The Week of December 13th to December 20th.

This Week at Trinity†St.Peter’s
December 13th, 2017
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Regular Worship Schedule

Taizé Morning Mass
9:00 a.m. Sundays
Choral Eucharist
11:00 a.m. Sundays

Taizé  7:30 p.m.  Wednesdays
Young Adults Gathering
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 pm
2nd & Last Sundays of the month


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Left: The Annunciation 

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Those Serving...

Sunday, 12/17/17, at 11:00am:

Presider: The Rev. Molly Elizabeth Haws

Organist / Choir Director: Robert Gurney

MC/Cup: Amanda Aweh

1st Reader (Lesson): TBD

2nd Reader (Epistle): Cynthia Cravens

Prayers of the People: Murrey Nelson

Healing Minister: Jimmy McConnell

Greeter: Louis Cortellesso

Usher(s): Murrey Nelson, Cynthia Cravens

Guide:  TBD
A Message From Pastor Trish...

Beloved friends in Christ,

The last months have brought a relentless surge of stories in the media about sexual harassment, assault and abuse. The #metoo campaign has been particularly poignant, unleashing many stories of dehumanizing acts against girls and women, and some men and boys. Unfortunately, I have my own stories to heal from, and the attention on this issue has triggered some powerful emotions in me. 
In order to address my healing, Bishop Marc has directed that I take at least two months of pastoral leave, beginning immediately. I am sorry not to be with you through the holidays, but many things are in the works to make Christmas Eve and beyond a truly glorious time at TSP. I encourage everyone to seek out new ways to be of service, in my absence. If everyone works together, this will be a time of growth and blessing for all. 

Your grateful pastor, Trish+  
TSP Calendar of Special Events - Advent
Advent: The first season of the church year, beginning with the fourth Sunday before Christmas and continuing through the day before Christmas. The name is derived from a Latin word for "coming." The season is a time of preparation and expectation for the coming celebration of our Lord's nativity, and for the final coming of Christ "in power and glory."

Above: Nativity scene by Flemish Master Robert Campin (1420)

Sunday, Dec 17         Third Sunday of Advent
                               12:30pm Vestry meeting in parish office

                                  7:30pm Winter's Warmth Concert by Regazzi Continuo * 

Tuesday, Dec 19        7:15pm TSP Men's Group meets in parish office 

Sunday, Dec 24         Fourth Sunday of Advent / Christmas Eve
                               9:00am - Taizé Mass
                               11:00am - Christmas Eve...Choral Eucharist
 And, following 11am service:  
                               Wassail & Mince Pies * in the Chapel

                               (Please note new date, time & location!) 
                               AND Christmas Eve Brunch *...please bring a dish to share!
                               10:30pm - Christmas Anthems and Carols Concert
                               11:00pm - Christmas Eve Mass
   And, following 11pm service:

                                  Champagne & Chocolate Treats

Saturday, Dec 25       Christmas Day: there will be NO services at TSP 

* Scroll down for more info

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.

A quotation from tonight's reading by Katharine Jefferts Schori:
"God is among us, and within us, and around us, encountering, nudging, loving, transforming the world and its creatures toward the glorious dream the shepherds announced so many years ago, toward the beloved community of prophetic dreams, and the nightwatch that proclaims 'all is well, fear not, the Lord is here.'” 

In Memorium 

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died unexpectedly early Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack.

He was 65. 
About two years ago, Mayor Ed Lee was visiting Trinity-St. Peter's church during a neighborhood clean up effort that we were hosting. When it was brought to his attention that we were having severe problems with garbage and hazardous refuse being left on the streets surrounding our church, he ordered a city clean up crew to our aid. For the past two years since, the streets have been cleaned before our services.

Rest in Peace, Mayor Lee
The Biblical Lessons Appointed

for Use by the Episcopal Church

for the Third Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 61: 1 - 4, 8 - 11

1 Thessalonians 5: 16:24

John 1: 6 - 8, 19 - 28

Psalm 12 or Canticle 15 (Luke 1: 46 - 55,

aka "The Song of Mary" or The Magnifcat)


This Week (12/16  and 12/19) the Episcopal Church Calendar honors...

Ralph Adams Cram, Architect, &

Lillian Hunt Trasher, Missionary and Orphanage Founder in Egypt 
Ralph Adams Cram (1863 – 1942) was an influential American architect, specializing in the design of collegiate and ecclesiastical buildings. Cram & Ferguson and Cram, Goodhue & Ferguson were the firms in which he worked, and he is honored on December 16 as a feast day in the Episcopal Church of the United States. 


