St. Peter’s & St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
25 Pomona Ave
Providence, RI 02908 Stpanda25@verizon.net
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The Rev. Maryalice Sullivan, Priest-
The Rev. James Kelliher, Deacon
Holy Eucharist @ 10:00 am Sunday
Morning Prayer @ 8:30 am Friday
We welcome you in the name of God. Enter St. Peter’s & St. Andrew’s not as a stranger, but as a guest of God. If this is your first visit here, we are honored and blessed to worship with you. We pray that you will feel welcome and that you receive spiritually for this worship time. We hope you return to worship with us again. We invite you to join us for coffee hour following the service.
My name is The Rev. Maryalice Sullivan and I am the new priest at St. Peter’s and St. Andrew’s and I am delighted to be with you. Several of you have asked me what I prefer to be called, and that would be Maryalice, my given name. I am married to John Sullivan who you will see at church quite often. I have four children, one son and three daughters and eleven grandchildren. You will often hear me say we are headed off to Connecticut for a birthday, anniversary, a school function or just to be together as a family. It is truly a blessing that we enjoy each other’s company and always look forward to the next time we gather.
I am a graduate of Yale Divinity School and have been ordained for twenty-six years. I have serviced parishes that were large, medium and very small like St. Peter’s and St. Andrew’s. I fine it a privelege and a blessing to be a priest and I am delighted to now be here with you. God has called us together, now it is up to all of us to listen to that calling and see where God is leading us.
Myself and my three children are the fourth and fifth generations, in my family, attending our home parish in Pawtucket, and being actively involved in the various parish ministries, it came as no surprise when I asked and was granted their endorsement and sponsorship to the Diaconate. Having been ordained, now, for nearly two years, this is my second assignment, and I am overjoyed to be here, as this parish has always held a place in my heart, having attended here for a few years in the late 80’s. It is my hope that we can learn from one another, as we journey together. God has called us together for a reason. Onward.
A thank you note from Rev. Joyce
I am wondering if you remember when your life you encountered the image of God as Holy Spirit? As a child I was good with God as Creator and with Jesus, the son of God, but was a bit uncertain, well a lot uncertain about the Holy Spirit. Fortunately for me I was confirmed at the age of seven when I was in second grade. That year a lot of time was given to prepare me and my classmates for our confirmation. One of things we had to do was to learn the “Apostle’s Creed” by heart. Now this might not seem like such a daunting task to you, but when you are seven that creed looks about a hundred miles long.
In my seven year old wisdom I decided that maybe it would be good time to make a relationship with the Holy Spirit. Why wait to confirmation when we were being taught that the Holy Spirit has all these wonderful gifts to give us, such as knowledge, understanding and courage among others. These were the three I decided I need now especially courage as I knew the day would come when I would have to stand up all alone and say the creed without mistakes. I made this plan with the Holy Spirit that each day as I walked to and from school we, that is the Holy Spirit and myself would practice the creed. My walk was about a half mile through the concrete jungle of New York City and each morning I would add just one more line until I knew the whole prayer.
When the day finally came that it was my turn to say the prayer and answer questions about the gifts of the Holy Spirit, I felt certain that I was going to succeed and I did.
“May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit”. Amen (Roman 15:13
A note from Art:
Saturday, June 16th!
Crosses for Pride
These are the crosses we will be giving out at Pride. Some are done but others still need to be done. So during coffee hour we will be making these crosses and putting them into the little bags with labels. Please feel free to take some home to work on them and remember to bring them back next week.