Trinity†St Peter's Episcopal Church 11 November, 2018
The Twenty-Fifth 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.
The Holy Eucharist Entrance Rite All stand as the Ministers enter the Church.
Entrance Hymn “Not here for high and holy things”
All standing, the Presider sings
Gathering Song: Ubi Caritas
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. Presider:
O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 3
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The People are seated.
The First Lesson
1 Kings 17:8-16
A Reading from the first book of Kings The word of the Lord came to Elijah, saying, “Go now to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and live there; for I have commanded a widow there to feed you.” So he set out and went to Zarephath. When he came to the gate of the town, a widow was there gathering sticks; he called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel, so that I may drink.” As she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” But she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of meal in a jar, and a little oil in a jug; I am now gathering a couple of sticks, so that I may go home and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.” Elijah said to her, “Do not be afraid; go and do as you have said; but first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterwards make something for yourself and your son. For thus says the Lord the God of Israel: The jar of meal will not be emptied and the jug of oil will not fail until the day that the Lord sends rain on the earth.” She went and did as Elijah said, so that she as well as he and her household ate for many days. The jar of meal was not emptied, neither did the jug of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah. Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church. All:
Thanks be to God.
A period of silence for reflection.
Lauda, anima mea
Hallelujah! Praise the LORD, O my soul! * I will praise the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
Put not your trust in rulers, nor in any child of earth, * for there is no help in them.
When they breathe their last, they return to earth, * and in that day their thoughts perish.
Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help! * whose hope is in the LORD their God;
Who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them; * who keeps his promise for ever; 4
Who gives justice to those who are oppressed, * and food to those who hunger.
The LORD sets the prisoners free; the LORD opens the eyes of the blind; * the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;
The LORD loves the righteous; the LORD cares for the stranger; * he sustains the orphan and widow, but frustrates the way of the wicked.
The LORD shall reign for ever, * your God, O Zion, throughout all generations. Hallelujah!
A Reading from the letter to the Hebrews Christ did not enter a sanctuary made by human hands, a mere copy of the true one, but he entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Nor was it to offer himself again and again, as the high priest enters the Holy Place year after year with blood that is not his own; for then he would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to remove sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that the judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church. All:
Thanks be to God.
A period of silence for reflection.
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“Where true charity and love dwell” (vss. 1-2)
The Holy Gospel
Presider: The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to Mark. People: Glory to you, O Christ. As Jesus taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.” He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called 6
his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” Presider: The Gospel of our Savior. People: Praise to you, O Christ. Gradual Hymn
“Where true charity and love dwell” (vs. 3)
Hymnal 606 The Rev. Patricia Cunningham
The People rise.
The Affirmation of Faith (NZPB) All stand.
You, O God, are supreme and holy. You create our world and give us life. Your purpose overarches everything we do. You have always been with us. You are God. You, O God, are infinitely generous, good beyond all measure. You came to us before we came to you. You have revealed and proved your love for us in Jesus Christ, who lived and died and rose again. You are with us now. You are God. You, O God, are Holy Spirit. You empower us to be your gospel in the world. You reconcile and heal; you overcome death. You are our God. We worship you. Prayers of the People Leader: As we gather here this morning, we give thanks to our gracious God for the abundant blessings of our lives. In particular we give thanks for our community at Trinity St. Peter's, for all of our ministries and for the faithful people who carry them out. All: WE THANK YOU GRACIOUS GOD. Leader: We thank you, especially, for the ministries of outreach from this community. For our feeding programs and for our music and art ministry. We thank you for Episcopal Community Services that provides beds and meals for the homeless, we thank you for the Episcopal Impact 7
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Fund, that helps people to rise out of poverty, we thank you for Episcopal Senior Ministry that helps elders to navigate their the final chapters of their lives. All: WE THANK YOU GRACIOUS GOD. Leader: We ask you to bless this community with vision to seek new ways to serve you in the community and openness to new ideas and people. All: WE ASK YOU IN THE NAME OF JESUS Leader: We ask you to bless all those who have asked for our prayers, all who suffer in mind, body and soul. All: WE ASK YOU IN THE NAME OF JESUS Leader: We ask you to make your presence known in areas where there is conflict in the world, we pray that conflicted parties would put away their selfish interests and pave the way for peace and prosperity for all people. All: WE ASK YOU TO SEND YOUR SPIRIT Leader: We pray for our own country, that your spirit would intervene to prevent and heal our racism, violence, oppression and degradation of one another. All: WE ASK YOU TO SEND YOUR SPIRIT Presider: Gracious God, all this we pray in the name of the Creator, the Redeemer and the Sustainer. 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 8
and serve only your will. Amen. Absolution 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
“The Souls of the Righteous” Wisdom 3:1-3)
music, Mark Bruce
The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God and no torment shall ever touch them. In the eyes of the foolish they seem to have died and their departure was thought to be an affliction and their going from us to be their destruction; but they are at peace. 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-127)
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
Mason Martens 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.
