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Trinity†St Peter's Episcopal Church 16 September, 2018

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Welcome to Trinity†St. Peter's Episcopal Church. If you are visiting us today, please make yourself known to the ushers and clergy. All are welcome to receive Holy Communion. Also, you are warmly invited to stay for coffee hour after the service. We would love to get to know you!! Please maintain quiet during the period preceding the service; please check your cell phone at this time and ensure it is turned off or in silent mode. Thanks.

———————————Mission Statement——————————— Trinity†St. Peter’s is a vibrant, welcoming, and diverse Christ-centered spiritual community drawn together by the power of the Holy Spirit and by our passion to serve. You are invited to join us as we seek an ever deeper connection to God, to creation, and to one another.


“Prelude and Fugue in G Minor”

Dietrich Buxtehude

The Holy Eucharist Entrance Rite All stand as the Ministers enter the Church.

Entrance Hymn “Awake, my soul, and with the sun”

Hymnal 11

All standing, the Presider sings


Gathering Song: All who hunger gather gladly


Sung three times

The Liturgy of the Word The Collect of the Day Presider: God be with you. People: And also with you. Presider: Let us pray. 3

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Presider: O God, because without you we are not able to please you mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. The People are seated.

The First Lesson

Isaiah 50:4-9a

A Reading from the book of Isaiah The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens—wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting. The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. It is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty? Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church. All:

Thanks be to God.

A period of silence for reflection.

Psalm 116


The Epistle:

James 3:1-12

A Reading from the Letter James Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle. If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole bodies. Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell. For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, but no one can tame the tongue—a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water? Can a fig tree, my brothers and sisters, yield olives, or a grapevine figs? No more can salt water yield fresh. Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church. All: 5

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A period of silence for reflection.

Gradual Hymn

“Take up your cross, the Savior said” (vss. 1-2)

The Holy Gospel

Hymnal 675

Mark 8:27-38

Presider: The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to Mark. People: Glory to you, O Christ. Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him. Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” 6

Presider: The Gospel of our Savior. People: Praise to you, O Christ. Gradual Hymn

“Take up your cross, the Savior said� (vss. 4-5)


Hymnal 675

The Rev. Patricia Cunningham

The People rise.

Prayers of the People Leader: Let us pray Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love. We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for the loving care that surrounds us on every side. We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments that satisfy and delight us. We thank you also for those disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone. Above all, we thank you for your Son, Jesus the Christ; for his steadfast obedience, by which he overcame temptation; for his rising to life again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom. Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know Christ and make him known; and through him, at all times and in all places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen Leader: God who is our true father and mother, we pray for all who follow Christ around the globe, that we may be united by the desire to love you and our neighbor and to seek your peace and justice. We pray that we all may be one. Leader: Grant that all who call themselves Christians may truly and humbly serve you. That we may be a light to the nations. Leader: We pray for all ministers, lay and ordained, that they will discern the Holy Spirit working in them, following where it leads to serve you with joy and diligence. That they may be faithful ministers of your Word and Sacraments. 7

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Leader: We pray for all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world; That there may be justice and peace on the earth. Leader: In this month of September, we pray for all those who return to the halls of learning, for teachers and professors, for students and support staff, for administrators and parents. That all would be safe and free of the threat of violence, that all would persevere in learning, teaching and supporting students, that our world may be remade by fresh minds and eager hearts. Leader: Have compassion on those who suffer from any grief or trouble, including those on the Trinity St. Peter’s prayer list. Please add the names of those you know to be in need now, either silently or aloud‌. Deliver all those who suffer from their distress. Leader: Give to the departed eternal rest; Let light perpetual shine upon them. Presider: Almighty and eternal God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth: Mercifully accept the prayers of your people, and strengthen us to do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen Confession of Sin The Priest says

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor. Silence. Minister and People

God of all mercy, we confess that we have sinned against you, opposing your will in our lives. We have denied your goodness in each other, in ourselves, and in the world you have created. We repent of the evil that enslaves us, the evil we have done, and the evil done on our behalf. Forgive, restore, and strengthen us through our Savior Jesus Christ, that we may abide in your love and serve only your will. Amen. Absolution 8

The Peace Presider: The Peace of the Lord be always with you. People: And also with you. Then the Ministers and the People may greet one another in the name of the Lord.

