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Trinity †St. Peter’s Episcopal: San Francisco Celtic Vision Service 9am

Musical prelude: David Miles on the Baroque Flute Silent contemplation (begun and ended with a tone) Opening acclamation Presider: All praise to you, Holy God in Three, we bless you, we welcome You, and we bind ourselves to You today. All: Three in One and One in Three, we bind ourselves to You today. Lover, Beloved and Spirit of Love, we bind ourselves to the Holy Trinity. Collect for Purity Presider: Let us pray together. All: Enkindle, we beseech You, O Lord, the light of our understanding, and pour love into our hearts, that we may be able to worthily love and worship You. Gloria Presider: Jesus Christ, the Son of God, rose from the dead on the first day of the week, so for us Sunday is a day to celebrate resurrection and renewal of our personal and common life. So, let us offer a sacrifice of prayer and praise, a sacrifice of the heart: God of life, you summon the day to dawn and call us to create with you

All: You are the Rock from which all earth is fashioned You are the Food from which all souls are fed You are the Fount of wisdom and love You are the Source who is creation’s head Presider: Creator God, how great you are! You clothe yourself in light; you stretch out the skies like a tent. All: Winds are your messengers, flames are your servants. You water the earth until it gives food. How abundant are your works, O God, in wisdom you have made them all. Presider: The creatures teeming the earth, the sea, vast and wide— innumerable things, small and great, live within it. All: All these look to you for their food in due season. When you send forth your Spirit they are created and you renew the face of the earth. O God, may your glory last for ever, may you always have joy in what you have created. Presider: May our thoughts always give you pleasure, may we always rejoice in you. All: Glory to you, the Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be. Amen.

(From St Mary’s Scottish Episcopal Church, Broughty Ferry, Scotland)


The Readings

First Reading

Hebrews 4:12-16

A Reading from the letter of to the Hebrews The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account. Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Psalm or Reflection (Psalm 90 Re-Visioned, Nan C. Merrill)

Teach us, O Beloved, to honor each day that we may have a heart of wisdom. Awaken us, O Holy One! Too long have we been asleep! Have mercy on your people! Help us to wait in Silence listening for your gentle Voice; Strengthen us with courage to face the fears within. O, that we might be converted in our hearts and walk together in peace and harmony!

The Holy Gospel

Before: All:

Mark 10:17-31

The Holy Gospel according to Mark Glory to you O Christ.

As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before


him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’” He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions. Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.” Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

After: All:

This is the good news of God in Christ. May the Word be made flesh in us.

Silence (while we absorb the message of the readings)

Community Reflection (we share our thoughts for the good of all) The Prayers of the People

Leader: Christ above us, Christ below us, Christ to our left, Christ to our right, Christ to follow us, Christ to lead us, Christ hear our prayer as we seek to follow only you. All: Hear our prayer, O Christ of our heart


Leader: Christ of wisdom, keep us silent when the only words we have to utter are ones of judgment, exclusion or prejudice. All: Teach us to face the wounds in our own hearts Leader: Christ of Justice, give us power of speech to resist injustice, oppression and hate, not only on our own behalf but for others who are not heard. All: Make us courageous in doing your work and peacemakers in the face of conflict. Leader: Christ of the poor, let us be a glimpse of your love to those in need. All: Give us chances to be your hands, minds and hearts in the world. Leader: Christ the healer, we lift up to your tender care those in need on the Trinity St. Peter’s prayer list, and those we mention either silently or aloud. Presider: Gracious God, you form us in your own image and call us to dwell in your love. You give the world into our care that we might be your faithful stewards and live with one another in grace. Yet, we don’t do this well. We violate your creation. We stumble in darkness. We are troubled by conflict. We are burdened by hurt. All: We long for wholeness, and we desire peace. Forgive us and restore us in your own image. Amen. Absolution The Affirmation of Faith (Patrick’s Creed) We stand


Leader: We believe, O God of all gods, that you are the eternal Creator of life. All: We believe, O God of all gods, that you are the eternal Creator of love. We believe, O Lord and God of all people, that you are the Creator of the skies above, that you are the Creator of the oceans below We believe, O Lord and God of all people, that you are the One who created our souls and set their course, that you are the One who created our bodies from earth, that you gave our bodies their breath and to our souls their possession. God, bless to us our bodies. God, bless to us our souls. God, bless to us our living. God, bless to us our goals. The Offertory Presider: Christ invites us to share ourselves, and our gifts and to be part of His kingdom both on earth and in heaven. Come forward now and claim your place at the table that Christ sets himself.