â€œFather, we thank thee who hast plantedâ€?
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. 13
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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
“Jesus shall reign where’er the sun”
Improvisation on “Duke Street”
All music reprinted under ONE LICENSE #A-727497.
Please join us, visitors and congregation, at our coffee hour in the Chapel, immediately following the service. See you there!
———————————Announcements—————————— Requests for New Nametags To request a nametag, please use the sign up sheet hanging on the nametag rack or go to: https://trinity-stpeters.squarespace.com/connect/ 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. Pastoral Care at TSP If you find yourself in need of a home or hospital visit, or would appreciate a listening ear in a confidential setting, Pastor Trish is available to you. Our safe church guidelines direct that you 15
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can access your clergy person for pastoral counseling for up to three sessions. After that, we can help you find a secular counselor, if more is required. Please know that we value your well being and want to be here for you as you navigate life's challenging situations. All conversations will be kept strictly confidential. 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; 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; 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, Karen Wilcox, Arthur Taber, Jacquie Taylor; and the repose of the soul of Michael Price, the repose of the soul of Todd Neal. 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 our Priest, 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 De Gracia Lesson: George Teekell Epistle: Sandy Kameron Prayers: Marina Andersen Healing: Mike Chambers Ushers: Sarah Cunningham, George Teekell Guide: Murrey Nelson Calendar Nov 11 Proper 27 Nov 14 Nov 18 Proper 28 Nov 21 Nov 25 Proper 29
9:00am - Celtic Contemplative Eucharist 11:00am - Choral Eucharist Service following the service - TSP Book Discussion 7:30pm - Taizé Prayer Service 9:00am - Celtic Contemplative Eucharist 11:00am - Choral Eucharist Service following the service - TSP Book Discussion 7:30pm - Taizé Prayer Service 9:00am - Celtic Contemplative Eucharist 11:00am - Choral Eucharist Service - Feast of Christ the King 16
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following the service - TSP Book Discussion 7:30pm - Taizé Prayer Service 9:00am - Celtic Contemplative Eucharist 11:00am - Choral Eucharist Service
This Month: Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hahn Are there similarities between Buddhism and Christianity? Can I be both? If you are curious about these questions and more, join us today at 1pm in the Vicar's office to discuss Thich Nhat Hahn's book, Living Buddha, Living Christ. Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org Hospitality - November 18th, Thanksgiving! The Hospitality team warmly invites you to participate in a “Bring and Share” potluck for hospitality on November 18th in celebration of Thanksgiving. Please bring a dish to share and let’s celebrate our abundance. Organ Recital - November 17, 2018 The San Francisco Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present organist Rich Spotts in recital here in Trinity Church on Saturday, November 17, at 5:00pm. Next Evensong and Organ Recital- December 2nd 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. 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. WE ALL KNOW SOMEONE we could invite to Evensong - by Sandy Kameron Evangelism is not limited to merely talking about our faith. It is also about sharing a valued gift with our friends. Sunday, October 7th, the second of our new monthly Evensong services followed by an organ recital was offered in the main sanctuary. The Trinity†St. Peterʼs choir was joined by members of the San Francisco Lyric Chorus, both under the direction of Music Director Robert Gurney. Singers from both choirs rehearse for four weeks in preparation for each Evensong. Robert Gurney is hard at work daily practicing the pieces for each organ recital, the most recent of 17