Lillian Hunt Trasher (1887 –  1961) was a Christian missionary in Egypt who founded the first orphanage there.  

She was famously called the “Nile Mother” of Egypt.

Scroll down toward the bottom of this newsletter for an expanded version of this entry
Ragazzi Continuo - Winter's Warmth Concert

Sunday December 17, 7:30pm

At Trinity + St. Peter's Episcopal Church

This December, Ragazzi Continuo is proud to present it's 2017 holiday concert series, Winter's Warmth. In a season known for its cold and darkness, Continuo has drawn inspiration from the myriad holiday traditions born out of light and warmth. The program will take you on a journey from the cold wonder of Thomas Tallis’ The Town Lay Hushed to Matthew Culloton's mirthful setting of In Dulci Jubilo. Celebrate the Festival of Lights with a traditional setting of S'vivon and feel the warmth of the hearth with Canadian composer Diane Loomer’s Yuletide Fires and the ever classic Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire).

Audiences will also enjoy a Christmas hymn written in the language of the Huron people and the boisterous, even rowdy, Boar's Head Carol. Featuring a diverse and exceptionally accessible program for audiences of all ages, we invite you bring the whole family — this is not a concert to be missed!
New Date!

New Time!

New Location! 

Our Wassail and Mince Pies Event has moved to Christmas Eve Day (Sunday, December 24th), following the 11am worship service, and will be held in St. Mary's Chapel. 
"What is Wassail?" you ask... 

Wassail is a beverage of hot mulled cider, traditionally drunk as an integral part of wassailing, a Medieval English drinking ritual intended to ensure a good cider apple harvest the following year.

"And, Mince Pies...what are those?"

Mince Pies are sweet pies of British origin, filled with a mixture of dried fruits and spices called "mincemeat," Their ingredients are traceable to the 13th century, when returning European crusaders brought back home with them Middle Eastern recipes containing meats, fruits and spices.

Christmas Eve Brunch!!!

Our Christmas Eve Brunch will be celebrated in tandem with our Wassail & Mince Pies event: it also follows the 11am service on Sunday, December 24, and will also be held in the Chapel.  

Please bring a dish to share! 

All are invited. 

Thank you and God bless,
Marina & Eula
P.S. Tasty dishes complementing Wassail & Mince Pies are especially welcome!
The Trinity + St. Peter's Imago Dei Art Gallery...Now Open!

On December 9th, Imago Dei hosted its inaugural art exhibit and reception, featuring local San Francisco artist, Anthony Anchundo.

As seen in the photos below, it was a huge success!
Anthony Anchundo began painting seriously in 1986 and immediately explored the possibilities of abstraction. He attended Chabot College where he met painting instructor Neill Studley, a student of Richard Diebenkorn. Neill and the school of California Abstract Expressionism became a larger influence on Anthony's work. He studied privately with Neill four years after Chabot, pushing the boundaries of form and composition.

Before and after Sunday worship services, you are invited to head downstairs to browse the art on the walls of the recently renovated hallway space.

A feast for the eyes awaits!!

Thank You, TSP Parishioners!

This past Sunday, TSP parishioners gathered in St. Mary's Chapel to write supportive messages in over 50 holiday cards to 14 foster children, children living in local foster group homes or youth facilities. 

Thank you Justin, Molly, Murrey, Jay, Charles, Bob, Marina, Robina, and others for participating in "Braid Mission's Cards of Hope" project! *
Also, much gratitude to the anonymous donor who dropped off a huge pile of pre-printed holiday cards, ready to be inscribed....
* Sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of California, Braid Mission is a non-profit organization seeking to improve the lives of foster children in the Bay Area .  In its "Cards of Hope" program, birthday and holiday cards inscribed with affirming notes are sent to children in local foster group homes & youth facilities.
News from the Treasurer:

At the Vestry meeting on November 19, 2017 I reported pledge income of $105,652.38 and total income of $249,653.28. Our total expenses were $256,955.76. For 2018 we currently have 31 pledges for a total of $99,876.00. The average pledge is $3,221.81($61.96 /week). If you need a pledge card please contact me at and I will send you a pledge card. Your pledge supports our church operations including payroll and benefits for our staff, utilities and maintenance for our church buildings.
And, on another note....Shop for everyone on your gift list this holiday at : Amazon donates to Trinity San Francisco Opportunity Center Inc.  The TSFOC is a secular 501c3 nonprofit and your donation will be used to maintain our church property and to promote our mission outreach. The tax identification number for the TSFOC is 94-3356269. 