The Liturgy of the Table The Presider invites the People's offering with an Offertory Sentence. The following prayer may be said silently in preparation for the Holy Eucharist

Beloved God, my intention is to participate in the Eucharist fully, consciously and actively, and to be available to the mystery of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ made present in this place according to the rites of Holy Eucharist celebrated since the foundation of the Church; to your praise, almighty God; and in communion with the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church, for my good and that of all the Church, for all who have commended themselves to my prayers, and for the welfare of all God’s holy people. Amen. Offertory Anthem

“Bless The Lord” (Psalm 113)

Michael Ippolitoff-Ivanoff

Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all within me bless His holy Name.Bless the Lord, O my soul; and forget not all His benefits. He is gracious and plenteous in mercy. As a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that love Him, and remember His commandments to do them. The People rise.

The Great Thanksgiving:


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The Presider continues

For you are the source of light and life; you made us in your image, and called us to new life in Jesus Christ our Lord. All thanks and praise are yours at all times and in all places, our true and loving God; through Jesus Christ, your eternal Word, the Wisdom from on high by whom you created all things. You laid the foundations of the world and enclosed the sea when it burst out from the womb; You brought forth all creatures of the earth and gave breath to humankind. Wondrous are you, Holy One of Blessing, all you create is a sign of hope for our journey; And so as the morning stars sing your praises we join the heavenly beings and all creation as we shout with joy: Sanctus (S-128)

William Mathias The people stand or kneel.


The Presider continues

Glory and honor are yours, Creator of all, your Word has never been silent; you called a people to yourself, as a light to the nations, you delivered them from bondage and led them to a land of promise. Of your grace, you gave Jesus to be human, to share our life, to proclaim the coming of your holy reign and give himself for us, a fragrant offering. Through Jesus Christ our Redeemer, you have freed us from sin, brought us into your life, reconciled us to you, and restored us to the glory you intend for us. We thank you that on the night before he died for us Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, gave it to his friends and said: “Take, eat, this is my Body, broken for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.” After supper Jesus took the cup of wine, said the blessing, gave it to his friends and said: “Drink this, all of you: this cup is the new Covenant in my Blood, poured out for you and for all for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.” And so, remembering all that was done for us: the cross, the tomb, the resurrection and ascension, longing for Christ’s coming in glory, and presenting to you these gifts your earth has formed and human hands have made, we acclaim you, O Christ: Presider and People

Dying, you destroyed our death. Rising, you restored our life. Christ Jesus, come in glory! The Presider continues

Send your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts of bread and wine that they may be to us the Body and Blood of your Christ. Grant that we, burning with your Spirit’s power, may be a people of hope, justice and love. Giver of Life, draw us together in the Body of Christ, and in the fullness of time gather us with all your people into the joy of our true eternal home. Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, we worship you our God and Creator in voices of unending praise. Presider and People

Blessed are you now and for ever. AMEN. The Lord’s Prayer Presider: And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say, Our Father and Mother, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 11

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For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. Fraction Anthem

Robert Powell The Presider says

The Gifts of God for the People of God. The People may be seated; the acolyte will indicate each row for communion.

Communion Hymn

“Before thy throne, O God, we kneel�

Hymnal 574


All stand. The following prayer may be said silently before the Post Communion Prayer.

O Jesus Christ, my freedom is yours, my memory, my understanding, and my will. All that I have and cherish you have given me. I surrender it all to be guided by your will. Your grace and love are enough for me. Give me these, O Christ, so that by them I may love and serve your people as you have loved me. Amen.


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Post Communion Prayer Presider: Let us pray. People: God of abundance, you have fed us with the bread of life and cup of salvation; you have united us with Christ and one another; and you have made us one with all your people in heaven and on earth. Now send us forth in the power of your Spirit, that we may proclaim your redeeming love to the world and continue for ever in the risen life of Christ our Savior. Amen. The Blessing Presider: Live without fear: your Creator has made you holy, has always protected you, and loves you as a mother. Go in peace to follow the good road and may God’s blessing be with you always. Amen. Announcements Final Hymn

“Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim”

Hymnal 473


Dismissal Postlude

“Prelude and Fugue in G Minor”

Dietrich Buxtehude

All music reprinted under ONE LICENSE #A-727497.