The Eucharistic Prayer The Presider says

All: All: All:

God is here. God’s Spirit is with us. Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Most High God. Let us give thanks to our Most High God. It is right to give God thanks and praise.


Father and Mother, all-powerful and ever-living God, we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks through Jesus Christ our Lord. All: You, O Mother and Father, with your only Son and the Holy Spirit are God. You are God, one and immortal; God, incorruptible and unmoving; God, invisible and faithful; God, wonderful and worthy of praise; All: God, most high and magnificent; God, living and true, wise and powerful, great and good; God, awesome and peace-loving, beautiful and righteous; God, pure and kind; God, blessed and just, tender and holy. You are God, not in singularity of one person, but in the trinity of one substance. All: We believe in you; we bless you; we adore you; and we praise your name for evermore. We praise you through Christ who is the salvation of the universe; through Christ who is the life of all life; through Christ who is the resurrection of the dead. Through him the angels praise your majesty; the powers of heaven tremble; and so we join with them, saying: All: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come. Father and Mother, you never forget us or turn away from us, even when we fail you. You sent your Son Jesus who gave his life for us. He healed those who were sick, cared for those who were poor, and cried with those who were sad.


All: He forgave sinners and taught us to forgive. For all your love we give you thanks in the way that Jesus showed us. On the night before he died, while he was having supper with his friends, he took bread and offered you thanks. He broke the bread, and gave it to them, saying: "Take, eat. This is my Body: it is broken for you." After supper, he took the cup, he offered you thanks, and gave it to them saying: "Drink this, all of you. This is my Blood of the new covenant; it is poured out for you, and for all, that sins may be forgiven. Do this in remembrance of me." All: So, as we do what he told us, we open our hearts to him; we remember how he died and rose again to live now in us. Merciful God, send now, in kindness, your Holy Spirit to settle on this bread and wine and imbue them with the fullness of Jesus. And let that same Spirit rest on us, converting us from the patterns of the passing world, until we conform to the shape of the One whose food we now share. All: O God, with all your people, at all times and in all places, we give you thanks and praise through the Son and in the Spirit, now and for ever. Amen. And now as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to pray: All: 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. For thine is the


kingdom, the power and the glory, now and for ever. Amen. Presider: Look the body of Christ is broken for the life of the world. Here is Christ present for us in the bread and wine. Silence

The Post Communion Prayer Heaven is intertwined with earth. All: Alleluia! We have taken the divine life into ourselves All: Alleluia! We rise up clothed in the strength of Christ. We shall not be imprisoned, we shall not be harmed. We shall not be downtrodden, we shall not be left alone. We go clothed in Christ’s white garments. We go freed to weave Christ’s patterns. We go loved to serve Christ’s weak ones. Blessing Deep peace of the running wave to you. Deep peace of the flowing air to you. Deep peace of the quiet earth to you. Deep peace of the shining stars to you. Deep peace of the Son of peace to you. God’s blessing be yours. All: Amen. The Announcements The Peace


The Summer Day by Mary Oliver Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean- the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down- who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes. Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face. Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away. I don't know exactly what a prayer is. I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields, which is what I have been doing all day. Tell me, what else should I have done? Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?


Trinity†St. Peter's Episcopal Church 1620 Gough Street San Francisco, California 94109-5308 415.775.1117 office, Trinity†St Peter's Bishop’s Committee, and 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 Rev. 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, Br. Karekin Yarian, BSG, Parish Administrator, Trinity Center for the Arts Chanticleer, The New Century Chamber Orchestra The San Francisco Lyric Chorus 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:


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