If you are currently making a cash donation, please consider putting your donation in an envelope with your name on the envelope. I will then be able to send to you quarterly reports regarding your donations and a year end summary of your 2017 donations. If you want to donate to our Capital Campaign, please go to to contribute to our Capital Campaign and to view our Capital Campaign video. And, once again, thank you for your support of TSP!

~Mike Chambers
  TSP Treasurer
From the Diocese....

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Christmas Video Message: 

'Have a blessed Christmas, a wonderful New Year, and go out and make music in the heart of the world'

Go here to see the video in its entirety:

Episcopal Relief & Development Responds to Southern California Wildfires

Go here to read more:


Holy Hikes:
Celebrate Christmas at Muir Woods

The December Holy Hikes gathering will be at Muir Woods on Saturday, Dec. 23.

The group will meet at 9:45 a.m. outside the Visitor’s Center/Gift Shop at the main entrance to the park and will begin hiking at 10 a.m. sharp. Bring layers because in December it can be quite chilly, especially in the morning. The group will hike along the main trails, which are paved and handicap accessible. The entrance fee to Muir Woods National Monument is $10 for people 16 years and older. Children 15 years and younger have free admission. Parking is free. Wait until the group has gathered before paying because some of us have park passes that can get guests in. No RSVP is required– just show up! Hope to see you there!

When: Saturday December 23, 9:45 a.m. (gather); 10 a.m. (event starts) to 1 p.m.
Muir Woods National Monument, 1 Muir Woods Road, Mill Valley


Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Weekend of Service and Overnight
at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Join youth (Grades 6-12) from around Northern California at beautiful Grace Cathedral in San Francisco for fun, reflection, and action in honor and application of the teachings and life of Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr. Gather, worship, play games, dive deep, make friends, enjoy food, and march!
When: Sunday, January 14, 5 p.m. to Monday January 15, 1 p.m.
Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
Youth Register:
Adult Register:

Contact: The Rev. Mary Carter Greene,;
Caren Miles,


Vestry Day: February 10, 2018

Vestry Day and Equipping the Beloved Community bring vestry members, both new and experienced, and other church and ministry leaders together for training and networking.
The day offers worship, engaging speakers, workshops, and time for networking with other churches throughout the diocese.  Mark your calendars now!

When: Saturday, February 10, 2018, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
This Week (12/16  and 12/19) the Episcopal Church Calendar honors...

Ralph Adams Cram, Architect, &

Lillian Hunt Trasher, Missionary and Orphanage Founder in Egypt 

Ralph Adams Cram (1863 – 1942) was an influential American architect, specializing in the design of collegiate and ecclesiastical buildings. Cram & Ferguson and Cram, Goodhue & Ferguson were the firms in which he worked, and he is honored on December 16 as a feast day in the Episcopal Church of the United States. 
In his public lectures and writings, Cram espoused the surprising view that the Renaissance had been, to some degree, a misdirected swerve for western culture. He proposed that authentic cultural development could come only by returning to Gothic sources. 

In spite of his particular suspicion of the Renaissance, Cram was a modernist in many ways, designing landmarks of great distinction in the Art Deco style, which was popular in his day.

His many design projects included the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City; the Federal Building skyscraper in Boston; the East Liberty Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh; and the administration building at Rice University. 


Lillian Hunt Trasher (1887 –  1961) was a Christian missionary in Egypt who founded the first orphanage there.  

She was famously called the “Nile Mother” of Egypt.
Trasher, born in Jacksonville, Florida, was raised a Roman Catholic in Brunswick, Georgia. Her early jobs included working at a faith-based orphanage, teaching Bible School, and assisting an itinerant evangelist. 

After meeting Pastor Perlsford of Assiout, Egypt at a missionary conference in 1910, she decided that God was calling her to missionary work.  She defied her family's wishes, and along with her sister, Jennie, sailed to Africa with less than $100 in her pockets. 

Soon after arriving at the Assiout Mission House (some 230 miles south of Cairo), Lillian attended and ministered to a dying woman, who left behind a malnourished baby girl. The woman's mother, desperate and lacking food, intended to throw her orphaned baby granddaughter in the Nile. However, in contradiction of the Mission House's policies, Lillian decided to take and care for the child herself.  She left the Mission House, and, on her own, set up an orphanage.
From 1911 to 1961, Lillian Hunt Trasher worked among and for Egypt's orphans and forgotten people for 50 years, including through the years of the Nazis' occupation of Egypt during World War II.

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