———————————Announcements—————————— Requests for New Nametags To request a nametag, please use the sign up sheet hanging on the nametag rack or go to: There is room on the name tag for up to two extra lines of information, such as "Deacon", "Molly's Husband", or "Loves to Paint". Your safety and comfort are important to us. If you have concerns about our community life please contact Pastor Trish. Trinity†St. Peter's Prayer List: For Jane Luers; Helen Teekell; Dawson Webb and family; Brenda; The Rev. Katherine L. Ward; Lynn Shebonsky; The Rev. Marina Nichols and family; Bruce O’Neill; Lewis Campbell; Andrew K.; Pavel Nosovitskiy; Kirsten Thomas; Lodi Webb; Arthur Taber; Cindy Spencer; 15

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Joce and Brett Eastman; Michael Patterson; Terry Speiker; Corey Curtis, Marymargaret Kinner, Bruce Huston, Carolyn Taylor, Ray and Cameron Taylor, Stacy Title, Coralee Persse, Steven De Gracia, Tito, Claudia, Eleanor, Mercy, Elizabeth, Joyce Huston and family, Ruth Ma, Molly Snyder, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, The Rev. Elizabeth Newnam, Rita, Kim Long, Br. Robert James McLaughlin BSG, and the repose of the soul of Michael Price, the repose of the soul of Todd Neal, and the repose of the soul of Charlene (Joyce Huston’s sister). We also pray for the parish of the Falkland Islands and its Bishop, The Right Reverend Nigel William Stock, for Marc our Bishop, for Patricia and Molly, Priests, and for all who minister in Christ, and for all the holy people of God. Those in our Service this Morning: Presider: The Rev. Patricia Cunningham Organist/Choir Director: Robert Gurney MC: Steven DeGracia Lesson: Patrick Andersen Epistle: Sandy Kameron Prayers: Steven De Gracia Healing: Michael Wolfe Ushers: Mike Chambers, Cynthia Cravens Guide: Steve Roger Hospitality Captains: Murrey Nelson Please join us, visitors and congregation, at our coffee hour in the Chapel, immediately following the service. See you there!

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7:30pm - Taizé Prayer Service 9:00am - Celtic Contemplative Eucharist 11:00am - Choral Eucharist Service followed by Episcopal 101 7:30pm - Taizé Prayer Service 9:00am - Celtic Contemplative Eucharist 11:00am - Choral Eucharist Service followed by Episcopal 101 7:30pm - Taizé Prayer Service 9:00am - Celtic Contemplative Eucharist 11:00am - Choral Eucharist Service followed by Episcopal 101


A Note on Today’s Readings Welcome to Trinity†St. Peter’s. Today’s liturgy is similar in theme to the feast of the Holy Cross (September 14), which always falls near this Sunday of the Church year. The Gospel reading is Peter’s acknowledgement of Jesus as the Messiah, which was followed by Jesus’ first prediction of his crucifixion and resurrection. Jesus calls his followers to pattern their own lives on his, sharing in the self-giving love which leads to the Cross. The Old Testament reading from Isaiah is the third of the poems called the “Servant Songs.” In them the prophet foresees the servant of God suffering persecution and death for his faithfulness to God, a death which would be redemptive for all people. The first Christians, following Jesus’ teaching, understood Isaiah’s oracle to have been fulfilled in the dying and rising of Jesus. The second lesson is again drawn from the Epistle of James, an intensely practical discourse on Christian living. In today’s reading, James exhorts us to learn self control, especially in our speaking. The tongue, when disciplined, is used to glorify God, but when undisciplined, can cause hurt and damage. The People of God enact in song, story, and sacrament their unity with Jesus dying and rising in their midst. In baptism and Eucharist we join him in his death and resurrection. We speak and sing our praise to him in our worship and in our lives of ministry, acceptance, and love for all people. From The Rite Light: Reflections on the Sunday Readings and Seasons of the Church Year. Copyright © 2007 by Michael W. Merriman. Church Publishing Incorporated, New York.

Episcopal 101 • • • •

What is a "vestry?" Are the bread and wine really changed into Christ's body and blood? How do we understand "sin?" What does Henry VIII have to do with us?

If these are some of the things you are curious about, please join us today for the first of a fourpart series-- Episcopal 101. In an informal setting, we will learn about the theology, history and polity of the Episcopal church, as well as some of its more unique vocabulary words! Sunday Sept. 2, 9, 16 and 30-- 1 pm.