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which happened to fall on the 26th anniversary of beginning his long and devoted ministry as the Organist/Choirmaster of our congregation. October 7th the dome of the main sanctuary, glowing gold from the sunset, reverberated with waves of sound from the choirʼs passionate Magnificat and its monastic-like chanting of the Lordʼs Prayer and the Apostleʼs Creed. Following this thirty-five minute jewel of a service was Robertʼs organ recital with specially selected pieces that showed all that our glorious Skinner organ has to offer, from the poignant whispers of the celeste to the powerful swells that enveloped and transported us. Please support Trinity†St. Peterʼs by attending and by bringing someone to the next Evensong on Sunday, November 4th at 5 PM, and/or to the organ recital which follows, after a brief break, at 5:35 PM. You may find that this ʻhome cookingʼ is the comfort food your spirit has needed all along before the next week begins.
Note on Today’s Readings
As we approach the end of the church year, our readings from the Gospel of Mark deal with the final days of Jesus’ ministry. In that period, Jesus was in direct conflict with the religious leaders in Jerusalem. In today’s passage Jesus contrasts the simple faith of a poor widow, expressed by her generous giving, with the show of religiosity put on by the scribes and the rich. The first reading today is one of the stories of the prophet Elijah. In a time of famine, the generosity of a poor widow who shared with Elijah the tiny bit of food she had left is rewarded by God. The passage from Hebrews, which we are reading through at this time, deals with the eternal nature of Jesus’ priesthood. Unlike the symbolic sacrifices of the old priesthood, Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and his resurrection and ascension has made him uniquely able to take away the sin of the world for all time. The people of God in every age have gathered in the Eucharist to respond to salvation in generous and loving ministry to each other and the world. Made part of Jesus’ own sacrifice in baptism, we are joined with his sacrifice in the Eucharist. Thus, our own sacrifices, like those of the two poor widows, are given the eternal significance of Jesus’ own dying and rising. What is lacking in us through our own imperfection is made perfect in Christ. 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.
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Trinity†St. Peter's Episcopal Church 1620 Gough Street San Francisco, California 94109-5308 415-775-1117 office, email@example.com Rectory: 415-702-6254 Trinity†St Peter's Bishop’s Committee, and Other Personnel (with *); Mr. Patrick Andersen, Senior Warden, firstname.lastname@example.org Ms. Terry Speiker, Junior Warden, email@example.com Mr. Scott DeBonville, Skdebonz@aol.com Ms. Murrey Nelson, firstname.lastname@example.org Mr. Steve Roger, email@example.com Ms. Sandy Kameron, Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org Mr. Mike Chambers, Treasurer, email@example.com Ms. Lois M. Webb, Asst. Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org Trinity†St. Peter's Clergy and Staff The Reverend Patricia Cunningham, Vicar, email@example.com Mr. Robert Gurney, Director of Music, RobertGurney11@gmail.com Mr. Bruce Huston - Taizé Officiant Ms. Sandy Kameron, Taizé Cantor Mr. David Miles, Sexton, firstname.lastname@example.org Ms. Lois M. Webb, Archivist, email@example.com Brother Karekin Yarian, BSG, Parish Administrator, firstname.lastname@example.org 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: www.trinity-stpeters.org; Office: email@example.com; newsletter: TSPnewsletter@trinity-stpeters.org