The Week of March 22nd through March 29th.

This Week at Trinity†St.Peter’s
March 21, 2018
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Regular Worship Schedule

Celtic Contemplative Service
9:00 a.m. Sundays (excepting
Palm Sunday & Easter Sunday)
Choral Eucharist
11:00 a.m. Sundays

Taizé  7:30 p.m.  Wednesdays


Help us open the red doors.


Left: St. Martin de Porres.  Although mixed race Peruvians were prevented from joining religious orders in the early 17th C, Martin de Porres was able to take vows as a Dominican brother in 1603 due to his great compassion, humility, and aptitude for healing the sick

And, on 3/16/18, Martin De Porres defeated Dymphna, patron saint of those with mental illness, in the Saintly Sixteen Lent Madness Challenge. Scroll down for more info. 


Please turn in TSP Newsletter submissions by Tuesday, 6:00pm to the following email address:

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Those Serving....

Sunday, 3/25/18, at 11:00am:

Presider: The Rev. Patricia Cunningham

Organist/Choir Director: Robert Gurney

MC: Amanda Aweh

Lesson: Karen Helgoth

Epistle: Sherry Hawley

Prayers: Cynthia Cravens

Healing: Jimmy McConnell

Ushers: Greg Potts, Scott DeBonville

Guide: Greg Potts
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:  Ewan McGregor plays Jesus Christ in "Last Days in the Desert," a small independent film directed by Rodrigo Garcia, son of Colombian Nobel-winner writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The film appeared at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015. 


 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 competition pits Phocas the Gardener, the 1st century martyr who housed and fed the homeless from his own garden, against Richard Hooker, the 16th century Oxford University fellow and priest who first established the Anglican via media (or middle way) between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.
To participate in Lent Madness 2018, and to vote online for your favorite saint,
go here:
To read brief bios on Phocas the Gardener and Richard Hooker,
scroll down to the very bottom of this newsletter. 
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...

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

Episcopalians Praying at Lenten Stations in their Communities

Praying the Stations of the Cross during Lent is a centuries-old tradition that focuses Christians on the path of suffering that Jesus followed to his ultimate sacrifice on the cross. 
And for many Christians, that story is retold in solemn tones inside the walls of a church or chapel.

Go here to read more:


April 21 Beloved Community Training

Baptized for Life:

Daring to Be Christian

in an Anxious Time
This one-day workshop will blend current research and timeless theological resources to inspire compelling faith communities that bring healing, hope, joy, and deepening faith to those who worship and those who lead. 

The morning session will build on proven patterns and programs from the ancient wisdom of the catechumenate to recent findings about faith transmission.

The afternoon session will build on the planning from the morning session, with a goal to construct fruitful engagement strategies to share our faith with communities outside our churches, campuses, and chaplaincies. We will discuss historical theologies of evangelism in the Anglican/Episcopal tradition and work together on building a 21st century vision for what it means to faithfully and creatively map our ministries in the Diocese of California. 

When: Saturday, April 21; Check In/Registration: 9:30 a.m.; Program begins promptly at 10 a.m.
Where: St. Mark’s, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto
Cost: $15 (lunch is included in the cost of registration)

Opportunities to Support Street Soccer U.S.A.* in spring 2018

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. 
The San Francisco Lyric Chorus 

Returns to Trinity
St. Peter's 

Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29

Robert Gurney, Music Director, and the San Francisco Lyric Chorus invite you to join us as we joyously return to sing at Trinity after nine years!

Our Spring 2018 program, Between Earth and Sky: Songs of Nature and Humanity, includes gorgeous musical settings of beautiful poetry, celebrating the wonders of nature and humanity.

We sing Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb and Spring Carol, Gjeilo’s Tundra and Across the Vast, Eternal Sky, Whitacre’s Seal Lullaby, Esenvalds’ The Cloud and My Song, Vaughan Williams’ Linden Lea, Stanford’s Blue Bird and Chillingham, Stroope’s In Time of Silver Rain and The Pasture, and Dello Joio’s A Jubilant Song.  

Jerome Lenk, piano and organ.  

Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, 7 pm.  
Trinity+St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. 

1620 Bush Street, SF.  $18-$20.  (415) .
Lent Madness *

More info about the contestants in today's (3/21) match-up: 

Phocas the Gardener Vs. Richard Hooker


Phocas the Gardener 

Hospitality was the focus of Phocas's Christian ministry, and in the settlements surrounding Sinope, a town on the Black Sea in what is now modern-day Turkey, he was known for offering free accommodations and free food from his own abundant garden to those in need. 

Unfortunately, however, Phocas's ministry was concurrent with the 1st Century's Diocletian Persecution, the last and most severe persecutions of Christians in the Roman Empire.  And, one day,  the Roman authorities, hearing of Phocas's faith-based generosity, sent soldiers to Sinope to execute him. When the soldiers arrived, however, the Sinope city gates were closed, and they sought overnight accommodations at a modest dwelling.
Coincidentally, and unbeknownst to them, that dwelling belonged to Phocas.
Although Phocas understood the soldiers' mission, he welcomed them in, offering them a free meal and beds for the night; and, in the morning, he revealed his identity. The soldiers, of course, were appalled that they were required to kill their generous host, and urged him to reject his faith to avoid execution.  But, Phocas refused, and his guests reluctantly took his life. 


Richard Hooker 

As John Calvin is to Presbyterianism, Richard Hooker is to Anglicanism: he is credited with creating the theological  foundation of tradition, reason, and scripture of the Anglican Church, a foundation that ultimately led to the Anglican via media (or middle way) between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.

Richard Hooker became a fellow of Oxford University (Corpus Christi College) in 1577 and was ordained a priest a few years later. After serving as a college tutor and preacher, he then became Master of the Temple Church in London, which offered him an influential pulpit to spread his views. 

Although Hooker defended the Church of England and The Book of Common Prayer (most notably against the severe criticisms of the Puritans), his most consequential and dogged stance was that minor theological disagreements were a thing indifferent to God, and that the most important consideration was Christian piety. 


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.