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

Musical prelude 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 is 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.

The Readings

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


First Reading

Ezekiel 17:22-24

A Reading from the Book of Ezekiel I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of a cedar; I will set it out. I will break off a tender one from the topmost of its young twigs; I myself will plant it on a high and lofty mountain. On the mountain height of Israel I will plant it, in order that it may produce boughs and bear fruit, and become a noble cedar. Under it every kind of bird will live; in the shade of its branches will nest winged creatures of every kind. All the trees of the field shall know that I am the Lord. I bring low the high tree, I make high the low tree; I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. I the Lord have spoken; I will accomplish it.

Psalm or Reflection (Psalm 92) 1 2 3 4

It is a good thing to give thanks to the LORD, * and to sing praises to your Name, O Most High; To tell of your loving-kindness early in the morning * and of your faithfulness in the night season; On the psaltery, and on the lyre, * and to the melody of the harp. For you have made me glad by your acts, O LORD; * and I shout for joy because of the works of your hands. 3

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The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, * and shall spread abroad like a cedar of Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the LORD* shall flourish in the courts of our God; They shall still bear fruit in old age; * they shall be green and succulent; That they may show how upright the LORD is, * my Rock, in whom there is no fault.

The Holy Gospel

Before: All:

Mark 4:26-34

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

Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.” He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

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 in your own image. Amen. 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

God is here. All: God’s Spirit is with us. Lift up your hearts. All: We lift them to the Most High God. Let us give thanks to our Most High God. All: 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 Shadow of The Dove

by Kate McIlhagga

When dawn’s ribbon of glory around the world returns and the earth emerges from sleep – The shadow of the dove is seen as she flies across moor and city. Over the warm breast of the earth she skims, her shadow falling on the watcher in the tower, the refugee in the ditch, the weary soldier at the gate. The shadow of peace falls across the all-night sitting of a council, across the tense negotiators around a table. The shadow of hope is cast across the bars of a hostage cell filling with momentary light rooms tense with conflict, bringing a brief respite, a sliver of gold across the dark. She flies untiring across flooded fields, across a city divided by hate and fear, across a town wreathed in smoke. The shadow of reconciliation, the dove of peace with healing in her wings, is felt and seen and turned towards as she makes righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of her cause like the noonday sun. Holy Spirit of love, bring healing, bring peace. (Iona Community)


Are you a lifelong learner? Brain researchers tell us that our brains are more plastic than previously thought. Therefore it is important to keep them active all our lives. You can meet this goal as well as the goal of learning more about your religious tradition by participating in Adult Christian Education this fall. The first step is to attend one of two meetings in Pastor Trish’s office, after coffee hour on June 17th or alternatively, on July 1st. Come prepared with a commitment to participate in at least one opportunity to learn in the fall. Here is a list of potential offerings. Please feel free to add a suggestion of your own: Episcopal Tradition 101: What is our history and theology? A 6week class. Bible 101: How was the Bible written? What does it contain? What does it not contain? How do Anglicans read the Bible? A 6-week class. Mary Magdalene: A Saint for the 21st Century A 6-week book study and discussion. Buddhist perspectives on being a Christian A 6-week book study and discussion. The Letters and Life of Paul: A 12 week class and group discussion. Questions? Contact Pastor Trish,


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