holy Hikes will be partnering with San Francisco Baykeeper to clean up the East Creek Slough.

Go to and /or contact: the Rev. Justin R. Cannon,, for more info. 

The Jesus Sutras: Christian Writings in Seventh Century China

The Episcopal Campus Ministry to UC Berkeley is hosting a special conversation with the noted translator Martin Palmer about his work on the Jesus Sutras. These texts are liturgical and theological writings that show a remarkable relationship between eastern and western thought.
Come learn about how a small mission from the Nestorian Church impressed an emperor, created an equal space for women, and gave us a model for interfaith work today. A light meal will be provided.

When: Tuesday, March 20, 7 p.m.
Where: St. Mark’s, Berkeley, Lion’s Hall (entrance on Ellsworth between Durant and Bancroft). Paid parking is available on Ellsworth.
Cost: Free
SF Silent Film Festival: King of Kings Religion and Ecology Summit 2018


Workshops in Sacred Response to Gun Violence at Grace Cathedral

March 24, 2018

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

For more information, contact The Rev. Mary Carter Greene, Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries at

Opportunities to Support Street Soccer U.S.A.* in spring 2018
Friday 3/23, 3:30-5:30pm          East Bay Street Soccer Fest **
Tuesday 3/27, 6:30-8:30pm       Mini-Tournament against SSUSA-SF Adult Team **
Wednesday 3/28, 6-7pm            Street Soccer USA Orientation **
Thursday 4/26, 5-7pm               Corporate Scrimmage/ Tenderloin Street Soccer Club 
Friday 4/27, 3-6pm                   Tenderloin Street Soccer Fest
Friday 5/4, 3:30-5:30pm            Western Addition Street Soccer Fest

To learn more about any of the above events,

and to register to volunteer, please email the following address:

* Street Soccer U.S.A. (aka SSUSA), is a national non-profit that serves vulnerable young people (homeless youth, youth without stable housing, youth without supportive social networks, formerly incarcerated youth) by providing them community; access to social services; access to vocational and life training; and (of course!) regular, challenging, and fun opportunities to play street soccer.

TSP Congregation has been a strong supporter of "Team Change," SSUSA's local chapter over recent years, cheering team members on during local scrimmages, and throwing celebratory and holiday parties.

** Volunteering for this activity can help you meet your individual TSP Lenten Challenge hours. 

Donate to Hospitality House's 33rd Annual Art Auction! 

Hospitality House (HH) is a community-based organization located in the SF Tenderloin that provides resources and opportunities for personal growth and self-determination to homeless persons and neighborhood residents. For the past 33 years, HH's Annual Art Auction has brought together gallery professionals, art enthusiasts and collectors, non-profits and businesses to support our neighborhood artists whose artworks hang side-by-side with nationally renowned artists.

With your support, our Annual Art Auction raises crucial funding for Hospitality House’s six programs including our Community Arts Program, the only art studio and gallery available for Tenderloin and South-of-Market neighborhood artists who otherwise do not have access to art materials and resources to learn, create, develop, exhibit, and sell their artwork — all free-of-charge! 

Check out our website for more information
Disclaimer: I'm employed by Hospitality House. Cynthia Cravens, TSP Newsletter Editor
Lent Madness *

More info about the contestants in today's (3/14) match-up: 

Queen Esther Vs. the Archangel Michael

"A Dangerous Secret"

As recorded in the Old Testament, Queen Esther (or Queen "Hadassah" in Hebrew), beloved wife of the Persian tyrant, Ahasuerus, had a dangerous secret: she was covertly Jewish, and if Ahasuerus ever found out, her life was forfeit.  However, during this tyrant's reign, hatred was stirred up by Haman, the Grand Vizer, who convinced Ahasuerus to issue an order of extermination against the Jewish people living in his realm. Esther, learning of this order from her Uncle Mordecai, risked all, revealing her true identity to her husband, and through prayer, bravery, and wits, saved her people from genocide.
“Who is Like God?” 

Michael (translation: 'Who is like God?') is an archangel in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. 

Michael is mentioned in the Old Testament (the Hebrew Bible) in the Book of Daniel: the prophet, Daniel, experiences a sacred vision in which Michael is revealed as the Protector of Israel. In the New Testament, in the Book of Revelation, the archangel confronts and defeats Satan, and Satan, along with other fallen angels,  is thrown to earth where he wreaks havoc, "leading the world astray."

Although the Archangel Michael is often portrayed as an armored warrior in European art, his sword lifted, ready to strike a dragon or serpent beneath his feet, early Christians in Phrygia (modern-day Turkey) believed he would intercede on behalf of the sick. In fact, the earliest sanctuary to Michael, the 4th century "Michelion" at Chalcedon, was famous for its healing waters. 


Don't forget to go online and vote for your favorite
Lent Madness contestant: voting takes place almost
every day during the seven weeks of Lent...

*Lent Madness was created by Rev. Tim Schenck, Rector of the Episcopal Parish of St. John the Evangelist in Hingham, Massachusetts: in creating this wacky bracketed tournament inspired by the sports world, Rev. Schenck was seeking a fun, engaging way for people to learn about the holy men and women of the Episcopal Church Calendar who have inspired Christians and non-Christians alike for generations.