Pastor Trish's Office

Food, Friendship, and Fun Over the years, many of us have become more than just Sunday churchgoers who greet each other at the Peace and go our separate ways the rest of the week. Circle Suppers are casual potluck dinners where groups gather to get to know each other as people with lives outside the church and become friends. We often find others with mutual interests, hobbies, and causes. Of 17

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course, matters of church, religion and faith may be discussed… or not. All members and their plus+1’s are welcome. Circle Suppers have proven to be a great way to welcome new members and even bring in newcomers… and just have fun! How do Circle Suppers work? Members who are able to entertain in their homes volunteer to host. You are not required to host (many do not have enough space, etc.) Hosts are responsible for setting a date and issuing invitations. They provide the central main dish and the plates, glasses, utensils, etc., needed (plastic and paper are fine). Other participants bring appetizers, salads, side dishes and desserts as well as drinks (alcoholic or not). Hopefully, participants help hosts clean up. If you are interested, please contact Steve Roger at or (415) 431-4326 with answers to the following questions: Name _____________________________________ 2.

Would you participate? Yes ___ No___


Will you host? Yes ____ No ____ If yes, number of guests. _____ (10-12 is optimal, but groups have been as small as six or as large as 30. It’s up to the host.) Join us for good food, warm company, and great fun!

Next Evensong and Organ Recital- October 7th Experience for yourself the beauty of this service that is usually heard only in the great cathedrals of the Anglican tradition. Evensong is a service of prayers and readings only, no Communion, lasting about 35 minutes. Several beautiful anthems and chants are included. 5pm An organ recital, featuring our own Robert Gurney, will follow the service. In October, we will be celebrating Robert’s 26th Anniversary at Trinity! You will be out by approximately 6:30 pm. A wonderful opportunity to hear our priceless organ and to wind down the weekend on a peaceful note.


This Grace That Scorches Us Here’s one thing you must understand about this blessing: it is not for you alone.

of the history it refuses to rise above.

It is stubborn about this. Do not even try to lay hold of it if you are by yourself, thinking you can carry it on your own.

But in the place where you have gathered, wait. Watch. Listen. Lay aside your inability to be surprised, your resistance to what you do not understand. See then whether this blessing turns to flame on your tongue, sets you to speaking what you cannot fathom

To bear this blessing, you must first take yourself to a place where everyone does not look like you or think like you, a place where they do not believe precisely as you believe, where their thoughts and ideas and gestures are not exact echoes of your own. Bring your sorrow. Bring your grief. Bring your fear. Bring your weariness, your pain, your disgust at how broken the world is, how fractured, how fragmented by its fighting, its wars, its hungers, its penchant for power, its ceaseless repetition

I will not tell you this blessing will fix all that.

or opens your ear to a language beyond your imagining that comes as a knowing in your bones, a clarity in your heart that tells you this is the reason we were made: for this ache that finally opens us, for this struggle, this grace that scorches us toward one another and into the blazing day. —Jan Richardson, from “Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons”

Trinity†St. Peter's Episcopal Church 1620 Gough Street San Francisco, California 94109-5308 415-775-1117 office, Rectory: 415-702-6254 Trinity†St Peter's Bishop’s Committee, and Other Personnel (with *); Mr. Patrick Andersen, Senior Warden, Ms. Terry Speiker, Junior Warden, Ms. Amanda Aweh, Mr. Scott DeBonville, Ms. Murrey Nelson, Mr. Steve Roger, Ms. Sandy Kameron, Secretary, Mr. Mike Chambers, Treasurer, Ms. Lois M. Webb, Asst. Secretary, Trinity†St. Peter's Clergy and Staff The Reverend Patricia Cunningham, Vicar, Mr. Robert Gurney, Director of Music, Mr. Bruce Huston - Taizé Officiant Ms. Sandy Kameron, Taizé Cantor Mr. David Miles, Sexton, Ms. Lois M. Webb, Archivist, Brother Karekin Yarian, BSG, Parish Administrator, Trinity Center for the Arts Chanticleer New Century Chamber Orchestra The San Francisco Lyric Chorus Imago Dei Art Gallery & Social Space Services at Trinity†St. Peter's Church Celtic Prayer Service, 9:00 a.m. Choral Holy Eucharist, Sunday at 11:00 a.m. First Sunday each month: Bring and Share Potluck after 11 a.m. service Taizé Candlelight Meditation, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Confession and Absolution – please contact one of the clergy. Web information:; Office:; newsletter:


Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost  
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost